Letters to the editor, July 28, 2011

So­cial Se­cur­ity gives to the un­deserving

The So­cial Se­cur­ity sys­tem was cre­ated by Pres­id­ent Roosevelt for the work­ing people only. There are two reas­ons they say the fund is go­ing broke.

One is that the gov­ern­ment has been bor­row­ing and not pay­ing it back. The oth­er is that the So­cial Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion has giv­en 3,800 refugees $674 per month. They came from coun­tries that they claimed per­se­cuted them and that they were too old and too in­firm to work. That is $674 for an in­di­vidu­al or $1,011 a month for a couple. These people nev­er paid in­to the fund.

A man from Rus­sia, 70 years old, had one leg. He was giv­en $674 a month un­til he be­came a cit­izen. After sev­en years they ter­min­ated the pay­ments be­cause the man did not be­come nat­ur­al­ized. There are so many thou­sands us­ing our money who do not de­serve it.

Jerry Foglia Sr.


A vote for Bugs Bunny, Amer­ic­an cit­izen

Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Pub­lic:

May­or Nut­ter and City Coun­cil de­cided to dis­reg­ard the law and not re­port il­leg­al im­mig­rants ar­res­ted by Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers to fed­er­al Im­mig­ra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment of­ficers. Men and wo­men in law en­force­ment take an oath to pro­tect and serve our city.

Il­leg­als are com­mit­ting crimes. They should be re­por­ted be­cause they broke in­to our coun­try, but the may­or and City Coun­cil want to play polit­ics with the il­leg­als for votes. We did not vote people in­to of­fice to make their own laws. We want them to en­force fed­er­al and loc­al laws and stop put­ting our po­lice of­ficers in harm’s way be­cause you want to play nice to il­leg­als for votes.

The FOP, the uni­ons and all tax­pay­ers must re­mem­ber to vote for people who are go­ing to make our city strong and vote for can­did­ates that will obey the law. We must en­force the im­mig­ra­tion laws. Our pris­ons are over­crowded with il­leg­als. Our emer­gency wards and schools are over­crowded. Politi­cians must stop try­ing to please the crim­in­al ele­ment in this city and en­force the law.

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Ram­sey must obey fed­er­al law. He also took an oath to en­force and pro­tect the city of Phil­adelphia from crim­in­als. Stop play­ing word games with the word il­leg­al. You are put­ting po­lice of­ficers in danger and tax­pay­ers pay­ing more taxes to sup­port crim­in­als to hide out in our city.

How many of our laws do we have to sus­pend to make them feel com­fort­able in a place where they have no right to be? I took that quote from Stu Bykof­sky’s Daily News column on Ju­ly 14, 2011. We must vote in Novem­ber and vote May­or Nut­ter and City Coun­cil out of of­fice. We need a may­or who will obey the laws and take his hand out of our pock­ets.

We do not want the city of Phil­adelphia to be a sanc­tu­ary city for crim­in­als. We have noth­ing to lose by vot­ing for some­body else in Novem­ber. We know what the may­or and City Coun­cil have already done, so it’s time for a change. I will vote for Bugs Bunny be­fore I vote for May­or Nut­ter and his band of law­break­ers.

Joe Mc­Al­lister

Re­tired Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer

Ack­er­man needs to hip hop out of the school dis­trict

On May 25, Ar­lene Ack­er­man, su­per­in­tend­ent of schools, en­lis­ted the aid of sev­er­al prom­in­ent black clergy to call on you to help save the “hot food” budget. One of the clergy mem­bers was her pas­tor at Bright Hope Baptist Church. See all the in­form­a­tion on the school dis­trict’s Web site.

The Phil­adelphia In­quirer on Ju­ly 12 re­por­ted the school dis­trict will lay off many teach­ers to save $17 mil­lion from their sum­mer school pro­gram for non-at­tend­ance.

It seems no one came for “re­medi­al pup­pet mak­ing” or “hip-hop dan­cing.” The school dis­trict was of­fer­ing pup­pet mak­ing and hip-hop dan­cing and no one came. 

In what grade does the school dis­trict teach pup­pet mak­ing? The second, fifth or ninth grade?

Ms. Ack­er­man cut the food budget for her “poor” chil­dren, but keeps hip-hop dan­cing! She has got to go.

Joseph J. Mur­ray

Mor­rell Park

How to save Medi­care

While listen­ing to the politi­cians talk­ing about re­du­cing Medi­care, a thought oc­curred to me. If any­one con­victed of Medi­care fraud was auto­mat­ic­ally giv­en a five-year, no-pa­role sen­tence in a fed­er­al fa­cil­ity, I’m pos­it­ive this would re­plen­ish the Medi­care cof­fers in­stantly!

Fran­cis Mul­hern

Elkins Park

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