Restitution shouldn’t let thieves off the hook
I don’t understand something about the Sandra Anderson case (Scam suspect pulls a slow one, Oct. 13 edition): According to Assistant District Attorney Lisa Myers, the case was to go forward unless Anderson paid back $49,000 she stole from her victim, meaning, presumably, the case will be dismissed if Anderson makes restitution?
So everything’s OK, all is forgiven, if a thief pays back what he or she stole? It’s not OK. Or is it the case that the victim has agreed not to press charges if restitution is made?
It’s not necessary for a victim to press charges for an arrest to be made or a prosecution to go forward. It is not for the direct victim of a crime to decide who is and who is not to be arrested and prosecuted for the commission of that crime.
Howard J. Wilk
Thank you for the curfew law, city
When I first heard of the city’s curfew law I was worried it would affect me in a bad way since I’m still 17. I even doubted that the authorities would regulate the law effectively. But now, as I stroll the streets coming home from work, I see a great improvement in the city streets.
Before there were little kids hanging out in groups, walking around, many even causing trouble, and now there’s not even one child unattended on the streets after 10:30.
I express my appreciation to the parents for keeping their children at home, keeping them safe. I also applaud Mayor Nutter and the police force for doing a great job and helping Philadelphia become a safer city. Keep it up!
Northeast High School student
Elisa restored her faith in humanity
We are quick to criticize mankind when they fail to meet our expectations, yet I want to tell you about a wonderful act of kindness to me by a beautiful young woman named Elisa.
I fell on the pavement near Blinds to Go at the corner of Cottman Avenue and Large Street on Friday, Sept. 30, about 3:30 p.m. I fell on my face and was bleeding profusely.
Elisa rendered me first aid, called the ambulance (although I kept thinking that, with a little bit of help, I could walk home), popped the left lens back into my prescription sunglasses, and stayed with me until the ambulance (which took a long time in coming from North Philadelphia) arrived.
To render such kindness and aid to me, a total stranger, renews my faith in humanity. To Elisa and all the other “Elisas” that exist today, may the good Lord keep you safe and well throughout your lifetime.
Evelyn C. Dinoff
Schmidt has the right stuff
I have known Al Schmidt for almost four years. I am happy to say that he is my friend and I am confident he will be a great friend to the city of Philadelphia.
Al has all the qualities the city of Philadelphia desperately needs in their elected officials. Al is a loving and caring husband and father of two daughters. Al holds a unique skill set that he will bring into the city commissioners office. Al has impeccable integrity with unparalleled honestly. He is loyal and hardworking with a notable sense of humor. He truly cares about this city and its future.
The city commissioners have failed this city. We deserve better and we will get the best from Al Schmidt. I have no doubts that Al is the ideal, most qualified person for the job. Please vote for my friend Al Schmidt for city commissioner on Nov. 8.
Steven C. Boc
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I was appalled when I read that City Commissioner Joe Duda racked up enough gas expenses to drive the equivalent of 240 trips to the Shore and back each year. Why do some elected officials feel entitled to things that normal working people have to pay for on their own? The only way to get these guys to do the right thing is by voting them out of office. Joe Duda has been Marge Tartaglione’s right-hand man for too long to expect anything different from him now.
I’m a Republican but I’m not pulling the straight R lever. Doing that wastes my vote for Al Schmidt and risks the possibility of four more years of incompetence under Duda.
Al Schmidt is the only one of the two who will reform that office. I urge all of you to do the same — vote for ONLY Al Schmidt for city commissioner.
The middle class is gone
This is the greatest country in the world. That is, only if you are wealthy. The country now has two classes of people — rich or poor. There is no longer a middle class.
I believed once that I was in the middle class. However, with the rising cost of food and other essentials like my new medical insurance plan going up every month and drug costs rising, I feel I am rapidly sinking into the poor class.
God help this country; the president and Congress certainly have failed to do so.
