Letters to the Editor: March 14, 2012

No apo­logy is needed for this Cath­ol­ic
Re­gard­ing the let­ter in the Feb. 29 edi­tion from dea­con John Hynes (Apo­lo­gize or pa­per goes in the bird cage): I feel the North­east Times has al­ways presen­ted both sides of cur­rent is­sues in a fair man­ner. Your ed­it­or­i­al about the late Car­din­al Bevilac­qua did not of­fend me.
It is time for Cath­ol­ics to open their eyes. The church has hid the truth on many mor­al and fin­an­cial facts. What I see go­ing on now with­in the church is heart­break­ing.
The of­fi­cials who were re­spons­ible for with­hold­ing in­form­a­tion about the sexu­al ab­use should step for­ward. Monsignor Wil­li­am Lynn is be­ing used as a scape­goat. He did what he was told to do. Most scan­dals do have a scape­goat — his­tory has taught us that.
As for the on­go­ing tri­al, it seems the judge and dis­trict at­tor­ney all have high­er polit­ic­al am­bi­tions.
I will con­tin­ue to read and value the opin­ions presen­ted in the North­east Times. We are all cap­able of draw­ing our own de­cisions.
The dea­con does not speak for this Cath­ol­ic. His threat of a fin­an­cial back­lash for the ed­it­or­i­al is sad. This world has seen enough bi­as, dis­crim­in­a­tion and hate. Let the truth speak for it­self. Let God be the fi­nal judge. Thank you for hav­ing the cour­age to place the ed­it­or­i­al in your pa­per.
Lynda George
Ox­ford Circle

Thanks for the spot­light on the Free Lib­rary
On be­half of the Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary, a huge thanks to re­port­er John Loftus and the North­east Times for the en­ga­ging and in­spir­ing series of fea­tures spot­light­ing the im­port­ant and valu­able work of the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia, one of the most treas­ured in­sti­tu­tions in our city.
Lib­rar­ies and their ded­ic­ated staff change lives by provid­ing free and ac­cess­ible re­sources and by fos­ter­ing a lifelong love of learn­ing.
As a lib­rary pat­ron and friend, vo­lun­teer Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia Friends groups at www.lib­rar­y­friends.info sup­port the Free Lib­rary and are stew­ards of our free and equal ac­cess to in­form­a­tion.
Many of the com­munity pro­gram­ming at North­east Phil­adelphia lib­rary branches high­lighted in the North­east Times in­clude pro­grams fun­ded by Friends.
Friends groups have sponsored com­puter work­shops; job skills and re­sume writ­ing work­shops; sum­mer read­ing pro­grams; in­ter­act­ive sci­ence, mu­sic, arts and crafts; and lit­er­acy activ­it­ies for chil­dren, teens and adults.
Due to cuts to the free lib­rary’s budget over the past few years, Friends vo­lun­teers work in part­ner­ship with branch lib­rar­i­ans to raise com­munity aware­ness of the lib­rary’s ser­vices and re­sources; ad­voc­ate for suf­fi­cient fund­ing for lib­rar­ies from the city and state; or­gan­ize fund-raisers to sup­port col­lec­tion de­vel­op­ment and pro­gram­ming; and en­sure that these treas­ured in­sti­tu­tions re­main open, as we suc­cess­fully did back in 2008.
We en­cour­age folks to stop in­to their loc­al branch lib­rary to not only be­ne­fit from the in­cred­ible re­sources provided but to ask about par­ti­cip­a­tion in their loc­al lib­rary Friends vo­lun­teer group.
We look for­ward to see­ing many new “Friends” at North­east Philly lib­rary branches, in­clud­ing branches spot­lighted in the Times’ series and at Holmes­burg, where ded­ic­ated vo­lun­teers are plan­ning an ex­cit­ing spring menu of free com­munity pro­gram­ming to be­ne­fit our neigh­bors.
Join us for our next meet­ing at Holmes­burg Lib­rary this com­ing Monday at 6:30 p.m., and vis­it our new Face­book page for more in­form­a­tion.
Kar­en D. Lash
Pres­id­ent, Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary

