It pays to be an alien
If an immigrant is over 65, he can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than my mom gets for Social Security. She worked from 1944 to 2004, only getting $791 per month because she was born before 1924 and there is a Catch 22.
It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890, and each can also obtain an additional $580 in social assistance for a total of $2,470 a month.
This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1.012 in old age pension and guaranteed income supplement.
Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!
Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the pensioners up to $2,470 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years.
Please forward this to every American to expose what our elected politicians, Nancy Pelosi included, have been doing over the past 11 years to the overtaxed Americans.
Send this to every American taxpayer you know!
All older Americans must demand that any person who actually worked for their Social Security gets at least as much as an alien gets, if not more!
Parents should accept some of the blame
In response to the letter to the editor from Eileen Teti in the April 25 edition (What’s the matter with kids today?):
As a high school teacher for 37 years, Navy veteran of three years, father of an optometrist and a graphic artist, and grandfather of a lawyer and a veterinarian, I say, “Nothing.”
Ask me what’s wrong with the parents and I’ll have a lot to say.
If their kids are nasty, mean-spirited, hit others, lie, cheat, steal and in general misbehave, my question is, where did they learn it? What’s wrong with the home?
Good kids come from good families. Good parents produce good kids. Granted that this is not always true, but no general rule is always true, but it’s still a good observation.
As a parent and teacher, I had a chance to observe many, many children and found this to be true.
If your kid’s a bum and you want to find out why, you have only to look in the mirror.
Matthew J. Zeitlin
Food drive yielded a bounty of kindness
Thank you to the many kind people throughout our community who generously donated to my recent food drive.
I am happy to report that our food drive was very successful and we completely re-stocked two local food cupboards. More than 150 parcels, boxes and bags of non-perishable food items were donated.
Although our food drive has concluded, the local need for food items continues. Anyone who wants to contribute food items can do so at any time in my district office in Hatboro.
It is a great honor for me to represent a district that is so generous and caring toward our members who are less fortunate.
Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd Legislative District
The taxpayers should see what they’re not getting
In response to Francis Palmer’s letter to the editor in the May 2 edition (Shame on city officials for pretending to care), talk about hitting the nail on the head!
These politicians sat around and watched the mayor gut the Fire Department through company closings (seven engine companies and two ladders), brownouts and no contract to save money, yet found $50 million for Dilworth Plaza, $20 million for Love Park and $15 million for the Ben Franklin Parkway. Then the mayor and City Council made a big show about getting back taxes from the owner of the building where Lt. Neary and Firefighter Sweeney paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia, but the city couldn’t get Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers to pay his back taxes until it became public knowledge.
In not paying his taxes, Ayers broke Fire Department policy — one of a few policies he broke, but one for which he was never disciplined. A firefighter who broke these policies would be disciplined immediately.
Commissioner Ayers is a hypocrite. He is always saying how every house needs a smoke detector, and that it is not safe for a house not to have one. Yet he thinks it is safe to close a firehouse in your neighborhood three to four times a month but never closes one in either his or the mayor’s neighborhood. Last I heard, a smoke detector never pulled a person from their burning home.
At a 9/11 memorial last year, Councilman Bobby Henon, still campaigning for office, was asked how he was going to stop the brownouts (one of his campaign promises). He asked, “How much is the fire department saving on brownouts?” He was told $3.8 million a year, to which he replied, “That’s chump change!”
Apparently, the chump doesn’t have the money because the brownouts are still going on. All public officials need to be reminded again that their No. 1 job is public safety. If you are not going to support the fire department when they need you, don’t use funerals and memorials for your own benefit, making it look like you care. It is time for the public and the city to wake up and go and see what these elected officials are doing. For the taxes you are paying, you are not receiving the crucial services that you are entitled to.
Ex-cop takes a shot at FOP’s move north
In the past, I have never had a problem putting pen to paper. This time, I do. I am frustrated and saddened that the Philadelphia Police bargaining agency is moving from a centrally located address to the Far Northeast. This move will make it extremely difficult for all members to participate in future bimonthly meetings. As the years have rolled by, diversification and inclusion has become one of our greatest assets. We, who have either worked or are still working for the department, believe that we are not white or black or yellow or brown. WE ARE BLUE and that makes us one.
