Put drug clinic next to Schwartz’s office
Sometimes the solution to a dilemma is so simple it evades us. Why not put the proposed methadone clinic in the currently defunct, presently for-rent pretzel bakery adjacent to the neighborhood office of Frankford Avenue’s own member of Congress, Allyson Y. Schwartz?
Never one to resist jumping on a moving bandwagon, our honorable member of Congress — though I’m sure she kicks herself for not living among us — will be in a perfect position to keep an eye on things for the community her staff so relentlessly takes every opportunity to remind us she represents.
Madam Congresswoman might even discover why a businessman buying gold, diamonds, platinum, silver coins and bullion would be interested in concentrating 200 heroin addicts per day along that community’s main thoroughfare.
Fagin — if you remember Oliver Twist — operated a thieves’ academy to school young pickpockets.
Signs outside Alan Yanovsky’s Sansom Street shop in far-off Center City announce cash paid for the very items drug addicts steal to support their habits. One wonders: Will SEPTA’s handy Route 66 become the means to haul fresh loot from here to there? Curiouser and curiouser.
The parallels of Fumo and Ackerman
While reading about how federal prosecutors are appealing Judge Ronald Buckwalter’s sentencing of former state Sen. Vincent Fumo as being too light, I noticed a few noteworthy parallels with the Arlene Ackerman saga.
One prosecutor said, “rather than working hard, Fumo spent months away from work.” Didn’t Ackerman take a two-month “vacation” this summer, leaving the school district in utter turmoil?
And in their recent opinion, U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Julio Fuentes and Leonard Garth said, “Evidence of Fumo’s intent to divert funds from a non-profit charity for personal use was overwhelming.”
Does that sound anything like the method that was used to funnel “donations” to Ackerman’s exit fund before donors backed out? Ironically, the name of the “charity” is “Children First Fund.”
Judge Fuentes added that the jury found that Fumo used his Senate staff as personal servants, using one as his “driver.” Only one? Ackerman had two. Both were district-paid school bus drivers, waiting on her beck and call. Amusing comparisons?
Extremely amusing, because one is in federal prison, with prosecutors Beavis and Butthead asking the court to give him more time, and the other is being paid close to $1 million in taxpayer money to leave the city.
What’s in a name? Don’t ask Perzel
Ex-state House Speaker Emeritus John Perzel pleaded guilty in a Dauphin County court. Boy, was I shocked!
Previously, his wife’s brother (Perzel’s brother-in-law) pleaded guilty. Subsequently, his wife’s nephew also pleaded guilty. John, don’t look now but your in-laws are outlaws.
Make sure that they give you a cell that justifies your stature. You might luck out and get that state prison maybe run by the company where you had stock options and were on its board of directors (Geo Inc).
Now, as a felon, does your name have to be removed from all those buildings named for you with taxpayer or non-profit dollars?
Atheist is OK with cross at WTC
As readers of some of my letters to the Northeast Times know or might guess, I am an atheist, and somewhat of an activist in that regard.
A group called American Atheists has filed suit to block the display, at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, of the cross-shaped steel beams found in the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Readers of this newspaper should know that this group doesn’t speak for all atheists and they certainly don’t speak for me.
The World Trade Center cross has tremendous historical significance apart from its religious significance, and it is fitting and proper that it be displayed at the memorial.
Howard J. Wilk
You can’t buy a Super Bowl
Once again, the Eagles have put all their eggs in one basket and gave a ridiculous salary to Michael Vick.
Didn’t any of the people who came up with the $100 million watch the Pittsburgh game? They have tried giving these outrageous contracts to Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb and they must feel that anyone making that kind of money must be a superstar.
Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson have a style that invites injury, and the experts pointed out they would probably be hurt sometime during the season.
I’ve been a fan for a lot of years and hope I’m wrong, but this dream team looks like a 10-6 season, and Vick can cry all the way to the bank!
Bandit signs are a blight on Philadelphia
The proliferation of “bandit signs” recently received airtime on a local TV news station, which reported the efforts of Christopher Sawyer, of Kensington, to remove the signs along the streets.
Mr. Sawyer is not alone in his effort to rid the city of these illegal signs and the blight it brings to our city.
There are several groups of dedicated citizens called “sign sharks” who are very vigilant at removing these signs from the streets around their neighborhoods. People see these signs and are puzzled as to why the city or state does not clean up this trash attached to the poles and in the grass traffic islands along our highways.
By now we all know that the city and state are not going to help because of the lack of funds and interest in low-priority, quality-of-life issues, but this is an election year. Let us put pressure on the current Council members and Council candidates to enforce the laws.
