The indefatigable Mayoral
candidate for the Democratic Party, MIKE NUTTER was an unexpected guest at the
fundraiser held at Curran’s Irish Pub in Tacony. It is a local institution. His
Honor made a very brief speech and said, “I would like to say more but would
like to get back to my beer.” He stayed for approximately three hours. Among
those supporting the fundraiser were STATE SEN. MIKE STACK, STATE REP. MIKE
McGEEHAN; City Council candidate BILL GREEN (one of the five winners in the
primary) and TOM FORKIN, head of the Frankford Ave. Development Corp.
It seems almost certain Nutter
will become the next Mayor of Philadelphia. During the primary, the five
candidates all agreed that the major problem confronting Philadelphia was crime
on the streets.
Most criminologists agree that
the major weapon for reducing crime is to put more uniformed officers on the
street. Here is a quick way to do that, assuming the money can be obtained from
either the State or Federal government to pay for the costs. Obviously, after
Nutter made so many statements about reducing taxes, money cannot come from
local sources. Here are the proposals:
Put the City Prison Correctional
officers on the street in uniform. This would have to be done on an overtime
basis for the Correctional officers.
Put the Sheriff Deputies on the
street in uniform. This also would have to be done on an overtime basis.
Enter into contracts with Temple
University and University of Pennsylvania to use their uniformed security people
in high crime areas in Philadelphia. Both Temple and Penn have their own police
forces which are equipped with radio, patrol cars and uniformed officers.
Make better use of the town watch
organizations around the city. By this, as opposed to two police officers on
foot patrol, pair town watch people with trained uniformed police officers.
Utilize the Center City Police
Force, a private organization which provides foot patrol in Center City. It is
paid for by additional assessments on the business community in that area.
Since CONGRESSMAN BOB BRADY is
now chairman of the committee in Congress which has a $4 billion budget and
includes among its responsibilities provision of security for Federal buildings,
it may be possible to work out contractual arrangements with the Federal
government to use their security people who currently function in the Federal
buildings in Philadelphia. Many are former police officers.
The Somerton Civic Association
Annual Memorial Day Parade was a huge success. It featured convertibles for the
VIPS all supplied free of charge by GARY BARBERA, the well-known car dealer.
Among the notables parading was Democratic Mayoral candidate Mike Nutter and
State Sen. Mike Stack. Stack was joined in his convertible by his niece KATIE
STACK and her friend AMELIA HATHAWAY as well as by the children of JOE STEWARD;
tagging along was City Council candidate SEAN McALEER. It was very well
organized by Somerton Civic Association PRESIDENT MARY JANE HAZELL, ably backed
by DELORES BARBIERI, ARLENE PETROFF, ROSEMARY RUBINO and DIANE CARUSO. This
parade was started approximately 20 years ago and has grown in size each year.
It was started because of concern that the veterans who served our country,
represented by the Memorial Day holiday, were not being properly appreciated for
their great service to our country.
There was a 1st-grader from the
MaST Charter School, GRACE, who delivered the National Anthem perfectly.
In the book, Mornings on
Horseback by DAVID McCOLLOUGH, a book about PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT, who is
quoted as approving the statement of JOE MURRAY, ‘not to insist on the spoils
when you get into office to share them equitably among your political friends is
almost as dishonorable as not to pay your debts.”