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I post my sudden thoughts and second thoughts here from time to time -- usually having something to do with Philadelphia and governmental accountability, but occaisionally on something more (or less) interesting. Check out my Recent Writing for issues of the day and take a look at some more in-depth writing in Brett's Books. Or, view the Bulldog Budget, which represents a wonderfully visual way to conceive and account for how our government works (or doesn't work) for us.

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That Familiar Stink Of Waste And Mismanagement

In a city known for awesome (mmm -- Jim's Steaks) and awful (ugh -- refinery) smells, it seems like that sulfuric stench of natural gas is one that cannot be avoided. The distinctive smell is meant to be disturbing so we know the volatile gas is present and can alert proper authorities to find the source of any leaking gas. That's a good thing. But, in Philadelphia, so much having to do with the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works just plain stinks. Last month, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission again called upon Philadelphia to eliminate wasteful and duplicative Gas Works governance, but city leaders have no plans to do so. It reeks of malfeasance when proper authorities are alerted to trouble but do nothing to fix costly problems.