Letters to the editor September 1, 2011 edition

Keep the pres­sure on the DROP sham

I com­mend your ed­it­or­i­al of Aug. 4 (Sum­mer thaw) largely on two points: One, yes, we’ve still got plenty of great sum­mer weath­er left and all of us should en­joy it be­fore those cold and snowy days of winter ar­rive. 

And, second, I whole­heartedly agree with your ed­it­or­i­al board’s de­cision not to en­dorse a can­did­ate for Phil­adelphia City Coun­cil who would vote for any fel­low mem­ber for Coun­cil pres­id­ent who col­lec­ted DROP money.

As a Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee for City Coun­cil at-large, I have con­sist­ently fought against the DROP re­tire­ment pro­gram as a sham and waste of tax­pay­er money.

If elec­ted, I will not sup­port a can­did­ate for the Coun­cil pres­id­ency who ac­cep­ted DROP pay­ments.

I would re­spect­fully cau­tion the ed­it­or­i­al board mem­bers to listen care­fully to those can­did­ates seek­ing your en­dorse­ment who dodge the Coun­cil pres­id­ency ques­tion. My sus­pi­cion is, they have prob­ably made their de­cision, and it is one the North­east Times would vehe­mently op­pose.

Al Tauben­ber­ger

Keep Burholme Park clean, des­pite the slobs

Sev­er­al months ago I pub­lished a let­ter about keep­ing Burholme Park clean of trash and lit­ter. I also men­tioned the re­spons­ib­il­ity in this en­deavor by the North­east Op­tim­ists, who were giv­en the priv­ilege to have their club­house and ball fields in the park.

Well, it seems that I have drawn the ire of some North­east Op­tim­ists. I had taped a copy of the news­pa­per art­icle on the front of their club­house. It ap­pears some feel that I ma­ligned the en­tire North­east Op­tim­ists or­gan­iz­a­tion in my art­icle, which cer­tainly is not the case nor my in­ten­tion.

I know that many, be­sides the Op­tim­ists, use the park and ball fields. But when I see kids sit­ting at the pic­nic table with lit­ter on the ground right next to them (and the trash can), I think there is a prob­lem. That was the reas­on for my con­ver­sa­tion with sev­er­al Op­tim­ists at their con­ces­sion stand re­cently while walk­ing past with my dog. They pro­ceeded to tell me that they al­ways clean up after their games. When I poin­ted to the trash on the ground next to the kids, they said, “Oh, they are just kids.”

In­cred­ible! One of the Op­tim­ists ended by call­ing me a “wacko” and as I walked off told me to “find an­oth­er park.” (I live one block from the park).

I have had people stop and thank me when they see me pick­ing up trash, but the at­ti­tude of some of these North­east Op­tim­ists is, to say the least, dis­tress­ing, com­ing from what one would think are re­spons­ible adults coach­ing and teach­ing our kids.

Walk­ing past the ball fields one re­cent morn­ing, I was ap­palled by the un­sightly mess left around some of the benches after foot­ball prac­tices the day be­fore. It promp­ted me to go home and get my cam­era.

Quite frankly, I wish the Op­tim­ists would prove me wrong or, per­haps, they could “find an­oth­er park” where people are more tol­er­ant and un­der­stand­ing.

Dor­is Si­mon


Does the city care about Lawndale’s health?

It’s in­ter­est­ing to ob­serve the city of Phil­adelphia’s re­sponse to the re­cent flash mob in­cid­ents: An im­me­di­ate strong re­ac­tion in or­der to pro­mote the safety of Cen­ter City for tour­ism. Lots of over­time will be ex­pen­ded to do this.

Com­pare this to the ef­fort it takes to solve a linger­ing health is­sue in our Lawndale neigh­bor­hood. Since 2007, on the 6300 block of Lawndale St., homeown­ers have been try­ing to re­solve a health is­sue caused by an un­kempt house in an ob­vi­ous un­san­it­ary con­di­tion, i.e., very strong an­im­al odors, fur in the win­dow screens, and an abund­ance of fleas every­where. Nu­mer­ous calls to 311, L&I and the PSPCA have res­ul­ted in no solu­tion by the city.

Mean­while, we neigh­bors must min­im­ize our yard time, suf­fer al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to mul­tiple flea bites and con­stantly in­spect our shoes and cloth­ing on every en­trance to our homes and cars. We have been held host­age by a flash mob of fleas for the past five years!

Our ques­tion then is this: If the city cares so much to re­tain its tour­ists (and the money they spend), then why doesn’t it care to re­tain its tax­pay­ing homeown­ers (and the money we spend)?

Someone in the city’s bur­eau­cracy needs to step for­ward, take a stand for the tax­pay­ers, and get this health is­sue re­solved.

Mar­garet Rivera


A re­turn to con­ser­vat­ive val­ues is long over­due

I am happy to see that May­or Nut­ter fi­nally spoke some truth about the flash mobs in Phil­adelphia. I’m sure in this elec­tion year, he was un­der great pres­sure from busi­nesses to pro­tect Cen­ter City’s eco­nomy. But he needs to say more and en­cour­age a dia­logue here. (And one won­ders — where was City Coun­cil dur­ing this crisis?)

First of all, this prob­lem has been with us for many years, with al­ways, the same hand-wringing and prom­ises of more re­cre­ation, as if bas­ket­ball will turn these kids in­to Boy Scouts.

The me­dia and politi­cians have done their best to min­im­ize the prob­lem, wheth­er it’s called wolf packs, wild­ing or flash thug­gery. Do they think it will just go away? Do we for­get that a young man was killed in a sub­way-con­course at­tack three years ago? An­oth­er man suffered ir­re­par­able brain dam­age last year. 

