Letters to the editor September 29, 2011 edition

Own­ers ask burg­lar to re­turn dog’s ashes

To the scum that burg­lar­ized our home on Sept. 20:

We do not care about the ma­ter­i­al pos­ses­sions you stole from us when you kicked in the door to our home, but did you have to take the only pos­ses­sion that is not re­place­able?

Why did you take our dog’s buri­al box with her ashes in it? The box was clearly marked with her name on it and it was on our man­tel in the liv­ing room with her pic­ture next to the box.

If you have any con­science at all, and if you still have Mandy’s buri­al box, we would like to have  it back, no ques­tions asked. 

Bill and Eva Egn­er

Academy Gar­dens

I have a dream

There ex­ists in my dreams a city of hap­pi­ness, a uto­pia, a city of dreams, a place where there are no home­less people, drug ad­dicts, wel­fare re­cip­i­ents, al­co­hol­ics, or people with AIDS.

This is my uto­pia and someday I will find such a place — not in my dreams, but in real­ity.

Jerry Foglia Sr.

Fox Chase

Al Schmidt will clean house

In May, Demo­crat­ic primary voters in Phil­adelphia voted to change the dir­ec­tion of our City’s Com­mis­sion­ers’ Of­fice by vot­ing out the long-reign­ing chair­wo­man, Marge Tartagli­one.

But our elec­tion sys­tem can’t be made trans­par­ent, ef­fi­cient or ef­fect­ive without one more change in Novem­ber. Al Schmidt is the right guy to make that hap­pen.

Al is a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for what is likely the one and only seat the Re­pub­lic­an Party will have on the three-per­son elec­tion board. He is young, smart and ded­ic­ated to im­prov­ing how the Com­mis­sion­ers’ Of­fice is run. Al’s ex­per­i­ence and vis­ion are ex­actly what our city needs.

That means that all voters must make a choice between Al and the in­cum­bent Re­pub­lic­an who was a key ally of Marge Tartagli­one. To me, the choice is clear — it is time to fin­ish the job.

We need to clean up the Com­mis­sion­ers’ Of­fice, and the best way to do that is by sup­port­ing Al Schmidt on Nov. 8. 

Kerry Bluestein


Schmidt will fix the com­mis­sion­ers of­fice

This sum­mer I in­ter­viewed Al Schmidt, who is run­ning for city com­mis­sion­er in Phil­adelphia.

As we talked about how voters are af­fected by the city com­mis­sion­ers of­fice, I came away with a pro­found re­spect for Al. His de­sire to make a dif­fer­ence in Phil­adelphia, along with his sin­cer­ity, im­pressed me. He spoke about the Elec­tion Day prob­lems that our city sees every year and the lack of trans­par­ency when it comes to how the city com­mis­sion­ers spend our tax dol­lars. To re­solve this situ­ation, it is go­ing to take a lead­er who is in­tel­li­gent, cap­able and agile. I be­lieve that per­son is Al Schmidt.

When Nov. 8 rolls around, I in­tend to cast my vote for Al Schmidt and en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same.

Linda Mul­lin


Coun­cil­man O’Neill is pro-neigh­bor­hood

Liv­ing in Phil­adelphia, any­one can see the many chal­lenges that face our city, from flash mobs and high crime rates to bur­den­some taxes and dilap­id­ated neigh­bor­hoods. While these prob­lems are winked at in oth­er areas of the city, Coun­cil­wo­man Bri­an O’Neill fights to pro­tect the in­teg­rity of our neigh­bor­hoods.

For in­stance, this news­pa­per has re­por­ted how Coun­cil­man O’Neill at­tends homeown­ers as­so­ci­ation meet­ings throughout his dis­trict, listen­ing to the con­cerns of the cit­izens and hand­ling zon­ing mat­ters on their be­half.

Coun­cil­man O’Neill gets out ahead of the is­sues that af­fect the fam­il­ies in the 10th dis­trict. His staff has the cap­ab­il­it­ies to pro­tect against zon­ing is­sues that can dam­age a neigh­bor­hood. In fact, Coun­cil­man O’Neill and his staff use zon­ing and city de­part­ments to pro­tect our com­munit­ies against nuis­ance prop­er­ties.

It may sound trivi­al, but a strong coun­cil­man like Bri­an O’Neill can be the dif­fer­ence between a neigh­bor­hood be­ing ripped apart or hold­ing strong, lit­er­ally.

