There’s strength in unity of the unemployed
In the year 1979 there were 6.2 million unemployed workers in the United States and the number was growing each year.
In 1982 Philadelphia City Council proposed Resolution 747, which sought to protect American workers from unfair foreign competition, and sent it to the president in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the resolution was ignored by President Ronald Reagan.
Today there are well over 11 million unemployed workers in the United States and the voting clock is ticking loud and clear by unemployed workers and friends campaigning in the streets against Congress in Washington and corporations in the United States.
These unemployed workers with their families and friends believe that their votes will be valuable in the November 2012 election. It’s true.
Multiply the number of unemployed workers, their families and friends and your calculation will quadruple the voting figures that the unemployed will need to win in the election.
With today’s technology in computers, campaigning for Election Day will truly be an experience for any elected official in the United States to win votes on Election Day against unemployed workers.
Sandra Stewart can help save our dying city
I am not a Democrat or Republican, I am an independent. I am disgusted with both parties and therefore have no affiliation with either.
With the fall elections approaching it appears the city wants to keep business as usual and elect career politicians that only care about their own political ambitions.
The Northeast section of Philadelphia is falling apart, and if we keep drinking the Democrat Kool-Aid, nothing will change. In fact it will get much worse.
City Council’s 6th district is up for grabs, and I have to be honest, I don’t trust Democratic candidate Bobby Henon as far as I can throw him. I did my research on him and he appears to be just another politician.
I also got to know Sandra White-Stewart, the Republican candidate, and although I am not a big fan of Republicans, she is a really genuine person that truly cares for the Northeast and wants to make life better for the residents.
She has displayed a strong interest in her neighborhood by being a member of Tacony Town Watch, and at one point running the Quality of Life Committee that heard neighbors’ complaints and did everything she could to fix them, all without political gain or pay.
Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and vote with your heart, not along party lines. Vote for someone that truly cares for the Northeast and is not just trying to further their own political career.
Don’t be stupid, people. Don’t prove to these typical politicians that you are nothing more than cattle that will follow them based on what they say is best for you.
If you want real change, if you want someone that really will fight for your neighborhood, that really does care, vote for Sandra Stewart.
The Northeast is dying, so stand up, join your local Town Watch and civic group and vote for real people like Sandra. If not, you will only get what you always got — nothing.
Methadone saved her life
I’m having a hard time understanding why anyone would be against treatment for alcoholism/addiction, especially if you walk around the area of the proposed methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue that’s being put down by opponents.
Open your eyes, people. We absolutely know the drugs are here, so why not offer treatment where it’s needed? The crime and prostitution along this strip of the avenue may cease to exist.
Second, people need to be educated on how clinics work. They do not hand out pills, and they are run under federal and state regulations. They are accredited by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and/or Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, who regularly pay visits. People just take their medication and then leave (because there are guards and staff to make sure no one hangs around). They also have groups and one-on-one counselor sessions every week.
I am a recovering addict and I am sober going on five years. If people aren’t doing what they are supposed to do, they can get a rapid detox or even get arrested. Methadone saved my life and my child’s life.
Local pharmacies are just what the doctor ordered
October is American Pharmacists Month, a time that recognizes the important contributions that all pharmacists across the country make as part of their commitment to patient care.
While many have a variety of doctors, from general practitioners to specialists, most likely they only have one pharmacist, dedicated to making sure that all of a patient’s different medications work together.
A bill currently in the Senate and House would make it easier for pharmacies to better serve the communities in Northeast Philadelphia..
The legislation would stop insurance companies from mandating people to get their prescriptions through mail-order and allow them to get the same medicine from their community pharmacy, right down the street, for the exact same price. The choice where they fill their prescriptions should remain with the patient, not their insurance company.
Since prescriptions account for 90 percent of a local pharmacist’s business, the impact of this legislation would be tremendous. Statewide, the proposed bill would keep over $7 billion of economic stimulus in Pennsylvania, saving more than 26,000 jobs. Still, these numbers cannot truly define the real value of working one-on-one with a local pharmacist.
