Entries in Mayor Nutter (3)
Traditions are an essential, valuable facet of all countries, cultures, and communities. They provide great comfort to their practitioners and serve as a staple of consistency in an otherwise fickle world. Philadelphia, being one of the oldest cities in America, is home to so many wonderful customs and practices alike, that it is hard to keep track.
There has been a lot of talk about Michael Vick and his hiring by the Philadelphia Eagles. I realize the benefit of having this versatile athlete in the backfield, especially after our troubles inside the 20 yard line last year, but there are more important issues his hiring has brought to mind. The transition from prison to the work force is one that many persons and families deal with on a daily basis. As recent as 2007, Prison Statistics show that there are 2,310,984 men and women incarcerated in the Federal, State and Local prison system. Out of this number, 5.1 million will be released on probation or parole in our American communities. Michael Vick’s situation is not unique and brings to light an essential topic that should be addressed, especially for many of the public who are hammering the Philadelphia Eagles for making a grievous error in judgment by hiring an ex-felon. For a safe and better country, America needs to accept and help ex-prisoners adjust and succeed in their society by providing good paying jobs and promoting an environment of support and acceptance for true rehabilitation.