Ron Costello, Warminster
Walk the talk on union deals
In his budget address, Mayor Nutter had the nerve to say he respects the collective bargaining process and talked of lobbying Harrisburg so that the state lives up to its constitutional responsibility regarding education funding. Well, why doesn't he honor the legally arrived-at binding arbitration award for city firefighters?
Mike Wellock, Philadelphia
Good move for a greener city
Since I never really appreciated the Your Move sculpture of game pieces on the Municipal Services Building plaza, I am happy to see them go. Redoing the plaza as a park-like setting is a great idea. Green is always better than concrete, tar, or macadam. In the same way, more high-rise buildings - apartments, condos, or office complexes - should consider adding rooftop gardens. We could not only create places of beauty, but also grow food for many in need.
Bernice Sherman, Philadelphia
Medical fixes come into focus
Strategies to lower soaring health-care costs should be obvious, based upon the recent Time report by journalist Steven Brill: Change federal law so Medicare can negotiate drug prices. Tax nonprofit as well as for-profit hospital profits. Make it illegal for doctors to own or invest in medical device companies and testing facilities. Control consolidation of hospitals and doctors' practices. Cap the prices that can be charged for costly scans and medical devices. Limit profit margins on drugs. Lower the Medicare eligibility age.
Debby Kern, West Chester
Can new pope break with past?
Unhappily, the humble Pope Francis has inherited an office that is encrusted with centuries of accumulated imperial power. The church's teaching office operates within a bubble of so-called creeping infallibility, whereby it cannot admit being wrong in the past and therefore cannot change any moral teaching. Fear of contradicting his recent predecessors may tempt Francis to take such power to himself. The success of his papacy may rest on his success or failure in this regard.
Anthony T. Massimini, Woolwich Township, firstname.lastname@example.org