Bill Ker­win

Fox Chase

Corbett and Boyle should do the switch

Be­fore the two politi­cians, Gov. Tom Corbett and state Rep. Kev­in Boyle, start smirk­ing over John Perzel’s re­cent plight, per­haps they had bet­ter look at them­selves.

Mr. Corbett was nowhere to be seen dur­ing the re­cent Hur­ricane Irene. He pulled a Harry Houd­ini dis­ap­pear­ing act. As for Mr. Boyle, who was so gra­cious and classy on elec­tion night, all he did was smear John Perzel and bragged about how he “kicked butt.” Let’s look at his pa­per-thin plat­form.

He re­cently avowed that there will be no meth­adone clin­ic in North­east Phil­adelphia. Per­haps he is sin­cere and wishes to rep­res­ent good, hard-work­ing, law-abid­ing cit­izens, but then I sug­gest he switch parties.

Whose party hired Ar­lene Ack­er­man as school su­per­in­tend­ent?

Whose party ran the school sys­tem in­to the ground?

Whose party raised taxes on hard-work­ing Amer­ic­ans to pay for the fail­ure of such schools?

Whose party gave Ack­er­man a nearly $1 mil­lion pay­out for do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing?

Whose party comes up with hareb­rained schemes to con­done, en­cour­age and pamper drug­gies?

Whose party star­ted a needle-ex­change pro­gram so that some poor in­no­cent junkie would not get AIDS?

Take a look in your own house, Mr. Boyle, and show that you truly rep­res­ent the people by stand­ing against such idiocies.

Mr. Corbett should also change his re­gis­tra­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, there still ex­ist parties and or­gan­iz­a­tions that would wel­come an in­di­vidu­al of his “char­ac­ter and tal­ents.” They all have one thing in com­mon: They are all in­si­di­ous and ab­hor­rent.

Le­onard T. Roberts


Drug clin­ic could be a lifesaver

To the read­ers whose let­ters to the ed­it­or in the Sept. 15 edi­tion of the North­east Times voiced op­pos­i­tion to a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic in Holmes­burg and to Den­nis Kulp, the prop­erty own­er:

I am a res­id­ent of May­fair; however I am also a re­cov­er­ing ad­dict whose life was saved with the as­sist­ance of a meth­adone clin­ic. Through per­sist­ence and a little “blood, sweat and tears,” I fought and am still re­build­ing my life.

There would not be “flash mobs” of heroin ad­dicts ter­ror­iz­ing May­fair by steal­ing, cop­ping and shoot­ing up; in­stead there would be wo­men, hu­man be­ings that have the un­for­tu­nate dis­ease of ad­dic­tion, not for their next fix but des­per­ate for some guid­ance in get­ting their lives on track.

I, too, pay taxes, re­cycle, and pay for my daugh­ter’s edu­ca­tion, and am able to be a pro­duct­ive mem­ber of so­ci­ety thanks to the as­sist­ance clin­ic. I walk up and down to stores along Frank­ford Av­en­ue and ride in the morn­ing and at the end of my day as well.

So I say, Mr. Kulp, con­tin­ue ef­forts to make this clin­ic pos­sible. Men and wo­men are dy­ing every day from ad­dic­tion. Please open this clin­ic. It could be a mat­ter of death for someone just like me.

Mary Kate Bar­ras


May­or Nut­ter is wrong to re­ject CHOP funds

The hy­po­crisy of the Nut­ter ad­min­is­tra­tion is as­ton­ish­ing.

When May­or Nut­ter first pro­posed his dis­crim­in­at­ory soda tax a year ago, the motive was to re­duce child­hood obesity. The pub­lic and City Coun­cil didn’t buy it. This past spring, when Nut­ter again tried and failed to gain pas­sage of a soda tax, there was no men­tion of sav­ing the city’s chil­dren from obesity. The new ra­tionale was to plug the school dis­trict’s massive budget gap.

One can only sur­mise that Nut­ter is ready­ing a third run at a soda tax, giv­en that he and Health Com­mis­sion­er Don­ald Schwarz, des­pite fa­cing crit­ic­al city budget short­falls, re­jec­ted $10 mil­lion from Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al that would have fun­ded an anti-obesity pro­gram through city health cen­ters simply be­cause the grant was provided to CHOP by the bever­age in­dustry.

And shame on both of them for equat­ing an in­dustry that makes bever­ages con­tain­ing sug­ar to the evils of the to­bacco and fire­arm in­dus­tries. Nut­ter, in his ar­rog­ance, tweeted “Tak­ing money from Big Soda to fight obesity is like tak­ing money from the NRA to fight guns. You can’t buy this City Hall.”

