Go with gold in honor of the children
Ahh, all I see is pink ribbons. I am not saying that breast cancer awareness is not important, but what about childhood cancer awareness?
In October you can’t turn around without being hit in the face with a pink ribbon. I mean, it is even on cat litter.
In September where were all the gold ribbons to mark childhood cancer awareness? Isn’t childhood cancer awareness important? The children are our future. September has come and gone and I saw NO gold ribbons.
As a childhood cancer survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I deal daily with the side effects of chemo. I have lost many friends to childhood cancer. I say down with pink and up with gold. Remember the children who lost the battle, are fighting the battle, or like me, won the battle. Wear gold for our future.
14-year-old proud survivor of childhood cancer
Wake up and see the drug sales
Thank you, Nancy Tarlini (Methadone saved her life, Oct. 20 letters). I also am a recovering addict (20+ years), living within about two miles of the planned clinic on Frankford Avenue.
Other people do not see what we see. On my block in the last year, there have been two heroin deaths in the same house. The store just across the street is where my sons get their pot. It’s delivered to a side parking lot. Neighbors, ride late at night past Solly Avenue at Frankford Avenue with your eyes open for a change. It’s all around you.
I’ve seen the signs, “not in our neighborhood.” You’re all foolish to think it’s not happening here. Oxys are being sold in Pennypack Park at Rhawn Street. Wake up. Your block is next.
Election advice from police union leader
Dear fellow citizens,
No one is more willing than the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department to put their very lives on the line to protect public safety, but we can’t do it alone.
Each year, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 conducts a thorough review of the candidates running for public office in order to seek out those who will support us in our efforts to protect you.
Our interests and yours very often cross party lines and viewpoints. This year, we have identified four candidates from the Northeast who we believe will be the strongest advocates for law enforcement. They are:
Bob Henon, Democrat, City Council 6th district;
Brian O’Neill, Republican, City Council 10th district;
Dennis O’Brien, Republican, City Council at-large;
Joseph McColgan, Republican, City Council at-large.
Please join us in voting to protect public safety in Philadelphia.
John J. McNesby
President, Philadelphia Lodge 5, Fraternal Order of Police
Dynamic Sandy can get things done
Sixth district City Council candidate Sandy Stewart is the most capable politician. I don’t mind using the word politician in reference to Sandy. It has a whole different meaning. Sandy is a terrific asset for the community of Tacony.
Remember the great, productive, beautiful city of Philadelphia? I do, and so do many other senior citizens. Let’s get that back before it’s too late.
Sandy Stewart is a dynamic young woman who has the energy and true grit to get things done before it is too late for the community.
There really are a lot of us who do not have rings in our nose and can actually think for ourselves and expect a lot more of our elected politicians beside the same exhausted blather and empty promises.
Rubin brings O’Neill out of City Hall
Bill Rubin, candidate for City Council’s 10th district, is already getting things done. Mr. Rubin walked, door to door, in our neighborhood recently and was heartedly greeted by Democrats and Republicans alike. It was his second visit to our neighborhood.
His effort was so well received that it made the present councilman pop out of his entrenched lair in City Hall. In fact, Councilman O’Neill was so scared of Bill Rubin’s visit that it forced the incumbent to drop by our neighborhood for the first time in 32 years in office.
Sorry, councilman, our neighborhood did not buy your stale goods or your phony TV ads, which were much too little and way too late. The pride of the Republican machine gave out rubber jar openers, to which neighbors commented, “Must have been used to unscrew him from his comfy City Hall chair.”
I urge my neighbors to use them for the same purpose on Election Day. The 10th district needs a full-time representative like Bill Rubin as our new councilman. Bill Rubin will be a breath of fresh air in City Council who will represent the Northeast the way it should have been done for the last 32 years.
I join with my neighbors and say “DROP” O’Neill and support Bill Rubin as a new voice for the Northeast in City Council.
Brian O’Neill has lost her vote
I couldn’t agree more with the Northeast Times editorial last week (Say NO! to Tasco).
Marian Tasco should not be elected president of City Council. It’s no wonder Philadelphia has the reputation it does with our past politicians. We need our elected officials to bring order, ethics and morality to this city. We need to vote for those who are willing to work for the people and bring honor to City Hall.
