October 7, 2014
ISSUE | VIP LINE Expand 311 Philly The findings from our report on overtime costs focused on whether proper oversight and approvals were met for the additional costs the city had incurred ("Wrong number," Oct. 1). The report did not criticize the work provided by any of the employees, and, in most cases, the departments provided justification for the overtime. However, we did bring to light the administration's approval of a City Hall hotline that is operated 24/7 to handle problems and issues that occur within the city, which also allows special access to individuals.
October 7, 2014 |
IT'S ONLY natural, with reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State filling the news, for Americans to question just how safe they are - and if the threat is greater now than it used to be. We've never really been safe. At least that's what a database maintained by The Heritage Foundation finds. It tracks Islamist-related terrorist plots since 9/11 aimed at attacking the U.S. homeland. The number of documented times that terrorists have tried to sow murder and mayhem on American soil adds up to more than 60. In private, U.S. counterterrorism officials suggest that the number of thwarted plots, including some that may have been short-circuited in the "aspirational" stage, is higher.
October 3, 2014 |
AS RECENTLY cited in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Philadelphia is still the "poorest of America's 10 largest cities. " While the report showed that 9,000 residents moved out of poverty last year, and that is encouraging, it's hard to take any comfort when so many of our fellow citizens remain in poverty, many of them children and elderly. Over the last 20 years we have witnessed growth in the gap between the haves and have nots and the squeezing of the middle class.
September 30, 2014
I ENJOYED reading your article, and as owner and president of Graffiti Removal Experts here in Philly, I am eager to weigh in on the issue and share my thoughts: * Graffiti is rampant in Philadelphia, and I do commend the Streets Department on the great job they do in responding to reports of graffiti and cleaning it efficiently, given their limited staff and budget. However, I feel to truly tackle this problem, it is necessary to be proactive rather than just reactive. The vast majority of graffiti never gets reported, and many people either get used to seeing it or just assume it is part of "city living.