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.
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.
December 1, 2014 |
After nearly a decade of haranguing Philadelphia government officials on issues of ethics and transparency, the policy director and interim president of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy is stepping down. But not without speaking her mind. Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, 60, a Philadelphia-area native who lives in Chestnut Hill, has no plans yet for what she will do next, other than visit her former boss, Zack Stalberg, who recently moved to New Mexico after stepping down as president of the committee.
June 10, 2013 |
In journalism, we have a saying: Three makes a trend. A few weeks ago, I ran into three different movers and shakers on our city streets. Each one first shared disillusionment over the usual suspects rumored to be running for mayor in 2015, and then expressed disgust with the current occupant of the office. One's face twisted in disdain as he spat out the words: "The guy is irrelevant, and has been since the morning after his reelection. " Another noted, "It took six years to build the Hoover Dam; six years in, this guy still can't figure out how to collect delinquent taxes.
September 8, 2014 |
TERRY GILLEN, a former top aide to mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell, will formally announce her candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia in her Southwest Center City neighborhood today. That makes her the first candidate to hold a ceremony marking an entrance to the race. "I think my experience working with Mayor Nutter and Mayor Rendell is a positive," Gillen said yesterday. "I think what people are looking for is someone who knows how to run a city, to be an executive and has experience in urban policy.
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.