Get Fido off my lawn, doggone it!
I literally have a pet peeve. I try to keep up with my curb appeal, but it is constantly threatened by dog owners. I am a huge pet lover and have had them all my life, but I feel it is irresponsible for the owners to not curb their dogs.
My block does not have sidewalks, so our lawns go straight to the curb. It unnerves me to see owners encouraging their dogs to go up on our lawns here to leave their waste. True, most owners carry a baggy and pick up the feces, but you can’t get it all, which leaves the scent for everyone else to leave their mark, and the urine is left to burn the grass.
When I ask owners to please curb their dog, I am met with sarcastic remarks or I am just ignored while they stand still in front of me to allow their dogs to relieve themselves.
I have dogs that are my beloved pets. If you don’t want your dogs making on your lawn, what makes you think I want them making on mine?
Foreign goods are the American way
What is made in the United States anymore? Last week I went shopping in a few area department stores. Everything I looked at was made in a foreign country. The labels and tags read that they were made in India, Korea, China, Taiwan and the Philippines.
I know these countries, and I know where they are located. I was feeling proud — after all, in school I always excelled in geography. Then it happened. The new labels and tags read Malawi, Gabon, Benin, Botswana and Moldova. I had never heard of these countries. Could my knowledge in geography have slipped that badly?
I asked a few fellow shoppers about these new countries, but found out they were just as mystified as I was. I suppose next time I go shopping I will have to take a world atlas with me.
A real piece of work at scene of accident
Society has really stepped up and developed some real men. My wife and her mother were involved in an auto accident around noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the intersection of Trevose and Edison avenues in Somerton.
A young white male approximately 30 years old approached the car to ask if they were all right and then drove off.
The only problem with that was this individual was the one that ran a stop sign and broadsided the car my wife and her mother were in. My wife called 911, and more than an hour and a half passed before a unit was dispatched to the scene. Real nice.
I’m sure the family of the individual in the white car that hit them and drove off must really be proud of you, pal!
If there is any truth in 2012 and what may happen to our world, I feel it’s time our planet gets a new flea collar and society needs to get rid of fleas like you! If I’m harsh it’s only because my wife has two small children to take care of, which now is going to be hard due to the fact she is in pain when she walks. Thanks!
One last thing: The car will cost us $3,400. The car you hit belonged to our oldest daughter, who had it repaired the week past and paid $890 from her savings. I hope you and yours enjoy the holidays.
O’Neill and Rubin are both winners
Another campaign is over and Northeast Philadelphia can be proud of Councilman Brian O’Neill and his challenger in the Nov. 8 election, Bill Rubin. The fought hard, they fought long and they campaigned across the 10th Councilmanic District.
Both men are winners because they brought democracy and the free exchange of ideas to Northeast Philly. But the real winners are the citizens of the Northeast. We are the only district to have a competitive race in Philadelphia, and that’s the way freedom works!
To O’Neill, give them heck in City Hall! To Bill Rubin, who canvassed in many neighborhoods twice and was a tireless advocate, kudos!
I wish they could both fight for us in City Council, because Northeast Philadelphia really needs it now.
The fresh new Council faces from the Northeast will be Bob Henon and Denny O’Brien. What if O’Neill, Henon and O’Brien formed the Northeast coalition in Council? Wouldn’t that be great? Happy Thanksgiving!
How about Mickey Taubenberger?
The Taubenberger losing streak continues. Every time a Taubenberger has an election opponent they lose.
I wonder what would happen if they ran unopposed? Could they even win?
Can write-in candidates like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, if they get more votes than a Taubenberger, actually win and take office?
McGeehan staff gets a thumbs-up
What a pleasant addition in Mayfair! Since March, state Rep. Michael McGeehan’s district office has been located at 7201 Frankford Ave.
I find all of his aides always very cordial and helpful. They take time to help us in so many ways. It is a welcome sight in our community.
A sincere thank-you to a great team working together.
Don’t throw Joe Paterno under the bus:
The buck stops at the president’s office
Cover-up was the only word I haven’t seen in all the press coverage over the past weeks, but isn’t that exactly what was perpetrated at Penn State? Was it not interesting that ousted Penn State president Graham Spanier immediately spoke up with unwavering support for Curley and Schultz after they were charged with perjury?
Why was he so unusually defensive? Could it be that he felt guilty because they were a part of his cover-up and they were only trying to protect him from being incriminated during their testimony?
The first blatant complaint about Sandusky came into campus police from the mother of a molested boy in 1998, three years after Spanier was installed as president, and after an internal investigation, Sandusky was given a verbal reprimand and told to stop. Does that sound like a severe enough punishment for a child molester? I think not! At that point, the State Police should have been brought in and this creep arrested and charged.
Consequently, the assaults continued until Mike McQueary allegedly witnessed Sandusky raping a young boy in a campus shower in 2002.
