Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2012

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.

Jen­nifer Cul­len

Mod­ena Park

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?

Mar­vin Garber


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 post_rich@ya­hoo.com. 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!

Richard Iac­on­elli


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

Ox­ford Circle

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?

Gina De­N­ofa


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.

Jack­ie Hughes

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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