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City Commissioners’ New Website Easy For Candidates, Voters by Joe Shaheeli When Stephanie Singer was chair of the City Commissioners, she took her best shot at transferring that elected body into a cheerleading group for “get out the vote” organizations. In doing so, she missed the mark as far as critics of the Commissioners’ role in the presidential election were concerned. So up came a number of investigations and studies, which, by their nature, commented on the obvious and not what makes the City Commissioners’ Office tick. How could they know the awesome responsibilities of this office are to ensure every

1st Minority Bus Service Debuts Here

STSC Transportation Services, the city’s first minorityowned and -operated bus company, officially launched its Philadelphia to Boston and Washington, DC service last week from its terminal on Race Street between 8th and 9th, in Chinatown. Attending the celebration were City Councilmen Mark Squilla and David Oh, City Controller Alan Butkovitz and representatives from the offices of Congressman Robert Brady (D-Phila.), State Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Stephen Kinsey, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and business leaders from the Asian community. “We’re so excited to begin operation here in Philadelphia,” said Jeremy Walker, the company’s African American owner. “Philadelphia is in the center of two major cities, which provides the perfect location for our affordable and customer friendly bus services.” “So far, we’ve created over 40 new jobs,” Walker added, “and as we expand to other regional markets, we look forward to creating even more jobs and investing more money in our local communities.”

voter, once registered, gets the right to vote without hassle, every candidate is ensured his petitions are filed appropriately, every voting machine then carries the name of that candidate after weathering challenges, and there is a trained election board manning the closest polling place to that voter? A leadership reorganization in the City Commissioners’ Office a few months ago took the chair role from Singer. In a decisive move, Anthony Clark was voted in as Chair and Al Schmidt as Vice Chair. They immediately moved to return the City Commissioners to their main

responsibilities. Voters, election-board workers, and candidates have already benefited from many of their initiatives. One of the most-significant changes was the creation of a one-stop shop for candidates by moving the Commissioner’s Campaign Finance Unit to City Hall. Former candidates can attest to the annoyance of filing a hard copy of their campaign finance report at two different locations. Now they can take care of all of their requirements at City Hall. Also improved was the process for receiving and printing nomination petitions. The new leadership moved

CITY AND STATE officials and officials from city’s first minority-owned and -operated bus line cut ribbon, launching STSC Transportation Services to New York. In operation since Apr. 29, a special of $2 off its regular STSC offers eight daily $12 one-way ticket price. Tickroundtrips between Philadel- ets can be purchased from 6:30 phia and New York for a nor- a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a mal rate of $12. From Jul. 8 to week at the ticket office, loAug. 31, STSC will be running cated at 115 N. 9th Street.

Local 1776 Reelects Young IV Wendell W. Young, IV, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, has been elected to a fourth three-year term as head of the 24,000-member union. The union announced the results of an election held Monday night in four locations across the local’s jurisdiction. Young was first elected as President in 2004, taking office in January 2005. He began his career in 1977 as a union member employed in the supermarket industry, was

elected Shop Steward at age 18 and became a full-time staff representative in 1983. He worked his way up from organizer to lead contract negotiator, assuming responsibility for the local’s major contracts. He has led several initiatives to negotiate groundbreaking affordable child care and education benefits for the local’s members, and now serves as a trustee overseeing health- and pension-benefit trust funds.

to end election-day confusion for polling-station boards. The Commissioners reached an agreement with the courts to hold hearings for electionboard vacancies earlier in the year. This provides the Commissioners with more time to notify ward leaders and election boards of changes made by the courts. One change election-board workers saw this last election was an improved training program which included a powerpoint presentation. The Commissioners also provided election boards with ward/division maps and placards so workers could assist voters in finding their correct polling places on election day. Next week, the City Commissioners will officially launch a new website (www.philadelphiavotes.com) , which not only puts to shame their previous website but is considered by those who have seen it in the making, as one of the best county websites in Pennsylvania. The new website is easy to navigate and has some great tools for voters, electionboard workers and candidates. Voters can now find their polling places and elected officials. They can download a voter-registration and absentee application, and browse the election calendar. Election-board workers can view their training schedule, download training materials, and see who else is on their election board. Candidates and campaigns can view division maps and past election results. They can also download Watcher Certificate Request forms and campaign-finance documents. Revamping the website has been a goal of Clark and Schmidt since they took office. They did not disappoint. Schmidt said, “We made it a priority this year. We are thrilled with the outcome and will continue to build on it.” These changes took place amid investigations of the of-

fice for the controversial spike in provisional ballots cast in the November 2012 election. The Mayor released a report two weeks ago. Most of the data and recommendations were provided in the City Commissioners own report released six months earlier in December 2012. The Mayor’s team clearly lacked election knowledge. The report repeats rumors that did not occur and relied mostly on disproved anecdotes from the handful of actual voters that were interviewed. The only unpredictable cause of the increase in provisional ballots was a glitch in the Pennsylvania Dept. of State’s database that left names off supplemental poll books that were used on Election Day. In response to the Dept. of State’s issues, the City Commissioners developed and implemented a new internal preelection review that will allow them to know if a problem exists prior to election day. Improvements such as these often go unnoticed, but were essential to guaranteeing the smooth 2013 primary election that just passed. It’s time to let the City Commissioners and their professional election staff do what they do best: focusing on making every election experience better than the last. How many companies have hundreds of thousands of customers to serve on a single day, besides, perhaps, the utilities? The new leadership team of Clark and Schmidt has already demonstrated its ability to do just that, as witnessed by the last primary and general election. They’ve improved customer service and continue to modernize the office to the benefit of Philadelphia’s voters. Now it’s up to the reform groups to pressure the Administration and City Council to increase the pay levels of election-day poll workers who put in 13 to 15 hours on election

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SERVICE veterans, many of them POW*MIA members, rally at 4th & Market to bring attention to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been a POW of Taliban for five years. US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is marking his fifth year as a prisoner of a Taliban group known as the Haqqani Network. He’s been held captive since Jun. 30, 2009. Little is known of continued efforts to extricate him.