They’re enjoying life with Brian
Your editorial, The GOP is a flop, in the Sept. 29 edition states the reasons why any engaged person who cares about the Northeast would vote for Councilman Brian O’Neill this November.
I agree that O’Neill’s office provides excellent constituent services, especially to youth organizations and senior citizens.
I also agree that he votes on the right side of the issues, in particular voting against real estate tax increases.
But the idea that Councilman O’Neill should not be re-elected based on how he votes regarding Council president is ridiculous.
The editorial mentions the Democrats are running the city into the ground. So, what are we to do, put in O’Neill’s opponent, a Marge Tartaglione patronage employee who defends DROP for elected officials?
Since Councilman O’Neill is NOT taking DROP and his opponent is a defender of Marge Tartaglione and other elected officials taking DROP, I am voting for Brian O’Neill.
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With Election Day fast approaching, I wholeheartedly support the candidacy of Councilman Brian O’Neill for re-election in the 10th District in Northeast Philadelphia.
As a seasoned voter in our city for 40+ years, there is good reason for the widespread household recognition of O’Neill’s name, and I take issue with those few constituents who unfoundedly proclaim “it’s time for a change” when discussing this councilmanic race.
There is absolutely no merit to such an unsubstantiated statement.
With O’Neill’s eight terms highlighting an exemplary record while serving those of us in the Northeast, why would anyone advocate risking the loss of such a proven community leader known for his acumen, resourcefulness, leadership and availability?
His legal expertise in zoning issues is unparallel with those among his colleagues, and anyone who examines his voting record throughout his years in City Council will be reassured of his genuine devotion and concern for, ot only his district’s welfare, but also that of the entire city — even when it sometimes meant being the sole opposition vote in a controversial issue.
With looming budget, zoning, etc. challenges facing the vitality and future of our Northeast community, whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, please temporarily put aside any political labels and vote with your heart for a proven candidate whom you know is trustworthy, devoted and will continue to work hard for our district — Councilman Brian O’Neill.
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The Northeast Times recently reported on the Boyle brothers’ lending their endorsement to Council-at-large candidate Dennis O’Brien.
It is nice to see politicians put community above party politics, and all three seem to be more than capable representatives for Northeast Philadelphia.
As a lifelong Democrat who lives in Northeast Philadelphia, I want to see my community remain a great place to live.
For this reason I think Brendan and Kevin Boyle should go one step further and endorse Councilman Brian O’Neill. Even as a Democrat, I openly support Brian O’Neill because he understands our neighborhoods and puts our communities above machine politics.
I am comfortable with Brian O’Neill as my councilman because he does not have to “fall in line” and instead is able to vote with his conscience on neighborhood issues. If Councilman O’Neill’s opponent is elected he will vote the way his party bosses tell him to vote, not the way we need him to vote.
This race is not about which political party you belong to; it is about making sure we have a councilman who will keep Northeast Philadelphia strong.
Kevin Boyle stated, “We need a champion for Northeast Philadelphia.” Respectfully, Rep. Kevin Boyle, we already have a champion for Northeast Philadelphia. His name is Brian O’Neill.
Michael Gavin Jr.
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A friendly neighbor of mine had a city problem and dialed 311. The phone rang about 10 times and the neighbor was greeted with a taped message from our mayor saying, “Hang in there. Someone will be with you shortly.”
Nobody responded until three days later. Someone from 311 called “Room 153 City Hall” said, “What’s the problem?”
Well, the problem was already solved. My neighbor called Councilman O’Neill’s office on Bowler Street in the municipal building and got a live person to handle a difficult situation.
They found a solution, problem solved. She also got a follow-up phone call to see if she was happy with the way things were handled.
I myself worked in the private sector (retired now) and the public sector, and I know people come and go, but this is good customer service!
The late UPS founder Jim Casey once stated, “Determined people working together can accomplish anything.”
