Northeast Times

Letters to the editor: August 15, 2012

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.
Nich­olas Zecca
Somer­ton

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.
Jim Win­ters
Mill­brook

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
Ox­ford Circle

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.
Eliza­beth Roller
Hat­boro

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.
Mar­garet Phil­ippi
Park­wood

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.
Kathy Hen­nes­sey
Holmes­burg

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.
Kim­berly Kunda
Holmes­burg

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. 
Stephanie Flowers
Holmes­burg

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.
Ber­nice Ca­po­bi­anco
Fox Chase

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
Rhawn­hurst

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