Other local bits
- Ray Murphy at Young Philly Politics offers an interesting take on the local priest sex scandal investigations, and in particular the way that they reflect on city District Attorney Lynn Abraham's seriousness about seeing justice done.
- The cover story of last Wednesday's CityPaper focused on the insufficiency of Philadelphia's response to the hunger of its citizens, who can get caught between circumstances and the bureaucracy.
But as I examined why, despite an abundance of programs geared toward helping the needy, hunger persists in Philadelphia, I did not encounter a grand indifference. Instead, I saw resources scattered throughout an enormously complex and arcane system — a maze, if you will — where people in need pursue food distributors endlessly, sometimes meeting and completing their life-sustaining transactions, sometimes dead-ending into missed meals, and always, always, putting forth copious efforts for disproportionately meager results. Some of the anecdotes are quite grueling.
- The Philadelphia Weekly asks whether Philadelphia can afford the proposed wireless plan, suggesting that public subsidies are likely to be required.