US forces have tried, but the Taliban keep him moving, with his last whereabouts being somewhere in Pakistan. Bergdahl marked his 27th birthday last Mar. 28. Bergdahl has been seen in five videos released by his

captors over this period of time. They had originally demanded $1 million along with a handful of prisoners in exchange his release. That is now reported to be down to five Afghan prisoners still (Cont. Page 5)

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The Public Record • July 4, 2013 LOCAL 98’s Charlie Murphy and Congressman Bob Brady’s special assistant George L. Perez were in attendance. (Cont. From Page 3) at Guantánamo Bay. His dilemma is not well known. But to a number of veterans, many who have seen service in Afghanistan, it is painfully familiar. A number of them, members of POW*MIA, showed up in front of Fox 29 studios early last week to draw the attention of Americans celebrating our Independence Day there is a live American soldier being held as a prisoner of war. Patrick J. Hughes, USMC,

Chu Lai ’67-’68, was the event’s organizer. “We need to remember the words of President John F. Kennedy who said, ‘A national reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers’,” he urged. Hughes said, “We ask the readers of the Public Record newspapers to call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask for their Congress Member and demand they ask for accountability for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”

Sens. Casey-Toomey Honor Anniversary “The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the war and a defining moment for our country,” said Toomey. “The participants helped chart the course for freedom and the preservation of the union. I am pleased to work with Sen. Casey to ensure the Senate recognizes the 150th anniversary of the battle and encourages Americans to come to Gettysburg to discover, study, and appreciate our history and those who made it fighting there.” The Battle of Gettysburg was fought Jul. 1-3 in 1863 in Gettysburg, Pa. It is widely regarded as the turning point for the Union Army in the Civil War, as well as the battle that saw the most casualties.

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US Sens. Bob Casey (DPa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announce their resolution to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and encourage the people of the United States to visit Gettysburg National Military Park, has passed the US Senate. “Gettysburg was the site of the one of the most defining battles in our nation’s history, so it is only fitting that the Senate honors the 150th anniversary of the battle,” said Casey. “We owe a great debt to those who fought and died there to preserve our nation and in the pursuit of liberty for all Americans. I am glad Sen. Toomey has joined me to commemorate this historic occasion.”


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PennDOT, Police Plan DUI Road Enforcement For 4th In an effort to keep Pennsylvania roadways safe during the Independence Day holiday period, PennDOT and law-enforcement agencies across the state are partnering to crack down on impaired drivers. The initiative is part of a national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort which runs through Jul. 8. In addition to stepped-up enforcement on roadways, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission reminds people taking to the state’s waterways that Waterways Conservation Officers will be on the lookout for impaired watercraft operators through the boating season. “The Independence Day holiday is a time to celebrate with friends and family, but we should always celebrate safely,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “No matter whether you’re driving a vehicle or a boat, never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Designate

a driver ahead of time or arrange for a ride home.” According to PennDOT data, there were 355 alcohol-related crashes and 20 fatalities in those crashes from Friday, Jun. 29, to Sunday, Jul. 8, last year. This is an increase from 2011, when there were 325 crashes and 14 fatalities from Friday, Jul. 1, through Sunday, Jul. 10. PFCB data show 60 people were arrested for boating under the influence in 2012. BUI penalties can include jail time and fines. “Operating a boat or other watercraft when you’ve been drinking creates a danger for everyone on the water,” Fish and Boat Commission Executive Dir. John Arway said. “Alcohol impairs your ability to operate a boat safely. For the safety of all individuals on the water, please do not operate your boat, jet ski, canoe or kayak if you’ve been drinking.” The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is

0.08% for motorists over the age of 21. For underage drivers, the blood-alcohol limit is 0.02%. DUI penalties can include jail time, license suspension and fines of between $500 and $5,000. “Our enforcement efforts play a key role in protecting the public, but we need the cooperation of every motorist to put an end to impaired driving,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “Each individual has a responsibility to stay out of the driver’s seat if he or she is impaired by alcohol or other drugs.” Pennsylvania's DUI Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement statewide will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the impaired-driving crackdown. Funding comes from part of PennDOT's statewide distribution of $4.2 million in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Celebrate America’s Birthday Here -- Where It All Began The Independence Visitor Center Corp. and Independence National Historical Park are hosting a diverse selection of programs during INHP’s Freedom Week (Jun. 29-Jul. 8) celebrating the 4th of July. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center will be open normal operating hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Timed-tickets

are required to tour Independence Hall every day except Jul. 4. Timed-tickets can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center or reserved online at www.nps.gov/inde. No tickets are needed to visit Independence Hall on Jul. 4. Tickets are never required for the Liberty Bell Center. The Independence Visitor

Center is gearing up to welcome those celebrating Independence Day in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Located at 6th & Market Streets, the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Jul. 3-6. Normal summer hours of operation resume on Jul. 7 and are 8:30 a.m.7:00 p.m. daily through Labor Day.


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National Historical Park Marks Independence Day Fourth of July at Independence National Historical Park means a weeklong series of events and celebrations. Independence National Historical Park has partnered with the In-

dependence Visitor Center, the City of Philadelphia and Wawa Welcome America to heat things up this July with an array of programs that sizzles, POPS! and celebrates freedom.