Maybe, maybe not. But ap­par­ently Nut­ter thinks it’s per­fectly OK to use chil­dren as polit­ic­al pawns. 

Daniel H. Grace


Team­sters Loc­al 830

Bye bye Ack­er­man, who’s next?

Ah yes, Maurice Che­va­lier, I re­mem­ber them well!

Mi­chael Mar­case, Con­stance Clayton, Dav­id Horn­beck, Paul Val­las and Ar­lene Ack­er­man. They were all school su­per­in­tend­ents in Phil­adelphia.

They came to town with mo­nu­ment­al aca­dem­ic ob­ject­ives and good in­ten­tions for Phil­adelphia’s school chil­dren. But some­where between their peace­ful ar­rival in town on their ponies and their some­times-hur­ried de­par­tures — re­min­is­cent of the way I dump sweat socks in the hamper after a rugged soft­ball game — things of­ten didn’t work out.

So now we be­gin an­oth­er in­fam­ous Phil­adelphia search for a new su­per­in­tend­ent. From the Arc­tic Circle to Pago Pago, we will look for the sa­vior for Phil­adelphia’s school chil­dren. It’s sort of like the game of Twister — spin the wheel and let’s see where it stops.

Why can we not find the next su­per­in­tend­ent right here in Phil­adelphia? We have many fine and qual­i­fied aca­dem­i­cians in our ho­met­own. If Phil­adelphia is a world-class city, there must be a su­per­in­tend­ent to be hired, right here.

Or maybe the nat­ive Phil­adelphi­ans don’t want the job, be­cause they know the secret — the secret that the su­per­in­tend­ent that I didn’t men­tion told when he left town frus­trated and be­wildered.

I speak of Matt Cost­anzo. He stayed as su­per­in­tend­ent only for a short peri­od of time. One reas­on he left was he was fed up with politi­cians call­ing him on a reg­u­lar basis, dic­tat­ing whom he was to hire at the school dis­trict.

I re­call how he was dis­ap­poin­ted that he was not per­mit­ted to teach Phil­adelphia’s school chil­dren, be­cause politi­cians wanted him to be a pat­ron­age maven. So, let the search con­tin­ue as Phil­adelphia awaits a new sa­vior for our school chil­dren. And the next and the next …

Also, let all school board and School Re­form Com­mis­sion meet­ings be tele­vised like they were dec­ades ago. This will keep the pro­cess trans­par­ent and en­able par­ents, chil­dren and tax­pay­ers to be aware of what’s hap­pen­ing, be­cause we hate sur­prises, es­pe­cially the $629 mil­lion vari­ety.

Myles Gor­don


Thanks for the 9/11 cov­er­age, NBC-10

I would like to thank NBC-10 for the cov­er­age they showed on 9-11-2011 at Ground Zero in New York, Shanks­ville in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon near Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 

The cov­er­age was won­der­ful and made me feel so proud to be an Amer­ic­an. The show of love and pat­ri­ot­ism was astound­ing. I did not lose any­one in the three dif­fer­ent at­tacks in our coun­try 10 years ago, but I can­not com­pre­hend how some ter­ror­ist group could kill so many in­no­cent people. God bless them all.

It was great to also hear people say, “God bless Amer­ica,” sing many of our pat­ri­ot­ic songs and see our Amer­ic­an flag shown every­where. That’s Amer­ica and true Amer­ic­ans.

Then I re­mem­ber some of the things that have been changed, like no pray­er in pub­lic schools, the 10 Com­mand­ments and crosses taken away from build­ings, some want­ing to change our na­tion­al an­them, some not know­ing which hand to use to put over their hearts when the Pledge of Al­le­gi­ance is said, etc.

This makes me won­der what this great coun­try of ours is do­ing to al­low these changes to hap­pen, and I do not see that these changes have helped Amer­ica in any way. This coun­try was built on “God and coun­try,” and noth­ing or no one should change that.

Re­spect for our na­tion­al an­them, Amer­ic­an flag and the Pledge of Al­le­gi­ance should al­ways be taught to each new gen­er­a­tion of Amer­ic­ans, be­cause that is what Amer­ica was built on. If not taught, we lose true Amer­ic­an pat­ri­ot­ism, our his­tory and our her­it­age since Amer­ica be­came a coun­try. 

Judy Brock


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