And for everyone who takes a city car home, how about you take your own car to work like everybody else, and then get in your city car and do your business? (Millions saved on gas.)
If you would do some of these things, it might not be popular with some people, but the city would climb right out of the red and into the black.
Mr. Mayor, stop thinking like a politician, and start thinking outside the box. Be a people's mayor.
DROP has cost this city $258 million ($100 million if you believe City Council, but I don't).
Mayor Nutter and the people of Philadelphia want this program killed. City Council defiantly refuses to listen to us, instead taking orders from the city unions, which have been pillaging this city for years. The only way to get back control of this city is to vote out of office the first chance we get every Council member who votes to keep DROP.
They will never listen until they fear our power, just ask the union leaders.
Keith Callan, Philadelphia
So City Council doesn't want to drop DROP. The members of Council
work for the taxpayers. Why don't they put on ballot this November a question asking us if we want them to keep DROP or get rid of it?
I guarantee the citizens of this city will win.
James Webb Sr.
City workers are no more entitled to enhanced pensions than any other working people.
Whether DROP costs $400 million or $100 million is irrelevant - it's money they haven't earned. When they took the exam for city employment, they knew what the rules were, you go to work every day for X years, then retire with a generous pension.
They weren't promised that they can put their pension money into an escrow account at 4.5 percent or Treasury bond rates or whatever. (My bank pays 0.4 percent.) If you want to get rich, invest in the stock market.
As someone once said, "The only way to find an honest politician is to throw all of them against the wall, the honest one will stick to it."
John J. Murtha, Philadelphia