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OPINION: How to Balance Pennsylvania’s Budget

BY PETER J. WIRS Pennsylvania has had a balanced budget for two years now. The problem: our governor and legislators don’t know it. As one of three legislative mediators requested by a Senate GOP leader to bridge the gap, not only can I say that the budget is balanced, by enacting remedial legislation, but once […]

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OPINION: Clean-Energy Investments Can Boost State and City Businesses

BY SALEEM CHAPMAN Philadelphia City Council recently passed a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to enact new legislation that enables municipalities across the state to establish Property Assessed Clean Energy programs for commercial properties. This new form of finance is opening doors for more business owners to install their own renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. […]

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Parking Officers Learn to Fight Terrorism

BY TONY WEST “You are part of the bigger picture,” Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Clarena Tolson told a roomful of her officers on June 1, as they prepared to learn how to combat terrorism. During that day, all 200 PPA officers were given a briefing by Philadelphia Police Department counterterrorism Detective Joseph Rovnan. He […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: ‘Hot Summer’ Could Fire Nov. Race in Philadelphia

BY JOE SHAHEELI Just when it seemed – as the Democratic municipal primary election unfolded – that “tough on crime” was no longer a winning campaign slogan, there are increasing signs that street violence may re-emerge as a major political concern. When Councilman David Oh (at Large) was stabbed in an attempted carjacking in front […]

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Ramping Up Summer Camps

BY ELDON GRAHAM Andy Williams’ classic Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will no doubt be heard being sung by Philadelphia schoolchildren as they prepare to go on summer vacation. However, parents will be singing that same tune come September. Until then, students on summer vacation must occupy their time with […]

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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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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Running Hard in Pennsylvania’s ‘Tee’

BY JOE SHAHEELI In the first week of “holiday summer,” when the average voter could care less who will be elected governor of Pennsylvania in November 2018, political insiders here are thinking about little else but. There had been speculation first-term Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was losing interest in re-election after his first two years […]

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Bridesburg Mounts an Old-School Parade

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PUT DOWN THOSE TONGS … at Least for a Moment

BY JUDGE PAT DUGAN Put down your barbecue tongs. Stop throwing the baseball. Come out of the swimming pool. If only for a moment, stop, contemplate and think about the meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is not about a day off, not about barbecues and not about political photo ops. Whatever your feelings are […]

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Stack Pursues Drive for Pardons

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd) and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, chairman of the Board of Pardons, hosted the latest of a series of information sessions on Pathways to Pardons at Myers Recreation Center in Kingsessing last week. The pardons process is designed to give people with limited criminal records a second chance, subject to certain limitations. […]

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