Three things to know in Philly today:
MAYOR NUTTER HAS REGRETS: Regrets, he has a few. Mayor Nutter spoke yesterday with the Daily News about his first 22 months in office - both the mistakes he has learned from and his plans for the future. "I'm a lifelong learner and I'm still learning. And because I really am human and still the guy from 55th and Larchwood, I'm going to continue to learn and continue to grow. From time to time I'm going to make mistakes because I'm human. It's a constant reflection process for me to try to figure out how can I be better." (Daily News)
ATHEISTS EVANGELIZE ON SEPTA: An unusual new ad has popped up on the side of some Septa buses and in subway cars. It asks, "Are you good without God?" The ad was placed by a coalition of non-believers. The ad appears on 25 buses and in 25 subway cars. It cost $5,000.00 to run from now until December 7, and it was paid for by a group called the United Coalition of Reason. That's Reason, as opposed to religious belief. Spokeswoman Martha Knox says the group wants to provide the same kind of community that churches provide for believers. (KYW 1060)
FIRES HAVE DOYLESTOWN ON ALERT: The smell of burning leaves has summoned no autumn nostalgia in Doylestown. Fire trucks, yes. Nostalgia, no. A rash of small, overnight fires - leaf piles, trash containers, and the occasional periphery of a lawyer's office - has put officials in the Bucks County borough on guard. Ten such fires, all considered suspicious, have been reported since Oct. 23 in a several-block area of historic homes, offices and shops. Doylestown usually has only one or two suspicious fires per year, Fire Marshal David Cell said. (Inquirer)
The reality is that times are tough, and they’re likely to stay that way for a while. So what Philly needs is more than a blandly competent technocrat whose public utterances sound like they come from a psychiatrist’s couch.