Free water ice day should melt away
I want to thank Rita’s water ice for their annual free water ice giveaway on the first day of spring. But could we please stop this tradition here in the Northeast?
I’m tired of seeing the critters crawl out of the woodwork for essentially a free dollar. It drives me crazy watching these people treat the Northeast like their toilet. They throw their trash wherever they want, disrespect everyone and everything they come in contact with and basically ruin a nice gesture.
Feel free to open a Rita’s in Kensington, Logan and North Philadelphia and continue this practice, but please end it in the Northeast.
So you want to be president? Why?
The Republicans are having a hard time selecting a candidate to run against President Obama.
A great many people wonder why a person would want the job of president. The pay’s not that great when you figure you are on duty 24 hours a day. All the country’s troubles fall on your shoulders. Half the people like you, but the other half hate you.
Whenever you go anywhere, you need protection. The job is only good for maybe eight years. When you leave office, all the mistakes you made are written up in books. So, who needs the aggravation?
Yo, CLIP, just who do you think you are?
I would like to know what gives CLIP the right to take photos of people’s houses and to go into fenced-in private properties looking for reason to hand out stupid fines?
I live on a cul-de-sac in Holmesburg. The other day, I sat on my front steps and watched this woman drive up in a CLIP pickup truck, park her truck, get out and then proceed to take photos of my neighbor’s house.
She took photos of the front of three houses, then proceeded to walk a few houses up the block to the corner property, and then entered through a fence gate and walked around the back of the house — I assume to take more photos of the back of the three houses that she had just taken photos of.
She then got in her truck and pulled away. A few minutes later she was back, sitting in her truck in front of one of the houses previously mentioned, and writing something.
Who do these people think they are?? What gives them the right to do these things?
It is ridiculous that we get fines for not having our properties in perfect condition, not having our grass cut in a timely manner, for having our trash in our back yards, or not picking up after our dogs immediately.
Why don’t these people try to do something really constructive like taking care of the drug dealers, vandalism, absentee landlords, Section 8 housing, and other issues that are plaguing our neighborhood?
What’s your cell number, John?
The Dauphin County judge received more than 100 letters supporting ex-state House Speaker, Speaker Emeritus John Perzel before his sentencing for corruption last week.
John, if I knew my letter would have had some impact on your light sentence, I would have written one.
John has done a lot for the community, like having several buildings named for him with other people’s money, etc. Do you think John can get them to name a cellblock for him?
Why would he use public funds when he had all that money available from contributions to the Friends of John Perzel?
John, there is a bright side: You still will be able to have meals paid by the state without having to be re-elected.
Booze at Burholme Park’s golf center
Recreation Commissioner and Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis terminated the Burholme Park golf concession lease of the Eddy Lee family and made a new owner.
The amended request for proposal gave the new owner permission to serve beer and wine to customers, and serve it after golf hours, all year.
The city agreed to advertise alcoholic beverage on this public park to improve the leaseholder’s private profit. I suppose the businessman’s lunch is beer and pretzels.
When we had a real Fairmount Park Commission, all leases were heard before the real commission with public debate, and no alcohol was ever allowed.
Mr. Lee always gave us a valuable place for youths to enjoy, while the profits went back to the city to squander in the general fund, and not the Ryerss Trust to support the park.
Actor-teacher Tony Danza: I support Northeast High
Re: As a teacher, Tony Danza’s school days are behind him (Commentary, March 7 edition)
Northeast Times editor John Scanlon seems to have it in for me. He doesn’t seem to think that I should have anything to say about budget cuts and the Philadelphia public schools. He’s right that there are many teachers and administrators who have had much more experience in a classroom than I have and, as he wrote, “could have conveyed those rigors quite eloquently at a microphone…”
It’s the next part of the sentence that seems to undermine his argument that I shouldn’t be the one speaking for the teachers and about school funding in Philadelphia. The rest goes like this: “yet they’re home, watching Tony Danza on the 6 o’clock news tell everyone how tough their jobs are.”
It begs the question, would those “eloquent teachers” be on the 6 o’clock news if I wasn’t there? Maybe not. John Scanlon might have even found something else to write about. That’s why state Sen. Mike Stack, when he heard that I was in town doing our fund-raiser at Northeast High, asked me to join him for his press conference.