John P. Duffy
Henon is ready to serve the 6th district
As Bobby Henon continues his bid for the 6th district Council seat that was filled so ably by Joan Krajewski for these past many years, I am encouraged by the prospect of solid, attentive representation of the district for years to come.
At Fairmount Park and elsewhere I have had the pleasure of working with Bobby in his role with one of the strongest and most civic-minded unions in the city of Philadelphia.
He is smart, capable and perhaps most importantly, committed to getting things done. His demeanor makes him approachable. His willingness to work with people, often of widely differing views, through to closure is admirable.
These qualities will serve him well in Council and should give his constituents peace of mind that their needs are being heard and addressed.
The city is big and beset by issues screaming for attention. From our parks to our businesses and everything in between, I know Bobby will bring our voice to the Council chamber.
Karen Lloyd Borski
Just say no to David Oh
Military service is honorable duty and should be accepted for what it is and should not be embellished for personal or political gain.
Council at-large candidate David Oh made statements related to his military service implying that he was a Green Beret and deployed in Desert Storm when he wasn’t.
This is his third run for City Council and his campaign literature was wrong, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to use it until someone checked it for accuracy and truthfulness.
If you knowingly mislead people, then you don’t deserve their support. If you do this prior to election, what will you do after the election? We have better choices.
Chamber president should spend $$ on chamber members
As a local small-business owner, I was disgusted by an advertisement in last week’s Northeast Times.
This “advertisement” was paid for by the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, an organization that collects dues from hundreds of hard-working business owners in Northeast Philadelphia.
This “ad,” which was paid for with those dues, was nothing more than a thinly veiled political promotion to raise the name recognition of local political hack Al Taubenberger, the chamber’s president and long-shot candidate for City Council.
Mr. Taubenberger, if you are going to purchase a full-page ad in the Northeast Times with nothing more than your picture and a quote, at least have the decency to pay for it with your own money. The hard-working, dues-paying, members of our business community deserve better.
Additionally, Mr. Taubenberger, there is no need to raise your name recognition in Northeast Philadelphia — we are well aware of who you are. You are the perennial candidate, who every other year decides to run for elected office.
And Mr. Taubenberger, we are all also aware of your less-than-stellar record — 0 wins and a whole lot of losses.
Your incessant need to run for every elected office that arises in Northeast Philadelphia has become an uncomfortable joke that we all hope ends someday soon.
Do us all a favor, Mr. Taubenberger, please start using the money you collect from hard-working business owners in Northeast Philadelphia to promote commerce and economic development and stop this hopeless, self-promoting campaign.
Lastly, enough with the delusions of grandeur.
With decision day coming, it’s up to you
A simple reminder to please mark Nov. 8 on your calendar as a day of participation — VOTE!
In less than two weeks, on Nov. 8, we will have the opportunity to once again elect those who hopefully represent our best interests, serve our community, and grow our city within the positions of mayor, City Council and commissioner.
History has shown a scary possibility that our current mayor and City Council will maintain their course of idiocy by allowing our great city to decline as we edge toward the point of bankruptcy.
It seems the Northeast has always been considered as the whipping-boy for many other parts of the city that don’t pay their fair share, but on Nov. 8 we can say “enough” with our vote for those candidates who will offer options besides increasing property taxes, creating a water runoff fee, destroying the opportunity for creating good paying jobs and ruining the school system as well as the potential future of our children.
I would like to request your consideration on Nov. 8 for promoting the continuation of Brian O’Neill as 10th district councilman and Denny O’Brien and Joe McColgan for at-large councilmen.
Also, a vote for Al Schmidt for city commissioner will help us to better elect people that represent our interests by working toward fairer and more transparent elections.
With our great numbers in registered Northeast voters, we can leverage our desire to promote responsible leadership within City Hall. We, with our vote, have the power to create a pivotal turning point in our neighborhoods.
Vote on Nov. 8 by pushing buttons 119, 123, 124, and 127. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Editor’s note: Mr. Money lost a bid for a Republican nomination for Council at-large in last May’s primary election.
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