Pops! On Independence. On Jul. 3 at 8 p.m., the park welcomes Peter Nero & the Philly POPS! as they perform patriotic music in front of Independence Hall. This free

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concert is sure to inspire so grab a picnic blanket, a couple of snacks, and sit back to enjoy the show under the stars. Celebration of Freedom. Jul. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Independence National Historical Park with Wawa Welcome America hosts a free patriotic and inspiring morning full of music, speeches, and readings from the Declaration of Independence. This event will be held in front of Independence Hall. Independence Day Parade - What’s red, white and blue all over? The old-time Fourth of July parade! Featuring floats, marching bands, military groups and more winding through Historic Philadelphia, the fun begins immediately following the Celebration of Freedom in front of Independence Hall. Let Freedom Ring. Hop-

ing to hear something that truly represents liberty? Independence National Historical Park, the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution invite visitors to Independence Square at 1 p.m. for a program of history, pomp and circumstance, with special keynote speaker Michael Quinn, of the Museum of the American Revolution. Visitors who would like to witness the symbolic Liberty Bell tapping should plan to be in the Liberty Bell Center by 1:10 p.m., because space is limited. Celebrate America’s Birthday with Cupcakes and Cake. On Jul. 4 at 1:00 p.m. the Independence Visitor Center is excited to celebrate America’s birthday with a custom designed five-tier cake and

a 2,500 cupcake give-away for all visitors to enjoy! For more information about the event, visit PHLvisitorcenter.com. July 4th Colonial Reenactment. A Colonial reenactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Independence Mall next to the Independence Visitor Center. The reading will be performed by costumed performers and reenactors with a fife and drum accompaniment. Reenactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors can join the astonished crowd of true 18th-century figures on Independence Square on Jul. 8 at 11:45 a.m. to hear a costumed Park Ranger portraying Col. John Nixon. The event commemorates the first public reading of the Declaration in 1776 by Col. Nixon.

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According to the latest published economic census statistics, $302.7 million were shipped around by the nation’s manufacturers. Now let’s get to a favorite trivia subject: PatrioticSounding Place Names! Fifty-nine places contain the word “liberty” in the name. Pennsylvania, with 11, has more of these places than any other state. Of the 59 places nationwide containing “liberty” in the name, four are counties: Liberty Co., Ga. (65,471), Liberty Co., Fla. (8,276), Liberty Co., Mont. (2,392) and Liberty Co., Texas (76,571). One place has “patriot” in its name. Patriot, Ind., has an estimated population of 209. The most common patriotic-sounding word used within place names is “union” with 136. Pennsylvania, with 33, has more of these places than any other state. Other words most commonly used in place names are Washington (127), Franklin (118), Jackson (96) and Lincoln (95). The British are still cvoming! The trade between the United States and the United Kingdom is now over $109.8 billion. This makes the British, an adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today. Fourth of July cookouts will mean the tasty end of 65.9 million hogs and pigs. Chances are the pork hotdogs and sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 20.3 million hogs and pigs. North Carolina (8.9 million) and Minnesota (7.8 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs. Chances are good the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation’s total production at 6.3 billion pounds. And if the beef did not

come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (estimated at 5.1 billion lb.) or Kansas (estimated at 3.8 billion lb.). There are six states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion or greater between December 2011 and

November 2012. There is a good chance one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken. The acreage planted of potatoes in Idaho in 2012 reached 345 million, the most

in the nation. Washington followed with 165 million acres. The total 2012 potato crop is forecast to exceed 467 million hundredweight (cwt), the highest level since 2000 when 523 million cwt was produced. Potato salad is a popular food item at Fourth of July barbecues.

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dependence but was recalled by his state before he could sign it. Livingston Co., N.Y., was home to an estimated 64,810 people as of Jul. 1, 2012. Representing Georgia in 1776 were Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton. Gwinnett Co., Ga. (842,046), Hall Co., Ga. (185,416) and Walton Co., Ga. (84,575) were named for these signers. Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. Carroll Co., Md., named for him, had an estimated population of 167,217 as of Jul. 1, 2012. Roger Sherman, who worked as a land surveyor and lawyer, represented Connecticut. Today, there are an estimated 30,445 surveyors, cartographers and photogrammetrists employed full time, year-round, and 840,813 lawyers employed full time, year-round nationwide, according to the 2011 American Community Survey. Nelson Co., Va. (14,827) and Wythe Co., Va. (29,251) were named for two of the six signers who represented the state of Virginia – Thomas Nelson, Jr. and George Wythe. Getting to the fireworks, the mind boggles when we are discover all that stuff going up in a blaze of fire amounts to well over $250 million, with China exporting the bulk of all US fireworks imported ($227.3 million). US exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million). Now we flag wavers need to know most of the American flags flying these days come from China, at an estimated cost of $3.6 million. We exported less than $188,000 with Mexico purchasing the bulk .

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On the 4th of July in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation were 2.5 million . Today’s estimated population on this July Fourth is 316.2 million. There were 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most-eloquent writer, wrote most of the document. It’s also worth noting that: John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space, making it the largest and most famous signature – hence the term “John Hancock”, which is still used today as a synonym for signature. Benjamin Franklin (age 70), who represented Pennsylvania, was the oldest of the signers. His namesake Franklin Co., Pa., had an estimated population of 151,275 as of Jul. 1, 2012. Edward Rutledge (age 26), of South Carolina, was the youngest. Two future presidents signed, John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President). Both died on the 50th anniversary of signing the Declaration (Jul. 4, 1826). There are 12 counties nationwide named Adams and 26 named Jefferson. Robert Livingston, who represented New York, was on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of In-

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State Budget Booed, Cheered by Joe Shaheeli Democrats booed and Republicans cheered when, by party-line votes in both chambers of the General Assembly, Gov. Tom Corbett got much of what he wanted in the budget just passed. The Governor said, “For the third consecutive year, I am pleased to announce we are continuing our efforts to move Pennsylvania forward by investing more state dollars into public education than ever before, continuing to build a pro-jobs environment and protecting our most vulnerable citizens, without raising your taxes. This budget prioritizes the future of our children by

investing more than an additional $100 million into public education – the most state funding ever committed to education. “This budget advances my agenda centered on more jobs and less taxes which has spurred over 116,000 new private sector jobs, made Pennsylvania a leader in developing new energy sources and continues to make our state government more efficient and fiscally responsible.” We received comments from all the city’s State Senators and many of its Representatives. Summed up, they said he came part of the way be-

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cause of pressure, especially from the growing numbers who were on hunger strikes. But that wasn’t enough in their view!