“Nothing will change until you wise up, rise up and speak up,” as stated in the editorial, is as clear as it gets!
Bill Rubin has been canvassing the neighborhoods for close to a year now to get to know the people and understand what is happening in the 10th Councilmanic District. Brian O’Neill has been knocking on doors for the past couple weeks trying to stay in touch with his constituents. Perhaps he feels the threat of a contender for his position.
Mr. O’Neill is too busy focusing on his re-election that he can’t comment or concentrate on the election of president for City Council. This is too important an issue to brush off and not address.
Sounds to me like we need a change, and yes, we need to rise up and be heard. While I’ve supported Mr. O’Neill in the past, I am hoping to see Mr. Rubin elected now. It is too crucial a time in this city and with the current economic situation to allow things to remain status quo.
Government, as we have known it, needs to change and it needs to start right here in our backyards.
Snubbed by O’Neill, she’s for Rubin
On behalf of those endorsing Brian O’Neill for re-election, I would like to share with you why I am NOT voting for him and have therefore chosen to vote for Bill Rubin.
As a registered Republican, I have supported and endorsed Mr. O’Neill for several years.
Some may consider me a seasoned voter. And although I rarely saw the man, except, of course, at election time when he would hand out jar-lid grippers with his name on them, shake your hand and walk away, I always endorsed and voted for O’Neill. I voted for him because I believed that if I needed him, he would help me or at least respond to me. But now I know better.
On Sept. 27, 2010, I had e-mailed Councilman O’Neill with a zoning issue. He was aware of the issue and yet chose to ignore my e-mail asking for his help with the matter.
And while I was disheartened by his ignorance, I decided perhaps it was an oversight. So I wrote to him again on Nov. 13, 2010. But once again, my request for a response had gone unanswered. As a citizen of this community I felt unheard; as a supporter I felt disrespected. But now I know better.
In my letter, I expressed the hurt and disappointment I had felt by his lack of response.
As a member of this community who had trusted and supported him throughout the years, I had felt betrayed. As a taxpaying, law-abiding, lifelong resident of the Northeast, the least I deserved was a response. So when asked to endorse Mr. O’Neill for the election this time around, I had no recourse but to deny the request. And they understood. And now I know better.
And then I was introduced to Bill Rubin. Bill is the kind of person who listens to the smallest of concerns, even if they’re non-commercial issues, even if he’s not going to get a whole lot of publicity out of the deal. He has a genuine interest in the residents of this community. And more importantly, he responds to the needs of this community on the smallest of scales. If he doesn’t have an answer, he lets you know he’s working on it. That is called respect, something O’Neill does not have for anyone but himself.
Bill Rubin respects the people. He is not greedy or arrogant. He is clear and concise on his feelings regarding DROP. And he is not looking for a city car — as a matter of fact, he would turn it down. O’Neill claims he couldn’t do his job without one. Ha!!
Bill Rubin is so respectful that he believes being a councilman is a full-time job, not having a full-time job and doing this one on the side. Bill Rubin is not above us, he is with us. And he is without a doubt, a breath of fresh air we so desperately need.
And while my zoning issue may have gone unresolved, my right as a citizen to vote has not. And it’s time for a change. It’s time for Bill Rubin to be 10th district councilman. When you know better, you do better.
O’Neill thinks he owns the Northeast
I would like to know why Councilman Brian O’Neill thinks he owns the Northeast, as he is the one who tried to stop DeSimone’s auto agency from opening a dealership at Roosevelt Boulevard and Red Lion Road after Brian took them to court and DeSimone had lost over $1 million in court, where DeSimone finally won the case after years.
Brian also stopped carnivals that were set up for a non-profit organization for disabled police officers and firefighters after they were approved by the city and had permits. Brian was also instrumental in having the police office closed after operating for 15 years and 5,000 members for not having a permit to operate inside an apartment building. He also stopped a sports arena from opening at Norcom and Comly roads.
Besides throwing your weight around, what have you really done for the Northeast? You’ve been in City Council too long. It is time to hang up your hat, and maybe we can get some new blood in City Council that cares about the Northeast and doesn’t own it. You’ve been in there over 30 years with nothing done.
Parkwood resident and president of ASSIST, advocacy group for disabled police officers and firefighters
Drop Rubin, not O’Neill
Bill Rubin never once objected to his boss, City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione, cashing in on a large DROP payout and running for re-election. Nary a peep out of him, and yet he’s critical of Councilman O’Neill, who is not in the DROP program. What am I missing?
