Happy birthday to America the Beautiful
As a former federal worker with 26 years of service at the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, the Fourth of July, our nation’s 236th birthday, is an important day for me. I love the parades, barbecues, pool parties and mostly fireworks commemorating this day. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.
The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and fly
in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.
Others will enjoy time outdoors in our national parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.
My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a Happy Independence Day.
Monsignor Lynn is a victim of circumstance
Regarding your editorial last week (The sins of the Fathers): First, congrats to the Northeast Times for its sometimes tainted view of this tragedy.
While I agree that justice was a long time coming, and I wasn’t in the courtroom, I want to say that it saddens me that Monsignor Lynn is apparently taking the fall for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
I am not a religious zealot — justice is justice. God help Cardinal Bevilacqua, and have mercy on the innocent.
In no way do I compare Monsignor Lynn to Jerry Sandusky. What a joke. The monsignor is also a victim of ‘see no evil’ and ‘do what you’re told.’
I’m sure he is in great pain for all that went on under his boss’ watch. Monsignor, you are in my prayers. I’ve never met you, I’m not related, I’m simply sad for the entire Catholic church. It’s a devastating time for all Christians.
As for Sandusky, good riddance!!
Mary Lou Kolenkiewicz
Blame the parents, not the teachers
Response to June Blade’s letter last week (Children are being left behind at Lincoln): No school is perfect and the Philadelphia School District certainly falls into that category. In your comment you stated, “What is wrong with the school system?”
What I say is, “What is wrong with the parent or guardian?” Teachers can’t make the kids do assignments. Parents, however, can. You can’t blame schools for lazy parents. Teachers teach, they don’t raise your children. That’s your job.
Keep your hands out of my pockets
All the huffing and puffing lately about vouchers that could ease the financial burden of Catholic students comes down to the stubborn reality that these vouchers would be paid for with my tax dollars.
Don’t the students and their bishops believe in the separation of church and state? Well, I do, and I believe that it is a sound policy which keeps the hair-on-fire extremists from imposing their religious will on the rest of us.
I support any parents who want to send their children to parochial schools for whatever reasons. But don’t reach into my pocket to pay for the tuition. It’s my pocket, and my money. Hands off!
Editorial was akin to talk radio
The writer of the Northeast Times editorial published on June 20 (Keep on teaching) should carefully, very carefully, consider the following facts. The “greedy, selfish” teachers of the Neshaminy School District have already proposed binding and non-binding arbitration. The Neshaminy School Board has rejected both of these approaches.
Perhaps the Northeast Times could actually report on what has been transpiring in Neshaminy (before using it as a potential 2x4 on other Pennsylvania teachers) as opposed to engaging in name-calling and righteous indignation. The one major community newspaper in Northeast Philadelphia owes its readers no less than careful reporting and a tone slightly more elevated than that of talk radio.
Edward R. Moses
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