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The Mayor Has Spoken! What Do You Think?

Tonight, Mayor Nutter addressed the citizens of Philadelphia regarding the $645 million deficit in the School District’s budget for the 2011-2012 school year. Listen to his address here. Because you are reading this, we know you are concerned, too! What do you think?

4 thoughts on “The Mayor Has Spoken! What Do You Think?

  1. The City still has corruption on several levels.

    There are several way Mayor Nutter can raise the needed cash – but he will not listen – because he would need to clean “his own house” first, and that would cause some pain to many City Employees.

    He can start by eliminating DROP.

    About SODA:

    Why tax soda and then keep serving it in Public Schools? No wonder the children can’t learn a thing.

    What happens to your body after you drink a soda every day, for a long time?

    “Don’t drink cola if you want to be healthy. Consuming soft drinks is bad for so many reasons that science cannot even state all the consequences. If you do drink soft drinks, as well as other sugary foods, you need the two products listed at the bottom of this article.

    One thing we know for sure is that drinking Coke, as a representative of soft drinks, wreaks havoc on the human organism. What happens? Writer Wade Meredith has shown the quick progression of Coke’s assault.

    The main problem is sugar. It’s an evil that the processed food industry and sugar growers don’t want people to know about.

    Even dietitians, financially supported by sugar growers and sugary product manufacturers, are loathe to tell us the truth.

    Don’t believe that dietitians are influenced by huge corporate concerns that feed people sugar, drugs and other health-defying ingredients? Go to their official website and check out the sponsors yourself. They are right there in plain sight:

    When somebody drinks a Coke watch what happens…

    In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

    20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

    40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

    45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

    60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

    60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

    60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

    So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week.

    Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.”

    Primary Source: by Wade Meredith

  2. I hear and read so many negative things about the Philadelphia public schools that it’s difficult for me to want to help them financially with an increase to my real estate taxes. Mayor Nutter states more kids are graduating from high school – maybe so, but can they read, write and speak well enough to pass a college entrance exam or present themselves well on a job interview? Mayor Nutter states that more kids are passing State mandatory tests – maybe so, but then we read about the schools that have cheated on these test by giving kids the answers to the test. I’ve read that many kids who are absent for most of the school year are passing on to the next grade level. And then there is the overwhelming acts of violence in the Philadelphia public schools that make it hard for me to sympathize with their financial woes.

    I do sympathize with the people who will lose their jobs.

  3. Philly schools are some of the worst in the country; look at the average SAT score and the anemic graduation rate. More pitiful is the % of students going on to 4 year universities. The school system needs to rid itself of the trouble makers; see Joe Clark at Garfield H.S. What he did was extreme, but it resulted in positive change for the students that wanted to learn. Until the schools wash their hands of these losers that don’t want to be in school and we stop wasting resources on them; the Philly school system will just get worse. As far as teachers losing their jobs; many of them don’t deserve to call themselves teachers to begin with. If they were effective at their jobs the school system wouldn’t be this bad. In the teachers defense though, it is hard to teach kids who know the teachers are powerless to discipline them. As for another 10% tax hike, Nutter will collect my last tax payment and then collect the tax when I sell my house as I move to the burbs. I will not pay higher taxes to live in this armpit of crime, trash, and horrible schools. As for the people who are not real good at math; those educated in Philly, another 10% tax hike on top of last years 10% hike actually has a % change of 21% over 2 years, not 20. See how they fool you?

  4. I don’t drink soda or sugary beverages but I pay property taxes and I just had to adjust my monthly escrow to cover last tax hike and I can’t afford to do it again for a new tax hike. I don’t live on a block in a City that is worth this amount of property tax. Do you?

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