Jim Kenney took his oath of office yesterday, officially launching his second term as Philly’s mayor. With it, he made some promises for the next four years, including one that would require Philadelphians to do something that many don’t want to do.
We also heard from the Eagles yesterday, a day after their season-ending loss to the Seahawks. There was some talk about Carson Wentz’s injury and the futures of some key players.
Priority No. 1 for Kenney as he gets his second term as Philadelphia’s mayor started will be reducing the city’s gun violence. He said as much yesterday.
“Talking to the moms and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, of the young men and women cut down on the streets of Philadelphia has left deep scars on our communities, and, frankly, on me personally," he said in his inauguration speech.
Also, all 17 members of City Council were sworn in for four-year terms. And there was a shakeup in Council leadership with a new Democratic majority leader emerging.
Kenney also had another point to make after his speech: “If you don’t want to move your car, tough.” Every Philadelphia neighborhood will have sweet sweeping in the next few years, he said. If that becomes a reality, it would fulfill a campaign promise Kenney made when he ran for his first term as mayor in 2015.
Kenney didn’t offer specifics, but his biggest hint about the program dealt with the sometimes controversial car-moving issue. It’s a sore subject in neighborhoods with especially tight street parking.
“Maybe that hit will finally teach him his lesson. It’s a fine line, as Doug Pederson likes to say, between aggressiveness and recklessness. Sunday, Wentz needed to stay further behind the line,” writes sports columnist Marcus Hayes.
But not everyone agrees. Sports columnist Bob Ford writes that neither Wentz nor the player who tackled him is to blame for Wentz’s concussion. Rather, he writes, it’s the nature of the sport itself.
And columnist David Murphy comes at Wentz’s injury from another angle: the hit that knocked the QB out should have been a penalty, and when the refs didn’t throw a flag, the NFL failed Wentz, the Eagles, and their fans.
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