Archive: April, 2010
The playground moms at Andrew Jackson Elementary are a perfect example of how parent involvement can transform public education.
Rather than sit idle and let the troubled South Philadelphia school continue to fail their neighborhood children, they are taking action.
It began last year with a two-page wish list that included reopening the school library, starting a language program, and removing bars and grates.
Four years ago, New Jersey became the last state to approve needle-exchange programs to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS by drug addicts.
A new state Health Department report shows those efforts are making a difference, and offer evidence that the pilot programs should continue. But they are threatened by a lack of funding.
Statewide, 4,482 intravenous drug users have participated in needle programs in Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Paterson, and Newark. The programs collected 295,736 used syringes and distributed 706,568 new ones.
Another civil rights icon is gone with the death Thursday of the Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, one of the NAACP’s most effective leaders.
Hooks was 85. From 1977 to 1992, he ran the NAACP with a dynamism that saw it erase a $1 million debt and grow its ranks from 200,000 to a half-million. The NAACP today looks fondly on those achievements, even as its relevance in the 21st century is questioned.
Hooks never conceded that an NAACP is no longer needed. After the arrest last year of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Hooks noted that black people still get hassled for being “uppity” when they don’t respond quickly to the commands of whites.
It’s time for Big Ben to take a knee.
Anyone who considers himself a member of Steelers nation should hope that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will sit Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger down for at least a few games, and maybe more.
Roethlisberger’s reckless off-field behavior has embarrassed the storied franchise. It doesn’t really make it any better that a Georgia prosecutor decided not to pursue charges following a 20-year-old college student’s allegations of sexual assault against the player. The March 5 incident depicted Roethlisberger or his roadies as plying the underage woman with liquor on a night that culminated in what the young woman said was some unwanted face time in a cramped night club bathroom.