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Calling all crafters, artists, inventors, engineers, startups, garage scientists, tinkerers, science club members and Philly creatives: This Sunday, our city, once known as the “Workshop of the World,” will be hosting its first ever Mini Maker Faire, a celebration and ode to the art of making. The event will be an opportunity for makers of … Continue reading The Citizen Recommends: Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire
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After reading Larry Platt’s commentary “Tax Addiction,” I am reminded of something President Kennedy once said: “Too many people enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” There’s really no other way to explain how anyone can come to the conclusion that a non-discretionary increase in Philadelphia’s portion of the state sales tax … Continue reading Guest Commentary: In Defense of the Soda Tax
Earlier this week, after penning a classic case of blame-the-messenger defensiveness in the pages of the Inquirer that attacked City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s recent report showing the city of Philadelphia leads the nation in the mishandling of taxpayer money, (We’re Number One!), Mayor Kenney called a press conference to announce that he was creating a … Continue reading The B.S. Task Force