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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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