Archive: August, 2009
Many people are furious that the Eagles have signed Michael Vick. The Inquirer editorial board has a different view. A full editorial will appear in print on Sunday. Here's the short version:
Vick has paid his debt to society. In addition to punishment, prison is also about rehabilitation.
Michael Vick deserves a second chance.
Michael Vick accepted his punishment and paid his debt to society. He shouldn’t be denied a second chance, by the NFL, the Eagles, or anyone else.
The latest report card on the Philadelphia School District again presents both good and bad news.
Test scores are up for the seventh year in a row, a strong indication the school district is moving in the right direction. But the progress remains incremental and the pace of improvement remains slow.
Costco officials surely must be asking themselves “what were we thinking?”
Eunice Kennedy Shriver could’ve coasted through life on her family name, enjoying the perks and privilege that come with being the daughter of a wealthy U.S. ambassador to England, sister of one president and two senators, the wife of a vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps director, and the mother-in-law to California’s governor.
Instead, her inspiration and life’s work came from one of the least known members of the storied Kennedy clan, her older sister Rosemary, who was born mildly retarded in 1918, about a year after John F. Kennedy.
Shriver, who died yesterday at age 88, wrote about her sister in Parade magazine in 1964: “Only if we broaden our understanding can we help the mentally retarded to escape into the sunlight of useful living.”
After taking billions in federal bailout money, large banks should find it in their alleged hearts to modify more mortgages for struggling homeowners.
But the Obama administration’s first report on mortgage modifications shows that many lenders are performing dismally on this front. From February through July, only 9 percent of eligible homeowners were accepted for trial programs.
Two major banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, were among the worst at helping homeowners lower their mortgage payments. That’s especially arrogant behavior, because these lenders received $45 billion and $25 billion, respectively, from taxpayers in the bailout.