Yo, Philly, show some pride in your city!
After living and working in Philadelphia all my life, I have moved to a retirement community in Schuylkill County.
I am living near a family that has helped me get settled in, as I need assisted living. I’m grateful for family to help.
Small-town life is so different. There is no hustle-bustle and noise of the city streets. A traffic jam is rare. Many people that I have met have lived their entire lives here and maybe visited Philly on a rare occasion.
I felt that Philly was a small town compared to New York. We have so much to be proud of, especially now with the new Barnes museum, excellent theaters and restaurants everywhere. Our schools and universities are tops.
I am proud to tell people that I am from Philly as I try hard to get used to the quiet of small-town life. Actually, I don’t have to tell people because most people can pick up my “Pfhilly” accent if I ask for “a cup of cawfee.” I didn’t think we spoke oddly, do ya?
Enjoy the city, be proud of the Northeast and appreciate what you have.
Pottsville, Pa., formerly of Rhawnhurst
Knights in shining cars
I was diagnosed with cancer in February. My treatments included 45 radiation therapies and 12 chemotherapies. I stressed over how I was getting to these appointments, until I spoke to an “angel” who said they would help. When my family could not help, the “angels” came. I got to every appointment!
When you are sick, having support, kindness and generosity really matters. So far, the treatments have worked and I am grateful for all my angels that gave me hope.
Please, if you have a day to give, I can only say you will be rewarded in a way that is indescribable.
Take a hike, Councilman
Once again in the Soviet Republic of Philadelphia, City Council has spoken with all-knowing wisdom.
Councilman James Kenney has decreed the owner of Chick-fil-A must “take a hike.”
Just what we need — push successful businesses out of Philadelphia (as if we have loads of them waiting to move in). And what was Chick-fil-A’s crime? The owner said he supported the biblical view of marriage as heterosexual, as he also supports closing his restaurants on Sundays. That’s it. No one who is gay is denied service.
Is Mr. Kenney aware of the message he is sending? As a public official he is attacking a private business simply for the common, Christian beliefs of the owner. What does Kenney think of traditional Catholics? And free speech? His words seem deliberately “intolerant” to me.
This is all part of a bigger political game plan. Ten years ago it was “all we want is civil unions.” Then it had to be marriage “equality.” Now, even President Obama uses the inclusive “gay, lesbian… bisexual, transgender community.”
Pretty soon, gay marriage will be old business, as we push into gender-free, anything goes America. Absurd…or is it?
This is not a civil rights issue, it is a technique for destroying religion. If you are seriously religious, you are now a bigot.
And if you want to run a business in Philadelphia, prepare to shut up about it — or become an atheist.
He may be right about Henon
I read with interest John Snyder’s letter to the editor entitled Vote “No’ on Bobby “pro tax” Henon in the July 25 issue.
I have recently spoken to Councilman Henon about two bills important to me and many other working-class voters. I urged Councilman Henon not to vote for Bill 120174, which would take away the Cohen wage tax break for the lowest paid workers in Philadelphia. This tax break was to begin in a couple of years from now.
Despite our many good arguments for giving a break to the working-class, Councilman Henon voted to eliminate this wage tax break for the workers who make minimum wage and just above minimum wage. The wage tax is regressive, just as John Snyder’s property tax is.
Also, in the summer of 2011 City Council passed (by a 9- 8 vote) a bill to give 218,000 Philadelphia workers a small number of paid sick days. Currently, these workers have no paid sick days through their employers. Mayor Nutter vetoed this pro-worker bill.
Now in 2012, with a new City Council, we have 10 of 17 City Council members ready to vote for a minimum number of paid sick days for almost all Philadelphia workers. We need two more City Council members to pledge their support before the prime sponsor will introduce the bill. The prime sponsor wants a veto-proof majority of 12 Council members. Councilman Henon has yet to support this pro-worker bill.
So the city councilman from the lifelong labor background has now taken at least three anti-worker positions in just his first six months in office. Maybe John Snyder is on the right track.
Pass the “paid earned sick days” bill, restore the Cohen wage tax cut for the lowest paid workers, lower regressive taxes like the property tax and wage tax by raising progressive taxes — that is, tax the rich, the 1 percent. There are easy ways to tax the rich, and we already have some in place, which we could increase.
