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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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ANOTHER OPINION: Covering Up Unemployment In Pennsylvania

BY FRANK A. SIRIANNI/ Lately we have all been reading that Gov. Tom Corbett is taking credit for the alleged “relatively low” unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania. As he runs for reelection, he says it is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA! The percentage of unemployed Pennsylvania workers, according to the Pennsylvania […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Time To End Keystone Exams

by State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. September will also mark the five-year anniversary of HR 456, the bipartisan legislation that urged Gov. Ed Rendell to cease all […]

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OUR OPINION: Maya Angelou, Lewis Katz

The Lesson —Maya Angelou   I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not convince me against The challenge. The years And cold defeat live deep in Lines along my face. They dull my eyes, yet I keep on dying, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Wise To Sell PGW

BY STATE REP. BILL KELLER/ The possible sale of PGW by the City to UIL Holdings is, in my opinion, a wonderful opportunity for Philadelphia. For over 20 years, I, along with other elected officials, worked diligently to bring dredging of the Delaware River to our region so that Philadelphia could reap the financial rewards. […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Take A Hard Look At P.G.W. Sale

BY COUNCILWOMAN MARIAN TASCO/ After taking more than four years to arrive at a decision to sell PGW, the Nutter administration is now pushing for a rush to judgment by City Council regarding one of the most-significant decisions this City will ever make. People are coming out of the woodwork to support the Mayor’s position. […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Minimum Wage – It’s Time For `More

BY STATE REP. STEPHEN KINSEY/ It is my duty as a lawmaker to work to raise the minimum wage. In 1963, an hour of work at the minimum wage bought more than seven loaves of bread. Today it buys less than half that amount, and when you apply the same principle of inflation to other costs […]

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OUR OPINION: What Do They Do?

It’s understandable that State Representatives attract harsh attention when their missteps become public. What disturbs us more, though, is that about the only time journalists take note of these grassroots politicians is when one of them gets in trouble. Set aside for a moment the constituent service Philadelphia’s 26 State Reps provide for the humble […]

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OUR OPINION: On Selling PGW

There may be strong City Council opposition to the sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works. That is understandable due to strong opposition by the more than 1,000 members of the Gas Workers Union, and, more so, by the fact City Council was kept out of the loop. Therefore, we do not expect a quick approval […]

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