Dept. Of State Screws Up Again We were going to list the names of judges who were seeking higher office, successful candidates on their way to becoming judges, as well as those seeking to become judges who were unsuccessful in this past primary who failed to file finance campaign reports. The Dept. of State’s campaign office listed them. It was a big list. But, the first judicial candidate we spoke to about his late filing, informed us he was way ahead of their scheduled deadline in submitting his reports. So we have decided not to publish the list. Space is tight

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and the DOS, once again, has shown it is not infallible. But it is essential those who did run in the primary need to file campaign-finance reports or statements by the deadlines listed by the Department. Those who were nominated and believe they will win in November will not “be deemed elected to a public office until all of the campaignfinance reports and statements required to be filed have been filed,” a DOS advisory warns.

Brendan Boyle Releases New Campaign Website State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Northeast) has unveiled a new campaign website, www.voteboyle.com. It highlights his personal story of growing up in a “workingclass household and working hard to achieve the American Dream.” He says, “My campaign’s

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JOHN HANGER stands before his campaign-bus door in front of School District HQ with staffer to attack Gov. Tom Corbett for devastating Phila. school funding. He is joined here by staffer as well as CAPA new website will serve as an online headquarters so voters can clearly see where I stand on the issues and understand why I am running for Congress.” Brendan’s website also highlights his stance on critical issues facing Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery Co. “The reason why labor is united behind Brendan Boyle is because he is clearly the best candidate when it comes to fighting for working people,” said Wayne Miller, business manager for Sprinklerfitters Local 692.

“On every issue, Brendan has a long history of fighting for the middle class, and I know he will continue to do so in Washington, D.C.”

John Hanger Hits Town With Education Message The first announced Democratic candidate for Governor in 2014 drove to town on the eve of the budget deal for Philadelphia’s cash-strapped School District with a hardhitting critique of Gov. Tom Corbett’s education policies. John Hanger, a Harrisburg lawyer with the Eckert Sea(Cont. Page 12)

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Our Opinion... Celebrate, Contemplate

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Those without interest in our history will celebrate the 4th of July holiday with little thought, if any, to the sacrifices – including the fear of being hung as traitors – of the men and women who moved to create this great country. We trust they will remain in the minority, while we hope the overwhelming majority of us will take a moment during this week to thank the Good Lord for those who led the rebellion that created our independence and for the millions since who gave their lives to keep us free. We also thank those who take of their time and money to make many of our local neighborhoods have the opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July with parades and community events.

Now The Scramble Is Over....

One thing is sure about Gov. Tom Corbett, his budgets don’t please, but neither did they raise taxes and earn our displeasure that way. The schools are funded, though not enough. The teachers remain insecure, as do the parents of school-age children, who wonder about the impact of that budget on the quality of education they will receive. We have until September to mitigate some of the hits the School District has to take. With that, we hope those vested with the responsibility of educating our children don’t just disappear through July and August without developing a game plan to cope with the reality of this new state budget.

Jul. 9- Town Hall meeting with Controller candidate Terry Tracy at Holmesburg Recre-

ation Ctr., Charles & Cottman Ave., 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jul. 11- DA candidate Danny Alvarez holds Fundraiser at Salsa on the Square, 2126 E. Lehigh Ave., 5-9 p.m. $25 at door. 50/50 raffle. Drink specials. Free food. For info PhillyFYR@gmail.com. Jul. 17- Amici Opera Co. pres-

by Thomas Henry Massaro My estimation of the leadership quality of our elected city, state and federal officials continues to plummet. Yet, during this past year of painful and angry public hearings, bleeding budget briefings and contentious community school assessments, I have spent many nights in school auditoriums or jam-packed church basements. There I have gained an ever-swelling respect, appreciation and admiration for so many of our public highschool students ... thousands and thousands who, often with

their parents, classmates, clubmates, teammates, teachers or coaches have listened attentively, researched smartly, analyzed precisely, testified passionately or presented persuasively. I found a high degree of first rate, illuminating, professional research analysis in the various reports and recommendations of the Boston Consulting Group, the PEW Foundation, Helen Gym’s blogs, the Gates Foundation, Diane Ravitch’s reports, the mega-meritorious Notebook and Dr. William Hite himself. I was most delighted when

p.m. Suggested contribution $100. RSVP badeeley@gmail.com or call (215) 906-0339. Jul. 20- GOP Chair John Taylor hosts Beach Ball Party at Coconut Cove, 400 W. Spruce Ave., N. Wildwood, N.J., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $35. RSVP by Jul. 15 (215) 545-2244. While we fail to provide our kids with the quality public education we owe them, their informed, well-researched, impassioned advocacy for the quality education we stubbornly fail to provide them, reflects exactly why they are worth so much more than what we are willing to expend on their future ... and inextricably, our own. So many seek to rise higher than their tall challenges. They ask straight answers to curveball priorities. They remain undaunted by our persistent efforts to diminish them. They reflect confidence in the future we are constricting for them. They rightfully solicit, then persuasively make passionate pro se pleas to the officials who loft their school-finance rhetoric wrapped in a sinuous, flowing, ankle-length gown,

Jul. 20- Brady Bunch Beach Blast at Westy’s, Olde New Jersey Ave., Anglesea, N.J., 3-7 p.m. Tickets At door $35. Jul. 21- Relax with Breakfast at Westy’s Irish Pub, Olde New Jersey Ave., Anglesea, N.J., with Dan Savage for Senate, 10 a.m.-12 m. Tickets $100. Jul. 25- Veterans host then cheapskate out of education-appropriation sessions in a shamefully short skirt that leaves them in a state of indecent exposure – of adult hypocrisy. Every time we are tempted to abandon the mucky morass we mired them in, we need to look up and see how much these kids tower over our sagging shoulders and bent knees. May their bright eyes cure the myopia of the adults who fail them ... and won’t sufficiently invest in them. It’s both hideous and inspiring so many of our publicschool kids are so magnificently attentive, so well-informed and so resolutely determined not to allow us to fail them – or so surely flunk ourselves. Thomas Massaro is a former City Housing Director.

