Letters to the editor November 16, 2011 edition

They didn’t raise cain when Clin­ton mis­be­haved

I found it al­most hu­mor­ous that con­ser­vat­ive talk-show host Dom Giord­ano stated that most of his callers are up­set that Her­man Cain is be­ing picked on so much. They claim that Bill Clin­ton was not picked on like that.

First off, these wo­men were paid to keep the is­sue quiet. Second, I guess Giord­ano’s callers had their heads bur­ied in the sand when their people spent mil­lions of our tax dol­lars get­ting Clin­ton im­peached and then try­ing to have him re­moved from of­fice. He got a sex act from a con­sent­ing adult.

Is that worse than sexu­al har­ass­ment?

Rus Slaw­ter


Cottman Av­en­ue bridge looks great

I would like to thank who­ever came up with the plan for the new bridge on Cottman Av­en­ue between the Path­mark su­per­mar­ket and the Ry­ers train sta­tion. It really is nice.

The old one had been painted the most hideous col­or scheme; my hus­band and I dubbed it “the ugly bridge.” 

It was as if they had used all of the leftover paint they could find. So, thanks for a great im­prove­ment!

Eileen Teti

Castor Gar­dens

Re­spect the po­lice­man — he’s keep­ing your kids safe

To the cap­tain in the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict:

Nor­mally I write com­plaint let­ters for my cli­ents and con­sumers, but I have to give cred­it even though many con­sumers hate get­ting a tick­et and dis­like the po­lice of­ficer who gives it.

Let me ex­plain: Bustleton Av­en­ue is busy dur­ing the school hours, and many mo­tor­ists, but not all, dis­reg­ard the slow-down signs and move through as if they are go­ing to a fire. That could cause the death of a child.

One po­lice of­ficer, Of­ficer Bys, Badge No. 4199, takes his job ser­i­ously as he tries to bring the neigh­bor­hood back to fol­low­ing the law. I have watched him each morn­ing, since I work here and live here, and as a con­sumer ad­voc­ate I am very much im­pressed by how ser­i­ously he takes his job.

He gives tick­ets to those who de­serve them, those who are break­ing the law. I want people to know he is not the bad guy.

All I ask is that you re­spect the of­ficer, this one in par­tic­u­lar, who is caring for your chil­dren. If they were run over by a car, you would be blam­ing the driver who broke the law and the of­ficer that didn’t see it.

I thank you, Of­ficer Bys, for your ded­ic­a­tion. I al­ways say give cred­it where it is due, and this cred­it goes to you for do­ing a great job in pro­tect­ing the North­east. Of­ficer Bys de­serves a raise.

I do not know him per­son­ally, but I know how great a job he is do­ing, so people of the North­east, when you see this po­lice of­ficer, shake his hand and do not curse him for giv­ing tick­ets.

Pearl Polto

Con­sumer ad­voc­ate for cred­it rights

A mess was left at the scene of the ac­ci­dent

Re­cently, a car and a van col­lided at Knights and Fairdale roads. I no­ticed the broken glass left at the scene of the ac­ci­dent and no one cleaned it up. Glass left on the road can get in­to your tires and work its way in, caus­ing the tires to leak or blow out. Why didn’t someone clean up the mess?

I saw a Ben­s­alem po­lice of­ficer brought out a broom and dust pan with a long handle and was sweep­ing up the broken glass. Why can’t our of­ficers do it? They make more than enough money, and I think they should try to help out a bit be­cause of our city budget crisis.

Robert F. Schaf­fer


She’s a proud sup­port­er of the fire­fight­ers

I have been read­ing all the art­icles about Fire­fight­er Jack Sliv­in­ski Jr., who posed for a cal­en­dar for a good cause.

Smo­keEat­ers Pub re­cently had a fund-raiser for the fire­fight­ers. They were selling steak sand­wiches to be­ne­fit the fire­fight­ers fund. While I was there pur­chas­ing sand­wiches, I also pur­chased the cal­en­dar, called Na­tion’s Bravest:  Fire­fight­ers Unite.

