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Make Mayfair clean again
I have lived in Mayfair for 42 years. It was once a nice, clean area, but not anymore.
Renters and others that move in are not like the people that lived here in the past.
The lawns are unkept, paper and fliers are on the lawns, telephone books are on the steps for weeks, bottles are in the street, there are dirty diapers, trash cans have no lids and have mosquitoes in them, and a retaining wall is falling forward.
If each person that has a disorderly property would be fined, maybe after one fine they would shape up to avoid additional fines and live in a clean neighborhood.
Governor’s dogs may be in jeopardy
Recently Gov. Tom Corbett acquired two dogs in a cheap publicity and public relations stunt to deceive people into thinking he actually contains an ounce of humanity.
If he treats them the same way he does people, they will both end up at Michael Vick’s house.
Leonard T. Roberts
Take these giant steps to stop the madness in Philly
Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey:
You’re both good men who are sincerely interested in improving the lot of Philadelphians. However, you’re swimming against the tide of a violent, uneducated, unemployable underclass that is bent upon hammering this city back to the Middle Ages.
I just finished watching footage of the bus shooting prompted by a phone call from a 20-year-old “mother” who was chided for abusing her toddler. The footage was on the Internet! Hey, good publicity for the city, huh?
I read the accounts of the flash mobs’ attacks upon innocent passers-by in Center City. From 10 to 15 jackals mocked those victims as they were being beaten and stomped. Four, including an 11-year-old, were arrested.
Our schools serve as stages for brawling students.
Meanwhile, public monies representing tens of millions of dollars are being leached out of our public coffers by the likes of a hilandering PHA director, a self-serving chool superintendent and connected politicos and their friends. Need $50,000 for a block party? Fewer resources equate with more difficulties in addressing the above situations.
Allow me to make a few suggestions.
Boot-camp oriented institutions for the hoodlums. When in school, they’re raising hell, and at home they’re following the examples of individuals who belong on the Maury Povich Show. Losers beget losers. Let’s try to reform some of these individuals.
Court hearings and penalties for the irresponsible “parents.” Incarceration. Fines. Dismissal from public housing. The revocation of assistance payments. Public service. A hundred or so cleaners in orange jumpsuits would do wonders for the dirty streets of Philadelphia. Good citizenship is a responsibility for all Philadelphians.
The garnishing of wages to pay court fines and to compensate the city for its expenditure of public resources. If one calls 911 for an emergency trip to the ER, one gets a bill, and the city expects to get paid.
I also demand that City Council develop a program for dealing with the above crises as well. And let’s not tiptoe around the causes for the diminution of the quality of life in this city. It’s time for plain talking.
Joe McColgan is an exception worth your vote
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe McColgan, candidate for Philadelphia City Council at-large. I wanted to write and say it was a pleasant surprise to finally speak to a candidate running for office who is “one of us.”
Too often in our city, people seek office purely for personal gain and arrive to City Hall with their own agenda — not that of the people who voted them in. Based on my conversation with Mr. McColgan, I truly believe he is different and has what it takes to lead our city in the right direction precisely because of his “non-political” background.
A former naval officer, Mr. McColgan explained to me how he and his wife (a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital) established a non-profit offering care to sexually and physically abused children long before he even considered running for City Council. It was refreshing to meet someone who understands what the residents of Philadelphia need because he himself is one.
It seems just about every politician or person seeking to become one in Philadelphia is just in office to add to their pension without possessing any real desire or intention to address the needs of our city. I like to say that Joe McColgan seems to be the exception to that old Philadelphia rule.
Sean W. Mullen
Readers write about the 10th district Council race
The choice is simple: O’Neill for Council president
Congratulations to your Aug. 4 editorial, which stated emphatically, “The Northeast Times will not endorse any City Council candidate who refuses to rule out voting for Tasco for president when the new Council convenes in January.”
This message needs to be expanded considering a recent thought-provoking article in the Daily News written by John Baer, “With his national exposure growing, might Nutter get Obama appointment?”
If Mayor Nutter were to be offered and accepted an appointment, the president of City Council, through succession, becomes our next mayor.
Gossip, rumor and speculation have centered on the choice of either Marian Tasco or Darrell Clarke as the next Council president. Neither of these two should be chosen!
