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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/23/2013 9:39:19 AM
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Re: What more can one say?
Finally, someone with PR knowhow has penetrated the thick skull of Rob Ford. More of the same is much needed.

Just a reminder: Ford has been notorious up to now for firing his advisers!

Hazel
Hazel  
12/23/2013 3:12:30 AM
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Re: Save the Cincy streetcars
I agree, this is great news. Thanks for the update, Nicole! I think it's great of the Haile Foundation to champion this cause.

Hazel
Hazel  
12/23/2013 3:11:36 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Gun buyback scheme
Mary, I'm really on the fence on this one. Could gift cards really make that much of a difference? Don't get me wrong. I am hopeful that it will work. In fact, anything that works, I am all for it. I'm just skeptical on this.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/20/2013 10:17:41 AM
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Re: Save the Cincy streetcars
Just wanted to return here with a Cincy update... the streetcar has been saved. According to DC Streets Blog, "The system is expected to cost about $2.5 million annually to operate, which could be defrayed through private donations, advertising, sponsorship, and potentially other sources. Nine million dollars for operations was committed by the Haile Foundation, a champion of the project."

Great news, I'd say. And this is a rare, positive example of a politician flip flopping his position once in office.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/20/2013 10:10:25 AM
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Re: What more can one say?
Just to give a little update on the Rob Ford story. Ford issued an apology to the reporter, and the reporter has now dropped his lawsuit. The AP has the details here.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/17/2013 9:45:16 AM
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Re: Gun buyback scheme
We'll have to see whether the gift card approach works. Someone will need to do the math  showing a reduction in weapons charges relative to the areas where the gifts are given out.

richheap
richheap  
12/17/2013 9:40:45 AM
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Re: Gun buyback scheme
@Mary: I am also in favour of it if it works!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 3:10:31 PM
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What more can one say?
... about Mayor Rob Ford? That this man became mayor just to give us a chuckle or an intake of breath every week, or maybe more often?

Rob's reality show tops it all.

For those who missed today's latest, check this out.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 1:31:32 PM
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Re: Gun buyback scheme
Like Rich, I am struck by the thought of giving gift cards for assault weapons. But like Nicole, I am in favor if it works.

The question is, Will it work? I'm reminded of the War on Drugs -- we know how well that worked. Why do I think criminals might be laughing all the way to the bank on this one -- taking money from the government to buy their next gun?

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/16/2013 1:29:35 PM
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Re: Save the Cincy streetcars
Why do I worry that the money going back from these cities isn't getting into cities that could use it? The idea that the federal government could be nimble here somehow seems too good to be possible.

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