July 26, 2014
ISSUE | COUNTY BUDGETS So much money, so little citizen input In early July, Burlington County passed its 2014 budget, with taxes for operations, libraries, and open space set at $170 million, or $500,000 less than in 2013, which drew praise. Combined spending approximates $280 million. Potential spending is a half-billion dollars, including a six-year capital spending projection of $247 million. Out of 400,000 residents, the shrinking, missing-in-action press, and the minority party, only one person at the budget vote questioned the use of $500 million in taxpayers' money.
July 25, 2014 |
GERALD "JERRY" Hartman had a special way of relating to young people. He knew how to reach them on their own terms. "It was as if he was a kid himself," said his older brother, Raymond Hartman. "If you were a kid, he could identify on your level," said his nephew, Raymond Hartman III. "He never forgot what it was like to be a kid himself. " And Jerry had plenty of opportunity to relate to young people, as a Philadelphia police officer assigned to the Tacony Police Athletic League Center, and as a language-arts teacher at Wissahickon Middle School.
June 20, 2014 |
One day - just one - is all Mont Brown says he needs to make an impact on youth-related violence in his neighborhood and, he hopes, yours, too. On Saturday, Brown, 26, will be throwing his 2d Annual Stop the Violence Kickback Block Party, at 55th Street and Chester Avenue, in Southwest Philadelphia. He conceived the concert as a means to provide a positive and safe alternative for youth in his neighborhood. Now the lead rapper of the alternative rap/rock band Astronauts Really Fly (ARF)
March 24, 2014 |
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
March 14, 2014 |
IN AMERICA, our young African-American men struggle to survive, let alone thrive. For many, the deck is stacked against them from day one - dangerous neighborhoods, poor schools, inadequate health care, no jobs and no hope. The challenges we face are both wide and deep. Throughout his career and as president, Barack Obama has taken on these tough problems and shown his commitment to our young people of color. Now, we applaud the president and lock arms with him in support of the new White House initiative, My Brother's Keeper.
February 20, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN A MONTH since Penn freshman Madison Holleran died by suicide. An athletic and academic standout in high school, she had been dismayed by her 3.5 grade-point average at Penn and had struggled to balance her studies with her varsity track training. By Jan. 17, she was so despondent, she took her life. Three weeks later, Penn sophomore Elvis Hatcher did the same. Both suicides ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League)
January 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia has become a magnet for young people in the powerhouse demographic group known as millennials, with residents ages 20 to 34 now accounting for more than a quarter of the city's population, according to a report released Wednesday. The surge from 2006 through 2012, primarily in neighborhoods surrounding Center City, has helped reverse population decline and lifted the percentage of Philadelphia's young adults into line with New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, according to "Millennials in Philadelphia" by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
January 23, 2014 |
SINCE TODAY looks like a perfect time to stay inside and watch TV, here are a few TV-related Tattle items. In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is blaming soap operas for the country's high crime rate, accusing them of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. Last year, Maduro attacked violent video games and the movie "Spider-Man," which, we guess, spread the value of being bitten by a radioactive spider to young people. It's unclear, however, whether the government will take steps to restrict programming or impose harsher rules on the soap operas, known as telenovelas, which are hugely popular across Latin America.
January 17, 2014
TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance.
January 9, 2014
Signs of growth The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society agrees that there is an urgent need to inspire young people to study horticulture as a profession and to raise awareness of the vital role of plants and gardens in our environment ("Is horticulture a withering profession?" Jan 6). But the society sees cause for optimism as well. Our membership has grown by 38 percent in the last three years, to 25,000 households. Among the fastest-growing groups of new members are those ages 18 to 35. We also see signs of increasing appreciation for horticulture and its value throughout our neighborhoods.