Local pharmacists have the ability to personally interact with their patients, using internal checks and knowledge of an individual’s medication history to identify issues and deal with emergencies quickly and with a hometown touch. An estimated 100,000 people die each year due to adverse drug reaction.
I urge individuals to contact their legislators to support House Bill 511 and Senate Bill 201, which levels the playing field for the countless locally owned pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania.
To identify your legislator, visit http://www.legis.state.pa.us ••
Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists
Access to primary care faces great challenges
A recent University of Pennsylvania pilot study examined the lack of access to primary care in Northeast Philadelphia. The pilot study put into stark numbers what I hear time and time again from my constituents in the Northeast: access to neighborhood primary care is an enormous challenge and one that hurts the residents of Northeast Philadelphia.
It is a particular issue facing our seniors, many of whom suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure. Managing chronic diseases is essential, not only to the health of Americans, but to the fiscal stability of our health care system. Many of these illnesses, which can be effectively prevented, treated or managed by a primary care physician, are costing the American economy $1.3 trillion per year in health care costs and lost productivity.
Primary care is at the core of America’s health care system, yet primary care is where we face the most acute provider shortages, here in Northeast Philadelphia and across our country.
In Congress, I am working every day to strengthen our primary care workforce. I led an effort that secured billions of dollars to grow our primary care workforce through new scholarship, loan repayment programs and other measures.
Not only is this vital to expanding Americans’ access to quality health care, we can also strengthen America’s economy by creating tens of thousands of private sector jobs in the health field, such as doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
This effort is just one part of what we must do. I’ve also worked to provide patients with better quality care through a team-based approach in which primary care doctors coordinate with other health care providers to ensure the patient’s unique health care needs are met. This type of care coordination is a vital function of primary care providers and should be highly valued.
We must also work to ensure that our cities, such as Philadelphia, have the tools that they need to be able to address the severe lack of primary care access in targeted neighborhoods, such as the Northeast.
These types of initiatives will not improve our shortage of primary care providers overnight, but they are a vital first step to ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable, quality primary care regardless of age, income or geography.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz
Rep. Schwartz, a Democrat, is serving her fourth term in Congress representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Budget Committee, vice chairwoman of the moderate New Democrat Coalition and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
He longs for the days of the nuclear family unit
As I look forward to the 2012 election season, I see the need for an early “heads-up” for voters. This time it concerns our erstwhile congresswoman, Allyson Schwartz.
Recently, and marching in lockstep with what might be called the Democratic Party’s hypernookey brigade, Allyson signed on as a co-sponsor of the latest misbegotten assault on traditional values, a piece of ideological fluff called the student non-discrimination bill (HR998). This proposal, should it become law, would turn American schools into bastions of thought control and political correctness. And, yes, this is the same Allyson who (in 2007) refused to support a house resolution honoring Christmas!
The bill would require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts in “tolerance” classes. The bill would allow homosexual teachers to subtly pressure impressionable students experiencing confusion over their sexual identity and ethics to “experiment” with the homosexual “lifestyle.” And private or religious schools would be forced to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum and purge any reference to religion if a student claims it “discriminates.”
Homosexual students would also be exempt from punishment for harassing or even sexually assaulting classmates, and all in the name of the most warped version of non-judgmentalism since, well, since the 1960s, whence all this phony new morality and cultural rot sprang up.
Hopelessly misled by this silly idealism from a bygone era, the Dems have torn apart the traditional family and created single-parent families (many living below the poverty level), latchkey kids, juvenile crime and pregnancy, and a host of other social ills. And their fix is always more government, more spending and taxes, more programs, and more permissiveness, in spite of a mountain of research that shows the traditional nuclear family is the best way to grow productive citizens and strong communities.
People, before you vote in coming elections, remember and understand the three “Rs” of liberalism: Whatever liberals RUN, whatever liberals RULE, they RUIN!
It’s time for Allyson to depart the stage of history. In the meantime, I urge all citizens in the Northeast who understand the need for, and the importance of, traditional values to let Allyson know as loud as you can that you oppose HR998!
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