As a community of advocates, we are committed to creating good jobs here in Philadelphia, providing our families with security and building a brighter future for our children. If we invest some of the billions we spend on the Pentagon in other sectors of our economy, we would actually generate more jobs, strengthening the middle class and protecting essential services that help our families.
Economists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst found that public dollars invested in clean energy, health care and education all create significantly more jobs within the U.S. economy than investing an equivalent amount in the military. As we struggle with high unemployment rates across the nation, this is a critical point to consider.
We want a safe and secure nation. The safety of our residents is of utmost importance. Proposals to further cut military spending should not threaten that priority. But the Pentagon budget should not be immune from oversight and fiscal responsibility.
Like any other department, the Pentagon must be held accountable for its spending and be able to prove that its programs are a worthwhile use of our limited tax dollars.
We believe that budget decisions reflect our values, and we believe that we can responsibly reduce military spending without compromising our nation’s security. We can shift from spending on outdated, unnecessary weapons to investments in projects that keep us secure and help us prosper — first responders, teachers, bridges, roads and rails. As you face some of the most difficult budgeting challenges in our nation’s history, we urge you to consider redirecting substantial funds away from military spending and toward funding our communities.
Jane Swift Dugdale
Delaware Valley New Priorities Network
Once again, Trader Joe’s on the 2100 block of Market St. should be commended. They have now put a bicycle rack in the front of a handicapped-parking space. Having never seen a tag or placard on a bike, I commend them for taking the trouble to set a trend.
They even put it in the closest space to the door, so those poor health enthusiasts with legs tired from pedalling don’t have to walk too far. Those handicapped people can use the exercise, no matter how much it hurts. Besides, the wheelchair bound can’t get out of their vehicles because of the bikes parked between the spaces.
You should really take a look when you would think it would be crowded, like after work, and see bicycle riders at their best.
Great idea, grating reality
After reading Councilman Kenney’s suggestion, I have one great idea:
Limit the size and budget of city-council members and outside contracts. Each councilmember should have no more than 3 staffers and no city cars, like Wilson Goode, Jr. (Brian O’Neill has three city cars, kenney has 10 staffers.)
Their office budgets should be limited to $250,000 (no WAM or “capital projects,” as council members euphemistically call their walking-around money slush funds) and limits on outside consultants, like Kenney’s $28,000 contract for a Twitter consultant.
The city is in a financial hole, and it’s time for councilcrooks to share the pain (they ought to take a steep pay cut, too).
Before raising my taxes and water bill (again & again) they ought to show some leadership (hah!!!) and take a hair cut.
Keith A. Barger
Where are you guys?
I find it disgraceful that we have to learn about the racist hate speech going on at 15th and Market from a couple of letters to the editor instead of from one of the crack People’s Paper reporters.
I know that your reporters are busy trying to bring down the PPA and pestering Philly’s white residents on why they are staying in the city, but where is that crusader against racial injustice, Will Bunch?
It took Will no time to convict George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin of a racial hate crime with the investigation just beginning and very little information available.
So where is he now? These hatemongers apparently are out there every Friday. Can’t miss them.
Thank you, Kim Lisacek and K. Rhoads, for bringing this to our attention. Forget about the Civil Affairs group doing anything. You have to keep in mind that this is a liberal town with a liberal media. Blacks publicly slinging racist hate speech does not fit their narrative. Now, whites slinging racial slurs — that’s a story.
Will would swoop down and expose them, the mayor would come out and denounce them and they would be shut down by the city or physically assaulted.