A new way to crack down on the drunks
A drunken driver kills someone. He or she gets caught, is fined and jailed. This is not acceptable because no one should have died in the first place. How can this scenario be stopped? Here’s an idea: Since we have plenty of police, detectives, investigators, and others, why not have them go back to the source of the problem? Find the tavern or the private party or wherever the place was that the guilty one became intoxicated. Then search out all the others that were present there, too. Finally, fine everyone at that affair, even those who were not in direct contact with the drunken person.
What will this eventually do? This action may make people aware of what is going on around them at future affairs, and the mere threat of a fine (possibly $100 a head) may have folks consider speaking to the bartender or whoever is responsible at a party to take action.
Awareness and responsibility seem to be the keys to help end this horrific problem. A considerate society means everyone must be involved.
Tacony needs a reality check
To Alex Balloon, corridor manager of the Tacony Community Development Corporation, regarding plans to build all the storefronts on Torresdale Avenue (Grand plans in Tacony, July 18 cover story):
Why? And for who? Are you kidding? It’s yet another waste of money. That’s like putting lipstick on a pig! Go with the times!
You need a couple of pawnshops, tattoo parlors, a pool room, adult book store, head shop, two more 7-Elevens, and a rest stop for the hookers. And you could put car carriers down the middle of Torresdale Avenue for parking. Also, make the lot at Princeton Avenue and the Delaware River a trailer park!
All of these will increase the economy for Tacony! If all of those fail, I suggest an air strike.
J. “Boots” Ritter
Almost gone Tacony
The true meaning of Independence Day
What is the Fourth of July? It is about how our military fought for our independence as a free nation, the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner in the middle of a sea battle.
It is a day to honor our forefathers who wrote the Constitution and the men and women who served in the military to protect the Constitution.
Philadelphia does not honor the meaning of the Fourth of July by celebrating with rap concert! For the past three years, I have watched along with the military audience of Boston, New York and Washington celebrate the meaning of the Fourth of July.
These cities show their patriotism and their appreciation of our military’s sacrifices for our freedom.
With the exception of four years in the Air Force in the early- and mid-1950s, I have lived in Philadelphia. It disappoints me that a city of our forefathers does not know how to celebrate the meaning of the Fourth of July.
The monsignor did all that he could
In response to Erika Miller’s letter in the Aug. 1 edition (Lynn’s sentence is a disgrace): Where have you been for the past 30 years? Abuse of power happens every day in corporate America. When there is a problem identified, you do a root-cause analysis to see what really caused the problem. There is a term to ignorantly slap blame on one person. Look at the process.
Monsignor Lynn did all that was in his power. Are we hearing from his superiors or brothers in Christ now? Silence again. The shortest verse in the Bible is the hardest for most to follow: “Judge not.”
Lynda George, Recovering Catholic
Lawmaker added the personal touch
Thank you very much to state Rep. Thomas Murt and his staff for the assistance they have rendered to me.
At my request, they recently visited my home and helped me to complete some very complicated state forms. They took their time with me and did so cheerfully and without making me feel that I was a burden.
In addition and at no cost, Mr. Murt even did some yard work for me that I needed to have done. I am happy to say that this high level of respectful service to seniors is the status quo for Mr. Murt.
It is very nice to know that outstanding dedication and service such as that rendered by Mr. Murt is still available. Thank you to Mr. Murt for his commitment to senior citizens.
New play area is a plus in Parkwood
The new children’s play area at Junod Playground, at 12770 Dunks Ferry Road, recently opened with the latest in playground equipment, plenty of seats, plus a splash-and-play area.
We checked it out the other night with our son and his family and were very impressed. It was worth the wait and is a big plus for the whole community.
My thanks to Councilman Brian O’Neill’s office and everyone involved.
Where have all the benches gone?
I would like to know what happened to the benches at the bus stop at Ashburner and Frankford avenues.
My friends and I were glad when they were put there. When I went to get the bus last week, they were gone. Please put the benches back.
Same-sex wife appeals for mutual respect
This is in response to two items in last week’s Opinion section referring to the recent events with Chick-fil-A.
I agree, free speech is a sacred, American right. Without it, differing views could not be heard, dialogue could not be shared and growth and compromise would not be possible. Free speech is a cornerstone of American culture. Just like diversity. And the pursuit of happiness. And equal rights.
On this note, the “legality” of any marriage should not even be an issue. The fact that we debate marriage at all is absurd. I refuse to say my wife and I are “gay married.” We are married. Plain and simple. We met, we fell in love, dated for five years and have been married for two. We own a home, watch our favorite TV shows on demand, mow our lawn, shop for groceries, worry about our bills, celebrate family parties, and take out the trash on Wednesdays.