He even has Jonathan Saidel, the former city controller who was the recipient of money from the Philadelphia Housing Authority for legal work, making robo-calls on his behalf.
Please note that Bill Rubin as vice president of the city’s Pension Board never once objected to DROP payments to elected officials except Councilman O’Neill, who has not taken any, is not in the DROP program and has never voted for a tax increase. Go, Councilman O’Neill.
Rubin is lying about O’Neill
I have watched many political commercials over the years but I have not seen one that purports such a bold-faced lie as does Bill Rubin’s smear campaign against Councilman Brian O’Neill.
Does Bill Rubin really think the voters in Northeast Philadelphia are so out of touch with reality that we would believe his fabrications? If Bill Rubin is comfortable with blatantly lying to the residents of the 10th district as a candidate, why would he stop deceiving us if elected to City Council?
I guess smear tactics and slurs are all he has left. He can’t run on the fact that he tried to defend politicians, such as his boss Marge Tartaglione, when they took DROP and then returned to their political jobs.
Bill Rubin doesn’t want to talk about how our pension fund was grossly mismanaged and the unethical free trips he took as vice chairman of the pension board. Our pension fund is one of the worst managed of any major city in the country and it happened on Bill Rubin’s watch.
Sorry, Bill, I’m not buying what you’re selling.
Let’s hear it for O’Brien and O’Neill
As a staunch Democrat and a consistent voter, it may seem odd that I am just as staunch in my support for both Brian O’Neill and Dennis O’Brien, both Republicans. I feel this way because both of these representatives have proven time and again to be champions for the residents of Northeast Philadelphia.
As a resident of the Northeast for many years and a member of the Ashton Square Civic Association for most of that time, I have had firsthand experience in witnessing the way these men interact with their constituents, regardless of party affiliation, in addressing any concern that may cause undue stress within the neighborhood.
We can always count on the support and expertise of both of these candidates, but Councilman Brian O’Neill and his staff, especially, have always been there for our civic association when help is needed.
I want to commend Councilman O’Neill and his staff for their commitment to the civic associations, generally, and all the residents, specifically, who live in the Northeast. Any situation or problem that is presented by any resident (political party is never asked or known) to the councilman’s office is addressed in an efficient, professional manner. The residents who call the office are treated with respect and their concerns are addressed quickly and with genuine interest.
I recommend that all voters, both Democrats and Republicans, support Brian O’Neill for Council and Dennis O’Brien for Council at-large because these candidates are always ready to stand up and lend a hand for all of us in the Northeast regardless of party affiliation.
Ashton Square Civic Association
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I just want to thank Councilman O’Neill’s office and the city of Philadelphia CLIP program for their unconditional time, effort and support in helping to keep our neighborhood clean and beautiful!
My family and I live in the Northeast and the area of focus has been along Chalfont Drive, between Waldemire Drive and East Keswick Street. There is a wooded area with a creek that backs up to Archbishop Ryan High School. This area is littering ground for debris and graffiti.
After calling various agencies in the city, I came across the CLIP program. The staff at that office has gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist in this area. They have been out to conduct many trash and graffiti removal projects and the city provided the area with two wire basket trash cans.
These cans had been in place for almost two years and someone removed or stole one of the wire basket trash cans. Needless to say, the trash starting piling up along the street and wooded area.
After hours of phone calls to many offices, I finally had success with Councilman O’Neill’s office. I explained my situation and spoke directly to Linda Trush, and within a very short time, the can was replaced. The staff at both the CLIP program and Councilman O’Neill’s office are prompt, courteous and professional.
In life and our society, too often people only complain about the bad and the good goes unnoticed. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank both offices for all the GOOD they have done and continue to do in my area!
Marian Tasco is still a campaign issue
The front-runner in the 10th Councilmanic District race, Bill Rubin, easily won his debate against frequent flier and incumbent Brian O’Neill last week at the Klein JCC.
O’Neill appeared uneasy during the back-and-forth affair while he stood his ground on the Marian Tasco issue and made no promise not to vote for Tasco for Council president. Rubin, on the other hand, stood by his promise not to vote for Tasco.
