Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Red November Recognizes Nasife’s Plight

Securing Our History

National Park Service requests your opinion.

As last week's thwarted terrorist plan to blow up airplanes departing from London once again open the floodgates of debate about security, the mother of all security questions is right here in Philadelphia:

How do we protect our symbols of freedom without imprisoning them?

The National Park Service is proposing a plan for Independence Park that would erect a seven-foot-high iron fence in the middle of Independence Square that will essentially bisect the park behind Independence Hall.

The Colonial legislature created Independence Park - where citizens first assembled to hear the Declaration of Independence read - and deemed it to remain forever as an open public-gathering spot. The fence would cut the park in half.

The Park Service has extended the public comment period on this issue. The deadline is now Sept. 1.

These symbols belong to the country, but they live in our city - and in our DNA. It's up to us to urge the Park Service to find a better way to protect the symbols of our freedom without putting them behind bars.

Raj Articulates Effect of Crime

Pottstown Mercury News documents Raj’s viewpoint.

Philadelphia’s troubles are Montgomery County’s troubles, too, according to Republican 13th District congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta.

"Montgomery County residents today cannot afford to live in a bubble, take an insular view," said Bhakta. "The decline of Philadelphia causes sprawl and the strip-mallification of Montgomery County… If you want to preserve Montgomery County, you need to save Philadelphia…"

Daily News: Where Is John Street?

Philadelphia Daily News denounces Mayor’s silence.

I have a question.

Where's John Street?

Why isn't the mayor more outraged, outspoken and more visible about gun violence in his city?

It is, after all, a hornet's nest.

It's virtually the same rate as that of U.S. wounded in the first seven months of the war in Iraq.

Let me stress that.

Shootings in the streets of Philadelphia occur at a rate comparable to the rate of U.S. soldiers wounded at the start of the war in Iraq.

Political leadership matters, and sometimes means more than behind-the-scenes work. This is one of those times. On this issue, strong and visible leadership is lacking. And I just wonder: Where's John Street?

Inquirer: Why Don’t We Do Something

Philadelphia Inquirer examines Congressional inaction.

The casualties of corruption keep piling up in Congress, but lawmakers still avoid corrective action.

Right now, lawmakers seem not at all serious about cracking down on the ethical abuses that stain Capitol Hill. Time is running out for them to prove that statement wrong.