Almost-Councilman Taubenberger thanks the people
I sincerely thank the thousands of Philadelphia voters who expressed their confidence in me on Election Day by voting for me in the race for Philadelphia City Council at-large. To say I am humbled by your support is a gross understatement.
Even though the election results have not yet been certified, it appears that I fell short by a mere 168 votes, which is a stark reminder that, yes, it’s true: every vote counts! For me, however, perhaps the most gratifying thing about the results was the overwhelming support I received from my neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia.
In short, I won the Northeast by a wide margin, and lost the rest of the city by less than 170 votes.
I extend congratulations to City Councilman-elect Denny O’Brien, who is going to be an important and effective voice for the Northeast in City Council. As president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, I look forward to working closely with him to maintain and expand our job base — something we have been doing since 1991.
My focus will be to continue to serve the small-business community in my capacity at the GNPCC, as well as the residents and businesses of Burholme through my continuing work at the civic association and Town Watch. This is work I enjoy immensely, and I intend to continue to remain actively engaged in the issues of the day.
Again, thank you and God bless.
Holmesburg is uppermost in her mind
Please explain to me and others living in Holmesburg, what is this bit with “Upper Holmesburg”? I know it has been that way for quite a while now, but I never really heard any explanation.
I have lived in Holmesburg for 57 years (I’m 60) and in all those years, it has always been known to me as just “Holmesburg.” Who was involved in changing certain sectors to “Upper Holmesburg”? Was it a political or financial influence? When exactly did this change take place? Where are the dividing lines? Is the rest of Holmesburg considered “Lower”? Is “Upper” more superior or in a higher income bracket? There are even banners on the telephone poles indicating that you have arrived in the “Upper” sector. Why do you want to be separate? Anyone care to respond?
Think locally when you’re holiday shopping
As the holidays approach and you start to decide which gifts to buy, consider your local economy when doing so.
I know that when we read the tags on most items, you see they were made in China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mexico and many more, but that doesn’t mean it will be difficult to find a great gift that will spur your local economy and some small businesses. I’m sure some local mechanics sell gift cards. Who couldn’t use a fresh tuneup, detail or oil change? The women in our lives would definitely enjoy a day at a local spa or salon. Support one of the local small BYOBs by purchasing a gift card for a friend or family member.
When purchasing wine for the many Christmas parties, consider wine from a local winery from Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Consider donating to some local churches, shelters, and/or non-profits such as Toys for Tots or Philabundance, too.
If everyone makes an attempt to do this, it will make a big difference in our community.
A sane explanation for Black Friday insanity
Why does the worst in people come out on Black Friday?
Everyone knows Black Friday can be a tough day to go out and shop. People are tired, anxious and looking to save money — all characteristics of a friendly person, right? Wrong.
Emotions were especially high this year, with many stores opening at midnight. Some lines were out the door in the mall I went to. I was not there for two minutes before I saw a woman yelling at the workers for not being able to find the back of a line. There was also a lot of pushing and shoving as people tried to get past one another, which led to dirty looks and death stares by some people. So why do people get like this on Black Friday?
Some people say it’s because people are crazy; however, I think the craziness can be explained by applying some sociological theory.
According to sociologist James Coleman’s rational choice theory, people make their choices by looking at the profits and costs of a decision. They will usually go after what will give them the greatest reward, even if they have to sacrifice some things to get there.
Therefore, Black Friday shoppers want to get items at the cheapest price they can, so they do not mind if they have to shove someone out of the way or yell in another person’s face to get the coveted reward. They bypass their politeness, because in that situation, the sale is more important than their civility.
Even though Black Friday is a crazy and irrational day, sociology can be used to help explain some of the insanity. Maybe there is a method behind people’s madness!
Letter writer only passed the buck
In response to a letter written by Robert Schaffer that was published in the Nov. 16 edition as to why the police didn’t sweep up the street after an accident: You seem able-bodied enough to write your letter, walk to a mailbox and watch another officer sweep up the mess. Why not do your part and sweep it up, or call 311, and they would direct you on whom to call, instead of passing the buck along?
