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Gov. Tom Corbett continues to step on his own toes. He may not be building a voter base for himself with his comments about Pennsylvania employers being unable to find employees who can pass a drug test. There will be people who see his statement as being truly reflective of our culture and the growing […]

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BY STATE REP. RONALD G. WATERS, Democratixc Caucus Secretary/ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is most readily associated with the various symptoms suffered by war veterans when they return from combat. Prolonged exposures to “hostile” environments, coupled with exper­iencing, witnessing and perpetrating violent acts, are often the causes of the traumas that lead to PTSD — but […]

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For three years now, the City’s Republican Party has been in a destructive civil war, initiated by young Turks who were unhappy over a status quo which they charged contributed to the loss of long-held Northeast seats held by the GOP in the State House. Though positioned with the control of several Authorities, the Party’s […]

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BY DENISE FUREY/ Last week, one of the most-influential conservative political leaders of the 20th century, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died. Her impact on history was enormous – so much so, its fullest scope only becomes apparent now she is gone. Many Americans remember her as a loyal political ally of President Ronald […]

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BY JOHN MORGANELLI, D.A. Northampton Co., Past President Pa. District Attorneys Ass’n/ Judges are sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect our constitutional form of government. But what happens when judicial self-interest collides with the Constitution? Pennsylvania may be on the precipice of a constitutional crisis. In 1989 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania’s Constitution […]

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BY MICHAEL MEEHAN, ESQ., Counsel To Republican City Committee/ Philadelphians have long felt the inequities of the real-estate assessment process. With the advent of the Internet, every resident can check on the assessment of their neighbor, their local politician and even their local newspaper. Why the difference between seemingly identical properties? One line of thinking […]

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The Actual Value Initiative may produce a major windfall for the City – although the Nutter Administration denies this, saying the controversial mass property reevaluation is “revenue-neutral”. Other observers are less sure of that. But like every other effort resulting in fee or license or tax increases, the money will be spent almost before it […]

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The Mayor’s launching of his Actual Value Initiative onto the properties of this city will put a serious hurt on the economy if it lands unchanged. No matter what is said, AVI, as it now stands, will take more money from those who cannot afford it, to pay for more public “Initiatives”. Haven’t we yet […]

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Philadelphia is a city of homeowners. Theirs are affordable homes for the most part. This fact has shaped our unique civic culture since the days of William Penn. In 2013, affordability is one of the city’s competitive strengths in the Northeast region. All this is in peril if we don’t get the Actual Value Initiative […]

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The steady ascent of more and more women to positions of political leadership reflects basic changes in our society which cannot be undone. That’s because men depend on these changes as well as women. Families are smaller, so few of them need stay-at-home mothers for a lifetime. Modern families need two working parents; single women […]

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