Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Women in the United Arab Emirates have seen remarkable advances, thanks to a constitution, which guarantees equality between men and women in areas of legal status and access to education.
Before 1960 there were few opportunities for women outside the realm of home and family but since the discovery of oil in the 1950s, their role has gradually expanded. A report from the United Nations Development Programme ranked the UAE 29th among 177 countries in the Gender Empowerment Measures, the best rating in the Arab world.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Crime is happening in every local community, but you wouldn't know it by reading the police logs in the newspaper.
That's because some police departments choose not to make public what should be public information.
By not giving residents information about burglaries, thefts, and other serious incidents, police chiefs and mayors give the false impression that the municipalities they serve are virtually crime-free.
It couldn't be farther from the truth.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Student handbooks are important in reinforcing the schoolwide code of conduct, rules and expectations for student behavior.
The mother of an eighth-grader, however, feels the school district went too far after her son received detention for giving up part of his lunch at an elementary school in northern California.
Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito because the student didn't like the cheese sandwich being served in the cafeteria that day. Kyle explained he wasn't that hungry and instead decided to share.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Courthouses around the nation have "In God We Trust" on their walls and every U.S. denomination of bills has "In God we trust" on the reverse side.
Groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation would like to change that. It recently sent a threatening letter to Allegheny County because of a potential measure to display "In God We Trust" along with the Pennsylvania state motto of "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" and one of the currency mottos, "E Pluribus Unum."
Thursday, September 25, 2014
As Pennsylvania legislators come your way this fall, courting your vote in November's election, here's a question you may want to ask them:
Given the scandal involving the four Philadelphia Democratic legislators who were secretly recorded taking cash gifts from a lobbyist, why haven't you passed a law banning the practice?
Pennsylvanians were shocked to learn that as long as the legislator doesn't promise anything in return for a gift of cash, and discloses taking more than $250 from any one influence-seeker, it's perfectly legal.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
At a state Senate Education Committee hearing last week, Mark Zilinskas, a teacher from Indiana Area High School, testified on behalf of a bill to allow Pennsylvania teachers and other school employees to carry guns at work.
Citing the 2012 massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and an April knife attack at a school near Pittsburgh that injured 21 people, Zilinskas told the committee that the bill proposed would enable licensed and trained school employees to use guns to potentially prevent such mass shootings, rather than react to it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
A tragic crash happened Saturday on Route 115 near the village of Effort in Monroe County. A woman and four children were killed.
The woman, Destini Watson, 23, of Blakeslee, was the driver of the SUV in which the four children were passengers. Watson was wearing a seat belt. So was another adult passenger, who survived.
State police said none of the children were wearing seat belts or child restraints.
We can't say if the children would have survived had they been restrained. But they likely would have had a better chance.
Monday, September 22, 2014
With the number of black lung cases on the rise, it's good to know there are some in Washington going to bat for coal miners affected with the potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust that accumulates in the lungs and causes shortness of breath.
The effort by Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey was fueled by a yearlong investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News that examined how doctors and lawyers, working on behalf of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Interpreting and then making quick policy decisions not only takes sound judgment but often requires common sense.
A South Carolina school administrator and a townhouse management company were recently stung by public criticism in their attempts to be too politically correct regarding the American flag.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
In Jim Thorpe, collapsing horse stalls and an old carriage garage have been shored up and turned into a jewel commanding statewide recognition.
The reborn 1878 Kemmerer Carriage House has earned distinction by Preservation Pennsylvania, the only private, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the state's historically and architecturally significant resources.
The building reflects a shimmering past. It tells us of contributions by affluent citizens of old Mauch Chunk, residents of Front Hill mansions whose entrepreneurship helped to drive the Industrial Revolution.