You won’t see this eyesore at the CEO’s home
I have tried to remedy the eyesore in the accompanying photo without any success. Whenever I have visitors or family members over, as soon as they go into my back yard they say, “What the hell is that!”
I remember when these companies went to City Council begging for eminent domain rights to trespass on homeowners’ property. They were screaming, “There would be simple installations with all respect for anyone’s property.”
This is an example of costly services with no respect for the consumer or their property. Just rig it! What about city blight?
Why should anyone have to put up with this? I’ll bet the company CEOs would not have this on their property.
Calling on the kids to help
I’m writing this letter to appeal to the kids of Mayfair who do care about their neighborhood — the good kids who come from good homes.
I’m asking them to step up and stop the kids who are causing damage to the complex at Abraham Lincoln High School. If you can’t stop them yourself, use your cell phone to call 911 and report the problem to the police.
In recent months since the football stadium has been completed, kids from the neighborhood have destroyed a new soccer goal, set fire to the new field turf (twice), and put graffiti on the stands, walls and now even the new turf. One knucklehead even let their dog defecate on the new turf.
Some morons let their kids ride four-wheelers around the complex, which recently was seeded. Go to another county, buy a home there and have your kid ride in the suburbs.
In this part of Mayfair, our hands are full during the day with the program that brought in 300 of the worst students to Lincoln. We don’t need neighborhood kids ruining a beautiful complex at night.
I ask the parents to keep an eye on your kids, and I’m asking the kids to take pride in your neighborhood.
Councilman O’Neill’s 30 years mean a lot
The other week I wrote a letter because I felt City Council candidate Bill Rubin was using the opinion pages in both the Northeast Times and the Daily News (where he wasn’t identified as Brian O’Neill’s opponent) for campaign purposes.
The Saturday after my letter was printed, Bill Rubin called me to discuss our opinions. As I found out from Bill Rubin, he is good friends with my son and a nephew of a friend and co-worker. He is very pleasant and a nice guy.
However, it is my opinion that when compared to a lawyer from a prominent city law firm who has been a councilman (a legislative position that requires the writing of laws) for three decades and knows the job, Bill Rubin just isn’t as qualified.
To change for the sake of change is not a good enough reason in my book. Can we really wait for Bill Rubin to learn the job and get up to speed, if he can?
If the voters of the 10th Councilmanic District look back on Brian’s career, you will find that the Democratic City Council members (Bill Rubin’s party) gave Brian a very distinguished, powerful position in City Council.
O’Neill challenger is a Tartaglione lackey
After reading several articles and letters in this paper referring to City Council candidate Bill Rubin, including his own self-serving letter, I decided to see what he had to offer.
After doing some research I realized this man has been a lifelong political patronage employee. He worked in arguably one of the most incompetent and corrupt offices in City Hall under DROP Queen Marge Tartaglione for over two decades.
Don’t get me wrong — I frequently disagree with what City Council does, but I know one thing: After the voters ousted Marge from City Hall in the primary election, the last thing the Northeast needs is a Tartaglione lackey named Bill Rubin.
DROP should be off-limits to part-timers
Luckily, people write to the Northeast Times about things that upset me, so I usually don’t have to write, but I had to address James Moore’s favorable letter about the DROP program (Don’t drop DROP for our heroes on the street, June 23 edition).
All due respect to Mrs. Moore and all the other crossing guards, but — WHAT? Yes, you do a very honorable and necessary job, but in times where the majority of people have no pension (or lost it), I find it hard to believe working three hours a day, having holidays off and all summer off entitles you to be in the DROP program.
I don’t blame you for defending the DROP program, but I don’t feel that it should ever be handed out to part-time employees. All your letter did was make me want the DROP program gone even faster.
John G. Snyder Sr.
What about a drought rebate?
Our bill from the Philadelphia Water Department now includes a “stormwater charge” approximately $13.38 per billing cycle. I’m sure it varies from parcel to parcel. The Water Department charges us for “stormwater runoff that is put into the city’s sewer system.”
What happens when we are in drought conditions or do not have rain for a long period of time? Should we still be charged as much or even at all? What’s up with that?
Parents, not schools, should feed the children
Since when was it decided that the schools should become parents? Not only are taxpayers funding school breakfast and dinner programs during the school week, but there are weekend meal programs also.
I’d love to know what excuses the parents use now who say they have to go into work early and can’t give their kids breakfast during the week. Even worse yet, now there are summer meal programs. And all this is being funded off the backs of property owners who dared to be hard-working and responsible.
It is the parents’ job to feed their kids, not the taxpayers’ job. How will there ever be any incentive for parents to learn to be responsible if someone else is always going to take care of their kids?
A Philadelphia School District teacher recently told me that the father of one of her students came to school one morning and yelled at her because she didn’t have the right brand of cereal for his daughter. I’ll bet this man had a smart-phone, HD cable TV and a car nicer than mine.
