Thursday, October 25, 2007


When something non-controversial happens, usually it isn't news. But, in my view, a resolution passed by the Democratic State Committee of Pennsylvania at its September 8, 2007 meeting was significant precisely because it was non-controversial.
That resolution said that it supported passage of a Pennsylvania bill banning discrimination in employment against gays. That bill is similar to bills that have passed in about twenty other states, the counties of Erie and Philadelphia, and various Pennsylvania municipalities.
Twenty-five years ago, the Philadelphia City Council became the first legislative body in Pennsylvania, and one of the first in the nation, to ban employment discrimination against gays. I helped my father, City Councilman David Cohen, work on that effort.

September 10, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Term limits are a bad idea for anyone, whether FBI supervisors, or career military, or judges required to retire at age 70, or elected officials.It is absurd to say that the importance of the positions requires rotation. The importance of any position is based on the competence of those who hold the position, and rotation for the sake of rotation drastically reduces competence and makes the position far less important.One of Arlen Specter's contributions to Philadelphia was in starting as District Attorney to recruit prosecutors based, in part, on their interest in pursuing a prosecutorial career. In doing so, he started a trend still in effect to this day which has enormously increased the competence of the District Attorney's office over time.

October 21, 2007