Fundraiser for Controller candidate Terry Tracy at American Legion, 7976 Oxford Ave., 6-9 p.m. Beer, food and more; prizes and surprises. Tickets $40. Jul. 26- Uptown Youth Got Talent auditions for November Talent Show. For info (215) 236-1878, Linda Richardson (215) 236 1878 or lrichardson.uptown@gmail.com or visit http://philadelphiauptowntheatre.org/wp/home-2/. Jul. 27- United Republican Club, 3156 Franford Ave., invites all to join SDJ Film Festival, 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Doors open 3:30 p.m. $10 admission at door. For info (215) 7397475. Jul. 27- Friends of State Rep. Cherelle Parker host Beef & Beer at 7502 Forrest Ave., 46 p.m. Tickets $15. Aug. 9- Golf Outing for State Rep. John Sabatina at Torresdale-Frankford C.C, 3801 Grant Ave., 8:30 a.m. For registration or sponsorship Steve Campanile (215) 4604697, email Re.Elect.JohnSabatina@gmail.com or mail Committee to Re-Elect John Sabatina, Jr., 7720 Castor Ave., Phila., PA 19152-2702.

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ents Barber of Seville at High Note Cafe, 13th & Tasker Sts., dinner and opera from 6 p.m. Tickets $39.95. For reservations (215) 755-8903. Jul. 19- Sippin on Seabreeze with Councilman Bob Henon hosted by retired Sheriff Barbara Deeley, 270 Seabreeze Ct., Anglesa, N.J., 7-9:30 SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos, the SRC Commissioners and Dr. Hite listened to these kids, examined their data, evaluated their contentions, verified their fiscal metrics and, consequently, made some sound revisions or reversals of SRC/SDP plans or policies. WOW! Imagine, our public high-school kids. They are widely stereo-typed to be “unworthy” of a sub-minimumwage job for $7 per hour. Yet, we found them scouring out reams of reports by the $200500 an hour, French-cuffed wonders-from-Wharton crowd to plot out better choices, and define more cost efficient options and cull out canards. Our kids convinced master educator Dr. Hite to make numerous revisions to his initial plan and Boston Consulting Groups for the better.


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(Cont. From Page 10) mans legal and lobbying firm, served on the Public Utility Commission and was Secretary of Environmental Protection under Gov. Ed Rendell. Last week he parked his campaign bus outside School District headquarters on N. Broad Street to rip into Gov. Tom Corbett. Philadelphia’s school woes “never needed to happen,” charged Hanger. They were caused by Corbett when he slashed state education spending by $1 billion, he said, especially affecting the poorest school districts, which were cut most deeply. “First off, I will increase state funding of the School District to 50% when I become Governor” Hanger said. Currently the Commonwealth only contributes about 35% of its budget. Hanger vowed to

DEMOCRATIC gubernatorial aspirant Tom Wolf and his wife Frances congratulate 16th Ward Committeeperson Gwen Collins on her election as first African American state president of Federation of Democratic Women. Gwen, who until recently was an aide to Register of Wills Ron Donatucci, is a long-time member of Democratic State Committee. Mayor Delores Butler, right, of Yeadon, Pa. also Photo by Joe Stivala echoed happy news.

invest more in early childhood education as well as in teacher mentoring and evaluation. Hanger rejected school vouchers. He called for strict supervision of charter schools to uncover fiscal fraud and to hold them to the same academic standards regular public schools must meet. In Pennsylvania, most charter schools are performing worse than public schools on standard tests.

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Although Memorial Day has passed, you can still show your support for veterans through a new license plate. The plate is inscribed with the phrase “Honoring Our Veterans” and features an image of the American flag and a bald eagle. The cost is $35, of which $15 goes to the Veterans Trust Fund. This fund is used to support and assist Pennsylvania veterans and their families. To learn more about this plate or to set up an appointment with Veterans Services Coordinator Joe Buckley, please call my office at 215-695-1020. Parkwood Shopping Center 12361 Academy Road, Phila., PA 19154, 215-281-2539 8016 Bustleton Avenue Philadelphia PA 19152 215-695-1020

Mayor Nutter Eyeing A National Future? Since Mayor Michael Nutter is prohibited from seeking a third term in 2015 (and since he will have a child in college then), no one doubts he is already planning for his next job. The odds are it will be in a national arena. Nutter has won considerable national exposure. He has just finished a tour of duty as President of the United States Conference of Mayors and has logged considerable airtime on national political talk shows. He is experienced in dealing with urban budget crises and has gone to great lengths to

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Cos. contains the most Republicans of any House district, with 24,982, while the 37th in Lancaster (Mindy Fee-R) has the highest percentage, 64.5%. Philadelphia is home to the House district with the fewest Republicans: the 201st (Stephen Kinsey-D) with just 1,199. His neighboring colleague in the 200th Dist. (Cherelle Parker-D) is home to the most Democrats, with 39,920, but Kinsey’s 201st owns the highest percentage of Democrats, at 91.5%. Independents continue to grow. Some House districts have more independent voters than Republicans. These include the 175th, 181st, 182nd, 186th, 188th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 195th, 197th, 198th, 200th, 201st and 203rd. Fourteen of those districts are represented by either African American or Hispanic Democrats; there are white Democrats in the other three — 23rd (Dan Frankel), 175th (Mike O’Brien) and 182nd (Brian Sims).

