Letters to the editor December 21, 2011

Lit­ter­bug does dirty work in Rhawn­hurst

A thought­less in­di­vidu­al has been throw­ing hun­dreds of small pieces of pa­per out of a car onto Hor­rocks Street between Emer­son and Hoffnagle streets. The first couple of times, neigh­bors picked up this lit­ter, be­cause we try to keep our area clean of thrown bottles, ci­gar­ette butts, candy wrap­pers, pizza menus, cof­fee cups, etc., but a re­cent week­end was the last straw.

There were too many small pieces of pa­per for seni­ors, or any­body for that mat­ter, to stoop to pick up. Be­cause of budget cut­backs, the city no longer cleans res­id­en­tial streets. Who­ever is do­ing this knows who they are.

Have some re­spect and stop ru­in­ing the neigh­bor­hood for all the law-abid­ing cit­izens who are try­ing to keep a clean and de­cent neigh­bor­hood in which to live.

Joan Ship­man

Some­body’s watch­ing you, red light run­ners

There is an in­ter­sec­tion at Welsh Road and Le­onard Street where many times if I had crossed the road when the light turned green, I would have been struck by a car go­ing through a red light. I have to wait a good 15 to 20 seconds till I’m sure that all cars have come to a full halt. When they do go past a red light, they go so fast I am un­able to get their li­cense plate num­ber.

Maybe I’ll just get my cam­era and snap a pic­ture of these vi­ol­at­ors. So, be­ware, you vi­ol­at­ors. I’ll be watch­ing.

Mar­vin Garber


Shame on Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter for host­ing a cop killer

An open let­ter to Mi­chael Eis­ner, CEO of Phil­adelphia’s Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter:

Mr. Eis­ner, 30 years ago, a young Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer, Daniel Faulkner, Badge No. 4699, was shot on the streets of Phil­adelphia by a cow­ard named Wes­ley Cook who chooses to be called Mu­mia Abu-Jamal.

As the of­ficer lie on the side­walk out­side 1234 Lo­cust St. bleed­ing and in­ca­pa­cit­ated from a gun­shot wound to the chest, Wes­ley Cook stood over this gravely wounded of­ficer and shot him in the face, en­sur­ing that Danny would nev­er go home to his young wife Maur­een again.

Danny had taken an oath that clearly stated he would de­fend the Con­sti­tu­tion — the very doc­u­ment your build­ing is named for and rep­res­ents. Danny died that night be­cause he took that oath.

Fast for­ward 30 years. It is with a great sense of alarm and dis­gust that I come to find that the Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter re­cently hos­ted a rally for, and a phone call from, the same man who ex­ecuted a Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer in cold blood.

I’m at a loss for words. That doc­u­ment ac­tu­ally stands for and means something to many of us. It does not stand for cel­eb­rat­ing a killer, let alone a killer of a sworn po­lice of­ficer, a po­lice of­ficer who served with the very de­part­ment your fa­cil­ity re­lied upon sev­er­al years ago dur­ing your Ju­ly 4, 2003 event at which pro­test­ers tried to over­run your build­ing. They en­sured your safety and en­sured the rights of the pro­test­ers were pro­tec­ted.

This is how you re­pay them, with a slap in the face? The irony here, however, is that giv­en the op­por­tun­ity, those same of­ficers that your fa­cil­ity slapped in the face will be right back there again to­mor­row if called upon to pro­tect you, your staff, your guests and your prop­erty. They’ll be there be­cause it is their duty and ob­lig­a­tion both leg­ally and mor­ally. You, on the oth­er hand, will surely pound your chest about the rights of a cop killer and stand be­hind the leg­al­ity of his present­a­tion. Mor­ally, however, you don’t have a leg to stand on.

The Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter was a crown jew­el in Phil­adelphia’s ex­pand­ing role in tour­ist at­trac­tions and ded­ic­a­tion to his­tory. That night, though, it be­came a sup­port­er of a cop killer.

