October 31, 2007
I'D LIKE to congratulate Al Taubenberger and Michael Nutter for their clean campaign. I've voted in every election since I became eligible (way back when), and have never seen anything like it. There should be a national law prohibiting cutting up opponents instead of saying what they intend to do. The airwaves are full of that garbage from everywhere else, but, thanks to Al and Michael, not Philadelphia. William Palmer, Philadelphia You can tell there is a mayoral election near as there was a street sweeper in Southwest Philly for the first time since the last mayoral contest.
June 19, 2007
ON JUNE 14, you published a column by Jill Porter and an op-ed by Christine Flowers. A day earlier, Jill Porter bravely related a personal incident involving a near-sexual assault by an acquaintance. The day after the Marsalis jury returned its pitiful verdict, Jill Porter wrote another piece about the shameful practice in the Pennsylvania court system that does not allow expert testimony in rape trials, which results in allowing men like Marsalis to pay little or no penalty for their heinous crimes against women.
January 3, 2012
Four years ago, when Michael Nutter was first sworn in as mayor, Philadelphia was awash in irrational exuberance, and it was Nutter who had opened the floodgates. Remember the thousands who encircled City Hall just to shake the man's hand? Or the preposterously ambitious goals Nutter outlined in his buoyant inaugural address? Double the college graduation rate! Halve K-12 dropouts! Cut homicides by 30 percent to 50 percent! "It's a new day," he said, too many times to count. Monday, in his second inaugural address, Nutter did his best to take back those promises, set them on fire, and throw the ashes into an unusually strong easterly wind.
December 8, 2008
NO ONE WANTS to be Mayor Nutter right now. Who would want to be faced - day in and day out - with the mounting pressures of a nation-wide recession? Who would want to run a city where tax revenues are plummeting and requests for aid are soaring? No one. That's why I'm thankful that Michael Nutter is leading Philadelphia. His integrity and consistency in maintaining this city in a time of need is critical. With Philadelphia in such a precarious financial state, he is our best hope for resurrection because he has the courage to make difficult - and sometimes unpopular - decisions.
November 6, 1999 |
While Mayor-elect John Street and his family take a well-deserved rest in Miami, Philadelphia's radio audience can listen to a heartfelt thank-you from Tuesday's victor. "Over the next few weeks, I intend to visit neighborhoods across the city, gathering your input on issues important to Philadelphia's future," Street says in a a 60-second spot that began running on 11 radio stations yesterday. Street says his administration will improve schools and neigborhoods, as well as expand the city's economy.
November 5, 2012 |
With the New York City Marathon canceled less than 24 hours before its scheduled start Sunday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reportedly had stepped in with an offer: all 40,000-plus runners could come to Philadelphia instead. George Hirsch, head of the New York Road Runners, which sponsors the run, said Nutter told him Philadelphia was ready to host the marathon Sunday if race participants could make it to the city, Runner's World reported Saturday. Hirsch replied that there wasn't enough time to do that.
October 17, 2003
Not too many of Philadephia City Council's 17 members regularly rise above its parochial bedlam and mediocrity. One who does is Michael Nutter, a Democrat from the Fourth District. He's a district councilman who ably handles the nuts and bolts of constituent services and neighborhood needs, but goes well beyond that to provide solid ideas and timely leadership on the city's most vital issues. He easily earns The Inquirer's endorsement over his Republican opponent, Jay Feinschil of Roxborough.
May 16, 2007
UNOFFICIALLY, Michael Nutter has been working to get to this day for years. In 2004, he began what would be a ludicrously long fight in City Council - a Council that would continue to dig its heels in, even against a backdrop of convictions and indictments of public corruption around City Hall - to get his package of ethics bills passed. These bills, along with new campaign-finance limits, began a new chapter in the history of the city. That new chapter has grown into a full story of reform, with Nutter the key author.
November 10, 2007
AS I READ Fatimah Ali's recent op-ed on that state of the city ("Next Stop, City Hall"), I was forced to look back on the last eight years in this city's existence. I agree that Philadelphia gets a bad rap on most things. However, a lot of it is self-inflicted. Our reputation as murder city is well deserved. The current administration had no answers, reacted too slowly, and really were more baffled than the police. Mayor Street has been nonexistent. Nowhere to be found to answer any of the questions.
October 23, 2011
When Michael Nutter became mayor in 2008, he took over a city reeling from at least a murder a day, a government beholden to selfish business and political elites, a stressed tax base, and a troubled School District. Then the recession hit. But the pragmatic optimist has made progress on each of these fronts, albeit some more than others, and well deserves a second term. The Inquirer endorses MICHAEL NUTTER for mayor. Republicans again fielded a poor candidate. Karen Brown has pandered to police and firefighters, promising virtually anything for their support.