"A stitch in time saves nine." So goes the old cliché. We suspect many Philadelphia readers are familiar with the phrase. Another one goes, forewarned is forearmed. The idea being that by taking preventive action it is possible to keep bad situations from getting worse.
We read recently a letter to the editor of a suburban Philadelphia newspaper. The letter-writer complained that corruption in Pennsylvania has reached epic proportions, from people in state government down to fraud perpetrated on everyday citizens.
It was more than 50 years ago when a virtually unknown political aide took the automobile industry by storm. Ralph Nader's 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed" was a best-seller that turned the consumer protection advocate into a household name.