FINALLY, Some Answers From Candidates...?
- View SourceKYW To Host "Breakfast With The Candidates" ForumPerhaps Now Both Candidates Can Focus On IssuesLogan News GroupMayor John F. Street, and GOP challenger Sam Katz will face off on the issues confronting Philadelphia in a radio forum hosted by KYW News Radio 1060. The Event billed as "Breakfast with the candidates" will take place on Tuesday morning, October 14th at 8:00 A.M. on KYW News Radio 1060.In a campaign filled with personal attacks, charges of "playing the race card" and alleged firebombings and threats of violence and purported gun sightings-it will be refreshing to have some answers to Philadelphia's problems, rather than what each candidate thinks of the other's race or personality. In a city that is as racially diverse as Philadelphia there's more than black and white at stake. Neither candidate has focused on issues affecting the Hispanic or Latino community, neither is particularly strong in Asian sections and both have spent more time wooing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered population segment than any other candidate in Philadelphia's mayoral history.October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and mayor Street announced the formation of a "Domestic Violence Task Force" last week. Questions remain as to the make up of the group, and some have questioned why now, right before an election that the task force was formed. Neither Street or Katz have particularly impressed women's groups or organizations that deal with Domestic Violence and it's aftermath. While the Street administration touts low crime and higher arrest rates, murders related to domestic violence have soared to 23 this year so far, as opposed to 19 total for the year 2002. While advocates applaud lightly for the new task force, others ask "what took so long?" While Operation Safe Streets has made some corners and blocks safer, some have become prisoners in their own homes. Which candidate has the answer to Philadelphia's crime problem? It's up to you to decide.Sam Katz has been accused of "Making deals all over town". Promising almost every group he meets with something in exchange for their support and votes. He promised Center City residents of condos and coop housing units that their trash would be collected "on the city's bill" in a Sam Katz administration. Street promises continued safe streets and to look into a wage tax cut, while Katz proposes to borrow more money and lower wage taxes that way. There are some tough decisions to make, and some tough choices for voters to decide who best can represent them. If you can plow through all the mud both candidates have been piling up while each asking the other to run a clean campaign, maybe you can make an informed decision.Meanwhile, plan to hear what the candidates have to say in the KYW News Radio Forum on Tuesday, October 14th at 8:00 A.M. and continue to check out both candidates web pages as the election draws near. Look for substance and integrity, not empty promises and rhetoric.
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