Letters to the editor September 8, 2011 edition

Fly the flag to re­mem­ber 9/11

Do you re­mem­ber where you were and what you were do­ing on the morn­ing of 9/11/01? Of course you do. Every­one who was alive then re­mem­bers. And do you re­mem­ber how many flags we saw fly­ing on Sept. 12 and bey­ond?

Hon­or our her­oes. Please me­mori­al­ize the 10th an­niversary of that day by fly­ing a flag from your win­dow or on your lawn this week­end.

Shir­ley Rassi­er


An act of kind­ness on the beach

After fall­ing asleep for a few mo­ments on a beach in Brig­antine, I awoke to see one of my friends, Bill Brown, walk­ing on the beach to­ward a young blind girl who was us­ing a broom handle as a guid­ance cane.

He led her to the wa­ter’s edge and helped her sit down. He took her in the wa­ter, gave her a drink and asked the life­guards if he could leave her bag with them. The iron­ic part of the story is there were about 500 people on the beach that day, but no one no­ticed the struggle of this blind girl.

Bill came to her res­cue and when she had enough beach, he took her hand and walked her home.

We need more people like Bill in this world.

Nan­nette Bieber


Cath­ol­ic or pub­lic school? No con­test

It’s Cath­ol­ic high school (and grade school) tu­ition time, or time for all re­tired Cath­ol­ics to ante up.

North Cath­ol­ic and Car­din­al Dougherty have closed but Fath­er Judge and Arch­bish­op Ry­an have ex­tra ca­pa­city. Let’s all ante up and write them or Little Flower a check to help them keep the classrooms full. The al­tern­at­ive is a Phil­adelphia pub­lic  high school. It’s a no-brain­er!

Joseph J. Mur­ray

Mor­rell Park

It’s time to pick a kitty cat

This Fri­day to Sunday, Sept 9 to 11, For­got­ten Cats will have its Second Chance For Love, in the ad­op­tion cen­ter of the PetS­mart store at 901 Old York Road in Abing­ton. There will be ad­or­able ad­opt­able cats and many kit­tens.

The kit­ties are vet­ted, neutered and ready for a fam­ily of their own to take them home.

What bet­ter way to ex­press love than to ad­opt a little one that truly needs you? Please come and vis­it this week­end! Someone is wait­ing for you!

Gina De­N­ofa


Paul Kauff­man will be missed by many

I sadly learned via last week’s edi­tion of the North­east Times of the sud­den passing on Aug. 22 of com­munity act­iv­ist Paul Kauff­man, who was a tire­less lead­er in the bet­ter­ment of his Up­per Holmes­burg neigh­bor­hood.

I had the priv­ilege of know­ing Paul through his mem­ber­ship in the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil, where he rep­res­en­ted the Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation, and by per­son­ally work­ing with him in the clear­ing of leaves and debris from the Trum­bette Play­ground on vari­ous oc­ca­sions.

His en­ergy and de­term­in­a­tion were in­fec­tious to those of us who worked with him, and des­pite city budget­ary cuts and neg­at­ive odds, I was al­ways amazed at his net­work­ing sources to “get the job done.”

My con­dol­ences to his fam­ily, who lost a won­der­ful hus­band and fath­er, to the UHCA, which lost a long and faith­ful mem­ber, and to Paul’s com­munity, which lost a de­voted res­id­ent and vo­lun­teer who REALLY cared about his neigh­bor­hood and those who lived there! 

Elsie Stevens

Holme Circle

Nice job on the storm prep, May­or

Thank you, May­or Nut­ter and all the people who worked with you and co­oper­ated with you for a job well done.

The hur­ricane, which star­ted out as a ma­jor dis­aster, was handled in every de­tail, sav­ing many lives. We need you to con­tin­ue to lead us as our next may­or.

El­len Moore


Ode to Irene

Words to be sung to the mu­sic of Good­night, Irene:

Irene, good­bye, Irene

Irene, good­bye

Good­bye, Irene

Good­bye, Irene

I’ll see you in my dreams

Last Sat­urday night

You came blow­ing

Try­ing to tear up the town

Now you and your wa­ter have par­ted

Now I can stroll down­town

Oh, Irene, good­bye, Irene

Irene, good­bye

Good­bye, Irene

Good­bye, Irene

Now I’m happy to see you’ve gone

John Rauchut


Trib­ute to the 9/11 her­oes, Fire De­part­ment of New York

I wrote this poem 10 years ago, just after 9/11. I was liv­ing in Flor­ida at the time. Hav­ing served in the Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment, I couldn’t fathom 343 of my broth­ers dy­ing in one in­cid­ent. I still can’t! So, like many oth­ers I was in­spired to write down my feel­ings:

They were go­ing about their busi­ness in their homes away from home

Laugh­ing and kid­ding each oth­er, truly something to be­hold

They may have been drink­ing a cup of cof­fee or mop­ping up the floor

Maybe go­ing over their equip­ment or scan­ning last night’s box scores

They all loved the ca­marader­ie, it was what united them

So to fight the smoke and fire, then re­turn and re­live it again

It’s in­cred­ibly amaz­ing the risks that they im­posed

Upon them­selves while fight­ing with a lad­der and a hose

Each job that they en­countered, “was dif­fer­ent,” they would say

That was partly the reas­on why they loved their work each day

A feel­ing of ex­cite­ment filled them when a com­rade yelled, “An­oth­er run”

Ad­ren­al­in began flow­ing as the siren blared its song

Some­times it was an auto, a trash fire or false alarm

Or maybe a “pot of meat” left on the stove too long

But they knew each time they went out the door away from their second home

The big one could be just around the corner to chal­lenge their every bone

We can la­bel them her­oes, but they were only flesh and blood

They didn’t do it for the money, it was their labor of love

Don’t try to un­der­stand them ’cause they were not quite sure

What drove them and pushed them from floor to smoky floor

And I’m sure they could nev­er have en­vi­sioned what greeted them that day

It had to have been hell’s de­cision to put them in harm’s way

And I know for cer­tain if they were here, but sadly they are gone

They would say, “No need to call us her­oes, we were only do­ing our job.”

