Don’t forget the public schools’ problems
While I can understand and appreciate the anguish the Catholic school families are going through, I would like the Northeast Times to share as much paper space to the issues going on in the Philadelphia public schools as they do with the Catholic schools.
At FitzPatrick Elementary school (which my three children attend), the recent cuts have meant the loss of two school aides, the end of before-and-after clubs (the teachers voted to give the money back so we only lost two instead of four or five school aides) and our nurse eing cut down to three days while our medically fragile kids hang in the balance. All this while listening to the school district talk about more cuts coming soon.
Could the Northeast Times please talk about the hit the local public schools are taking? We need help too, and would appreciate the public knowing about the draconian cuts being taken at OUR children’s expense.
I am just asking for equal exposure, please. All of our children are being hurt. It is time that the adults think about the future and start investing in our children now.
Stop the madness!
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Remember that movie?
Well, I find that it is a true statement. The whole country is going crazy. Parents killing their children. Children killing their parents. People protesting everything and pitching tents in public places for days. Men marrying men. Women marrying women. Priests molesting young boys, and coaches doing the same. Our government spending billions of dollars on war overseas, when our own country’s economy is in the tank.
It makes me think of the famous Broadway show called Stop the World, I want to get off.
Will the madness ever cease?
Support new businesses that provide quality service
All you have to do is look around Mayfair and Frankford Avenue to see stores closing. When a new business opens, we should support them or at least give them a chance to see if they provide good service.
Recently I patronized a new business, Magee Pharmacy, at 6604 Frankford Ave., next to Dunkin’ Donuts. I had a problem getting a refill at my nearby big-name pharmacy, so I decided to try Magee Pharmacy. They went out of their way to assist me and I felt like I wasn’t just a name yelled out behind the counter or someone waiting to hear “next” yelled out. The service I received reminded me of the old-time pharmacist/client relationship.
I urge those who live in the area to give them a chance. Don’t stand in long lines — you are paying, you deserve quality service. They deliver for those who can’t get out. Some nearby big-chain pharmacies could learn the meaning of customer-friendly.
P.S. I am not related to anyone or have any financial interest in this business.
Lynda George, R.N.
We the people must organize
The Federal Reserve Bank chairman, Ben Bernanke, has announced more bad news for seniors and savers. He expects to keep interest rates near zero for the next three years.
That will be six years of the big zero. This will help the big banks and debtors. But what about you who play by the rules? This policy means all interest-bearing accounts, from checking and savings, to bonds and certificates, will pay next to nothing. The last three years have seen gasoline rise in price by 80 percent and most food staples rise by more than 20 percent. Seniors who use earned interest to pay bills are being crushed; younger savers can’t save.
I ask any person over age 50 — who has hurt your way of life more, Osama bin Laden or Ben Bernanke?
I believe a society that punishes the prudent and the responsible is on the road to self-destruction. Remember, your savings represent work done and ut aside for the future. You trusted the banking system. And now your earnings are being sucked away through a silent tax.
I am trying to organize citizens in a non-partisan effort to seek justice for savers and older Americans. This is an election year — politicians listen.
If you are interested in organizing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also speak to your group for free. We the people need to be heard. Cut this letter out. Pass it around. Let’s organize!
Letter writer’s focus on homosexuality is sad
Regarding William Walters’ recent letter, Stop homosexuality: With all the hatred and violence in Philadelphia and the world, I find people like you very sad. Quote the Bible as a cover, but you will note no women complain about gay men and women.
I loved hanging out at drag shows years ago. They were fun and the people were nice. People are born gay. It’s not a choice. It’s sad some have been tortured or murdered by people like yourself. These are not the pedophiles, who are sick and who rape children and deserve severe punishment. Consenting adults of the same sex should have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
You should be more worried about the poverty and illiteracy in Philadelphia and the rest of the world and the people killed in war every day. Grow up! For the record, I am heterosexual.
Elaine L. Brutosky
Are people that heartless?
My sister came out of a building and noticed people pointing toward an emaciated elderly black cat that was meowing, begging for attention and food. Despite her pleas, this is what Angela heard from the bystanders: “That cat is pathetic looking!” “Don’t touch it! It might have rabies!” “Ew! Why does it keep following everyone?”
The cat wound up sitting by the facility completely alone. Angela could not ignore this cat’s plight and coaxed the little one into her car and brought her home. The cat got vet care but sadly, her passed away on Saturday.
