The observations of a well read individual with an interest in community development and economic growth.
The Golf Season
I just received my Tee Time book today. Many of the deals which were in the previous Tee Time book are no longer there. I will be playing and practicing at least twice a week. I also will be buying a used car. Let's get to it.
Even though he was a United States Congressman from Pennsylvania his conviction did not make national news on CNN. He had been investigated by the FBI for almost ten years for his misdeeds during and after the 2007 mayoral election in Philadelphia. Chaka was supposedly legendary for his ground game. For the political novice, this game includes the ability to motivate teams of people to pass out literature and get loyal voters to the polls on election day. Chaka had been a sitting Congressman and rarely had to campaign for reelection. His ascension to Congress was extraordinary. He served in the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1988. He then was elected to the State Senate and served until 1994.
He served a district that includes portions of North, South and West Philadelphia. His district also included Lower Merion Township. A more diverse juxtaposition of constituents could not have been put together without gerrymandering. In spite of his impending legal troubles, h…
Philadelphia has been the home of a number of conventions this year. The most famous has been the Democratic National Convention. The Democrat's nominated the first woman ever to lead the party into the general election in November. The African Methodist Episcopal General Conference was held in Philadelphia in July also. This was the 50th Session held since the Church was incorporated in 1816 when Richard Allen was elected and consecrated as Bishop. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts was held here in April. It featured over 60 performances and a wide variety of mediums on which art was expressed.
We are a destination city in many ways. It came as no surprise then when I found out that the National Association of Black Storytellers was going to convene here in November. One of my childhood friends is the local Director at the festival. I received an e-mail from one branch of this group called Keepers of the Culture. Even though we are a multi-cultural s…
I am absolutely stunned by the violence directed towards police in Philadelphia this year. I empathize along with the rest of the country over the innocent people killed by police officers. Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice and Philando Castile all suffered terrible fates at the hands of officers of the law. The circumstances of the shootings led many neutral observers to wonder what kind of training these officers received before receiving a shield to protect and to serve. The Black Lives Matter movement was spawned because of the rising rate of innocent civilians of color losing their lives in encounters with men and women in blue.
On January 7th, 2016 a gunman shot police officer Jesse Hartnett while he was sitting in his police cruiser in West Philly. He was severely wounded but was able to get out of his car and shoot the fleeing suspect. The suspect was unemployed and supposedly committed the crime in the name of Allah. On Friday, a police…