Sorry, when mobs kick people in­to un­con­scious­ness and frac­ture their skulls, this is not hoo­ligan­ism. Lives are ruined. The charge needs to be “at­temp­ted murder,” and the pun­ish­ment must fit the crime. 

We now have a city where 70 per­cent of all black chil­dren are born to single moth­ers, ac­cord­ing to state health stat­ist­ics. “Daddy” is the gov­ern­ment, and des­pite what Hil­lary Clin­ton says, it doesn’t “take a vil­lage to raise a child.” It’s far bet­ter with a mom and dad.

We need to talk more about per­son­al re­spons­ib­il­ity. I won­der how many of these kids have par­ents who don’t pay their prop­erty taxes or util­ity bills?

Did you know that 10 per­cent of the re­tail stores in the USA have had flash mob rob­ber­ies this year? (ABC News fi­nally re­por­ted the story on Aug 17.) 

Vi­ol­ent as­saults have oc­curred in Chica­go, Mil­wau­kee and even at the Wis­con­sin State Fair. In re­cent years, His­pan­ics and whites have seen surges in single moth­er­hood, so if we don’t stop this trend, pre­pare for a fu­ture of even more so­cial un­rest.

What can we do about it? The solu­tion is simple, but fa­cing the truth is hard. We need to re-em­phas­ize tra­di­tion­al mar­riage, not gay mar­riage, and we must not glam­or­ize shack­ing-up or single moth­er­hood. (Think TV shows here.)

Young girls need more pre­par­a­tion for moth­er­hood, not soc­cer. Young boys need dis­cip­line (not fem­in­iz­a­tion), so stop tol­er­at­ing green hair, fa­cial tat­toos and pants on the floor.

Men, pre­pare boys to lead. And par­ents, watch your own be­ha­vi­or, like scream­ing on cell phones while you weave down the high­way. Kids watch you.

It would help if our politi­cians, for once, ig­nored the lob­by­ists and made a com­mit­ment to bring­ing more man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs back to Amer­ica, and cleaned up the filthy pop cul­ture that seems to get more ugly with each passing year. We need to bring back the beauty in life, not mock it.

We have to be­come a more con­ser­vat­ive so­ci­ety. We have to start talk­ing about mor­al­ity and not act like it’s a dirty word. Yes, we have to get closer to the “Oz­zie and Har­riet” Amer­ica of the 1950s that so many of us have ri­diculed for too long.

Lib­er­ated, hip, iron­ic Amer­ica just isn’t work­ing.

Richard Iac­on­elli


Phil­adelphia res­id­ents must stop the in­san­ity

First let me state that this is not to en­dorse any can­did­ate. There is a say­ing that states, “In­san­ity is do­ing the same thing over and over again and ex­pect­ing dif­fer­ent res­ults.”

So why, Phil­adelphia res­id­ents, do you do the same thing over and over, ex­pect­ing dif­fer­ent res­ults?

“The uni­on told me to …” “My fam­ily is …” “I like the guy …” “It is tra­di­tion …” “Someone knocked on my door and told me to …” “Be­cause of the col­or of my skin.”

What am I re­fer­ring to? Your vote. I have read many com­plaints about how this city is be­ing run through the mill, cut­backs in the po­lice and fire de­part­ments, fund­ing for an ail­ing edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem, and the city be­ing bank­rupt. How have you made a dif­fer­ence? You haven’t. You keep vot­ing for the same people and the same polit­ic­al party ex­pect­ing something mi­ra­cu­lous to hap­pen.

Aren’t you tired of the tax-and-spend men­tal­ity to say enough is enough? When I have a con­ver­sa­tion about polit­ics with some people, there seems to be a “myth­un­der­stand­ing” about the GOP, bet­ter known as Re­pub­lic­ans.

Many feel that the GOP is about big busi­ness. Wrong. If you want to know who is more con­cerned about busi­ness, look who en­dorses many Demo­crat­ic politi­cians — the uni­ons. When the GOP talks about cut­ting back spend­ing, Demo­crats talk about giv­ing more en­ti­tle­ments, from whose money? 

There have been many in­creases in tax­a­tion without rep­res­ent­a­tion, with prop­erty tax, garbage tax, a pro­posed soda tax, and many oth­er taxes from your hard-earned dol­lars; and from which polit­ic­al party? Why is there blight hap­pen­ing? Own a busi­ness and you have to pay a busi­ness priv­ilege tax, and you are taxed just for the “priv­ilege” of work­ing in the city. If you live in New Jer­sey, you pay a bridge tax.

This has gone to pure in­san­ity. Have you driv­en around the city and taken a look at many of the neigh­bor­hoods? Have you seen many of the va­cant houses that can be sold at a dis­count for someone to fix up and live in?

Look at the mess in D.C. Did you know that with the passing of Obama­care, be­cause it was a Demo­crat pres­id­ent, Demo­crat House and a Demo­crat Sen­ate, that when you sell your house, you will be taxed more from the pro­ceeds to help fund that pro­gram? There is already a 2 per­cent trans­fer tax in the city, com­pared to 1 per­cent in the counties.

To keep vot­ing for the same polit­ic­al party that has failed our city is just a way to say, “If it does not af­fect me, I really do not care.”

You’d bet­ter care.

Times are tough and it seems that the Demo­crat­ic Party does not care to stop tax­ing and spend­ing. It ap­pears that to fix a prob­lem is to put a Band-Aid on it, and that Band-Aid is more taxes — from your pock­et to the big Polit­ic­al D kitty.

Peter Lav­elle

Fox Chase

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