I am sad and disgusted. Not just from the cat’s situation but mainly from the ignorant, so-called human beings who would have just left her there to starve or get run over. If my sister had not intervened, what would have happened to her? This truly makes me worry. Have people really become that cold and heartless?
Who could have saved our schools?
Regarding the story about St. Cecilia in last week’s edition, the school rallied to save its name and teachers. St. William School has a broken heart. All this could have been avoided if our state legislators like Kevin Boyle, who attended the rally for St. Cecilia’s school, had voted for the school voucher program.
We all love our Catholic schools, but our Catholic Democratic legislators vote against us. Don’t rally with us, vote for us!!!
Sister Jane McFadden
St. William School
The spirit of St. Hubert will never die
St. Hubert is a great place to learn, live and love. It has made me into the person I am this very second, sitting here, writing my heart out.
I came to St. Hubert with only four or five other girls from grade school. I was honestly scared over the simplest things. Who would I hang out with? How many times would I get lost? Where is my next class? These seemed like a big deal at that time, but I grew to love the school. In no time at all I felt accustomed to my countless new classmates and teachers. I soon realized that no one was a stranger here; there was always somebody around the corner, willing to help you out.
Now halfway through my junior year, my college search must be put aside. I began to look at colleges over the summer, trying to get a head start and make a good decision. Now I have to make the best decision for my senior year of high school. I never imagined having to look at high schools other than my own.
My world has come to a screeching halt. I am at school at 7:30 a.m., and sometimes do not leave until 9 p.m. It would be much easier to sleep in the gym, and this is true for many girls. I cannot imagine being as involved anywhere else as I am here. St. Hubert is all I have known for the past three years of my life.
My mom, a Cardinal Dougherty alumna, said at the announcement of its closing in 2009, “I will give up my alma mater so my daughter can graduate from St, Hubert.” As of right now, her wish is not being fulfilled. My grandmother, a Little Flower alumna, is ecstatic to call her granddaughter a Bambie. This school is one of the things that Northeast Philadelphia prides itself in.
Past, present and future Bambies are living up to the definition of the schoolwide quote, “Once a Bambie, Always a Bambie.” Past Bambies are showing their school pride, from the Class of 1942 to the Class of 2011. Present Bambies are standing up for what they believe in, even if that means being at school at 6:30 a.m. on exam days.
Future Bambies are living out the schoolwide tradition, and although they may never have the chance to officially become a Bambie, they will always be one in spirit.
There is a famous saying, “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”
There will never be an end to St. Hubert. Although the doors may be closed forever in June 2012, the spirit, pride and love will forever live in our hearts.
St. Hubert Class of 2013
Public safety must come first
Many business-minded people use the phrase, “time equals money.” For the EMS workers of Philadelphia, it could be said “time equals lives.” When someone is having a heart attack or experiencing some other major medical episode, each second that passes by can literally be the difference between life and death.
This is why I strongly oppose the recent decision of the fire commissioner to change the shifts for a majority of the city’s medics. Many of these medics have served certain areas for a considerable length of time. To then throw them into entirely new neighborhoods with which they are unfamiliar will obviously have a negative effect on response times.
In addition, most city ambulances navigate using paper maps and do not have access to time-saving GPS units, which can provide traffic, accident and construction updates, as well as road closure information. A few ambulances do have GPS units; these units are generally provided by the driver at their personal expense and often lack live traffic and road updates.
The lack of GPS units in emergency vehicles creates a risky situation for the city of Philadelphia and its residents. Lives could be lost unless this situation is remedied immediately.
That’s why my brother, state Rep. Kevin Boyle, and I have co-introduced the GPS in Emergency Response Vehicles bill. This legislation will help city paramedics navigate the various neighborhoods of Philadelphia by giving them GPS units.
Several of my constituents who are both firefighters and EMS workers have come to me asking that this legislation be implemented and something be done about the mandated transfers. The men and women who have contacted my office about this issue are the troops on the street, fighting for the lives of our city’s people. They have come to me out of a genuine concern for the unnecessary loss of life that may result from reduced ambulance-response times.
It is my hope that the GPS legislation proposed by my brother and I will help to mitigate some of the negative results caused by the mandatory transfer of paramedics to new service areas. Until those paramedics are equipped with traffic-enabled GPS units, it is my hope that the city fire commissioner will reconsider his decision to relocate paramedics to new zones. Public safety must come first.
State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle
Rep. Boyle, a Democrat, serves the 170th Legislative District. He also teaches public policy at Drexel University’s Center for Public Policy.
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