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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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