Amtrak is not to blame

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Poor funding and mistakes caused recent crash This past Sunday two trains, one owned by Amtrak and the other owned by the freight company CSX, collided at approximately 56 miles per hour in South Carolina. The crash resulted in at least two deaths, the engineer and conductor of the Amtrak train, and sent more than […]

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A modern city needs modern mass transit

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It’s common knowledge that the modern American economy was built on the back of massive investments in infrastructure. What’s less recognized are the hidden costs which accrue to cities which have failed to maintain adequate transit systems, eliminating pathways to work and social connections for millions of urban residents reliant on transit as their main […]

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Gerrymandering must not obstruct fair elections

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In their attempts to appeal the Supreme Court’s unfavorable decision, Pennsylvania Republicans seem to be throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, conveying a desperate attempt to prevent Democrats from winning seats. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently decided to redraw the state’s heavily gerrymandered map and ordered the state legislature to redraw the districts. […]

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A politicized FBI is a dangerous FBI

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Since the election of President Donald Trump, many have shown skepticism of how he won the general election in November  2016.  Extensive FBI investigations that explore the accusation that Trump colluded with the Russian government have made headlines.  These investigations have led to firings, indictments and calls for Trump’s impeachment.  But is this investigation credible?  […]

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Police practices in the city

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Distrust should not be the norm Predominantly black neighborhoods of Philadelphia are still disproportionately impacted by stop-and-frisk practices by the Philadelphia Police Department, according to a study by a Villanova professor. This study comes only months after Mayor Kenney and the police claimed to be scaling down stop-and-frisk. According to criminology and sociology professor Lance […]

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