The schools should be institutions of learning only. They have a hard-enough job trying to teach kids what they need to know to survive in the world. They were not designed to be the caretakers of the children of lazy, irresponsible parents.
I don’t want to see any child go hungry, but if parents can’t pour their kids a bowl of corn flakes for breakfast or boil a box of spaghetti for dinner, they should have thought about that before they hopped in the sack.
It’s time for Ackerman the Inept to leave
Philadelphia has seen its schools governed by a host of superintendents who have failed the city for one reason or another.
Dr. Hornbeck was extraordinarily contentious, locking horns with everyone and every entity in sight.
Dr. Vallas failed to secure the backing of the School Reform Commission and was ushered out of the city over a deficit that represented less than $100 million.
Dr. Clayton was a stabilizing force, but she was also a top-down manager oriented toward primary education.
Mr. Michael Marchese had an inclination to invite school contractors to working vacations on his property at the shore. He did, however, enjoy a close relationship with the local politicos and, hence, survived public criticism.
Dr. Matthew Costanza, an honest and capable man, did not enjoy a warm relationship with City Hall and did not survive as superintendent for long.
Dr. Arlene Ackerman, however, has plunged the school district into a $600 million deficit, allowed school violence to dominate our headlines, and faced off against Mayor Nutter and most of City Council.
She has enjoyed compensation that projects to over $400,000 a year, encouraged “testing to” standardized testing (to raise scores), and broken contracting protocols at will.
A host of city schools have been turned over to private, for-profit entities with little input from parents, staffs and students. Witness the free-for-all over the appointment of an outside agency for King High School.
Real estate taxes have been raised again to tide the district over.
So why is Ackerman still holding forth from North Broad Street? Answer: She has the support of SRC chairman Robert Archie and other members of the SRC, which doesn’t answer to the city of Philadelphia, but rather Harrisburg. The Philadelphia Inquirer, by the way, has called for Archie’s resignation.
Who else supports this inept, duplicitous superintendent? Do I see any raised hands?
We agree: Ackerman has to go.
A question for the mayor
Mayor Nutter, are you ready to effectively address the youth and teen violence in our city or will you continue to sit idle while they continue to assault and murder innocent victims and each other?
Anthony P. Johnson
Fool me once, shame on me — but never again
Two summers ago a young, red-haired man came to my door and offered to clip my hedges for $20. Stupidly, I took him up on it. Ten minutes later, he was at the door again, asking for change for a $50 dollar bill he claimed another neighbor had paid him with. I told him I didn’t have change, but paid him his $20 anyway. Practically as soon as I shut the door, he was gone and hadn’t even touched my hedges. Maybe I should have had a clue when it didn’t look like he was carrying any equipment.
He did this scam all over the Northeast, and was back on my porch at 8:30 this morning, with the same offer to do my hedges. When I told him I knew his game, he swore up and down that he’d never done my hedges. At least that was the truth.
Folks, if this guy comes to your door, let him know in no uncertain terms you’re on to him and he’ll have to make his (drug) money elsewhere.
She’s not guilty, so what’s with the obscene cartoon?
Regarding the political cartoon in last week’s Northeast Times: Let me see if I have this right. When the young daughter of Casey Anthony was found dead on the side of a road, Ms. Anthony was properly arrested and questioned about the death of her child. Right? She was not beaten or forced to confess that she had killed the child. Right? She was kept safely in prison until her trial began. Right?
She had a competent attorney who most people now agree provided her with an adequate defense. Right? She was allowed to remain silent during the trial and on the advice of her attorney, did not take the stand. Right? The excellent judge presided over the trial fairly, and did not show bias toward the defense or the prosecution, and in fact controlled the excesses of both. Right?
The jury appeared to be intelligent American citizens who deliberated in an even-handed, fair manner without prejudice. Right? They found her guilty of telling lies to the arresting authorities, a crime for which she was fairly sentenced. Right?
The jury voted unanimously to find her not guilty of murdering her child since, they said, there was no evidence and no witnesses to convict her of this crime. Right?
Then will someone tell me the meaning of that obscene cartoon of Lady Justice with a bloody sword piercing her body and the scales of justice on the ground broken. Anybody?
Equal opportunity has blasted into history
America celebrated the Fourth of July with hot dogs, soda and fireworks. Looking back, our forefathers had hoped America would be the land of opportunity for all generations to come. Opportunities made us what we are as a nation.
Sadly, opportunities of the past no longer exist. Unemployment is high, and there are those who gave up looking for work. Even recent college grads find it difficult to get employment. The majority of the products Americans buy are made in countries all over the world. Obviously, this has driven the middle class and poor deeper into poverty.
Equal opportunity that was foreseen by our forefathers has become like the fireworks — exploding in front of our eyes.