Northeast Times

Story Archive June 06 2012

Editorial: Say no to voucher

Give the girls at St. Hubert High School lots of credit. They love their school, and they show it.When push came to shove earlier this year and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia threatened to close the school to help ease the archdiocese’s money crunch, St. Hubert students, families and alumnae joined forces to raise the funds necessary to keep their fine institution open.Now, the girls at St. Hubert are making a push for a law that would allow their parents to use taxpayer-financed tuition aid for parochial (in other words, non-public) schools, but there’s one teeny-tiny obstacle to so-called school choice. It’s called the Constitution of the United States.This is America, where separation of church and state means public funds cannot be used to send kids to parochial schools.Parents who want the public to help pay for their children’s religious education are no doubt good and decent folks who want the best for their kids. They want education choice, but they already have a choice. It’s called public schools.As taxpayers, the parents of parochial school students have as much right and indeed an obligation to demand the School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission provide efficient, effective and excellent education as do parents of public school students.Parents also have another American right — the right to free speech. Parents of kids in Catholic schools, for instance, have the right to ask church leaders why they have shelled out more than $11 million in legal fees related to the clergy-abuse scandal. That money could have helped an awful lot of parochial school families pay their tuition.E-mail letters to the editor to:

Letters to the editor: June 6, 2012

Yo, Philly exile: Keep your thoughts in VirginiaRegarding Lydia Selwood’s letter last week, Shame on CLIP for going too far:Why do I have to read an opinion of someone who moved from Philly decades ago and is “glad” that she no longer lives here?I don’t care one red cent what Lydia Selwood thinks about Philly, or CLIP, or anything else. Do you know why? Because she left and is “glad” about it.Hey Lydia, maybe if you hadn’t left, this would be a better place. I’m tired of people who leave and then sit off in the distance judging everything that goes on here with an almost satisfactory tone.Why did you feel the need to tell every one of us how glad you were to be gone? Go worry about Harrisonburg, Va. — we’ll all be fine here.Rob PhilippiFox Chase

Port Richmond’s own Superwoman

Susan Ongirski has dedicated her life to enhancing the Port Richmond community in spite of tremendous odds.

Port Richmond garage was drug ring HQ

17 individuals have been arrested following a drug bust that seized cocaine, cars, guns, $300,000 in cash and several properties, including an auto garage on the 3000 block of Martha St. in Port Richmond.

Star will see you around the neighborhoods

Star's managing editor Mikala Jamison on the newspaper's role in the community.

Riverward upcoming events for this week, June 6

Stay on top of what's going on in the neighborhoods with our calendar (we're adding more each week)!