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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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LABOR DAY: The Spirit of Union in Difficult Times

BY PAT EIDING, President of the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO The labor movement is used to having to do things the hard way. Working people in the United States of America, and around the world, in fact, have never been handed anything on a silver platter. During the Gilded Age boom of American industry, American workers […]

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OUR OPINION: City Must Be Vigilant Against Hate

Any equivocation vanished during President Donald Trump’s eye-popping press conference on Tuesday, when he essentially legitimized white supremacists by putting their actions on the same level as those of the counter-protestors last weekend and, Q.E.D., with their actions and philosophy. He did not just legitimize them in Charlottesville, Va.; he legitimized them in Philadelphia as […]

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OUR OPINION: A Bitter Harvest of Food Insecurity in Philadelphia

There is no better time of the year than the first week of August for people who love fresh produce. Peaches and nectarines are in fragrant abundance; blueberries are still blushing in their clamshells; tomatoes, cukes, peppers, corn – oh, that corn – and the rest of farmland’s summer cornucopia are on vivid display at […]

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OPINION: Pooling Resources

When it’s time for us to sing the praises of our fair city, we’re always quick to single out one of its relatively unsung civic treasures: public pools. At any one of the city’s 70 public pools – the most per capita in the entire United States, according to the city’s Parks & Recreation Commissioner, […]

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OPINION: No More Nooses

              PA Rep. Jordan Harris Last week in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, a noose was found hanging from a tree near 18th and Lombard streets. This is the second time in nearly two weeks that this has occurred. As an elected official whose district […]

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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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S.R.C., Change Smith School Ruling

“For all children, a great school, close to where they live.” —Vision statement, School District of Philadelphia When it comes to this vision, the School District of Philadelphia is operating with blinders on. The SDP still has some vacant properties on its hands, left over from the closure of 24 public schools in 2013: It […]

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EDITORIAL: Two New Faces Win the Day

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. We weren’t unanimous in our endorsement of Rich Negrín in the Democratic primary for district attorney. Nor were we enthusiastic about endorsing Alan Butkovitz for another term as city controller. But those were the choices we made. And, as demonstrated by election results driven in no small part by an […]

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OUR OPINION: Our Endorsements in the Philadelphia Primary

If nothing else, this year’s political activity has proven that in a post-2016 electoral landscape, there is no such thing as an “off year.” Nowhere has that been more aptly demonstrated than in the two marquee primaries in Philadelphia’s May 16 primary: the Democratic races for city controller and district attorney. Challenger Rebecca Rhynhart’s résumé […]

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