It will forever be re­membered as the place where Mu­mia Abu-Jamal, a man who shot a young po­lice of­ficer in the face and killed him, gave his first pub­lic state­ment after hav­ing his death sen­tence va­cated.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on that feat, ladies and gen­tle­men. I guess in­jur­ing a former Su­preme Court justice just wasn’t enough of an em­bar­rass­ment for you?

Joe Leighthardt

Mod­ena Park

Look­ing for the at­tack dogs’ own­er

My dog was re­cently at­tacked by two dogs that were off their leashes in Pennypack Park. The own­er nev­er helped and just walked away without a word. He did not show him­self and took off after the in­cid­ent.

Our dog Sky had to be taken to an emer­gency clin­ic for sur­gery. We con­tac­ted the Fair­mount Park Com­mis­sion to re­port the at­tack and they were very help­ful. They said they would pick up their sur­veil­lance of the area and re­port it to the Philly po­lice, but  I really need to find this man and his dogs — a husky and a box­er.

They are dan­ger­ous and would have killed our dog if my hus­band had not fought them off. They did turn on my hus­band but fi­nally backed off.

Marge Al­len


Merry Christ­mas, Merry Christ­mas, Merry Christ­mas

I am tired of hear­ing that in or­der to be polit­ic­ally cor­rect we should not use “Merry Christ­mas” but in­stead say “Happy Hol­i­days.”

I will say “Merry Christ­mas” for the rest of my life. Who is any­one to tell me I can’t say “Merry Christ­mas”?

Say­ing “Merry Christ­mas” is not only Amer­ic­an, but also re­mem­ber­ing Je­sus, the reas­on for the sea­son.

It’s OK to say “Happy Ha­nukkah” or “Happy Kwan­zaa” but not say “Merry Christ­mas”? Ex­cuse me, I re­sent people com­ing in­to this coun­try and/or people already here al­ways want­ing to change the Amer­ic­an way of life, and fools that we are, we al­low it to be done.

I re­fuse to buy Christ­mas cards that do not have “Merry Christ­mas” writ­ten on them, and I will not pat­ron­ize any store that does not have “Merry Christ­mas” signs, ban­ners, whatever, in their store.

Oh, and by the way, Amer­ica has Christ­mas trees, not Hol­i­day trees, as far as I’m con­cerned.

I wish every­one a Merry Christ­mas and a healthy, happy new year.

Judy Brock


Re­mem­ber the reas­on for all the toys

This is about the toys we used to get com­pared to the toys of today.

My broth­er had a steam en­gine that you put al­co­hol in and lit it up. When the steam star­ted, it would whistle and roll across the room.

We were only in grade school when I got the mold to make lead sol­diers. We would melt the lead over the wash tubs in the base­ment, then pour it in the mold and some would drip in the sink and would hit some wa­ter drops and ex­plode. Don’t for­get the Red Ry­der BB rifle and the util­ity knife with every blade and tool ima­gin­able. Oh, the toys of then and the toys of now.

But let us not for­get what this sea­son and holy day are all about. Toys are nice, but think of the reas­on we cel­eb­rate that day.

John F. Rauchut


Did hol­i­day shop­pers buy Amer­ic­an?

The year 2011 is com­ing to a close. Hol­i­day shop­pers have packed the malls. The ques­tion is, did they find or buy any items made in Amer­ica?

Most ma­jor cit­ies have well-known sports teams that have shirts, shoes, bas­ket­balls, foot­balls and oth­er items, all made in coun­tries all over the world. Many fam­ous sing­ers, movie stars and mod­els have joined this trend with their arts and crafts, fur­niture, even pet products.

The real­ity is that al­most everything we buy is not made in the USA. If the vari­ous sports teams, the fam­ous people as well as the rich in­vestors would se­lect one line of their products to be made in the cit­ies in which they were born and in which they live, that would give our young people hope for the fu­ture and help those who are un­em­ployed.

We can only hope 2012 of­fers a bet­ter fu­ture and a bet­ter to­mor­row. This is what Amer­ica should be about.