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(Cont From Prev. Page) ture some of the US congressional seats lost in recent cycles. Redistricting resulted in the party’s worst performance in congressional races in a presidential cycle since before the Great Depression. As of now, 10 of the GOP’s 13 Pennsylvania US House seats are rated as “safe” with three seats occasionally popping up on the “likely Republican” or “lean Republican” side, including Pat Meehan in the 7th Dist., Mike Fitzgerald in the 8th Dist., and Keith Rothfus in the 12th Dist. A “Smart Politics” analysis finds that in 2012, Pennsylvanians elected the lowest number (five) and lowest rate (27%) of US Representatives by a major party while the state’s voters simultaneously casting its electoral votes for President Obama. This is a record low since the birth of

the modern two-party system in 1828. Doesn’t have much of an effect in this city in the general election, since only State Rep. John Taylor (R-Kensington), now head of the Republican City Committee, is the only Republican member from this state. Interesting tidbits follow: In the State House, 111 House districts (55%) have more registered Democrats than Republicans while the GOP holds 111 (55%) of the seats in the Chamber. The House District with the most registered voters is the 137th (Joe Emrick-R) located in northeastern Northampton Co., with 54,257 voters, while the 127th (Tom Caltagirone-D) in Reading has the fewest, with just 26,104. That’s a whopping 108% swing between the number of registered voters in those districts – but remember districts are drawn based on total population, not registered voters. The 60th Dist. (Jeff PyleR) in Armstrong and Indiana


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Last Friday, members of the Philadelphia herd headed up the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Hershey to attend a series of meeting and seminars surrounding the summer meeting of Pennsylvania Republican Party’s State Committee. Republicans from the Philadelphia area in attendance included Philadelphia CITY COMMISSIONER AL SCHMIDT, Chester Co. SHERIFF CAROLINE, “BUNNY” WELCH and candidate for Montgomery Co. Jury Commissioner MERRY WOOD as well as Philadelphia WARD LEADERS MIKE CIBIK and MATT WOLFE and party activist JOHN FEATHERMAN. Friday night, PAGOP sponsored a picnic at Hershey Park where attendees were free to enjoy the amusement park rides. LT GOV. JIM CAWLEY and US SEN. PATRICK TOOMEY addressed the crowd at dinner. GOV. TOM CORBETT had planned to also speak, but was called away to visit the areas in Western Pennsylvania that were inundated by flood waters last week. Typically State Committee meetings include a plenary session on Saturday mornings where members vote on electoral, procedural and policy issues. The party decided to use that time for a series of panel discussions. At breakfast, PAGOP members heard from the Governor, PAGOP CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON and CONGRESSMEN JIM GERLACH (PA-6) and MIKE KELLY (PA-3). Breakfast was followed by a panel discussion on communications that included Philadelphian, and former owner of the Inquirer, BRIAN TIERNEY. The last panel of the morning included a presentation by MIKE BARLEY, director of the campaign to reelect Gov. Corbett as well as political consultant JOHN (Cont. Page 21)

What happens to a dream imperiled? That’s what Erica L. Fitzgerald and April McNeal are asking themselves right now. It’s a question the two women have to ask themselves since the women opened two businesses, Sweet & Savory: A Convenience For You on 18th Street, and Daly Streets in South Philadelphia. You probably would too if a business of yours had been vandalized at least twice in the less than two months you had been open. When someone throws a brick through your window, there’s a message they’re trying to send…. McNeal and Fitzgerald were classmates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who were longtime workers in the food industry. Because they were tired of working for others, they sought a place where they could open their own business. “We had been looking on several websites for a place to open,” Fitzgerald said. “The larger real-estate companies don’t want to take a chance on a small business if you don’t have any experience. The first place we tried to rent fell through, but since we had already taken out a business loan, we didn’t want to give up.” One day, after services at the United Muslim Masjid where the women worship, they discovered the former Anthony’s Café at 18th & Daly and decided that would be their new retail home. They came in trying to be a good neighbor, they say. “We sell household items, specialty sandwiches and smoothies,” Fitzgerald said. “Nothing is more than $7.50. (Cont. Page 21)

Yo! Here is a tough question: Whatever happened to Independence Day — the Fourth of July? It was once a day when we proudly displayed our independence. We understood the meaning of freedom and appreciated it by displaying the flag of the United States. World War II and the Korean Conflict made us aware of the great country we lived in. We displayed our flag with pride and patriotism. We didn’t burn the flag – claiming it was our right of free speech guaranteed in our Constitution – the very Constitution we are supposed to honor on that day. Having spent 27 years in the United States Air Force regulars and Air National Guard, I have given a lot defending our freedom — along with many other men and women. Many (too many) have lost their lives defending our flag. I am ashamed to see this outrageous abuse. It is reprehensible for anyone to destroy the very symbol of their rights in order to exercise their rights? How can anyone so blatantly destroy the very symbol of that freedom? Freedom of speech should not include flag-burning. It is truly ludicrous. I’ll bet you anything, the liberal flag-burners wouldn’t think of burning the national flag of another country, in that country. They would quickly find out what losing their own freedom meant. As I now climb off my soapbox, I remember some of the ways we celebrated Independence Day. Almost everyone went on a picnic somewhere. The veterans marched proudly in the many parades. Brass Bands played patriotic songs that excited the crowds. Church bells rang out to recall that day in 1776. Speakers gave grand speeches about America’s victories, her glory, and the traditions that make her the envy of the whole world. And of course there was always a fireworks display. In the last 40 or so years, this holiday seems to have become simply another day off from work, and just another day for a “sale” in the stores and malls. It became a barometer to show how well the resort economy was doing thus far. But not much of the patriotism remained which Independence Day is supposed to symbolize. Were we naive back then? Why don’t we now do all these things we once did? Is it “oldfashioned” to show our patriotism? I hope not, for I am proud to be an American; and I like parades and fireworks!

