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OPINION: Pooling Resources

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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ANOTHER OPINION: Philadelphia Owes More To Heroes’ Survivors

BY COUNCILMAN AL TAUBENBERGER My son, Matt, is a Pennsylvania State Trooper. It’s incredibly dangerous work. One need only glance at the current news headlines regarding Eric Frein, who was just convicted of killing one State Trooper and severely wounding another in an unprovoked sniper attack on a State Police barracks. Although I am extraordinarily […]

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All political parties can make poor choices when they endorse candidates. But political parties that are big enough to have a leadership as well as footsoldiers and simple adherents typically endorse a slate of candidates in primary elections. That’s a good thing. Most people who identify as Democrats or Republicans don’t have the time or […]

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BY BRETT MANDEL The recent revelation that reform-oriented Mayor Michael Nutter and his top Finance and Integrity officials conspired to look the other way and tolerate fraudulent misspending by a key agency head is just another reminder of how hard it is for our governmental umpires to call a consistent strike zone for a full […]

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OPINION: A State Retirement Savings Plan for Working People

BY STATE REPS. MIKE HANNA & MIKE DRISCOLL Working men and women and the middle class are the engines that drive our economy. But a secure retirement has become unattainable for many. The decline in retirement security is the result of many causes. The decimation of private-sector pensions, the stagnation of real wages and corporate […]

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