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?
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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