I thought the cal­en­dar was done in good taste and show­cased our her­oes in a pos­it­ive way. I will proudly dis­play my cal­en­dar in sup­port of all fire­fight­ers.

Fire Com­mis­sion­er Lloyd Ay­ers, you should be proud of these brave men. Our city doesn’t need more neg­at­ive com­ments.

Car­ol Chi­ac­cio

Winchester Park

Re­mem­ber the vic­tims of il­leg­al ali­ens 

At a Wash­ing­ton press con­fer­ence on Nov. 3, Iowa con­gress­man Steve King des­ig­nated Nov. 6, the 25th an­niversary of Pres­id­ent Ron­ald Re­agan’s 1986 am­nesty, as the Na­tion­al Day of Re­mem­brance for Vic­tims of Il­leg­al Ali­en Crimes.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, at Love Park in down­town Phil­adelphia, some mem­bers of the Tea Party Im­mig­ra­tion Co­ali­tion held their first Na­tion­al Day of Re­mem­brance.

They dis­played pic­tures of the vic­tims. They read their names, the names of the il­leg­al ali­en per­pet­rat­ors and news­pa­per clip­pings de­scrib­ing their bru­tal murders. They en­cour­aged pass­ers-by to wake up to the fact that the crim­in­al ali­ens who have in­vaded our coun­try are be­ing pro­tec­ted by our fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Our own gov­ern­ment is su­ing states that try to en­force our im­mig­ra­tion laws. 

Il­leg­al ali­ens de­mand am­nesty and want to come out of the shad­ows. It is time for us to give voice to the es­tim­ated 9,000 Amer­ic­ans who are killed every year by il­leg­al ali­ens. It is time for us to bring the vic­tims out of the shad­ows.

Mar­garet W. Ad­els­ber­ger

Wil­low Grove

By George, you’re mis­taken

George Tomez­sko of Fox Chase wrote a let­ter in the Oct. 20 North­east Times about HR998. The le­gis­la­tion de­scribed in his let­ter bears no re­semb­lance to the le­gis­la­tion ac­tu­ally be­fore Con­gress. None what­so­ever. And Rep. Allyson Schwartz is not a co-spon­sor of the bill.

Per­haps Mr. Tomez­sko read a de­scrip­tion of the bill put out by some so­cial con­ser­vat­ive group in­stead of the ac­tu­al bill it­self, which can be read on­line at the Lib­rary of Con­gress Web site, ht­tp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.998:. 

Howard J. Wilk


Amer­ica is broke

Re­gard­ing Allyson Schwartz’s med­ic­al loan pro­gram, NO, NO, NO. The last thing Amer­ica needs is an­oth­er Demo­crat­ic sponsored gov­ern­ment loan pro­gram.

What is it about “Amer­ica is broke” that you don’t un­der­stand? Bil­lions for primary care in the North­east? You’re all go­ing daft.

Joseph J. Mur­ray

Mor­rell Park

New coun­cil­man of­fers voters a gift of thanks

To the people of the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict:

From the bot­tom of my North­east Phil­adelphia heart, I want to thank the proud res­id­ents of the 6th Coun­cil­man­ic Dis­trict for your un­waver­ing sup­port dur­ing a long, but deeply grat­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

I am honored that you have placed your trust in me to lead the dis­trict back to prosper­ity as your new Coun­cil rep­res­ent­at­ive. I will not let you down.

From day one, this in­cred­ible cam­paign united people from all walks of life from Ta­cony to May­fair, from Holmes­burg to Pennypack, from Brides­burg to Wissi­nom­ing.

This was a vic­tory for all of the people of the 6th Dis­trict, proud, tough people who have chosen to stay in Phil­adelphia be­cause they re­mem­ber how good this place used to be — and can be again with re­newed en­ergy, com­mit­ment and lead­er­ship.