Joe McColgan, Bobby Henon and Al Taubenberger are among others that won’t support her for president. O’Neill said he would jettison his city car if Mayor Nutter does it first; Rubin will not accept a car on any circumstances.
Friends, does O’Neill’s statement make any sense? O’Neill has been in office for over 30 years. That’s more time than Charles Manson has spent in prison. I think that if there was a referendum on the ballot that called for term limits, say three four-year terms, it would pass by 80 percent or more. This is exactly the time frame Bill would stay in office. Three terms and out!
Brian continues to carry his swagger when discussing his second job as a well-paid lawyer. The “one job only legislation” that Bill proposes would get a nay from O’Neill. Be sure to vote next Tuesday for Bill Rubin, David Oh, Denny O’Brien and Al Schmidt.
John T. Fritz
Chairman, Republicans for Rubin
Just say no to tax-hiking Council candidates
Last week City Council voted a bill out of committee that would both simplify and lower the tax burden on all businesses in Philadelphia. This is a great first step that I support, and I encourage City Council to pass it in the coming weeks.
City Hall is finally taking the first step to move in the right direction on helping job creation in Philadelphia: equitable and competitive tax policies to help businesses across the board start up and relocate to Philadelphia. This is the type of tax policy and reform Republicans need to push for and support if we want to build a competitive party in Philadelphia.
Sadly, two of the candidates for City Council at-large either have a history of being against this type of policy or we can’t trust that they will see it implemented and other bills like it introduced.
As a state representative, Dennis O’Brien has repeatedly voted to raise not just the taxes of Philadelphia, but of all Pennsylvanians. In 2003, Dennis O’Brien voted in support of then-Gov. Rendell’s plan to raise the personal income tax by 10 percent. Then again in 2009, he voted to allow Mayor Nutter and City Council to raise the sales tax to two points higher than all our neighbors in Pennsylvania.
While many of us have been fighting City Council to prevent its multiple property tax increases, Dennis O’Brien has been in Harrisburg actively working against us by voting for tax increases and making the tax burden even worse for us.
At least with Mr. O’Brien we know what we get. With David Oh we are not so lucky. When allegations that David Oh had been lying about being an Army Green Beret and serving in the Gulf War started to surface a little over two months ago, I took them with a grain of salt and gave him the benefit of the doubt.
If you’ve ever run for political office you know firsthand that someone somewhere will take your words out of context and try to use them against you. This is what I had hoped was true for Mr. Oh, and as a fellow veteran I felt I owed it to him.
Unfortunately, over the last couple of months I’ve seen multiple documents, interviews, and most damning, actual video of Mr. Oh making these exact claims, which even he has admitted are not true. If someone is willing to speak half-truths to get into power, how can we ever trust them when they’re in office? As I’ve said in this campaign from the very beginning, integrity and honesty still matter. Philadelphia can do better. Much, much better.
There is a lot of change that will be taking place in City Council starting next year. It will offer real opportunities for new thinking and aggressive reform. We will have the ability to fight for true tax reform to allow families and businesses to be more profitable.
City Council has gotten one right. Let’s make sure we encourage more steps like this by electing bold leadership that will be a voice for change and reform on City Council.
Let’s show these career politicians that have no problem increasing our taxes or giving favors to specific businesses and special interests that we, the taxpayers of Philadelphia, are done with their kind in City Hall.
Republican candidate for City Council at-large
NE Chamber board members defend the boss
I read with dismay a letter by John Schultz of Bustleton in last week’s edition that was a personal attack on Al Taubenberger, president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
The diatribe was disguised as criticism of a GNPCC ad campaign, which the organization has been running on the pages of this newspaper. Obviously, the writer has issues with Al as a candidate for public office and decided to take a cheap shot at the organization as his way of expressing it.
As a member of the GNPCC board of governors, please allow me to point out that Al, who has been our president since 1991, is the face of the organization, and thus is prominently featured in these ads.
The fact that he is a candidate for public office — which these ads do not make mention of — is no reason to describe the ads as “thinly veiled political promotion.”
Our 900 business partners are well aware that one of the primary goals of the GNPCC is member retention and expansion. The most cost-effective way for us to do that is through the pages of the Northeast Times. Frankly, the ad campaign is working, and when potential new members attend one of our many events, they immediately recognize Al and the professional bonding begins.
