Here’s what passes for “the good news”: At this point, the city of Philadelphia is finally, unequivocally, view-ing gun violence as a public health crisis that requires interdisciplinary solutions. The problem at hand? Figuring out how to efficiently connect the dots.
Before Hurricane Sandy, Union Beach consisted of approximately 2,700 houses. Since Hurricane Sandy, at least 100 homes are already completely gone—punched into smithereens by a wall of water that surged out of the bay—and many more will need to be demolished. Almost every home in the town is damaged. But attention is largely focused on New York and smashed-boardwalk Jersey tourist towns to the south—not small working-class communities like Union Beach.
On Oct. 2, the courts ruled that enforcement of the new Pennsylvania law requiring photo ID at the polls would not be enforced before this year’s general election. The problem wasn’t with the concept of tying citizens’ voting rights to their photo ID but with the state’s hasty, haphazard, lackadaisical implementation.
That image—of a distant, sarcastic overlord who tunes out any objections to his decisions—pretty much sums up how many Philadelphians see Corbett. And for good reason. In the two years that Philadelphia’s been “bearing with” him, he’s made cuts that disproportionately impact Philadelphia.
This year marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. A playwright known for his unique mastery of the English language, Shakespeare also wrote a lot of beautiful, but admittedly pedantic, poems called sonnets. We know him mostly, though, because of his acute grasp of human experience told through sardonic comedies (A Midsummer’s Night Dream) or horrific tragedies [...]
Politicians are endorsing it. President Obama says it’s not so dangerous. If a Democrat wins the Pennsylvania’s governor’s race this November, it’ll be decriminalized. But for the time being, in Philadelphia, its advocates and users are still getting arrested, and receiving, in one case, two years probation and harsh fines. Chris Goldstein, a member of Philly’s [...]