Start­ing right now, we go back to work to start de­liv­er­ing on our prom­ise of more jobs, safer neigh­bor­hoods and a re­newed sense of hope for our North­east Phil­adelphia com­munity.

With your con­tin­ued sup­port, we’ll achieve our goals and make the 6th dis­trict the finest place to live, work and raise a fam­ily in the en­tire city of Phil­adelphia. It’s time for a Great­er North­east.

Bobby Hen­on


A tale of two cit­ies

The pre-elec­tion art­icle in the North­east Times titled Nut­ter and Brown face off for the top spot rings up a rel­ev­ant and un­der­stand­able situ­ation that has been an is­sue in oth­er cit­ies such as Ne­wark, N.J.

Former May­or Sharpe James was favored by the people of Ne­wark be­cause they felt com­fort­able with him, hav­ing seem­ingly been sat­is­fied with his con­tri­bu­tion of land de­vel­op­ment in the ghet­tos of Ne­wark.

I am cur­rently at­tend­ing a power stud­ies class at Rut­gers-Cam­den, and one of the videos that we watched was about May­or Cory Book­er go­ing around the neigh­bor­hood in Ne­wark to talk to the middle- and lower class about vot­ing and over­com­ing the prob­lems that the city faces.

Mean­while, May­or Sharpe James in 2002 showed little ef­fort in win­ning the elec­tion be­cause he did not have to. He had his people con­vinced and they did not want change even though it could have been for the bet­ter.

The situ­ation in Phil­adelphia with Kar­en Brown and May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter two weeks ago was very sim­il­ar, al­though May­or Nut­ter, in his de­fense, has a lot more cred­ib­il­ity than May­or James as far as try­ing to clean up an eco­nom­ic­ally shattered city in debt.

May­or Nut­ter has done some things with this city and it is be­ing no­ticed and ap­pre­ci­ated by the people of its neigh­bor­hoods. I can at­test to that from firsthand ex­per­i­ence.

For ex­ample, aban­doned prop­er­ties are either be­ing bought or torn down and the streets of North­east Phil­adelphia are all be­ing re­paired after a very long peri­od of poor driv­ing con­di­tions.

It of course would be hard for a new per­son to come in and try to talk to the middle class about changes in a city when May­or Nut­ter has already en­forced the dis­cip­line that this city needs to stay afloat.

Timothy Del­Collo

Stu­dent, Rut­gers-Cam­den

Street protests oc­cupy the thoughts of these read­ers:

Oc­cu­pied? Only par­tially

Think the streets are “oc­cu­pied” now?

Wall Street al­most des­troyed the Amer­ic­an and glob­al eco­nomy in 2008 with its sub-prime mort­gage scam, cred­it de­fault swaps and “de­riv­at­ives.” Cur­rently the Re­pub­lic­an/Tea Party, with the as­sist­ance of the United States Su­preme Court and big money, is try­ing to re­store the very de­reg­u­la­tion of Wall Street that caused the near-melt­down in the first place.

On Jan. 21, 2010, with its rul­ing in Cit­izens United v. Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, the Su­preme Court ruled that cor­por­a­tions are per­sons, en­titled by the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to es­sen­tially buy elec­tions and run our gov­ern­ment. That gave the Karl Roves and Koch broth­ers of the coun­try, as well as for­eign in­terests, the po­ten­tial to lit­er­ally buy full Re­pub­lic­an/Tea Party/cor­por­ate con­trol of the U.S. Con­gress.

Add to this in­si­di­ous out­come the wave of “Voter I.D.” le­gis­la­tion in many states con­trolled by Re­pub­lic­an le­gis­latures — voter sup­pres­sion scam-laws like that which Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walk­er and his Re­pub­lic­an le­gis­lature are im­ple­ment­ing, and we’ll have a dis­en­fran­chised eld­erly, poor, minor­ity and stu­dent elect­or­ate — tra­di­tion­al Demo­crat-voters, in oth­er words.

