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OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

OUR OPINION: We Too Are Thankful

We at the Philadelphia Public Record are marking our 15th year as a publication dedicated to reporting the news seldom given its due by the other members of the print media, news concerning the activities of this city’s political, organized labor, schools, and community interests. We leave covering crime to the general media. For the […]

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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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OUR OPINION: Beyond Gubernatorial Debates

Democrat Tom Wolf looked soft, Gov. Corbett looked tough and sure. But it was only actively engaged partisans who made the effort to locate PCN on their televisions to watch them in their first debate. The partisans did what partisans do. Republicans were pleased by Corbett’s performance; Democrats were pleased by Wolf’s demeanor. But it […]

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OUR OPINION: Time For Heads To Roll

With innumerable nonprofits operating in Philadelphia under a wide range of goals and missions, it’s becoming routine to learn how scores of them are coming under federal scrutiny for mismanaging or failing to properly use the funds they get – which in some cases are misappropriated by one or more of their officers.   Unfortunately, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: State Regulators Aren’t Protecting Workers

BY STATE SEN. MIKE STACK (D-PHILA.)/ It has become increasingly clear over the past two years that the ongoing and painstaking recovery from the Great Recession is resulting in an ever-widening disparity between Wall Street and Main Street. While corporate profits and the Dow Jones have reached record highs, wages and security for workers are […]

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OUR OPINION: Labor’s Wins And Losses

Unions were created when workers discovered “in union there is strength”. Unions grew even though membership understood their unity often demanded sacrifices of them, up to the shedding of blood at times. That still happens here and around the world. Unionism, today, boasts a litany of victories alongside a list, almost as long, of defeats […]

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by Joe Shaheeli Once in a while we join the prognosticators in how races will end up. We stopped hesitating a couple weeks ago after watching some of the bell-weather stats coming from both gubernatorial camps. We think we have Gov. Tom Corbett’s strategy down pat, but haven’t yet figured out Tom Wolf’s direction. We […]

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Our Opinion

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Commute Aging Lifers Whatever the reason those in their teens and twenties are sentenced to life in prison, it is obvious over the years, they change dramatically, with their brains growing wiser and their bodies succumbing to the problems associated with aging. Case after case, especially in our state prisons, “old heads” have proven true […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Corbett’s Pension ‘Reform’ Yields False Savings

BY STATE REP. MIKE STURLA/ I’ve been following with interest recent pronouncements from Gov. Tom Corbett claiming billions of dollars in “savings” if the Corbett/Tobash pension “reform”, based on questionable 30-year assumptions, becomes law. When pressed by reporters if there are any savings in the near term, the Governor replied, “No, but this is the […]

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