I have no idea what Tony Phillips was doing in the park two weeks ago, and I don't care. What I care about is keeping the voice of our best citizen and taxpayer advocate strong. Regardless of outcome, which is probably just the smearing of his reputation, Mr. Phillips would be entitled to be subdued in spirit. But Tony is a fighter, there's not a ounce of rubber-stamp in him, often the vote on council is 6-1. In a city experiencing a murder spree, what better qualification could a council member have than being a former police officer? It would be nice if some day Allentown becomes so tranquil that we can be concerned with innuendo's, but for now we need the kind of moxie Mr. Phillips brings to the City Council Chamber.
UPDATE: When I was a teenager there was a song called Town without Pity. the lyrics said "it isn't pretty what a town without pity can do." Of course in those days, before the internet, when you criticized someone you had to use your own name. Yesterday, there were 163 comments on the morning call website about mr. phillips, only mine used a real name. Under this posting i received an anonymous baseless personal insult off topic. I replied and stated i would leave the dialogue up for 12 hours or so. After I deleted it, an anonymous associate of the first insulter, accuses me of censorship. I will now monitor the comments. I welcome opinions and opposing dialogue, even anonymously, but not baseless insults.