Wis­con­sin’s Re­pub­lic­an “Voter ID” laws are pre­dic­ated on faked con­cern about vote fraud des­pite any lack of evid­ence. The Vot­ing Rights Act of 1965 is a land­mark piece of na­tion­al le­gis­la­tion in the United States that out­lawed dis­crim­in­at­ory vot­ing prac­tices that had been re­spons­ible for the wide­spread dis­en­fran­chise­ment of Afric­an Amer­ic­ans in the U.S.

Es­sen­tially a re­it­er­a­tion of the 15th Amend­ment, the Act pro­hib­its states from im­pos­ing any “vot­ing qual­i­fic­a­tion or pre­requis­ite to vot­ing, or stand­ard, prac­tice, or pro­ced­ure … to deny or abridge the right of any cit­izen of the United States to vote on ac­count of race or col­or.”

So, with the un­holy mar­riage of Or­gan­ized Wealth, a George W. Bush-stacked Su­preme Court, and a num­ber of red states poised to turn away voters in com­ing elec­tions, are we about to re­dis­cov­er the his­tor­ic­al real­ity mani­fes­ted by the im­plied mes­sage of “Oc­cupy Wall Street”? The mes­sage?

That would be: “The elit­ist, in­sens­it­ive, greed and power-driv­en polit­ic­al mock­ery idea of ‘Let them eat cake’ soon­er or later fails.”

The mem­bers of the real tea party cur­rently have taken to the street. Ima­gine if they take to the vot­ing booths next year. And are turned away.

Ar­thur Gur­mankin


Kudos to the Oc­cu­pi­ers

In my opin­ion, I think you should start at the steps of the Su­preme Court. Five of the justices (a ma­jor­ity) re­cently de­creed that cor­por­a­tions in this coun­try have the right to con­trib­ute as much as they please to the cam­paigns of their chosen le­gis­lat­ors in Con­gress.

This is a trav­esty and an af­front to every cit­izen who be­lieves in our sys­tem and ex­er­cises their right to vote. Con­gress­men and wo­men are ab­so­lutely ob­liged to the PACS and cor­por­a­tions who sup­port their cam­paigns; that’s how they keep their jobs.

How do you think these gi­ants main­tain the free reign to con­tin­ue gou­ging the Amer­ic­an con­sumer? Con­gress gives them the green light by vot­ing for whatever bills they have lob­bied for. They’re ob­lig­ated to them: that’s our sys­tem, un­til we change it.

What we have changed, however, are the amounts that in­di­vidu­al cor­por­a­tions may give to cam­paigns of le­gis­lat­ors, but the Su­preme Court, un­der the lead­er­ship of Chief Justice John Roberts, just erad­ic­ated that con­trol.

Pres­id­ent Obama ad­mon­ished them dur­ing an ad­dress shortly after this per­verse rul­ing, and Roberts was par­tic­u­larly no­ticed by him.

The gi­ants re­ferred to here are the banks, in­vest­ment houses, in­sur­ance com­pan­ies and phar­ma­ceut­ic­als.

You are The People and you could make a dif­fer­ence if you sit on the Su­preme Court steps and tell them that this is wrong.

James O’Keefe

Castor Gar­dens

Pro­test­ers should move on

While I have no prob­lem with peace­ful protests, I am very con­cerned about Oc­cupy Phil­adelphia’s stated re­fus­al to leave the Dilworth Plaza area when con­struc­tion be­gins. 

The new con­struc­tion will provide dozens of jobs, many of them well-pay­ing uni­on po­s­i­tions. These jobs will, in turn, pump badly needed money in­to our strug­gling loc­al eco­nomy, in­clud­ing the North­east, which is home to many uni­on mem­bers.

Surely there are oth­er places where the pro­test­ers can move. They claim that they are for the work­ing class, but how can this be when they are pre­vent­ing the work­ing class from work­ing?

Melissa S. Tulin


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