Letters to the editor November 2, 2011 edition

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.

Sar­ina Smith

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.

Paul Berry


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.

Joan Dahl­berg


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.

Mi­chael Fagan

Holme Circle

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.

Ann Fen­ster­maker

Pine Val­ley

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.

Debbie Bon­ner

Pine Val­ley

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.

Charles Mc­Sor­ley

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.

Sam­antha Guglielmo


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.

Roslin Mc­Carville

Fox Chase

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.

Susan Sheahan

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!

Vicky Hughes

Mod­ena Park

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.

Joe Mc­Col­gan

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.

Glenn Ro­mano

Bell’s Corner

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.

Myles Gor­don


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