Not to be confused by the State Senator, no, it was the U.S. Senator who came through Chester to plot a strategy to combat violence. For those caught up in party politics, a Republican from Washington sat down with the Democrats of Chester. Go figure.
I guess it was a secret meeting as they snuck Sen. Pat Toomey over to Widener with the Mayor, District Attorney, and ‘others’ from Widener, Crozer, and the Philadelphia Union. Am I the only one wondering who the rest of the ‘others’ were?
I say secret meeting because nothing in the news paper article implies anything was accomplished. It seems they just rehashed facts and figures we’ve seen in other articles. Maybe the reporter had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to share any of the important stuff discussed.
In one sentence Sen. Toomey said he will seek out federal grants that could help fund enhanced security measures and in the next paragraph he says the challenge is funding.
He says he’s going to see if the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can free up a few people to assist with manpower issues while going on to say that manpower is challenging.
He says there’s been a terrible spike in crime in Chester, which he was aware of, but was made aware of what kind of crimes were occurring and how it’s challenging the city and employers. Besides shootings, there's probably a few residents who'd like to know what kind of crimes are occurring, too.
With all that firepower in the room I would have expected them to tell me something I didn’t know.
I do know that if I was Phil Heron, I couldn’t justify putting that story on the front page just because a U.S. Senator snuck in town. The stories on the unveiling of Historic Signs and the bill to counter heroin overdose were more deserving for the cover.
Save the next Operation City Surge front page for when the grants are awarded or the tanks start rolling down the street.
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