As a local business owner, the writer should know that one of the best ways to market his goods and services is through the GNPCC. He should call us for a membership application. Our telephone number is listed in the ad he wrote about.
Mary Anne T. Benner
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As a longtime member of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and current member of the chamber’s board of directors, I feel compelled to write in response to the letter by John Schultz. Mr. Schultz writes to disparage the chamber’s ad in the Oct. 20 edition, and while doing so also attacks Al Taubenberger, president of the chamber, and his candidacy for public office.
I agree with Mr. Schultz’s assertion that there is no need for Mr. Taubenberger to raise his name recognition in Northeast Philadelphia, as his name and face have been synonymous with business development and jobs growth in the Northeast for over 20 years. As president of the GNPCC, Al has represented the chamber at hundreds if not thousands of events over the years.
As with any entities, including businesses and local chambers of commerce, the key to long-lasting success (and therefore providing jobs in a community) is continued growth through the acquisition of new customers or new members.
To Al’s credit, GNPCC is a successful organization that has helped countless businesses of all sizes develop and grow; likewise, the chamber has experienced significant growth under Al’s leadership.
As a local business owner, Mr. Schultz likely knows that one of the best ways to market his goods and services is through both the GNPCC and the Northeast Times. Similarly, the most cost-effective way for the chamber to retain and gain membership is through the pages of the Northeast Times.
Frankly, the ad campaign is working; when potential new members attend one of our many events, they immediately recognize Al and the professional bonding begins.
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has a long history of advertising in the Northeast Times. Readers of the Times will recognize many GNPCC ads over for the years publicizing countless chamber events including golf outings, business card exchanges, luncheons and dinners, and most of all, our many successful members, now numbering over 900.
And yes, as the face of the GNPCC, and as a lifelong resident and agent of business growth and development in Northeast Philadelphia, Al’s photo is proudly and effectively used in chamber ads.
As to the current election, the Northeast’s residents and businesses will be well served by having Al’s pro-growth and pro-jobs voice in Council.
Rodney C. Sandmeyer
Is Al Taubenberger too nice?
Al Taubenberger, Republican candidate for City Council at-large, has not been generating the sensational headlines that candidates can often generate by bashing opponents and mudslinging. Instead, Al Taubenberger has conducted his campaign on his own merits. Al has a record of true leadership as president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and he has integrity and a passion for people.
Al is not a candidate who needs to embellish his record. Al has consistently stood for an improved business climate, jobs, lower taxes, and better education for our children. If Al Taubenberger is too nice, then he is the kind of person I want to see in City Council. Al Taubenberger is the kind of candidate whom both Republicans and Democrats can and should support.
On Election Day, I will vote for the candidate who cares more about Philadelphia than about his resume. That candidate is Al Taubenberger.
Give a hoot for ‘Owl’ Taubenberger
I met Al Taubenberger in 1980 as a Temple intern in Northeast Philadelphia’s congressional office. He was a gentleman then, and 31 years later, “he’s still the same, no one’s gotten to him, yet.” So sung Bob Seger.
Like myself, Al Taubenberger was born in Northeast Philadelphia, has lived here all his life and he’ll probably die here, as I will. Like most of our families, his family immigrated to America for freedom and peace and the ability to enjoy democracy.
Beneath the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce president, Burholme Civic Association president, husband and father of four is an honest man who has helped thousands of people regardless of their political party and never asks for anything in return.
Unlike most who enter political life, Al has fought against real estate tax increases, stormwater charges and government abuse.
From his early days as an agronomist for Friends Hospital after graduating Penn State University and Northeast High, he is one of the few politically engaged persons I have met who has never sold his soul to the devil.
Philadelphia has 17 City Council members and only two have the hearts of their districts in Northeast Philadelphia. They are Brian O’Neill and Joan Krajewski (retiring), who often find themselves battling at least 12 other Council members.
Al Taubenberger is running for Council at large (#125) and will join the fight with the Northeast’s two district councilpeople.
I know in these days and times, we all get frustrated and many don’t vote. But on Tuesday, Nov. 8, it’s time for the citizens to drop the City Council bums.
Please support Al Taubenberger for City Council. It will be the vote you’ll never regret.
By the way, Al does not know I am writing this letter and would never ask me to do so, because he really is a gentleman.
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