If the existing laws are enforced, the program may pay for itself. If the current laws are not adequate, then let us adopt a law similar to one passed by the city of New Orleans (the dirtiest city in the nation; Philadelphia being No. 2, pun intended).
The signs are a distraction to drivers, a tripping hazard where pedestrians can be impaled by the steel rods, illegal and unsightly, and many of the advertisers are from outside of Philadelphia. The signs are a blight destroying our city and dirtying our roads. Let us fine them heavily, empower the citizens to file complaints, revoke their business license, if they have one, from doing any work in Philadelphia or in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
This is not only a city problem; they are cropping up all around Pennsylvania. Those who have driven around our beautiful state, along scenic Grand Army of the Republic Highway (Route 6) in the north, Lincoln Highway (Route 30) in the south through Gettysburg and all of the small towns in-between can attest to the bandit signs that are littering our roads.
Maybe the attorney general should investigate these advertisers, because some may be con artists and desperate, uninformed people will be caught in these too-good-to-be-true schemes.
While we are waiting for our officials to enforce the law, we the people must join forces, remove these signs, and improve our quality of life.
Where were the flags on the 9/11 anniversary?
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was very moving. My family and I have not forgotten the sadness and horror of 9/11. Since that day many more brave people have given the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror.
Why then, did I not see American flags on the anniversary? I live in Somerton and am ashamed at how few people took the time to fly their flags on that day. In the days following the attack on the World Trade Center, everyone was flying their American flags, so I know that people have them.
It is disgraceful that we Americans take for granted the freedom afforded us by other people’s sacrifices. It is impossible for me to believe that we cannot even take the time to show our support by flying our flags.
I was also dismayed by the lack of American flags flying at businesses in our area. In all of the businesses from Kelvin Avenue to Byberry Road on Bustleton Avenue, the only business flying a flag was the Home Depot, and this flag was at half-staff. Thank you, Home Depot. You have my business.
Where were the flags on the attorneys’ offices, the various drug store chains, the insurance agencies, the gas stations, Wawa, Loesche public school? Shameful, really shameful!
I guess it takes the deaths of thousands of people for Americans to show their patriotic pride. How very sad.
Museum of artifacts is ridiculous
Regarding the story in the Sept. 8 edition, Remnants of a catastrophe, I am appalled there is a museum displaying items destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. This is no way to remember the lives lost on that day and the service people we lost after the attacks.
This is so ridiculous, and if anything, there should be a museum with pictures and a story of each individual, not a reminder of the destruction.
We all remember that day and will never forget, and what we don’t know is who each person was that died that day.
I hope you publish this comment because I know I am not the only one uncomfortable with this display of atrocities.
Give the Tea Party some sweet talk
As a member of the Northeast Philadelphia Tea Party, I am offended by your cartoon in last week’s edition. I see that you, like the rest of the media, have taken a stance against the Tea Party. The debate with Wolf Blitzer was very much the opposite of how you have portrayed it.
Try looking at the liberals and Democrats if you want to portray violence.
Instead of mocking us, you should thank your lucky stars for us. Otherwise this administration would be far more socialist than it already is. You seem to have a liberal mindset. No surprise there. I guess you are an Alinskyite too, huh?
Are Catholic schools Catholic anymore?
Reading the story in the Sept. 1 INsider section (His job is fighting hate) gave some insight as to what is at the root of why many Catholic schools are struggling.
Carl Pearlson, a Jewish lawyer and former regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League, explains in the June 4, 2001 edition of Jewish World Review why he left the ADL after 25 years: “Fighting hate” became a euphemism for an attack on sexual morality, the traditional family, and the Jewish view that children deserve a loving father and mother, not two fathers or two mothers. It is only through the perverse notion of ‘tolerance’ that support for traditional teaching about the family is intimidated and condemned.”
It is this same ADL, the article informs us, that is sponsoring programs in the Philadelphia public schools and in the Catholic school system teaching Catholics how to deal with “hate” and “diversity.”
The consequences are obvious. Catholics figure if they want their kids to be liberal they can learn this kind of stuff for free in the public schools.
Other parents who want their children to adhere to the true traditional teachings of the Catholic church will choose to home-school, and enrollment in the Catholic schools will continue to decline.
Catholic schools are better? Hogwash!
Regarding the letter Catholic or public school? No contest in the Sept. 8 edition: Insinuating one cannot obtain a good education at a public school is hogwash.
I’m a firm believer that it’s up to the individual, period, regardless of what type of institution you learn at. No-brainer should save his money for a rainy day.
Joseph H. Snyder
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