Regarding Randy LoBasso’s profile of Cheri Honkala, the activist running for sheriff:
It’s about time the people start taking back the government. After all, it’s supposed to be a government of the people, for the people, ran by the people. Not some fat cat who has not, nor ever will, live in the areas ran by these offices.
The proof is in the pudding. She has showed that she can handle any situation. I think Rendell is the pebble in Cheri's shoe. But as we all know, Cheri will work very hard in those shoes even if the pebble hurts cause Cheri is a tough lady who can get the job done.
The Green Party is right on the money with their choice for Philadelphia Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala. I’ll be voting for her, telling everyone I know and supporting the only moral imperative coming out of this sheriff's race—keeping families in homes! It is about time someone was willing to challenge the way things are and change them to the way things should be. I saw her speak recently at a rally for workers’ rights and I was very moved by her energy and dedication.
Regarding Tara Murtha’s column about union picketing outside Milkboy Coffee:
As an ex-employee of Milkboy Coffee I feel the need to defend them in this battle. Milkboy does everything right as far as local community and world community is concerned. Not only do they support the neighborhoods/people in which they are located but they are a responsible business when it comes to recycling, composting, buying local, buying organic and supporting coffee growers by fair trade practices. What do these union guys do? They are out for themselves and they bully people if they don’t get their way. Grow up guys and stop littering while you’re at it!
What happens when there’s nothing to fight over any more? What are the unions going to picket when there is no new business to bully? They don't realize that there is no work for their members if businesses don’t want to move here. Philadelphia can’t be carried by nonprofit construction funded by the city and Penn. If people (union members and non) are going to have work to do, the city needs businesses. Have we learned anything from riding the R7 through Bucks County and seeing the industrial skeletons? Modern business doesn’t care about provincial bullying because it votes with its feet, moves away and the union guys are left to bully themselves. U3 ventures and Milkboy are bright exceptions and should be commended for their fortitude, heart and perseverance.
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