In a state of shock at this second-in-command of the school football team committing a crime (violating a child), he called his dad, who told him to report it to his superior, the team coach, which he did. JoePa, in turn, reported it to his boss, Curley, the athletic director, and he, in turn, reported it to his boss, the school president, Spanier, who already knew that this guy was a predator.
With this alarming report, Spanier undoubtedly felt threatened because he could be charged with harboring a criminal. So now it was more than merely saving a scandal for the school, it was self-preservation. That is when the intense cover-up began and everyone down the line became collateral damage, the abuse victims, McQueary, Paterno, Schultz and Curley.
The really amazing part of this exposed scandal is that the perpetrator is allowed to retire, Paterno gets fired in disgrace, and McQueary is put on paid leave.
In retrospect, we all have our opinions about the actions of the individuals involved, as columnist Mike Smerconish wrote in his op-ed column that McQueary was a coward for not doing something to stop that crime and protect the child, but unless you are or were involved with a structured environment, you don’t realize that the chain of command must be adhered to. And that is precisely what everyone did — in line, they each went to their immediate superior.
Ultimately, it was the president of the university to decide the consequence, and now we all know the result of his decision: Paterno fired in disgrace, Curley and Schultz indicted for lying to the grand jury, McQueary sequestered (for his own protection), and many more innocent children violated, by a sexual predator, who could have been stopped years earlier, if not for Spanier.
The most disgraceful irony came from Spanier’s replacement. He referred to Spanier as “doctor” and declared that he may decide to come back and teach at the university because he is still a member of the faculty. Is that how the esteemed board of trustees has decided to begin correcting the situation, by rewarding the single person responsible for this scandal? Spanier needs to be arrested and charged for this cover-up.
The flash mob and Joe Paterno
Amid the horrible child-abuse accusations at Penn State, I am also very saddened at the “flash mob” of national media so quick to be Joe Paterno’s judge, jury and executioner. They hardly mention the name of the man accused.
Joe Paterno is beloved by many of his former players. He helped build a new library on campus.
He and his wife built a Catholic center for moral guidance. He lives simply, and donates a lot of his money to the school. So, suddenly, he has become the face of evil? I don’t buy it. A man is the sum of his whole life, all the good and bad. Joe has lived an honorable life.
The big media, for instance, is full of money lust, the praise of false heroes, and sexuality is peddled like candy. People who stand against abortion (the worst form of child abuse) are often mocked. And the media talks of Joe’s “moral” obligations?
Let’s see. The then 75-year old Joe Paterno was told of sex abuse done by a former coach, and he reported it up the chain of command to the school president. Was Joe supposed to go to the police and say: “Somebody told me about a sex crime that I didn’t see, to a victim who didn’t come forward”?
Pedophiles can be very cunning people, but the media insist that — what? Joe should have put on his Columbo trenchcoat and conducted his own investigation? Or that Joe makes like Bruce Lee and karate-chop his former coach into mincemeat?
In fact, we have had no trial and no convictions. That will be the time to point the finger and apportion blame, maybe even at Joe.
Yet the media are so arrogant, so sure of the facts, so determined to destroy in their rush to judgment, that they become part of the problem, not the solution. The media frenzy will damage the real Penn State — the innocent students, staff and alumni. We’ve seen this before: think Duke lacrosse team.
Pointing fingers ruins JoePa’s life
I have to comment on the JoePa Penn State news because I used to be a person with strong convictions when it came to tragedies like this. Then one day I was faced with news that my best friend did something similar to a little girl. The old me would have said “lock them up, throw away the key,” except now this was not some nameless predator. This person was like family to me. It was not easy to wrap my head around this friend having been a complete monster in hiding this whole time.
Lucky for everyone, it turned out to be a crazy rumor. Not a single part of it was true! It just has been making me so mad these last few days hearing the whole world having an opinion of what they would do in Joe’s shoes.
The finger should be pointed at the predator. What happened to the days when someone who commits such an awful act becomes the main story — not what this person and that person should have done? Especially, not taking into consideration what it was like to find out someone close in your life (a co-worker, a close friend) does these things to innocent children.
Maybe he should have called the police, maybe the father of the actual witness should have called, who cares? A man who had total access to babies is a devil! That is the main story. That is what should be the headline on every newspaper.
I do not care about JoePa’s morals. I care about the important facts of this story getting through, and I care that so many people point fingers so quickly, ruining a person’s life and career without putting yourself in his place (JoePa) for one minute.
I bet this whole thing was more stressful on him than anyone cares to think. This is how a legend ends a lifelong career. Turns one tragedy into an even bigger mess. The saddest part is I saw so much of Joe on the news, I cannot recall the face of the man charged with actually committing this gross crime. I don’t even remember his name!
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