The point that was also made that it would help with the budget crisis makes absolutely no sense. If it were up to you, the police and fire would be mowing the city lawns (with their own mowers, of course, since they make plenty of money) in between calls to help with the budget.
Many thanks to Dr. Brett A. Sweitzer, his staff, surgical team and the 3 west unit at Montgomery Hospital.
I underwent a total shoulder replacement and was very impressed and satisfied with the medical treatment rendered.
I recommend Dr. Sweitzer and Montgomery Hospital to anyone with medical needs! Thanks again for such outstanding service.
Milton Martelack Jr.
Pharmacy bill is bad medicine
Barry Jacobs, executive director of the Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists, urges us to support Pennsylvania House Bill 511 and Senate Bill 201. Not specifically mentioned in Mr. Jacobs’ recent letter to the Northeast Times, but part of the bill, is the provision that there be no quantity limit difference between local pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies for covered prescriptions. This legislation is bad for consumers.
Insurance companies make more money when they minimize their costs. They have found it useful to have their insureds use mail-order pharmacies, which, because they are streamlined, high-volume operations, can charge less, either to the insurance companies, or to consumers, as the specific policy may dictate.
If their costs to fill prescriptions rise, they will likely raise premiums, or raise prescription co-pays, or both.
My insurance coverage is such that I pay the same amount for a prescription, from a local pharmacy or mail-order pharmacy, but I’m limited to a one-month’s supply from a local pharmacy, whereas I can get up to a 100 days’ supply by mail order.
Mr. Jacobs is absolutely right that local pharmacies provide the kind of personalized service that you can’t get from mail-order pharmacies. When I need a prescription filled in a hurry or want to discuss it face-to-face with a pharmacist, I use a local pharmacy. When I want to refill a prescription I’ve been on for years, I use a mail-order pharmacy. I urge citizens to contact their legislators to oppose House Bill 511 and Senate Bill 201.
Howard J. Wilk
Care workers are angels in disguise
November is Home Care and Hospice Month, a time to recognize the hard work and dedication of more than 1,800 home health, home care and hospice agencies providing care to 405,000 Pennsylvania seniors and disabled residents.
It takes a very special and kind person to perform these services, and we proudly salute Community Care of the Northeast employees, and direct care workers throughout Pennsylvania.
Community Care of the Northeast is a non-profit, state-licensed home care agency serving Northeast Philadelphia residents in their homes since 1985. Our goal of helping individuals remain independent continues with great zeal. Our success is mainly due to the high standards of our direct workers and caregivers.
During early September we experienced various weather challenges, including an earthquake, a hurricane and flooding. CCNE employees called their families to check on them, whether or not they were scheduled to receive services at that time. CCNE volunteers and employees worked together to ensure our consumers had medications and food supplies. Many received home cooked meals, soup, flashlights and batteries.
Regardless of weather, we are there to tend to the needs of our clients. Our direct care workers are truly angels in disguise.
I just received a letter from a consumer stating, “Your agency is an answer to my prayers.”
How often have I heard these words? I truly believe we are not alone in our times of need. We just have to be still and listen to His leading.
Community Care is proud to join other home care professionals to give thanks to the dedicated men and women who advocate on behalf of our consumers, who often are unable to speak for themselves.
To learn more about home care services, call Community Care of the Northeast at 215-335-4416. Go to www.communitycarenephila.org or visit the Pennsylvania Homecare Association Web site at www.pahomecare.org
Jean E. Langenbach
Director of nursing and education
Get those kids
I live in the Holme Circle area. It has always been a nice area until recently. Teenagers really have never been a problem in this area. But recently, starting last summer, the teenagers in the area have become more and more destructive. They have damaged cars by knocking off side mirrors, taking lawn decorations, and on Oct. 31, they ripped off the windshield wipers of a car. This damage may have cost $200 to $300 for the owners to repair.
