What’s the matter with kids today?
Who knew the police outside the middle school by me are there to protect the public from the kids and not the other way around?
The other day, I was in my back yard with my almost 2-year-old, when I heard yelling and lots of cursing. I looked up the driveway and there was a gaggle of middle-school kids; it seemed like two girls were getting in a fight.
They kept getting closer, so I yelled for them to take it back to the street and watch the language, there was a child nearby. They actually did!
Then I heard horns honking; these kids were just walking right in the middle of the road. Fortunately, as quickly as I dialed 911, a police truck came through honking. I remembered then, they usually hang out around the school when the kids are being let out.
Oh, how I wish the parents of some of these kids could see what they are up to when they leave to come home! I hate to be out at that time, because of this. A school-age kid that lives nearby said just the other week some kids went running/fighting through his yard.
Boy, I hope we are out of Philly by the time my kid is school age, or at least get her in a charter school; no way she’s going to the school that, sadly, is so conveniently close to us!
The scoop on the poop in Northeast Filthydelphia
With spring here and summer approaching, I wonder where we will take our children to practice baseball, kick a soccer ball, or ride their bikes, for that matter. It seems that everywhere you look these days there is dog crap.
This has been annoying me for quite some time and I can no longer be silent about it. As a homemaker and the fact that I live on the outskirts of a field, I see far too often dog owners taking their animals in the field where it is clearly marked at the entrance that they are forbidden.
They let their animals loose or walk on a leash, whatever the case may be, and the dog defecates while the owner strolls right on by the fresh, stinky pile! Or I love the owners that let the dog free to run while they text on their phones. Hmm, now if your dog takes a dump, which you know it’s going to, how will you know where it goes, and do you even have a bag for cleanup? Oh that’s right, you don’t care! You have no intention of picking up after your animal. Shame on you! You’re an inconsiderate piece of (dirt) yourself!
It’s a shame a man lost his life over this nonsense two months ago for speaking up to one of you losers.
I have been getting bombarded with flies. I know the weather has been screwy, but I have been wondering if it has anything to do with the fact that I have mounds of crap piles all along my fence line. Not only are the neighboring fields filled with crap, you can just walk around the block and find at least 10 to 15 piles on your route.
I am a dog owner myself and you would never catch me without a bag. This is not fair to any homeowner. There are signs everywhere urging you to pick up after your animal and warning that you will be fined if you don’t, but who actually fines these selfish pigs? The city? So pretty much your dog needs to poop right in front of a cop in order to get a citation? Gotta love when there is feces right in front of a sign, too. It just shows how lame of a person you actually are. It’s the law and also common sense. I just don’t get how people can be so ignorant.
As a person who actually cares about the neighborhood and is constantly picking up trash left behind by lazy individuals and always is trying my best to make everything look nice, I’m the one who suffers! Because on a hot summer day hanging clothes out to dry, swimming with the kids, or even trying to entertain, I have the rotten stench blowing in the wind, or my child seems to step in it once a week. This has gotten so out of control and needs to end.
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It may be a dog that craps here, but it’s a pig that allows it.
That’s what the sign on my front lawn says. It’s faded now, so it will come down soon. A friend found it “offensive.” I wonder if it’s more offensive than cleaning up dog feces from my property, left behind by a dog walker. Another neighbor, suffering the very same indignities, could relate. I put that sign up hoping to discourage your lack of consideration.
You thought you were clever by having your dog make another “deposit” right next to it. Are you a kid, too young to realize just how repulsive you are? Do you even know you are trespassing? Or maybe you’re simply one lazy, slovenly adult who lives in filth and has no second thoughts of contaminating the areas of those who do not.
Remember the man in Tacony who was shot, allegedly by his neighbor, because he complained about dog dirt on his lawn? I can certainly empathize with the victim’s anger over this nauseating behavior, but there’s no need for violence, is there?
It’s my property, so surely I can put on it whatever I choose, can’t I?
An appeal to authentic Americans
Last month, self-professed “Undocumented Unafraid” and “Coming Out of the Shadows” illegal aliens disrupted traffic and made demands in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Philadelphia while their supporters chanted, “Out of the shadows, into the streets!” and “Education, not deportation!”
Our neutered ICE agents, probably cowering in their offices following the directives of Homeland Security, did nothing. We taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for all the services provided to all of the “Unafraid” illegal aliens and their offspring. They show their appreciation for our government’s largesse by making demands and disrupting traffic. Breaking the law and being “unafraid” is such a positive, endearing attitude. What great, country-loving, patriotic American citizens they would make. Talk about arrogant ingrates!
It is time for American citizens to “COME OUT OF THE SHADOWS” by contacting Pennsylvanians for Immigration Control and Enforcement at CPA@PA4ICE.com. Thank you.