The USA is still the grandest place on the planet to live. FLY THE U.S. FLAG today, and wear union-label clothing!... State Rep. MARIA DONATUCCI notes there is still a GENDER GAP in women’s paychecks. The President passed the Lily Ledbetter Act in 2009 for equal pay for equal work. I am happy to report the BIRTHDAY of SAL PATTI, PNC Bank Vice President. But how does this ageless fellow have a birthday?... Court Administrator Joe EVERS has a birthday! I hear Joe is now in the DROP program. Hate to lose him. Brian (of Local 98) and John STEVENSON (of SugarHouse) have birthdays on Jul. 8 & 14 respectively. How were they born six days APART? It is WEIRD to read a TRAFFIC COURT zap by State Sen. Dominic PILEGGI saying, “Through the last 50 years the Philadelphia Traffic Court has been demonstrated to be the center of scandal after scandal.” PILEGGI was born in 1957 (his age is 46), meaning he followed that court since his FIRST BREATH (?). I have covered that court for 40 years. That dramatic spin quote seems pure BLARNEY. I saw a Facebook complaint that PILEGGI should stop tweeting on Traffic Court. Better yet, he should tweet about a bill he could propose to rid Delaware Co. of District Justices, instead of poking his nose into Philly.He should also tweet that the DELCO JUDGE in Traffic Court pleaded “Guilty.” More civic action by OMAR SABIR, nominated Traffic Court JUDGE, who was an active attendee at the recent crime summit. Bravo Omar.... How about those editorials (Cont. Page 20)

58th Ward Committee CHAIRWOMAN ARLENE PETROFF succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Petroff was the beloved and respected Chairwoman of the Fighting 58th in Northeast Philadelphia for several decades. She was also a member of the Brehon Society and often sported the official Brehon jacket on numerous cruises around the world. She is survived by her loving daughter SUSAN SNYDER and her son JOEL PETROFF among others. JUDGE FELICE STACK paid her respects along with 58th Ward COMMITTEEPERSON TOM NARDI and his mother schoolteacher TEESA DONNELLY. They were joined by TONYA STACK, the wife of STATE SEN. MIKE STACK. Petroff was also a state committeewoman for number of years and directed that in lieu of flowers donations should be directed to the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. They don’t make Democrats like that anymore. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER continues to bite his nails worrying about the School District of Philadelphia. Several provisions that work to provide the revenue needed for the School District were discarded in Harrisburg. Among them were the $2 cigarette tax and additional funding from Harrisburg. Now GOV. TOM CORBETT is proposing an emergency bailout for the city but he will likely use this as an opportunity to break labor. The Governor will probably help Mayor Nutter reduce the amount of benefits that teachers currently receive and also whittle down their ability to choose what school they go to. The Governor will likely attempt to take away tenure and seniority benefits for present and future teachers. JERRY JORDAN, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, was one of the leaders at a rally for public education in Harrisburg. He has been a stalwart leader on the half of public education and the teachers. He will have his work cut out for him as he faces off against both Gov. Corbett and conservative lawmakers from around the state. Among legislators who appeared at the pro teacher rally on the Capitol steps were STATE REP.JIM ROEBUCK, who serves as the Democratic Chair of the House Education Committee; STATE SEN. VINCE HUGHES, who is the Appropriations Chair for the Democratic (Cont. Page 20)


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FOP Brings Many To Henon Fundraiser

SIXTH Dist. Councilman Bob Henon thanks President John McNesby for fundraiser Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 hosted for councilman at new Lodge HQ while introducing his staffers Paul Ragan, Lisa Deeley, Michele O’Hare and Beverly Beck.

ADDING their congratulations and showing support for Councilman Bob Henon were, from left, Teamsters Local 830 President Dan Grace, PFCU President Michael McAllister and Attorney Jim DiVergilis.

FOP’s publicist Gene Blagmond welcomes winning judge candidate Anne Marie Coyle to Councilman Bob Henon’s IRONWORKERS President Joseph Dougherfundraiser hosted by Police ty, left, is joined by Shawn Dillon and Pat Lodge. Parkinson as he adds his support to Henon.

JOINING FOP’s John McNesby, who hosted fundraiser for Councilman Bob Henon, 2nd from left, were Councilman Bill Green, labor leader Kathy Scott, Henon and staffer Lisa Deeley.

SHEET METAL Workers Local 19’s Michael Guinan congratulates Councilman Bob Henon on turnout at FOP-sponsored fundraiser.

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Spann To Auction Off Archdiocese Properties The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s continuing efforts to liquidate some of its properties may mean very good opportunities for developers. The Archdiocese is teaming up with the nation’s premier real-estate auction company, Max Spann Real Estate & Auction, to make eight large properties available in what will be the Archdiocese’s first-ever multiple-site auction. Included in the auction, to be held Jul. 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown (201 N. 17th Street), are two former schools and three former convents in Philadelphia as well as three large parcels of land in Bucks and Montgomery Cos. “This is a tremendous redevelopment opportunity. The school buildings and convents lend themselves to being converted to homes and apartments, while the land in Bucks

and Montgomery Cos. can easily be sub-divided to build homes. Someone may even be interested in buying and preserving the land,” said Max Spann Real Estate Chief Operations Officer Bob Dann. “We recognized some time ago that with parish and school closures, owning this excess inventory was not sustainable. Rather than selling the buildings the old fashioned way --one at a time -- we want to get these properties sold. So we hired Max Spann to get the job done.” said Thomas Croke, the Archdiocese’ director of realestate services. The locations up for bid include: Former All Saints School and All Saints Convent – 4600 block of E. Thompson Street, Philadelphia; Former St. Bartholomew Convent – 5500 Harbison Avenue, Philadelphia; Former St. Michael Business

PHILA. Housing Authority added nearly 50 new police recruits Tuesday during special ceremony at Norman Blumberg Apartments in N. Phila. Shown here, from left, are Inspector Edward Geiger, Acting Police Chief James Mitchell, Commissioner Dr. Leslie Callahan, PHA President & CEO Kelvin Jeremiah, Board Chair Lynette Brown-Sow, Commissioner Shellie Jackson, Commissioner Rev. Bonnie Camarda, City Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Phila. Dir. of Public Safety Michael Resnick, Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and Commissioner Hon. Nelson Diaz. School – 1500 block of N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia; Former Our Lady of Hope Convent – 3500 block of N. 19th Street, Philadelphia; Approximately 48-acre parcel – 5800 Wismer Road, Plumstead, Bucks Co.; approximately 29.5-acre parcel (zoned commercial) – 570 Shelly Road, Harleysville, Montgomery Co.; and one-acre buildable residential lot – Mill Road Circle, Rydal, Montgomery Co.