Tasco’s strikes not only include DROP, but serving as the chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee, she has been a major force in destroying maternity care delivery options for families throughout the city. In the Northeast, expectant parents have been forced toward the suburbs (Abington, Holy Redeemer and St. Mary’s) for access to care that has been eliminated at Aria, Nazareth, Jeanes and the closing of Northeastern.
Clarke has historically been an enemy of the 2nd Amendment and destroyer of business opportunity, expansion and creation. Examples include the hundreds of thousands of wasted dollars in court costs over gun control, his legislative sponsorship of paid sick leave and supporting the merger of Fairmount Park with the Department of Recreation.
Looking at the remaining potentials, left are ethically challenged and philosophically flawed individuals who could steer our city further down a path of destruction and bankruptcy.
Most prominent are Bill Green, who has been tarnished by campaign finance issues connected to John Dougherty’s multiple PACs, Wilson Goode, saddled with the scandal of Latrice Bryant, and the master of non-issues, Jim Kenney, who continues to expand the authority of the PPA. Jannnie Blackwell, Curtis Jones, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Bill Greenlee and Blondell Reynolds-Brown also cannot honestly be considered desirable as Council president.
Of those remaining, the choice is obviously simple — support Brian O’Neill for re-election and his promotion from serving as Republican minority leader to Council president.
His 30-plus years of dedicated service to the 10th district, thoughtful and fair legislation — as well his zoning expertise — qualify him for consideration as Council president. Factor in the prospect of a minimum of two new Republican Council members and these three as a block could potentially provide compromising leverage in securing the best interest in moving Philadelphia toward a more favorable direction.
The influence, power and authority created in a “what-if” situation reinforces the importance of choosing wisely an appropriate president for City Council.
(Editor’s note: Mr. Money lost a bid for a Republican nomination for Council at-large in the May primary election.)
What does O’Nell think about a Tasco presidency?
I could not agree more with your Aug. 4 editorial on the City Council presidency issue.
Back in May of this year I pledged to not support Marian Tasco. I also challenged my opponent to do the same. To date, I have gotten no response nor seen his position clearly defined.
I hope this really is THE criteria used for NOT receiving the Northeast Times endorsement. I also hope you continue to drive this point home. The time for self-serving politicians is over, half-million-dollar DROP payouts, 17 percent pay increases in down economies, city cars, etc., is over!
In January there will be a new beginning for the city and an atmosphere of fresh ideas.
I believe it is time for the Northeast to have a new voice. While my opponent talks about voting “no” on property taxes, we keep paying more, and next year we are slated to have another increase.
Enough is enough. Let’s stop following the worn-out path and chart a new course.
Democratic nominee for City Council’s 10th District
Bill Rubin offers a better tomorrow
City Council is working this summer. Honest. Not by choice but by City Charter mandate to study gerrymandering Philadelphia’s 10 Council districts. The exercise occurs every decade following the U.S. Census report.
Last time they were sequestered in chambers 10 years ago, they started without Rick Mariano. After an aide reminded him of what was going down, he made a beeline downtown to protect his turf. He said at the time, “I like being a councilman and it’s NOT a hard job.”
I guess so.
Mayer Krain, who wrote a letter to the editor several weeks ago, thinks that the job is better served if a lawyer is elected. This is why he supports Brian O’Neill, as the job “requires the writing of laws.” Mr. O’Neill is one of two Council people who have law degrees among the 17-member body, and he’s the only district councilperson to have one.
Joe Gaynor incorrectly wrote in the same edition that Bill Rubin had a patronage job when he worked for Commissioner Marge Tartaglione. Facts as they are, Bill never had a patronage job. His work as supervisor of elections and vice chairman and trustee of the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement were civil service positions.
Bill Rubin supports term limits and will introduce one-job-only legislation. In short, this means City Council people cannot work at any other paying job. They must learn to live on $125,000 per year. Mr. O’Neill has had the luxury of working at a prestigious Center City law firm for much of the time he has been in Council, which covers 30-plus years. His firm was mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of several that were doing work for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Bill Rubin does not want a city car; he wants a better Philadelphia; he wants the same things that you and I dream about, perhaps pray for.