Also a move of this magnitude should have been voted on by our 14,500 active and retired members, not the 175 that attended the meetings. Being centrally located also enabled us to have immediate access to our elected officials as well as our department headquarters, where the commissioner conducts business.
I am a lifetime Northeast Philly resident, which makes the relocation an advantage to me. However, in 1974 when I joined the force, it was the Philadelphia Police Department, not the Northeast Philadelphia Police Department. I believe that the inclusion of ALL members in the decision-making process of the bargaining unit will be greatly hampered by this move.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president, 2002-07
PECO’s ‘smart meters’ are a dumb idea
At the April Greater Bustleton Civic League meeting, a member brought a letter from PECO informing customers that they would be getting new meters that will “…help us provide more information to help you understand how you use energy…”
He also brought a great deal of information about “smart meters,” although the letter never mentions that term. I did some Internet searching and found that PECO is purposely not calling them “smart meters” because of the controversies they have stirred up elsewhere. So their plan is just not to call them smart so we won’t recognize that there may be problems with them??
Across the country, people are so opposed that they have protested and even been arrested; some jurisdictions have ruled that the installations must be voluntary, others are banning them. Why this hostility? To be so smart, they push data out to the company every 15 minutes, recording very precise usage so that the company can convince you to use more power at times that are cheaper for the utility (such as running your dishwasher before you go to bed).
The potential problems? The data bursts emit high levels of radioactivity, in excess of items like cell phones — which have their own public relations issues. There is a very real question of privacy that, today, simply cannot be overlooked. When you turn on your TV and lights, the meter will know you are home; turn everything off at noon and there is a good bet your house is vacant.
It is great that we may be able to switch usage to non-peak times and perhaps stop the need for building additional power plants. I’d like to save some money, too. But I need to be sure that I will not be one of the people who get severe physical reactions when the meter sends that burst of radioactivity and/or that I won’t suffer ill effects years from now because my bed is near the meter and my body absorbed radioactivity every night, four times an hour.
I need more than a pat-on-the-head reassurance that my records will not be hacked and a sophisticated burglar could maximize the opportunity to ransack my house because I am obviously out at the same time.
There is already one state representative trying to get some of these answers. Please call your state reps and get them on your side. These are unsafe until proved safe, and just changing their name to keep us from asking questions isn’t so smart!
Bustleton civic group needs new blood
I am a lifelong resident of Bustleton and member of the Greater Bustleton Civic League. Over the years the civic league seems to have become less and less involved with the neighborhood.
I realize that it’s a volunteer organization, but I would like to stay better informed of all the new developments that are being considered for the 19115 area. I’m glad to hear there is finally some new blood getting involved and some new officers that are running that could possibly change some old stale ways of the Civic League.
Help your community — join a civic group
Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
As a board member of the Somerton Civic Association, it is disheartening to see 30 individuals out of the thousands who live in Somerton attend our monthly meetings. These meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at the Walker Lodge on Southampton Road at 7:30 p.m. Our meetings allow the civic membership to get together, work together and strive to keep Somerton a thriving community.
Quite often, residents and business owners will come in front of the Somerton Civic membership seeking a zoning variance either to their home or business, and often the neighbors who are most impacted are not present.
The civic meetings allow the Somerton community to gather and hear from your local elected officials, various speakers and discuss ways to improve Somerton, whether through beautification or other worthy civic endeavors. Somerton is a strong neighborhood with tight knit school communities and top-flight athletic organizations.
It is time that those individuals who empower these institutions to thrive step forward, pay the $5 yearly membership fee and join the Somerton Civic Association to keep the civic group strong, have your voice heard and continue to improve this outstanding community. I also implore my neighbors and fellow Somerton residents to take part in the Somerton Civic Association. To join please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerton Civic Association
Column on neighbors was on target
Stewart Berger’s column Love thy neighbor, or at least get along in your Sunday edition May 13 certainly hit the nail on the head as far as I am concerned, and it brought back many unpleasant experiences living in Parkwood.
