Friday, October 9, 2015
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By Robert B. McKinstry Jr. and Joseph Otis Minott The commonwealth faces a critical choice as it continues to hold a series of hearings to determine how to implement its obligations under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.
By Catherine Mallam As the state and public school administrators scramble to reassure parents and teachers about this year's plummeting Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) scores, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. No harsh penalties will befall our school districts or educators as a result of the scores. But as an elementary school counselor with more than 25 years' experience, I don't think we should be complacent about the unintended consequences of this experience for our children.
ISSUE | PHILA. PORT Expansion = jobs In reference to job creation through an expansion of Philadelphia's port ("Candidates debate port," Monday), Jim Kenney's assertion that it's "the most realistic and most lucrative job creation plan" is not only accurate but should be seized on immediately.
'Look," wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, "my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets." Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, was referring to Southern secessionist states when he urged President-elect Abraham Lincoln to "let the erring sisters go in peace."
ISSUE | SEMANTICS When one door closes . . . Mark Randall needs to lighten up ("Houston, we have multiple issues," Monday). While I do not know with certainty the intentions of the people who placed the sign reading "This door has issues; please use the other one" on a door of a university building, my guess is that they were doing what Randall cannot recognize as a humorous explanation for the inoperable (oops, broken) door.
Robert W. Tickner, 83, a retired project engineer and a genealogist who traced his family's arrival in America back to 1638, died Monday, Oct. 5, of multiple myeloma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The viewing for J. Whyatt Mondesire, the former Philadelphia NAACP leader and community activist who died Sunday, has been moved.
NEW ORLEANS - Paul Prudhomme, 75, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday after a brief illness, according to Tiffanie Roppolo, chief financial officer of Mr. Prudhomme's businesses.

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