Every now and then a story comes along that trashes conventional wisdom. Celia Pretter organized a cleanup of her Mount Airy block, rented a U-Haul truck to haul the debris, and drove it last week to the city's Northwest Sanitation Convenience Center. She was turned away for using a commercial vehicle, which she had rented solely for that purpose. Irate, Pretter watched multiple pickup trucks unload what appeared to be commercial debris. Last week, I wrote a column lamenting the situation.
Seemingly immune to simplicity, Philadelphia has perfected the art of duplication. For almost two decades, the city has been home to two marketing agencies, each fielding two websites, two sets of handsomely compensated executives, and now two branding campaigns to woo potential visitors.
It's Comcast's world. We just pay for it. Executives from the Philadelphia-based cable and Internet behemoth traveled to Capitol Hill to plead their case for a $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, part of its inexorable march toward complete domination of American viewers.
Every indicted legislator deserves his or her day in court, and in Pennsylvania there have been so many of them. How many other states can boast of not one but two former House speakers now intimately familiar with the correctional system? We should all be so proud.
Karen Heller has interviewed Philip Roth and Zsa Zsa Gabor, spent time with Pink and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the celebrated and the exemplary unsung. She's covered Miss America and political conventions. She's been a provocative voice at The Inquirer for nearly 20 years, garnering awards for criticism, feature writing and investigative reporting, and was a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.