John Perzel de­serves a light sen­tence
After read­ing May­er Krain’s let­ter last week (Will Perzel get a slap on the wrist?), I  just sat with a smile on my face.
He was so up­set with John Perzel not be­ing in jail. He thinks it may be be­cause he is a Re­pub­lic­an. I’m won­der­ing if May­er is up­set be­cause he is Demo­crat.
If John gets a light sen­tence at his hear­ing next Wed­nes­day, I for one, will not be a com­plain­er.
Per­haps my memory is a bit longer than some. I re­mem­ber all the good he did for us in May­fair, es­pe­cially for us seni­or cit­izens. If I wanted or needed something that John had the power to do, all I had to do was ask.
Fred Staf­fieri

Our be­loved dog­gie park is not so be­loved any­more
I am reach­ing out to you, my com­munity, friends and neigh­bors, be­cause I need your help!
I have lived in the Lawndale sec­tion of Phil­adelphia for the last 11 years. Around the corner from me is the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter that I go to quite of­ten.
The res­id­ents in the area were in­volved and worked hard on im­ple­ment­ing a pet park; their hard work paid off when the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter was kind enough to of­fer pet own­ers a “pet park” for our dogs to run and play around in.
Re­cently, in the last few months that I am aware of, there has been a ma­jor prob­lem: every morn­ing between the hours of 8 and 8:20 a.m., there is a wo­man who comes to this dog park, which is fine, but she feels the en­tire dog park is hers and any­body who comes in there, she yells at them to leave, or she makes ra­cial slurs, and tells them that this is her park and they can come back when she leaves.
She has also made state­ments like, “You people don’t even clean up your prop­er­ties.” What does that mean? What does this have to do with people want­ing to come in­to the dog park? She has even gone so far as to call a man who tried to come in there, “a N*****.”
This is very dis­turb­ing and up­set­ting.  A lot of great friend­ships have formed from us hav­ing a dog park, but most im­port­antly, it was a place where our dogs could run and play freely without the threat of them get­ting hurt from mov­ing vehicles or be­ing in the way of the kids play­ing at the park as well.
A lot of my friends and neigh­bors have stopped go­ing to the park be­cause of this wo­man. She and her dog are no bet­ter than any­body else want­ing to go there.
She should be brought out in­to the pub­lic eye. She needs to know as a res­id­ent in this com­munity, this will not be tol­er­ated or ac­cep­ted by the good people of Lawndale.
A friend of mine reached out to the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, which was aware of the wo­man, but noth­ing has been done. This is be­ing totally ig­nored and is not a pri­or­ity for any­one ex­cept the neigh­bors in this com­munity, who are up­set and out­raged that we have someone who still be­lieves in ra­cial dis­crim­in­a­tion — which Mar­tin Luth­er King de­voted his life to fight­ing.
Good people all over still stress today and nev­er for­get Dr. King’s dream of a world filled with equal­ity for all and where people are not judged for the col­or of their skin or eth­nic back­ground.
The prob­lem at the dog park has to stop. If something isn’t done about this situ­ation it could get ex­tremely worse. Please help us re­turn to the “dog park” and en­joy a peace­ful, fun-filled en­vir­on­ment like it once was.
Nicole Bracy

Cath­ol­ic hier­archy and cul­ture of death
The Susan G. Ko­men Found­a­tion has been cri­ti­cized re­cently by pro-lifers for al­loc­at­ing funds to Planned Par­ent­hood be­cause they per­form abor­tions there. This may shock many Cath­ol­ics, but there are strik­ing sim­il­ar­it­ies between the Susan G. Ko­men Found­a­tion and the United States Con­fer­ence of Cath­ol­ic Bish­ops.
Amer­ic­an Life League, a pro-life watch­dog or­gan­iz­a­tion, has re­por­ted that the Cath­ol­ic Cam­paign for Hu­man De­vel­op­ment (CCHD), un­der the dir­ec­tion of the United States Con­fer­ence of Cath­ol­ic Bish­ops (USCCB), has been fun­nel­ing money in­to many non-Cath­ol­ic “com­munity or­gan­iz­ing groups” throughout the coun­try that help pro­mote the pro-abor­tion and ho­mo­sexu­al agen­das. These com­munity act­iv­ist groups also played a ma­jor role in help­ing elect pro-abor­tion Pres­id­ent Barack Obama. One such group, the in­fam­ous ACORN, re­ceived $7.3 mil­lion from the CCHD.
The scan­dal gets worse when you con­sider that only 10 of the 181 U.S. bish­ops severed ties with the CCHD. Arch­bish­op Chaput wasn’t one of them, and while re­cently claim­ing Cath­ol­ics were be­trayed by Obama’s health care man­date, his re­sponse to the CCHD scan­dal was, “I think people can con­trib­ute to the col­lec­tion without wor­ry­ing that they are sup­port­ing causes that con­flict with church teach­ing.” Oth­er bish­ops have bor­rowed the sort of weak ar­gu­ments that you might hear from the Ko­men Found­a­tion.
Like most of the Cath­ol­ic Church today, the CCHD has be­come ecu­men­ic­al or really not Cath­ol­ic at all.
As Cath­ol­ics, we might want to watch what our bish­ops do, not what they say. If we do that, I think we’ll dis­cov­er that the Cath­ol­ic hier­archy is not in a battle with the so-called “cul­ture of death” but a big part of it.
Jack Bil­bee
Fox Chase