I have been living in this section for over 30 years, and had a neighbor that was beyond description on the street where I previously lived. Not only did he sell drugs and receive stolen property, his son terrorized the whole block along with the other kids whose parents were too afraid to pull their sons away.
He also had a nasty habit of doing home remodeling at all hours of the night, which meant hammering nails into drywall and cutting wood frames.
This can be extremely annoying if you are trying to sleep and get up for work the following day. The neighbor on the other side of him was too afraid to say anything, and his sons played with him, so it was up to me to confront him and call the police on him on at least several occasions.
Needless to say, I was tired of waiting for the police to arrest him, so eventually I moved away. Shortly after I moved, the son was arrested and the father died. So at least justice was served. On reflection, I should have taken him to court before I moved, but I was not sure how the system worked.
When I had no car, I had people try to use my driveway, as if it was their right to do so, since they figured it was an extra parking space. I also had to put up with kid hangouts and basketball poles, which meant noise and vandalism at all hours of the night.
The problem today is the kind of people that are living in the city, a new generation that thinks they can do whatever they want to do and not worry about if it affects their neighbors. This is why people do not want to buy row homes in Philadelphia. It is also why neighbor disputes are on the rise in the city.
Stewart Berger’s idea of a neighborhood court is not a bad one, but it should be administered by a judge, and the complaint should be filed, with a court date the next time the trouble occurs again.
William A. Scicchitano
War has become the American way
Memorial Day has been set aside to honor those who have died and served in war. To date, our nation has been involved in six different wars. Mind you, six different wars counting World War II, which never did end wars.
Our troops have come home with broken bodies and broken spirits, while others came home in a coffin. Furthermore, our nation has spent billions of dollars on war. It is to the point that instead of saying “one nation under God” when we pledge allegiance to the flag, we should say “One nation involved in war.”
Mitt Romney is out of touch with reality
If the Democrats are the tax and spend party, the Republicans are the don’t tax and spend party. The government just can’t take in less and spend more without going into debt.
Under George W. Bush, the debt limit was raised seven times, a total of $5.7 trillion dollars, and under Reagan in the 1980s, it was raised 18 times, a total of $1.8 trillion. Other than Truman, it was raised under every president. Both parties lie and distort, as can be verified at the non-partisan FactCheck.org.
Mitt Romney has urged young Americans “with bleak job prospects” to “take risks” and borrow money from their parents or start a business. This year he estimates that he will pay only a 15.4 percent tax rate on income of $20.9 million, less than half the tax rate for that income level.
My wife was only able to attend college by earning two scholarships: one paying tuition and the other fees and books. From her freshman year on, she walked over a mile to school to save money, worked in the dean’s office for $1 an hour and was a physics lab instructor for $2 an hour, using that money to help support her parents
I earned a partial scholarship, set pins in the university bowling alley for 50 cents an hour, delivered mail during the Christmas rush, and had to quit school for two years after my father died to work and support my mother, saving every spare penny so that I could return to finally graduate.
Romney is clueless about the plight of the average American.
Thank God for our nuns
I think it is not an overstatement to say that the priests and the higher-ups of the Catholic Church have constituted a criminal organization for decades, if not centuries.
The daily testimony leaves little doubt that justice has been, and probably still is, obstructed for the protection of child molesters and other misfits of society.
And while the pope, himself accused of protecting two seminarians accused of child molesting, has remained virtually silent and has now chosen a most bizarre condemnation of our nuns.
The church has embarrassed its members beyond description and left us with pride in almost nothing.
The one exception for me has been the precious recollections of the sisters who educated me, nurtured me, and instilled a love of God in me. Their influence alone remains my inspiration for retaining faith in the church in heaven, as the church on Earth lies in ruin.
The reason for the pope’s outrageous behavior may lie in the perpetual stupor in which I believe he exists. But even that is not reason enough for the church to have allowed this unconscionable insult.
Thank you, sisters. You alone remain my reason for believing in God and an eternal life.
Joseph A. Breen
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