It should come as no great shock that a shockingly high percentage of Northeast residents surveyed for a recent poll by Pew Charitable Trusts think Philadelphia has changed for the worse in the last five years.
The Catholic Church should accept the facts of real life
Much of the American people’s attention has been focused on the shocking death Saturday of Whitney Houston.
By most accounts, Joe Paterno and Anthony Bevilacqua were intrinsically good and decent men, with good hearts, good intentions and good motives — for the most part.
Licenses and Inspections is not doing its job
Tip your hat to Northeast Philadelphia’s very own Ronald D. Castille, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, who made state history last week by casting the tie-breaking fourth vote to strike down the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s ultrapolitical plan to recast boundary lines of the state’s 203 House seats and 50 Senate seats.
Don’t forget the public schools’ problems
Bad jobs are rewarded
While so many Pennsylvanians continue to spend an absurdly inordinate amount of time lionizing and mourning a man who was a great coach but who was not so great at calling police, Republicans in the state capital are spending time on an issue that could have a far greater impact on the lives of most denizens of the Keystone State than Joe Paterno ever had.
Sociologists call it the “broken window theory.” It goes like this: A broken window in a home or store that goes unrepaired is not only an unattractive nuisance, it also invites vandalism and other crime. Repair the window soon after it breaks, though, and you’ve nipped the problem in the bud, thus preventing a minor problem from becoming a neighborhood eyesore.