Margaret W. Adelsberger
Weighing in on Pennsylvania’s voter ID law
Add voter ID to your budget cuts, Mr. Corbett
Voters in the city of Philadelphia will find out in the Nov. 6 general election just how big of a waste of time and money the state’s voter ID law is.
The law requires all voters to show a form of photo identification every time they cast their vote each election. PennDOT estimates that roughly 691,000 people in Pennsylvania are without a driver’s license. The poor, seniors, students and disabled people are most likely the majority of those 691,000 people. This law will cost approximately $11 million, according to some budget analysts, in a time when Gov. Corbett is cutting all budgets 5 percent across the board, including many education programs the state has.
While voter fraud is an important issue, this is not the time, place nor way to fix it. There are many other solutions and many other programs that need aid before we embark on an $11 million expedition to stop the less than 1 percent of voter fraud that occurs in every election.
This bill merely combats voter impersonation at the polls, and does nothing to stop forging of absentee ballots and registrations, which is where the majority of voter fraud occurs. The law generates new questions and problems that need to be addressed, such as:
• Photo IDs cost money. The last time I checked, voting was a right, not a privilege! Who will pay for these required IDs?
• Will poll workers be trained to spot a fake ID? If so, by whom? The majority of poll workers are elderly and have vision problems. Will they have to pass an eye exam in order to view photo IDs and their fakes?
• Who will work the polls if many poll workers can’t spot fake IDs and/or are unable to attend the class to learn what to look for?
• If you lose your wallet just before an election or realize that your ID has expired, does this mean you will be barred from casting your vote?
• Will people voting absentee ballots have to show ID? If so, to whom, and who will train them to spot fakes?
These are just a few of the issues that will be brought up by this law. This will demand a yearly budget and will require the people down at City Hall to keep voter records more up to date than they are presently kept.
How many people have seen someone who died or moved three years ago still on the books when you go into vote? The state or city would have to do a much better job at getting the ID to those who require them and this includes those who lost their original ID.
My brother loses his house keys four times a year. The probability of someone like him (and we all know someone like that) retaining this ID just to pull it out twice a year is slim. Most people will not realize that they don’t have their ID, or find it to be expired right at the polling tables.
These situations will generate long lines, hostility and angry or annoyed voters. Therefore while you’re in a budget-cutting mood, Mr. Corbett, do yourself a favor and throw this bill on the chopping block as well.
Discouraging voters from coming out and participating in the election process is a cheap political tactic used by officials who are cowardly and insecure about their views. Pennsylvanians deserve better!
Mark A. Evans Jr.
A law that protects voting integrity? How terrible!
The state of Pennsylvania requires voter ID to ensure the accuracy of our election process. Eliminating the slightest perception of voter fraud is paramount in maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in our elections. A reasonable person would expect voter ID to be viewed as an internal control of checks and balances to prevent fraudulent voting by deceitful people. This is a good thing, right?
Low and behold, some would lead you to believe that is not the case. The usual suspects are moaning and groaning accusing the implementation of voter ID laws as being racist, sexist and discriminatory toward the elderly and people with disabilities.
The usual naysayers fail to realize that sometimes something may be exactly what it claims to be — a tool to prevent unscrupulous people from casting illegal votes with the intent of tainting election results.
In our society, ID is required to open a checking account, the local gym requires ID to work out, ID is needed to enter a wholesale club such as Sam’s Club, Costco, BJ’s, etc.
Unions and private organizations require a show of ID to vote in their elections. Last week, I was asked to produce ID to get a refund on a $3.77 bottle of shampoo at a local drugstore chain.
Let’s not forget, elected officials have the ability to pass laws that may profoundly affect the lives of Americans for generations to come. Imagine that — having the same requirements to vote in a primary or general election as is needed to return a bottle of shampoo!
Let’s support voter ID in an effort to secure the integrity of our most treasured right, the right to vote.
What’s all of the fuss over voter ID?
I do not understand the fuss over the new voter ID law. Even Mayor Nutter is screaming this will take us back to the bad old days of voter repression.
That is ridiculous. When I take money from my bank account, I am often asked for a picture ID. If I mail a package at UPS, I will be asked for a picture ID. In fact, I have long volunteered a picture ID at my local voting place as a simple courtesy to the workers — because my last name can be hard to spell.
If Grandma needs help in getting a photo ID, it’s a problem we can solve. Digital photography is cheap and portable. And she will find the ID useful in many ways.
I think the real concern is because a certain political party (my own party, unfortunately), is very happy to have illegals, deadbeats and other non-registered people, vote.
It is said in Philadelphia, even the dead vote. And in fact, there have been times that more people voted in a division than were registered there.
The simple fact is that I am a careful, responsible citizen who gives back to his community.
Illegal voters don’t have my values. I don’t want an illegal disenfranchising ME by canceling out my vote.
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