Don’t be blinded by Obama’s cha­risma
To let­ter writers Howard J. Wilk and Mary­anne Mis­nik (Let­ter about kids’ lunches was hard to di­gest, March 7 edi­tion): There are two things that fright­en me about you two. The fact that you do not see what is hap­pen­ing with this ad­min­is­tra­tion, or you agree with the So­cial­ist, Marx­ists in power. Both very scary.
I guess since Mrs. Obama gave up her li­cense to prac­tice law, she has be­come a nu­tri­tion­ist. It is one thing to sug­gest health al­tern­at­ives, but to force them on us is very un-Amer­ic­an. You don’t see your liberty rap­idly van­ish­ing? Pity.
Amer­ica has made mis­takes, yes. I don’t want slavery either, Mary­anne. But the slavery that is be­ing im­posed upon us now is no bet­ter. Try re­search­ing the “czars” that are dic­tat­ing policy. Re­search Mr. Obama. Try vet­ting him. Lord knows, the me­dia didn’t and won’t.
I nev­er said his wed­ding and school­ing were bogus, Mr. Wilk. I only wondered why not one per­son has come for­ward with any in­form­a­tion on either. Try and find out why Mr. Obama, or rather, George Sor­os, has spent mil­lions keep­ing his school re­cords hid­den.
As I said earli­er, you are blinded by the false cha­risma this man throws at you. Open your eyes. Like the old say­ing, “There are none so blind as those that WILL not see.” God help us!
Pat Dougherty

The can­did­ates are lost in space
Some­times it’s al­most hu­mor­ous listen­ing to these clowns make fools of them­selves. Mitt Rom­ney, who is a 1 per­cen­t­er, wants to talk about cre­at­ing jobs. All his in­terests are over­seas. All he does here is buy com­pan­ies and bank­rupt them. That’s cre­at­ing jobs?
Rick San­tor­um can’t get away from re­li­gion long enough to say any­thing pro­duct­ive. All they can do is com­plain about any­thing that pops in­to their heads.
I love the fact that all these white men feel they have the right to tell a wo­man how to live her life. To show how smart their tea party sup­port­ers are, one of them ac­tu­ally com­plained that Michelle Obama wants our chil­dren to eat healthy foods. How dare she. Some­times you just want to knock on their heads and say, “Hello, is there any­body in there?”
Rus Slaw­ter

What was the ac­cused priest think­ing?
I wish to ad­dress the is­sue of the priest from St. Timothy par­ish, the Rev. Patrick Mc­Cormick, who was re­cently ar­res­ted for al­legedly so­li­cit­ing a pros­ti­tute (St. Timothy priest tried to hire hook­er; po­lice say; March 7 edi­tion).
I am a vo­lun­teer pa­tient es­cort at the Planned Par­ent­hood clin­ic on Comly Road. Fath­er Mc­Cormick would reg­u­larly ap­pear there on the first Sat­urday of each month as part of a street demon­stra­tion to protest the ser­vices offered by the clin­ic. He en­cour­aged fel­low pro­test­ers to har­ass pa­tients en­ter­ing the fa­cil­ity for care. I won­der what thought pro­cesses al­low for such hy­po­crisy.
Ju­dilyn Brown

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