We are just like you.
At our wedding, we stood at an altar, before nearly 200 friends and family and pronounced our devotion to one another for eternity. We are spiritual people, dedicated to leading our best lives and to treating each person we meet with dignity, love and respect — no matter how different they are from us in any way. These are the Christian lessons we were raised to follow. We are only asking for the same kindness and acceptance in return.
And among the lessons we practice, we “treat others the way we want to be treated.” Just because my wife and I are two women in a loving, committed relationship, that doesn’t give another person the right to have an opinion on our marriage, or our love. I don’t have an opinion on your marriage, so why do you hold one on mine?
My wife and I are married strong, bound by an unshakable, eternal love and deep commitment. But we are still being treated as second-class citizens in the eyes of the law. It’s tiring, really.
When I grow weary of hearing people debate our marriage as if it’s a type of car insurance or the price of gas, I think to myself, when will they wake up? When will they realize they are talking about love between their fellow human beings? When will they realize that we are all one?
I forgive you, because it is the right thing to do. But please be careful with how you use your free speech so that you don’t harm another with your words. Let’s not be combative in our speech, or at war with one another — let’s try to live in peace, with equal rights and respect for one another.
The Republicans want to commit voter fraud
This is a rebuttal to the letter from John T. Fritz published last week concerning the new voter i.d. laws (Voter ID must be implemented).
In his letter, Mr. Fritz states, “In a city that is among the poorest of the poor, it’s time we reach out to them, especially in the 1st Congressional District. We have pockets or clusters of marginalized people who have little to no schooling. Unemployment in these areas hovers near 20 percent. Many are illiterate. When they walk to vote, with or without i.d., you can bet your bottom dollar it will be Democrat (the ward leaders and block captains will see to that). Voter ID is necessary to level the playing field in a one party fiefdom.”
Well, Mr. Fritz, what you fail to realize (or perhaps you do but won’t acknowledge it) is that the ideology, platform and policies of the Republican Party offer nothing to these pockets of poor, unemployed and under-educated people.
As a matter of fact, the Republicans want to abolish any and/all government programs created to help people in these deplorable conditions improve their circumstances/lives. That is the reason why the Republican Party does not earn their votes, not ward leaders or block captains. So what you and the Republican-led state legislature are really saying is, “We know we will never earn the votes of these constituents, so let’s just suppress them instead.”
Thanks goes out to you and state House Republican leader Mike Turzai as well, for eloquently illustrating the fact that the new voter i.d. laws were not designed to stop and prevent voter fraud but to allow the Republican Party to commit voter fraud by suppressing legitimate American votes just because they won’t be for your candidate. The video of Mr. Turzai along with your letter are being distributed and posted all over the Internet in an effort to overturn these unconstitutional laws.
What’s all the fuss over voter i.d.?
Regarding state Rep. Ed Neilson’s Guest Opinion in the Aug. 1 edition (Voter i.d. law is partisan politics at its worst): Why the big fuss from the Democratic Party over voter i.d.? If election fraud is nonsense, then I see no reason NOT to show i.d. I show i.d. when I go to the bank, use my credit card (because I don’t sign my card, I put “see i.d.” on the back), when I fly, etc. No big deal.
These low-income voters and people of color you are talking about — are they some of the hundreds of people who stood in line last week for their free fans?
I see voter i.d. not as a Republican or Democratic issue, but as you said, presenting identification is a “reasonable procedure” in our civilized society today. If they can get a ride and stand in line in 90-degree heat for a free fan, then if voting means that much to them, they will make it their business to get an i.d. card.
Don’t use senior citizens as your scapegoat, buddy. I’m a senior and just moved in June. One of the first things I did was to re-register in my new ward.
I hope I live to see the elected officials in Pennsylvania set aside party politics and practice people politics.
Don’t penalize the successful
It has been proposed that those who are well off should pay more in taxes simply because they can afford to do so.
Suppose any one of us were told at the box office that we have to pay more for a movie ticket simply because the theater says we can afford to do so. No one in their right mind would feel that is fair. So why should those who are well off have to pay more than their fair share simply because they can afford to do so?
Why should they be penalized for making smart life choices rather than having many children with multiple spouses when they can’t even afford one child? Or for spending their time productively rather than becoming involved with drugs, gangs, criminal activity, alcohol and racking up spending debt that they will never be able to pay off.
It appears that we are suggesting penalizing those who have done all the right things that good parents try to teach their children to do: work hard, learn from your mistakes and become a success.
Maybe instead of being jealous and penalizing those who are successful, these people who want to increase taxes on the well off should try to find out what they did to become successful and emulate them.
Peter L. DiGiuseppe
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