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Brendan. We need a young guy like him who is going to fight for the people.” Building Trades Union leader Pat Gillespie reminisced a little. “Brendan Boyle started out around the kitchen table, talking politics and getting educated. It was obvious he was about the politics of integrity. That was his focus. He fought against the machine and proved he could make it in an important job. He recognized the need.” Business Mgr. of Local 98 John J. Dougherty, Jr. closed the remarks with a nod to Boyle’s thinking process. “He’s fighting for us with a pace that goes faster. Brendan will protect and care. He has an intellect that understands policy. He is sincerely committed and no one will outwork him.” Brendan was quick to credit his family. “I wouldn’t be able to do this without the strong support of my family. My youngest brother Kevin, who is also a State Rep, is also a big part of my strength.”

BUIILDING TRADES and other unions joined to give 13th Congressional Dist. candidate Brendan Boyle a major financial boost as they gathered at HQ of IBEW Local 9&Among sponsors and supporters were Building and Construction Trades head Pat Gillespie, attorneys Joe Cleary and George Bochetto, Boyle and IBEW Local 98 Business Mgr. John J. Dougherty. Photo by Maria Merlino

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by Maria Merlino When Notre Dame- and Harvard-educated State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-Northeast) was a little boy, he dreamed of becoming a baseball player. “By the time I was 13 years old, reality set in,” he laughs. With wife of eight years, Jennifer, an elementary-school teacher, by his side, Boyle, who is running for Congress in the 13th District, was the center of a high-powered crowd at a fundraiser held at the offices of IBEW Local 98’s headquarters last Thursday evening. Sixth Dist. Councilman Bobby Henon, predicted, “You can tell the future, what changes are coming, with Brendan Boyle, who thinks outside the box for the Northeast.” Host, President of IATSE Local 8 Stagehands union Michael Barnes, said he knew from the start he wanted to get behind the election of Boyle. “Local 8 isn’t as big as Local 98, but we wanted to be with

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1. Administrative claims. Claims include the filing fee, trustees fee, and attorney’s fees. 2. Priority claims. Claims include back child support and alimony and most federal and state taxes. 3. Best-efforts test. Your “disposable income” for 36 or 60 months as calculated by the bankruptcy means test formulas. 4. Best interest of creditors test. Your creditors must receive as much as they would receive if you filed a Chapter 7. Do not let the myth that Chapter 13 means paying back all your debts stop you from considering

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Walking The Beat (Cont. From Page 14) that say only 10% of the city’s 560,000 properties have filed an appeal under A.V.I.? SEEMS misleading to you? ONLY certain areas were raised in a hefty way under A.V.I. So it could be that the TRUE fact is that 90% of those raised appealed. WHY WOULD YOU APPEAL if you were not increased? An incredible SUPERLOSS is the retirement of PAT POMROY, operations executive director of the Philly VETERANS MULTI SERVICE CENTER, after 20 years of

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One thing that I’ve been noticing in the Obama Era is that some of us are a lot less tolerant of difference. While I can understand seeing two Black, Muslim women operating the store that used to be your neighborhood hangout might be tough to take, they have a right to be there … and the money to pay the rent. Maybe it would be a good idea to look at the store as a place to get a good cup of coffee, which it is, rather than as a hangout lost.

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… now. It didn’t use to be. I can still remember getting a less-than-friendly response from some of the folks that I came and interviewed for the Census. Most of that came from my being a Census taker. But some was because I was a Black Census taker. So when I came to McNeal and Fitzgerald’s shop to talk to them about the problems they were having, and saw the location, my aha! impulse kicked in. The troubles they’re having

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(Cont. From Page 14) BRABENDER. Sunday the Governor signed the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget. This is the fourth budget the Corbett Administration passed on time and without raising taxes. The $29 billion budget included additional funding for violence against women, for State Troopers and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Unfortunately nothing was done on the privatization of the Liquor Control Board wholesale and retail operations or the transportation bill. The budget increased funding for K-12 educations and kept higher-education funding constant at $1.6 billion. Contrary to assertions Corbett has reduced funding for schools, he has increased state funding of K-12 education. Overall funding declined from the last year that Ed Rendell was Governor, because Rendell’s last budget for education included one-time federal stimulus money. Irrespective of the facts, the media and Democrats claim the Corbett administration has cut state funding of schools. According to a study done by National Journal, only a few states, namely New York and Alaska,

spend more money on education than Pennsylvania. The additional funding for K-12 will send the City of Philadelphia $2 million more in funding for early education in addition to the $24 million the State had previously owed the federal government that is now forgiven. These funds are to help the City cover the School District’s sizable deficit. The School District requested $60 million from the City, $120 million from the State and $133 million from its unions to fill a $304 million funding gap. The Mayor and many local officials obviously want more from Harrisburg. I do not believe the Governor will do more to help the City’s schools unless the School District offers real reform and thoughtful cost-cutting. We need to promote or let go teachers on performance, not seniority. We should stop spending money on buildings and administrators in underutilized schools, and not cutting programs for students. Some believe if Corbett does not win reelection next year, state funding to our schools will increase. Even if he loses (and don’t count him out yet), I cannot see legislators from other parts of the state throwing money at our poorly run school system.

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