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OUR OPINION: Common Sense Is Rare on Guns

OUR OPINION: Common Sense Is Rare on Guns

BY STATE REP. DONNA BULLOCK Recently, in a House State Government Committee hearing, an “expert” witness – Dr. John Lott – testified that gun ownership curbs gun violence. This comes two days after nine young people were shot a few blocks away from my home – none of them over the age of 25. As […]

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OUR OPINION: Dems’ Downballot Heroes

Democrats who are looking for good news in the wake of the General Election may need to resort to a telescope. Hillary Clinton’s victory in the popular vote did little to advance their party’s fortunes at either the national or state levels. One problem that has plagued the Democratic Party in recent years is a […]

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OUR OPINION: No Kumbaya in Sight

Aside from general relief that the two-year-long presidential race is over, expect no coming together of the American people, either in Harrisburg or Washington. While Democrats maintain their grip on Pennsylvania’s executive offices, Republicans still hold the General Assembly beyond dispute. Two years of gridlock have failed to budge many of the Commonwealth’s pressing problems […]

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OUR OPINION: Soda Tax Promises Food Fight In Phila. City Council

Community leaders, small-business owners, labor leaders and citizens have banded together to fight a 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages like soda, teas and juice drinks. They charge a 12-pack of soda’s cost would nearly double – to more than $8 – due to the tax; $2.04 tax on a 2-liter bottle would be more than […]

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OUR OPINION: Awaiting A State Budget!

In the meantime … in-between time … backed up for a second year are State budgets. Because of this failure by the General Assembly and the Administration to bring Budget One to fruition (and it could happen again with deliberations for Budget Two), there are problems. For instance, School Districts are cash-strapped. This was brought […]

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Ciao Philadelphia Events Throughout October

Oct 8                       From Falafel to Fettuccini, American Jewish Committee, Giovanni’s Bar & Grill Oct 8                       Dante at the Bell Tower, Temple University’s Italian Program, Temple University Bell Tower Oct 8, 15                Film Series on Pasolini & Post-Colonialism, Italian Program, St. Joseph’s Univ., Forum Theater Oct 8, 9, 10, 11     Columbus […]

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OUR OPINION: To Drill Or Not To Drill

Our state’s new Marcellus Shale natural-gas play has not lit up our economic scoreboard since it began to be developed in 2007. Natural gas has been a valuable new industry, but drilling by itself has made few land-owners and few municipalities rich, and has not created many local jobs. Much of the money flows out […]

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OUR OPINION: Back To School On Capitol Hill

Will General Assembly leaders from both chambers do all of us a favor this term without wasting time as to who gets or does not get the credit by taking care of funding shortfalls for education? You honorable men and women know what’s wrong. Half of you, by now, have already declared you are aware […]

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OUR OPINION: The Winners Of 2014 – Let’s All Wish ’Em Luck

Republican and Democratic leaderships were elected to both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly last week. We cannot list them all here. But since they all get their own copy of this newspaper weekly, we do wish them luck and trust they understand a few things. 1. We need money for Philadelphia schools. 2. We […]

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OUR OPINION: High Court Smells To High Heaven

Score one for Chief Justice Ronald Castille with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court moving to relieve Justice McCaffery “on an interim basis of any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a Justice.” In 30 days, the Judicial Conduct Board said the decision “shall make a determination, on an emergency basis, whether there is or is […]

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