Voter ID must be implemented
Mike Turzai, the Pennsylvania Republican House leader, must learn to seal his lips at future Republican State Committee meetings.
His announcement that the Voter ID law would help presidential candidate Mitt Romney win Pennsylvania in November (by suppressing Democratic votes) was instant fodder for Ed Neilson, the state representative in the Far Northeast’s 169th district.
Ed wasted little time in preparing a guest opinion that appeared in last week’s Northeast Times. His letter, which was 13 paragraphs long and about two-thirds of a page in width, carried on ad-infinitum about the negative aspects of this legislation. Conversely, the Northeast Times editorial about the same subject took just five paragraphs to get it right.
We can and we should conscript an army of volunteers to go to nursing homes, senior centers and to the poor areas of the city in a concerted effort to obtain voter i.d.
The Times editorial’s suggestion that PennDOT deploy staffers to identified areas with electronic machines to register voters makes sense. Moreover, the machines should be made available to a corps of volunteers.
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.
John T. Fritz
An important lesson from the clergy abuse
The child molestation by priests, no matter what level of the Roman Catholic hierarchy they belonged to, has been going on through the ages. The high officials of the church, including bishops and cardinals, covered up this kind of vilest act and put it under the rug. But this heinous crime did not disappear, and now the painful voice of the victims is heard in the courts of law, and justice is done.
Monsignor William Lynn, the high official of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, was rightly found guilty of covering up a child-molesting priest and was sentenced to three to six years in prison. Judge Teresa Sarmina pointed out to Monsignor Lynn that he knew what is right but chose to support “monsters in clerical grab.” Judge Sarmina did not favor him for his priestly rank.
Lynn followed President Nixon’s concealment tactics in the Watergate break-in episode and the cover-up policy of coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz of Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Edward Avery, a defrocked priest and a child molester, was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison. Charles Engelhardt, an Oblate of St. Francis DeSales, and Bernard Shero, a former teacher at St. Jerome’s parish school, are accused of child molesting and are scheduled to go on trial on Sept. 4.
Now, the collar of the priests is imprinted with pedophilic stars. It is a deplorable, disgraceful and degraded aspect of the Catholic priesthood. Lynn violated the teachings of the Bible and suffered the consequences of his action.
Children are our assets. They should be protected from sexual abuse. In the clergy sex-abuse atmosphere, priests and plebeians should learn a good lesson from the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16, Verse 21:
Desire (for sex), wrath, greed consist of the threefold doors of Hell lead to the destruction of the self (Atma), so one must give up these three evil traits
Sunil K. Niyogi, Ph.D.
Former assistant professor of pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Please heed the call to ban arms
Like Matthew McGrath, I am concerned about the death of people from guns (He yearns for mild gun-control reforms, Aug. 1 Letters to the Editor).
I favor a ban on assault weapons and a one-handgun-a-month law. As a member of the Northeast Philly Peace and Justice group, I favor such legislation.
I also belong to Heeding God’s Call, a group that demonstrates monthly in front of Mike and Kate’s Gun Shop on Oxford Avenue in Fox Chase. We hope to persuade the owners to sign the “10 Point Code of Conduct” drawn up by Mayor Nutter and other U.S. mayors.
The tragedies caused by gun violence will decrease if the code is followed. This will cause a loss of income to conscientious shop owners. That is the price of safety.
Doing nothing on gun control is stupid
With the signing of the Constitution, our forefathers gave the right to process guns. At the time, the intent was to protect property and to shoot game. This right was never intended to allow someone to have an arsenal of guns or bullets.
It is shocking to realize that anyone can legally buy weapons that are used only by someone in the military or in a movie scene. If the choice is to do nothing about the purchase of such weapons, how stupid. By such a decision, we are giving people the right to continue mass murders.
Baseball camp counselors were a hit
I extend a big thank you to the counselors at the Richie Ashburn Baseball Camp held at Crispin Field. They did an excellent job teaching the skills of baseball while keeping it fun. During the heat wave they reminded the children to drink and took short breaks in the shade as needed. They were all so positive and helpful to the children.
My two girls tried baseball for the first time and loved it! Of course my little one wants her counselor, Coach Bill, to be the coach of her team when it starts. My boys were in the camp last year and I know they enjoyed it.
This year I stayed to watch and was in awe of how quickly they got organized and how wonderful the counselors were. The children had a great experience! Thanks again!
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