Tom Wetten

Mod­ena Park

Bill Ru­bin says no to Tasco

Al Tauben­ber­ger’s re­marks last week (Keep the pres­sure on the DROP sham) helped to so­lid­i­fy their pos­ture on not “en­dors­ing any can­did­ate who sup­ports Tasco.”

A re­cent Times ed­it­or­i­al was adam­ant in its rep­rim­and! Coun­cil can­did­ates Joe Mc­Col­gan and Bill Ru­bin join Al in os­tra­ciz­ing the DROP queen. Joe Gaynor and May­er Krain, both Bri­an O’Neill sup­port­ers, must be furi­ous with their can­did­ate for not “say­ing no” to Mari­an Tasco.

I couldn’t make much sense from let­ters writ­ten by May­er and Joe in the Times Aug. 25 edi­tion. The former labeled me a Re­pub­lic­an turn­coat while con­tinu­ing to think that $125,000 isn’t enough to live on. Yes, May­er, you are ab­so­lutely cor­rect: Rick Mari­ano had oth­er jobs out­side of Coun­cil. He wired my neigh­bor’s house. He didn’t need the dough as much as need­ing an out­let from the pres­sures of Coun­cil work.

Al­low me to once again edi­fy Joe Gaynor. Re­tired Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ar­mand Della Porta, via court or­der circa 1987, con­cluded that the city com­mis­sion­ers of­fice hire 10 re­gis­tra­tion clerks. While many ap­plied, few made the cut and qual­i­fied for the com­pet­it­ive writ­ten test. Bill Ru­bin, as one of the 10, was as­signed to Com­mis­sion­er Marge Tartagli­one’s of­fice. He later re­ceived a pro­mo­tion to ac­count clerk, where he worked for all three com­mis­sion­ers.

Sorry Joe, no pat­ron­age to be found in Bill’s closet. It’s now happy hour and time for my double shot of real­ity.

John T. Fritz

Chair­man, Re­pub­lic­ans for Bill Ru­bin Com­mit­tee

DROP is still a good pro­gram

Hello I am a Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer and just got done read­ing Al Tauben­ber­ger’s let­ter to the ed­it­or last week call­ing the DROP pro­gram a sham.

While I agree with the North­east Times and Mr. Tauben­ber­ger’s opin­ion on the ab­use of the pro­gram, the pro­gram it­self is still a good thing. The politi­cians and cer­tain oth­er ap­poin­ted city of­fi­cials who were al­lowed to ab­use DROP was dis­gust­ing.

Un­less I’m wrong, those politi­cians who ab­used DROP are col­lect­ing a pen­sion, DROP money and So­cial Se­cur­ity.

On the oth­er hand, Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers and fire­fight­ers do not pay in­to So­cial Se­cur­ity. When one of us re­tires, if we nev­er paid in­to So­cial Se­cur­ity we do not re­ceive it. A lot of us, from pre­vi­ous jobs, are eli­gible for So­cial Se­cur­ity be­ne­fits, at a dif­fer­ent rate, not the full rate that is de­served.

My solu­tion is simple and yes, biased. Let the po­lice and fire pay in­to So­cial Se­cur­ity and re­ceive full be­ne­fits or al­low the DROP pro­gram to ex­ist for us. I know oth­er city work­ers will not like that, but too bad.

I do agree with the pa­per, though, about vot­ing the politi­cians out, but it has to be those who are em­bed­ded and need a wake-up call.

An­oth­er idea, on a high­er level: How about ab­ol­ish­ing the prac­tice of giv­ing So­cial Se­cur­ity to those who come to this coun­try and have not con­trib­uted a dime? We could also stop giv­ing So­cial Se­cur­ity to the crim­in­als who can’t work but col­lect a check. Stop giv­ing to the people who con­tin­ue to have kids but can’t sup­port them.

Nobody seems to want the gov­ern­ment in their lives, un­less they are giv­ing out money. DROP is a pro­gram in oth­er states and has been there for many years.

In fi­nal, the only prob­lem with DROP was al­low­ing Phil­adelphia City Coun­cil to get a hold of it.

Jim Crown

Where’s Perzel’s pay-raise booty?

The ed­it­or­i­al Shame on Perzel in last week’s North­east Times points out that John Perzel was one of the mas­ter­minds of the il­leg­al pay raise state le­gis­lat­ors gave to them­selves, but that’s not the whole story:

Some le­gis­lat­ors have re­turned the money. Perzel has not. If he’s not go­ing to give it back will­ingly, it should be taken from him. 

Howard J. Wilk


The rich should share the load

Why is it we have real Amer­ic­ans will­ing to put their lives in danger fight­ing for us, but the multi-rich can’t reach in their deep pock­ets and help our coun­try when we need them the most? They wouldn’t have to sell their yachts, li­mos, jets or any of their man­sions. Just a little pock­et money.

The poor and the seni­ors can’t do this on our own. Are the multi-rich really Amer­ic­ans?

Rus Slaw­ter


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