The parents of the teenagers have no idea or don’t care. If the culprits are found, the parents and teenagers should have to pay for the damages. The group of teenagers has grown over the years to 30 or more. The police have been contacted but they can only do so much. It’s important to report all vandalism, no matter how small, so the police have a record. Also, the parents of teens should ride around the area on Friday and Saturday to see where their children are “hanging out.”
Mary Anne Dooley
Get those aliens
I’d like to pose a challenge to our president and to any future leader of our country. The challenge is to do what only three presidents in history had the guts to do: Force the deportation of illegal aliens to help make more jobs available for American citizens and to help relieve overburdened resources such as Social Security and health care.
It’s true that Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower deported illegal aliens to make more jobs available for Americans in post-WWII and Korean War times. If there was ever a time this executive order is needed again, it’s now. There aren’t enough jobs, health care and housing resources for our own citizens in desperate need, let alone illegal immigrants who come here and burden our overtaxed Social Security, welfare and health care systems.
I challenge our country’s leader to put a stop to this nonsense of pregnant illegal aliens coming over our borders, dropping their babies on American soil like a mother hen lays an egg and then demanding that both she and her child now be given American citizenship along with free health care and access to government programs.
Do what is necessary to ensure the survival of all American citizens who work hard and struggle each day to provide for themselves and their families. Give these women and their children whatever rudimentary health care they need so that they are well enough to be sent back to wherever it is they matriculated from.
Also, so we can’t say it wouldn’t be a learning experience, give them detailed instructions on what they need to do in the future to become legal American citizens. Then, track down and enforce the deportation of as many illegal aliens as can be found.
Desperate circumstances require desperate measures. To our country’s leaders, I want to challenge them to do what only three before have had the guts to do, and win the respect of the American people.
Peter L. DiGiuseppe
Fall of an empire
There were several reasons for the decline of the Roman Empire. They were all interweaved with each other. Decline in morals and values, public health problems, political corruption, unemployment, inflation, urban decay and military spending.
Matching our nation to these reasons in the decline in morals and values, we can first look at Hollywood, with its films that are loaded with foul language and nudity.
With public health problems, we have many with that problem. On political corruption, just look at the news with more and more politicians being accused. Unemployment caused by Washington, allowing our businesses to move their factories overseas for cheap labor and send their products back here at our inflated prices.
Inflation can be blamed on greed of the oil companies, which raised prices beyond reason, which, in turn, caused all other businesses to raise all their prices. On urban decay, just look at streets in Philadelphia that are filled with trash. On military spending, we have our troops stationed in 150 countries and none on our own borders.
Wake up, Washington, before you take us down the path of the Roman Empire.
John F. Rauchut
Pancreatic cancer is an enemy that must be defeated
My heart goes out to the family of Steve Jobs, his friends and colleagues. He was an American icon and one of the greatest visionaries of our time. His passing is such a great loss for our country.
I did not know him personally but I shared something in common with him — pancreatic cancer. I was also diagnosed with neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer in 2004. Even though I am a “survivor,” I am constantly sick from this horrible disease. I am blessed to still be alive, but it has taken away a part of my life. I experience firsthand how this cancer not only affects me, but my whole family.
Although Mr. Jobs battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer (pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor) his passing, if due to the disease, serves as a harsh reminder of the relentlessness of this deadly cancer and the lack of pre-screening methods and effective treatment options available. We must take action to ensure scientific progress is made to give pancreatic cancer patients a fighting chance.
We need our members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act (S362/HR733) so that we will have the necessary funding to make true progress against this disease.
To learn more about this important legislation and how you can make a difference, visit www.knowitfightitendit.org
I hope all those inspired by Jobs will honor his memory by joining the fight against pancreatic cancer. Together we can know, fight and end this deadly disease.
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