Freedom of choice for religious shoppers
Regarding last week’s letter by Judy Brock of Parkwood: Merry Christmas! This is America. You can use whatever holiday greeting or no greeting you want.
The war on religion and the war on Christmas exist only in the imaginations of religious conservatives. Who’s been telling you it’s OK to say “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanzaa” but not say “Merry Christmas”? Names, please. I pity the fool who’s trying to change your way of life!
Ms. Brock is free to not patronize any store that does not have “Merry Christmas” signs, banners, whatever.
As has been pointed out innumerable times, it’s strange that people decry the commercialization of Christmas while at the same time placing great stock in $tores having all the right religiously correct Christmas decorations. Merry Commerce to you, too!
Howard J. Wilk
It’s time to even the score at City Council
Regarding his letter in the Dec. 14 edition, Downsizing should be on Council’s agenda, I agree with Mr. Jerry Foglia 200 percent. You must start at the top to trim the fat. There should be term limits for Council members, not lifers. Retire one day, then come back to work? That’s just greed!
Three-month vacations? Come on, man, some working people with families get no vacation. And, there are too many staff members — it goes on and on.
Voters must wake up and vote out the lifers! The hard-working men and women just keep working and give, give, give. It’s time to even things out.
Why no Christian symbols at shopping center?
I have been a resident of the area surrounding the Bustleton-Somerton Shopping Center for almost 20 years. During this time I have not seen one Christian symbol during the holiday season to commemorate same. I have seen during the 20 years I have lived here, Jewish symbols of the holiday season.
What have we here? At the Bustleton-Somerton Shopping Center, an owner of the shopping center unwilling to erect Christian holiday season symbols, and by doing so with the Jewish holiday symbols like the Star of David, but no symbol of the Christian religion like the cross?
I think all the Christians who shop at the Bustleton-Somerton Shopping Center need to stop doing so until the owner of the shopping center comes to his senses and stops discriminating against his Christian customers and apologizes for the discrimination he has deliberately sustained for the last 20 years, don’t you?
To all the area residents, I want to wish all a very happy holiday season.
Anti-gay letter irks this reader
Regarding William Walters’ letter in the Dec. 14 edition (Stop homosexuality): How dare you pretend “Christians” throw that evil book (Bible) in the faces of the intelligent, rational thinkers!! I just read your short, inane, misguided letter, and I’m almost foaming at the mouth from reading this idiocy.
If you want to talk about what the Bible states, then let us not gloss over the idea that it also demands the stoning (to death) of homosexuals, idolaters, adulterers, and misbehaved children. This collection of mundane sand scribblings condones slavery, forbids the eating of particular foods (i.e., pig and shellfish), and prohibits long hair on men, piercings and tattoos.
It’s hard to fathom, but I’m thinking you’re actually being serious with your babblings. Do yourself a favor and actually read the book that you pretend to worship. The plethora of evil and contradictions is not only mind numbing, but it is actually the main reason I’m an [moral, law-abiding, non-hateful] atheist. See more at: http://www.evilbible.com
A double dose of gratitude
To the good, honest person who found my driver’s license and Medicare card and placed them in my mailbox, thank you so much. I lost them on the Route 18 bus or when I got off at St. Vincent Street and Rising Sun Avenue.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, whoever you are.
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Congratulations and a word of thanks to the student mentors of City Year that I encounter on the SEPTA Route 67 bus. These 14 unsung heroes are a breath of fresh air and are true role models for the students of Fels High School.
They are the young people who wear red jackets who selflessly teach the students to be civil leaders. Again, thanks, City Year!
Kevin P Kenna
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