His list, in part, includes, a good education for each and every child in Philadelphia, a balanced budget, a limit on how many outside lawyers the city may hire. Bill champions a city that is free of blight and has family values — a city that is ethically sound.
John T. Fritz
Chairman, Republicans for Bill Rubin Committee
O’Neill backer sounds like his campaign manager
In a recent letter to the Northeast Times, Debbie Bonner opines, “It’s time to do some housekeeping with Council members, starting with the 10th district,” and she has just the candidate in mind to fill the office, Bill Rubin.
She elaborates: “What this community needs is a candidate who actively participates, listens and responds to the citizens in a timely manner. Haven’t seen that happen in a while.”
You’re wrong, Ms. Bonner. This week, I brought a situation with a city agency that has been troubling me for he last three months to Brian O’Neill’s 10th Councilmanic District office. By the time I left, the problem had been solved. They do this for constituents on a daily basis. And it wasn’t the only occasion I’ve received assistance with problems requiring the expertise of knowledgeable professionals like Brian and his staff.
Ms. Bonner was back in the Aug. 4 Northeast Times edition, yet again, promoting her candidate, Bill Rubin. She’s beginning to sound like a public relations campaign manager conducting a propaganda campaign in the press.
Why not do it the legitimate way, Ms. Bonner? Ring doorbells, hand out literature, hold rallies — whatever you choose. Brian O’Neill has an outstanding record with Northeast voters, which is exactly the reason they keep electing him.
Let your candidate fight him at the ballot box. That’s the American way.
Wake up and smell the anger, governor
Dear Gov. Corbett:
We are extremely fortunate to have such an important person as yourself, making public service announcements regarding procedures for emergencies and posing for photo ops with the new dog in the family, as we’ve seen President Obama do with Bo in the White House.
We’ve been waiting for you to make statements or hold press conferences, but we thought it would be to explain why we are in such dire straits, not making public service announcements.
Point being, Tom, you are the governor of the state and we are in deep crap, but you seem obsessed with not taxing anyone, especially your friends, drilling for gas in the Marcellus shale region. They don’t need your protection, Tom; they pay their fair share in every other state in which they’re drilling, and here’s a news flash for you — neither do we need your protection.
We would much rather pay a little more in sales tax than have our children deprived of their education and the underprivileged go without food and necessities. You need to come down from the proverbial ivory tower and start governing.
A number of your fellow Republicans in Washington have stonewalled the president’s suggestion of eliminating the special perks and tax breaks enjoyed by corporate America and caused a reduction of our triple-A rating. Don’t be like them, Tom, because we the people have a feeling that most of them will be looking for new jobs after the next election.
State pensions don’t make sense
Regarding last week’s article, Boyle brothers propose new bill, while it would make me feel good to deny a state pension to a person convicted of a sex crime, it does not get to the core of the problem, which is, why do we pay for pensions for any state employee, including the Boyle brothers?
I would have no problem with small matching contributions to a pension plan owned and paid for by the employee, but to grant 80, 90 or 100 percent pensions to them is just wrong, and expensive too. Furthermore, I believe that we do not need a full-time legislature, and propose that legislators be reimbursed for mileage and per-diem expenses while in session, but nothing more.
Salaries for people representing us are a ridiculous concept. Upon election, they should take a short leave of absence from their full-time position (like National Guard members, who are activated in federal service) and get back to their full-time avocation as soon as possible.
To deny a pension to a state employee later convicted of anything, including sex crimes, is not an effective solution to the pension problem.
Charles C. Kalata
Are they poor or are they just pretending?
In his letter last week (Section 8 houses are eyesores), Steve Garvin is spot-on about the behavior of Section 8 housing. I’ve seen the same thing in my neighborhood, so it’s not an isolated incident. But he did overlook the ubiquitous satellite dishes and cable lines.
Back in the day, poor people couldn’t even afford a TV set. Today, with the help of my tax dollars to pay for their housing and groceries, they can afford the best programming available. There are the poor and then there are those who “play” at being poor.
It’s time for the idiots and morons who run this city to take a long, hard look at these scam artists before they turn this city into another Detroit.