Mar­ie Pat­ton

Fox Chase

She’s dream­ing of a worry-free new year

For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I have stayed up to watch Dick Clark and the ball fall on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. When my young­er sis­ter and I were little girls, we had sand­wiches for a snack and then giv­en pots and spoons to bang in the new New-Year. We nev­er un­der­stood why the song Old Lang Syne was sung, but now that I am a seni­or cit­izen, I un­der­stand the im­port­ance of see­ing in a new year.

My 21-year-old daugh­ter hopes to stand in Times Square some day. I al­ways hated crowds and loud parties and was sat­is­fied to be with a few good friends. I now get the jit­ters think­ing about 2012, but I have hope for a good year. What may come wor­ries me.

A close friend died re­cently. Two oth­ers are ter­min­ally ill. My daugh­ter gradu­ates from col­lege next year to a weak eco­nomy and her moth­er’s pray­ers that she finds a good job.

Part of the pray­er is that the work keeps her close to Phil­adelphia, but I un­der­stand that may not be pos­sible. I just want her to keep her pas­sion alive and like what she does.

When I star­ted work 41 years ago, my fath­er was so ex­cited about the be­ne­fits I was go­ing to re­ceive. I didn’t think I’d ever use the med­ic­al be­ne­fits be­cause I was healthy at 21. Now I am thank­ful that I have cov­er­age.

As I take a deep breath, I will think of the song but sing a dif­fer­ent verse to my­self, Old Lung Sighs.

I quit smoking in 1997 but then de­veloped a mo­bil­ity prob­lem that had noth­ing to do with smoking. I have to use a cane. I guess I’m glad I don’t smoke since ci­gar­ettes are ex­tremely ex­pens­ive. The aches and pains are part of age and I sigh as I try to get out of bed in the morn­ing.

Hope­fully Dick Clark will be at Times Square. It was re­mark­able the first time he ap­peared after a stroke. I want to see the ball fall at 2012 and share the mo­ment think­ing of only good things for the com­ing year with the “worry ma­chine” turned off.

Janice Jak­ubowitcz


Hol­i­day Cheer

You have just a few days left to get all of your gifts

Make sure you work a few over­time shifts.

All of the stores — Best Buy, Tar­get, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Macy’s and Sears — have long lines to check out

With all the hustle and bustle, re­mem­ber the sizes you need when in doubt.

You walk through each sec­tion and find a cool shirt

And no­tice an at­tract­ive wo­man sales­per­son and be­gin to flirt.

There are so many gifts to buy and not enough time

You know that it’s 5 p.m. be­cause you hear the mall clock chime.

Now let’s see what you got so far

Gloves for an uncle, fleece pj’s for Grandma, two cd’s for a neph­ew and a box of gour­met cof­fee for Mom and Dad by sav­ing loose change in a jar.

There are a few things you asked for this year

Like a lap top, an iPod, a dia­mond neck­lace and a trip to Las Ve­gas, but don’t worry, Santa will do his best, have no fear.

Now for the sports buffs on my list

Any­thing less than a win­ning sea­son, the fans call sports talk ra­dio and are pissed.

The Phil­lies have a loy­al fan base

And a real fan fa­vor­ite is our second base­man Chase.

Our G.M. is on the phone plan­ning a trade or two

Hop­ing the own­er group puts this deal through.

The Fly­ers are a team on the rise

With their tal­ent and youth, it’s cer­tainly no sur­prise.

The 76ers have a new own­er group

We’re hop­ing the play­ers can get the ball through the hoop.

Fans, with some good luck and ath­let­ic skills

You should have plenty of ex­cite­ment and thrills.

The Eagles did not win many games this sea­son

Fans blame Coach Re­id for the reas­on.

The play­ers got hurt and are very dis­or­gan­ized this year

Be­lieve me, no Su­per Bowl again, have no fear.

Don’t worry about gifts, sports, polit­ics and bad news

Re­mem­ber ’tis the sea­son to be nice — you have noth­ing to lose.

Have a great hol­i­day sea­son!

Glenn F. Laveson


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