I believed in what he was saying, that the budget cuts are shortsighted and hurting our children, so it was an easy call to stand ”shoulder to shoulder” with the senator. I do get back to my school and it’s pretty obvious that when so many staff and programs have been eliminated, that the kids are being hurt.
I’m sorry the Northeast Times did not get along with A&E. That makes two of us. But the show was a real attempt to illustrate what is happening in America’s public schools.
I have never said I “paid my dues as a teacher.” I know I haven’t. But I was there, and what I witnessed made me speak out when I got the chance, while trying to do some tangible things to help Northeast High School. Once a Viking always a Viking.
By the way, the fund-raiser was a success with about 2,000 people in attendance. I so thank the community. It was a great night. The student team beat the teacher team and a student named Alex Santiago won first prize with a poem he wrote. You should have seen it. We missed you.
8th PDAC is more than a social club
Although my first inclination after reading the Northeast Times March 14 article, 8th District PDAC looks to change things up, was to refrain from commenting, I ultimately felt that as an officer of the former 8th PDAC board, a reply was warranted on behalf of the board members and trustees who diligently served during the 2010-12 term.
I disagree with the chairman’s statement that the PDAC “really got off track of what the PDAC was founded for” and felt that the article merely portrayed us as some sort of social club.
While it’s true that during our tenure, we proudly hosted many free activities for the community, the contributors to this article failed to mention the various events that we sponsored specifically relevant to our mission as a PDAC. In our identifying community problems, analyzing their causes, and developing methods to resolve these problems, we:
• Implemented the successful gun buyback program in 2010 in which dozens of guns were surrendered to the 8th district.
• In our belief that education is the key in solving problems within our community, we financially sponsored and co-hosted the monthly burglary seminars during 2011 to raise the level of public awareness to the increase of burglaries
• In addressing the district’s underage drinking problem, some of us became mentors and volunteered to oversee the community service sentences imposed on them by the court.
• We also pursued the possibility of renting a drunken-driving simulator car for one day, inviting area teens to sit behind the wheel of this specialized vehicle, which would allow them to experience the sensation of driving drunk.
• Regretfully, the article also made no mention of our successful and well-attended 2010 and 2011 National Night Out community crime prevention program geared to heighten both crime- and drug-prevention awareness.
• Still focusing on the educational aspect, we sponsored crime prevention essay contests for children.
Furthermore, during our community festivals and children-oriented programs that appear now to have come under disfavor, we encouraged children to personally engage in positive interaction with the officers while also experiencing the isolation and stark reality of sitting in a jail cell.
As a result of visiting the cellblock, it was our hope that this would create a lasting impression on these young minds in deterring any future revisits to a similar cell in their later years!
On a personal note, after two years, both of my grandsons still vividly remember their cell visit experience. Mission accomplished!
Having the PDAC membership comprised of representatives of the district’s civic associations and Town Watches is not a new concept for an 8th PDAC board. Letters inviting each president to join were mailed on Feb. 12, 2010, and many complied.
I maintain that our council has indeed been “on track” these past few years, resulting in high-level police administrators bestowing accolades of praise applauding the 8th PDAC as “one of the best in the city.”
We worked fastidiously for this honor and through the efforts of its new board, it is hoped that the council will continue to achieve even greater accomplishments in the future.
Past corresponding secretary/vice chairwoman 8th PDAC
Abortion is not in the Constitution
In response to last week’s editorial (Say what, Tom?) regarding the proposed abortion bill in the Pennsylvania Legislature requiring a woman to undergo an ultrasound before murdering her unborn child, I would like to point out that the author is forgetting one small detail — the Constitution of the United States.
The 14th Amendment states, “ nor shall any State deprive any person of LIFE, liberty, or property without due process of law…”
Seven Supreme Court justices deciding, by judicial fiat on high, that an invented “right to privacy” trumps this crystal-clear clause is by no means “settled law.”
Under our convoluted jurisprudence, states are permitted to regulate abortion so long as it does not constitute an “undue burden” to a woman’s ability to murder her unborn child.
I agree that the government, to the utmost extent, should stay out of our bedrooms and doctor’s offices. But when it comes to protecting the most fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution, it is hardly an undue burden for the state to mandate that a woman have more information before taking such a drastic action.
Hell, Pennsylvania mandates that child abuse be reported and children wear seat belts. We shouldn’t take an extra step to help save a child’s life before he/she even has a chance to start it?
Ryan C. Ditchkofsky
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