Small insults can wreck a community
Almost every day I walked past the garden in a sea of concrete at the Pelbano Recreation Center, a children’s garden. Then it was gone.
At a recent police meeting I learned that teenagers had destroyed the garden, urinating on plants, ripping them from the ground, even smashing the wood sign that asked people to respect this labor of love.
It’s disturbing to think that people would destroy something that could not possibly bring them any gain. (They must hate themselves.) Then I thought about the young children, who were soon to enjoy the garden’s bounty. What a lesson it is for the kids to see the mindless destruction of what they had worked for.
I hope the hoodlums are caught. Better yet, I wish they would turn themselves in and offer to replant the garden at their own expense.
Destroying a kid’s garden may not seem like such a big deal, but these small insults destroy the cohesion of a community. They tell us our community is less safe, our neighbors less trustworthy, and that is sad for us all.
Poor response from Council staffer
At 3:30 p.m. on July 28 I called Councilwoman Joan Krajewski’s office and spoke briefly with an unidentified male staff member. With the closure of the bridge on Holme Avenue expected to last between one and two years, I wanted to suggest a way to improve traffic flow around Holme Circle.
I described how drivers stop for the red traffic light in front of the Gulf station and there is no traffic coming from their left because the bridge is closed. There is a “NO TURN ON RED” sign on the traffic-light pole. Law-abiding drivers just sit until the light turns green even though drivers behind them are blowing horns trying to persuade the first driver to ignore the sign and turn. Why not remove the sign?
Even though the staff member agreed it was a good idea, he said there was no way he was going to get involved trying to have the sign removed during the bridge rebuilding.
It’s good to know we can count on the staff of our elected officials to get things done in Philadelphia.
Councilman O’Neill gets the job done
It never ceases to amaze me that the people that know the least about someone or something talk the loudest.
Councilman Brian O’Neill has been a staunch advocate for the Northeast and Philadelphia citizens for 30 years. I’ve been in Fox Chase over 25 years and have nothing but admiration for his work.
When the Board of Revision of Taxes attempted to raise our property taxes, Brian was there at the meeting supporting each constituent that was there. When the neighborhood needed a new bridge on Rhawn Street, Brian was a front-runner in getting it done.
More recently, Brian has opposed the soda tax, DROP and proposed real estate tax increases again. He’s always in the background getting it done for his constituents in the Northeast. He’s done it for 30 years and is the best equipped to continue for the next 30.
Councilman O’Neill’s time is up
It was refreshing to hear how City Council candidate Bill Rubin called one of the good citizens of Northeast Philadelphia to discuss his opinion. To see how he relates to people, rather than dismiss them, was quite frankly a breath of fresh air. A formidable man open to discussion regardless of opinion, who doesn’t come from a prominent law firm, Bill Rubin is one of us.
Looking back on Brian O’Neill’s career, one cannot dismiss the fact that 30 years is a long time to hold a powerful position in City Council, but the voters in the 10th Council District are looking ahead. And we’re looking at Bill Rubin.
A warning to protect animals
I am taking care of my son’s dog while he and his family are visiting friends out of state. We walk every morning and evening and observe the law.
Rocky is a 14-year-old small Bichon, a very docile and affectionate dog. As we were walking by the newer twin homes on Welsh Road below Winchester approaching Tolbut Street, an unleashed German shepherd dashed out and jumped on Rocky’s back.
I held Rocky’s leash tightly and tried to free him, bruising my leg and finger.
The 6-foot-tall owner standing in his driveway did nothing to control his dog, nor apologized for the incident.
This was abusive behavior. I hope my experience will help other defenseless animals to be safe.
Verdict of 12 morons makes no sense
Regarding Edward Huber’s letter in the July 21 edition (She’s not guilty, so what’s with the obscene cartoon?), since it’s apparent that you’re unable or unwilling to logically think about this yourself, Ed Huber, let some rational thinkers help you out.
Casey Anthony did lie to the police and you’ve acknowledged that in your tirade. Right? That’s a perfectly normal thing for innocent people to do. Right? During the proceedings she and her attorney admitted to the “accidental drowning” of Caylee. Right? So while Caylee was “missing,” although at the time Casey apparently already knew she was dead, she goes out clubbing?
Her daughter apparently drowns and is then wrapped in a blanket with duct tape placed around her nose and mouth.
Why? Casey’s actions are not those of a mother whose daughter is missing or who already knows that her daughter died a few days prior to her partying spree.
The cartoon you’re referring to indicates that injustice was done on Caylee’s behalf. How these 12 morons (and I don’t know what makes you so confident they were so intelligent; they deliberated for 45 minutes without reviewing ANY of the evidence) found her completely innocent of Caylee’s death is beyond me and the majority of free-thinking people throughout this country.
I say that she should be brought up on new charges of gross abuse of a corpse. I hope that helps you. I do what I can. If you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to ask us all. But I do encourage you to utilize some rationalization on your own. Best of luck.
Ackerman severance pay vs. DROP
I had not intended to reply to Mr. John Snyder’s letter published July 21. His angst was aimed at crossing guards (DROP should be off-limits to crossing guards), but The Philadelphia Inquirer recently had an article regarding Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s eligibility for $1.5 million severance pay, which is what she would contractually “earn” for the next three years. That would pay for my wife’s pension for more than 200 years.
Unless Mr. Snyder just has a problem with crossing guards because they work only part time, I suggest that his angst is mis-aimed. Crossing guards definitely earn their negotiated “part time” pension, to scale and small as it may be. DROP is a program, not a pension, that city workers can choose to use or not use.
It’s unfortunate that many people have little or no pension, and I, too, am disturbed by this. I lost 29 years of pension rights before Congress enacted “vested rights” (ERISA) in 1974 protecting your pension after working for the same employer with a pension plan, at first for 10 years, and changed in 1989 to five years. It is still difficult for many people to earn and keep pensions, and we’re thankful for the “luck” our hard work earned for us.
Mr. Snyder, even if the DROP program was denied crossing guards, it would matter little, because the problem is not crossing guards but the misuse of DROP by elected and appointed officials who should never have been allowed to use the DROP program. Their pensions are generous enough and in their case with “fake retiring,” it is truly double-dipping.
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Ours is the largest legion post in Philadelphia. We have 758 members. Men and women who would like to join can call me anytime at 215-632-7781. Dues are $25 for the year.
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