Fattah should seek assistance for all groups
The School District of Philadelphia needs money, $60 million or more, so where will it come from? Our Mayor Nutter and our beloved City Council are again looking at the homeowners for help. That means another hike in property taxes — you’ll see it happen.
Not too long ago, Congressman Chaka Fattah appropriated $50 million for the betterment of Negro youth.
I always thought that members of Congress were supposed to be for all the people, not just certain groups. So, Mr. Fattah, why not appropriate $60 million to the school district, or is it asking for too much?
Why not also eliminate the DROP program, cut Council staff positions in half, get rid of city cars and cut Council’s three-month vacations? All the savings would go to the schools. Case closed.
Jerry Foglia Sr.
Pour more workers on firehouse project
What’s the story with the Tacony firehouse? It’s been a mild winter with good weather, but every time I drive by the construction site, there’s only two or three workers doing any constructing. They could have been finished by now if they were using a full crew.
Tire-slashing idiots are the real criminals
The recent “shmacking” scandal in Lower Merion involving students appearing to be getting wasted and acting out and posting it on YouTube has the media and school officials and the district attorney up in arms and ready to punish and prosecute.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but that sort of thing was just high school hijinks when I was at LM 45 years ago, and, barring serious outcomes, was the sort of thing that got you grounded for a month and your ass whipped, not the heavy-handed might of the school and the state falling on you.
That’s what should land squarely on the idiots and a-holes who are spray-painting peoples’ cars and slashing their tires in Mayfair and Holmesburg. They’re the real criminals, and their arrogance is beyond belief, almost on a par with that of the Lower Merion school officials who thought it was OK to remotely turn on students’ Webcams to spy on them and their families.
The taxpayers there are going to have to pick up the tab for the damages on that one. That might make the school board there want to get really shmacked.
Apologize or paper goes in the bird cage
I read with disdain and saw with disgust your recent editorial and insulting cartoon about the late Cardinal Bevilacqua (Feb. 8 edition).
While we Catholics are going through a difficult time with the abuse problem that has surfaced, we certainly don’t appreciate your paper jumping on the grave of the cardinal the day after he was laid to rest.
No doubt your editorial staff felt that it was fashionable to jump on the bandwagon of some other papers who are of the opinion that it is always open season on Catholicism, whose members are passive to slurs and will turn the other cheek.
Besides being deeply offended by the above, many of your Catholic readers wonder at your audacity in maligning the religion of thousands of us who not only read your newspaper but likewise support your advertisers. I would suggest that many of your advertisers (Nazareth Hospital, etc.) cringed at the above-mentioned opinion page and pondered your lack of good business judgment, sensibility and your prejudice.
With the risk of being labeled as an anti-Catholic paper, may I suggest that you issue an apology to calm the ire of many, lest your fine publication (up to now) be relegated to the bottom of our bird cages.
Deacon John C. Hynes
Mr. Hynes lived in Bustleton for 34 years and is a Catholic permanent deacon who ministers weekly in Northeast Philadelphia.
Rhawnhurst Turning Point says thank you
On Feb. 4, more than 100 enthusiastic Rhawnhurst Turning Point supporters bowled to raise money for this Northeast Philly youth center. Thank you to everyone who made the day a huge success, including our sponsors: Hancock’s Funeral Home, Frederick’s Chevy on the Blvd., Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church, Mr. Al Taubenberger, Belissima’s Pizza, ShopRite of Oxford & Levick, the SEPA Synod of the ELCA, and Thunderbird Lanes on Holme Avenue.
Rhawnhurst Turning Point, located at 7812 Castor Ave, is a center for youth and young adults in sixth grade and up, offering free homework help, a drop-in center, art classes and service opportunities.
For more information, check us out online at www.RhawnhurstTurningPoint.com, call 267-601-5147 or e-mail us at RhawnhurstTurningPoint@yahoo.com
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