Last week, Mayor Nutter sputtered in attempting to sway even nine former friends on City Council to see the schools crisis his way. He craved a soda tax to plug a budget hole and, critics allege, polish his national reputation. Council members balked, grudgingly hiking property taxes (again), but raising far less than the mayor sought.
How, exactly, do I ask a man of faith if he's out of his mind? I mean no disrespect. But I know that's what readers want to know. Especially Catholics still so sick about the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that they can't go to Mass, let alone fathom how any bright guy in 2011 would choose to become a priest.
Monica Yant Kinney joined the Inquirer in 1996 and was named a metro columnist in 2001 at the age of 30. She puts so many miles on her car roaming the region she finally bought a Prius. Monica has covered suburban trends and Philadelphia city government and, for two years, focused exclusively on crime, color and characters of South Jersey. In the early 1990s, she expensed her cable bill while she was the television critic at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. Monica is a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but now lives with her husband (a fellow Notre Dame grad), and their two young children in a very old house in Haddonfield.
Her column appears Sundays and Wednesdays in Local & Region.