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POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:00 AM

The overnight shutdown of the Occupy Philadelphia camp at City Hall had been in the planning stages for weeks, and it showed — to the city’s benefit.

To clear Dilworth Plaza and make way for its $50 million renovation, aides to Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey mounted a carefully choreographed operation early Wednesday that minimized confrontation and, for the most part, spared protesters and police from injury.

The more than 50 arrests occurred primarily because Occupy marchers refused to clear a downtown street before the morning rush, in what was a bid to demonstrate their commitment to the Occupy cause by going to jail.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:01 PM

Good morning, class.

I'm going to continue our grammar lesson by introducing you to a new adjective. As a review, who can tell me what an adjective is?

That's right, Linda, adjectives are words used to describe nouns, and we all know nouns can be people, places, or things.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:00 AM

The long-simmering controversy - and bad science - surrounding whether it's safe to get children immunized against childhood diseases took to the skies recently, as Delta Airlines found itself the subject of justifiable protests over running an anti-vaccine commercial on its in-flight screens.

Has any of this controversy caused you to rethink immunizations? Or are you confident - as medical experts are - that it makes all the sense in the world to protect one's loved ones, as well as society at large, from the threat of disease by getting your shots?

Cast your vote now.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 3:00 AM
Mayor Nutter

The city is going after about 2,500 Philadelphia pensioners or their beneficiaries who owe back taxes, highlighting an awful collision between two of the city’s worst fiscal problems: Many residents don’t pay their taxes, and the city pension fund is about to implode.

The retirees owe almost $13 million in back taxes. In pursuing them, the cash-strapped city says it will take each case’s circumstances into account, which is the right approach. After all, putting people on a realistic payment plan is probably the only way the city will get its money.

The average tax delinquent’s debt is more than $5,100, a sum too high for most retirees to pay off all at once. The city shouldn’t let these debts accumulate to a point where the debtor has to choose between paying the electric bill or the tax bill.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 2:00 AM

Parents who think they’re doing schoolchildren a favor by not getting them immunized against childhood diseases need to think again. They put not only the health of their own children at risk, but also the health of their friends and classmates.

Yet new studies show a growing trend in some areas of the country to either forgo childhood immunizations or to delay the shots until parents think their children are old enough to tolerate a potential negative reaction.

An Associated Press analysis coordinated with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one out of 20 kindergartners in eight states did not take all of the vaccinations to required attend school. More than half of all states saw increases in the number of children receiving immunization exemptions.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 5:00 AM

The new federal health care law is designed to get most people insured. What do you think of the whole idea of the federal government promoting such a move?

Cast your vote now.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:00 AM
Gov. Corbett

News that Gov. Corbett is embracing a key component of national health-care reform may sound like a turning point that only a bureaucrat could love. But more than a million Pennsylvanians may one day be grateful that the governor is taking this important step now.

With the Corbett administration’s announcement last week that the state would move ahead to establish a state-run clearinghouse for individual and small-business health-insurance policies, the governor has charted a sensible, pragmatic course that ultimately should improve the well-being of residents statewide.

For the first time, the so-called insurance exchanges — available online and by phone — will make it easy for people to shop for quality, affordable health-insurance coverage. As easily as Cyber Monday shoppers compared retail offers, anyone in the market for health insurance as of 2014 will be able to see how insurers’ policies stack up against the competition on price and coverage.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:00 AM
Helene Pierson

It's time for Inquirer readers to submit their nominations for the Editorial Board’s annual Citizen of the Year award.

This award isn’t about celebrity or power. It honors actions exemplifying citizenship in its broadest sense by people who have helped their neighborhood, region, or nation in effective, creative ways, while demonstrating integrity and perseverance.

To make a nomination, briefly explain who the person is and why he or she should win. E-mail the entry to, with “Citizen” in the subject line. Or mail it to Citizen of the Year, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia 19101. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 14.

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