Fourth of July entertainment was garbage
I cannot believe that Mayor Nutter thinks Philadelphia should have national coverage for our Welcome America concert and fireworks.
The city of Philadelphia will never receive national coverage when they continue to provide horrible entertainment year after year. When will the city get some class and provide entertainment meant to celebrate our nation’s independence? Just look at the other major cities and what they provide on the Fourth of July — Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. If I’m not mistaken, Philadelphia is the birthplace of America. We should act like it.
Get some class entertainment next year. Year after year it is the same old garbage.
Happy birthday, America!!
Why is the Fort Hood suspect still alive?
In November 2009, Major Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood army base. He was a psychiatrist and a terrorist in the U.S. Army. He did this for his boss, Osama bin Laden. Why hasn’t this man been brought to trial? He was shot and paralyzed from the waist down and has been sitting in a prison cell since 2009. Medical expenses, food, and possibly defense lawyers are at the taxpayers’ expense. He should have been executed in 2009. He is being catered to by prison staff. He’s allowed to pray to his Allah and will be “rewarded” for his good deed and go to heaven.
Jerry Foglia Sr.
Taxes and Henon
Way to go to all the nitwits who voted for Councilman Bobby “I’ll raise your taxes” Henon. So tired of these tax-and- spend Democrats and the dumb sheeple who keep voting for these creeps. How about using your brain and stop voting for your party?
We all have to pay because of brainwashed Democrats.
Damon R. Fisher
Early childhood education is the cure
Are our schools failing our children, or are we to blame? 41.8 percent of third-graders in Philadelphia County scored below proficient on the 2010 PSSA reading test (22.1 percent of third-graders statewide). Research has shown that we can stop this decline in education before it starts.
When children have a solid early childhood foundation, they succeed in school and life. Unfortunately, many of our 101,053 children under the age of 5 are already at high risk for school failure because of predetermined risk factors that include poverty, parent’s education, abuse and neglect, little or no pre-natal care, and the list goes on.
The more risk factors a child has, the more likely they are to fail before they even enter school. Where will our city be in 20 years if 101,053 of its population is peppered with failure?
The community needs to be aware of opportunities available for our city’s children and change this vicious downward spiral. Quality early childhood education is key. Unfortunately, people perceive early education as babysitting. However, this is the cure to the sickness that has been plaguing our school system.
Programs like Child Care Works, Keystone Stars, Early Intervention, Head Start, and Pre-K Counts are the catalysts for success. We need to continue to invest in these initiatives in order to invest in the future of our city.
Health care ruling spurs mixed reaction
Some comments are in order concerning your recent Northeast Times editorial touting so-called Obamacare (Victory for America, July 4 issue). Though clearly slanted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, your screed did hold my attention.
Then came the halfway point. My eyes came to the sentence wherein the editorial called Glenn Beck a “right-wing wacko.”
Incensed, I could read no further. All I could see in my mind’s eye was a nine-letter word beginning with the letter “h” that I think applies to the political left now and forever. That word is hypocrisy.
Wasn’t it the left, led by its media outlets and pundits, who not long ago were collectively calling for civility in our national discourse after the shooting of a congresswoman?
And yet, there it was, a clear lack of civility in an editorial, ironically enough, carried in your paper’s Independence Day issue, a time when Americans, regardless of their political philosophies and views, should come together (if only for a day) to celebrate the mystical chords of memory that bind us as a people. I must now ask, was that appeal for civility only meant to apply to conservatives?
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I liked reading your editorial in support of Obamacare. While the law could have been better, it’s the best we have so far. Leaving 30 million Americans without health care and the rest of us at the mercy of an unrestrained health care industry will soon come to an end.
I’m especially glad that a young member of my family with a very serious health condition can remain on her mother’s insurance until age 26. After that, no insurance provider can deny her coverage or even cap it.
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I’m glad you are happy about this debacle being endorsed by the Supreme Court. You seem to think it will save Medicare. It is, for starters, going to take $500 billion from Medicare. How do you and the dumbocrats propose to pay for this? America is already over 15 trillion dollars in debt.
I hope you are thrilled when a government panel decides what, if any, care your loved ones receive. There are death panels. They might be called something else, but they are death panels. The government will decide if a 70-year-old can get the surgery he or she may need.
You think the E.R. lines are long now? Ha! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! If a “child” still needs to be covered by their parents at 25 years old, I pity them.
Medicare is doomed. Senior citizens are doomed, unless, of course, they are members of Congress. Of course, certain people are exempt from this horror. Just ask those from countries that have had this type of health care. To be crass, it sucks.
We all know Chief Justice John Roberts was intimidated by the Chicago machine. He is a coward. And, by the way, instead of blaming Republicans, remember that they were LOCKED out of any talks!
The dumbocrats also threatened and bribed the few members of their party that had doubts about this. I know, I am being sarcastic and insulting to the dumbocrats, but I got it from listening to them. And the media, you included.
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