At the Metro, columnist Brian Hickey comments on the Philadelphia Parking Authority's very public pursuit of violators with the most unpaid tickets: "Following J. Edgar Hoover’s lead from 1950, the Philadelphia Parking Authority broke out their best press conference attire yesterday and launched its “Top 25 Philadelphia Parking Ticket Scofflaws” initiative. As best I could tell, the stated message was, “Let’s publicly humiliate those loophole-exploiters responsible for 3,490 unpaid tickets worth just more than $308,000.” What interests me more, though, is what I perceive as the unstated message: “What better way to make people forget our inherent godlessness than a time-tested PR gimmick? Sure, the public will forever hate, but the PPA does what the PPA wants to do. Should that mean relying on excuses to skimp on the money being pumped into the schools, so be it. If you don’t like it, we’ll wait by your meter till it expires. Till you snap.”"