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Mayor Kenney Vows To Disobey Court Order On Columbus Statue



Alex Lloyd Gross Photo-Delaware Valley News.com The Columbus Statue.

by Alex Lloyd Gross

 

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June 2020 thousands of people from out of town came to Philadelphia to protest for black lives matter and George Floyd. By the middle of the month, a rambunctious group of mostly out of towners converged in South Philadelphia. The wanted the statue of Christopher Columbus gone. Since Mayor Soda Tax  will tear down statues he does not like,  they thought they would win this battle. After all just a few weeks prior, in the middle of the night, like a coward, he ordered the Rizzo statue removed.

Kenney discovered that he did not have the authority to remove it so he put a wooden box around it, and the protesting yahoos were happy. Soon, they left town and went elsewhere to protest. It turns out that few people that advocated for the Columbus Statue to be removed were from around here.  It also turned out that most of the people in South Philadelphia were deeply offended by what they call Kenny’s discrimination to their heritage.  These are the people who see the statue every day and  have no problem with it.

 

A lawsuit was filed and Mayor Soda Tax lost. Rather than dispatch a city crew to open the statue back up, ( he could have done it in the middle of the night, like they took down Rizzo), he decided to appeal, which only delays the inevitable, the unboxing of the statue.  Mayor Soda Tax is making this a priority, when people are being shot and killed in the city.

 

How about taking the money for the lawyers and court fees and putting that towards something more productive. Here are some suggestions.

More Police. People are getting killed everyday. Put more jail cells in so that lower level criminals actually get punished instead of a slap on the wrist. Or you can get more training for police.

Fix up the schools. Fix the sports stadiums at schools so that kids can have a sense of school spirit.  More text books and computers. Education through athletics.  While the overpaid lawyers work on a statue that the majority of residents actually  want in their neighborhood,  you could take that money and hire school bus drivers, so kids can get to school.

More structured programs to keep kids busy so they are not causing trouble. This can be funded through the recreation department.

Why not put that money into fleet management to upkeep city vehicles. By taking care of an investment, it will last longer. The price of a new fire engine or trash truck is about that the city is spending on legal fees about a statue.

There are countless ideas on what to spend the money on, instead of wasting it  making a few lawyers richer. Of course, those lawyers will disagree. They would be stupid not to . we cannot tear down every statue of someone that offends us. We cannot re write history. Columbus was not a nice man, but he was smart. If you want to cancel people who have offended someone,there will be very few people left. .

It’s time to stop wasting money and start spending it on the priorities of what city residents want. Not appeasing a small group of leftist tourists that only come into the city to protest when they are told to or paid to.

 


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
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One Response “Mayor Kenney Vows To Disobey Court Order On Columbus Statue”

  1. Nicholas Brunetti
    October 9, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    The Mayor, (aka) Mr. Potatoe Head, is not the Mayor of the people, he is the Mayor for Ghetto Negroids of this city…….48% of the Philly population, is now Ghetto Negroid. A number of years ago, then Negroid Mayor, John Street, told a crowd at a NAACP meeting, “The brothers and sisters are running this city” and Mayor Potatoe Head is most certainly allowing that statement to come true………As of this writing, 429 murders have been committed in Philly, over 90% of them are Negroid on Negroid slaughterings…..In one year alone, the Philly Negroid has committed more acts of violence, than Christopher Columbus ever did………….

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