Stuck in the mud or riding out the storm
The majority of Northeast residents fall into two categories: either they are stuck in their neighborhood and would prefer to move out but at the moment, they cannot afford to do so, or they are the residents who fall into the category of homeowners that have paid their mortgages off and are hoping for better days ahead in the region.
To say that the bar has been lowered would be an understatement after you speak at length with longtime residents about the glory days of the Northeast. These days when you take a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood, every few steps that you take, you are instinctively looking down to dodge dog crap or trash.
Fast forward to today and out of desperation the community gets excited over the introduction of new minimum wage jobs created by fast-food restaurants breaking ground in the community. For instance, I remember the initial buzz in the Northeast over the newly constructed Krispy Kreme shop in Fox Chase.
What can be done to make the Northeast viable and once again
Is Section 8 housing mainly to blame for the rapid decline in the area over the past 25 years?
Does the community think the Northeast region is heading in the right direction?
Thank you to the staff at Boyle Playground
On Thursday, May 10, the Region One CYO Baseball All-Star Games were held at Boyle Playground in Somerton. The Junior Varsity and Varsity All-Star Games were played simultaneously on adjacent fields. The fields were in mint condition, concessions were sold, and the players, coaches and their families enjoyed a great night of baseball.
I would like to extend a personal thank you to George Geiss, Lou DeCree and the staff at Boyle Playground for a job so very well done in hosting our games, as everything was first class all the way.
I would also like to mention that the players played with respect, dignity and tremendous skill. I say this because in today’s world we often hear about the negatives with our kids, but I feel fortunate to have witnessed an awful lot of good that day at Boyle Playground.
I look forward to many more years of playing our All-Star and championship games at Boyle Playground, as they have been so very kind to Region One Baseball over the years.
CYO Region 1 baseball commissioner
Ex-commissioner blasts fire department leadership
I have been following your articles concerning the dangerous policies employed by the leadership of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Permanent and temporary closings of fire stations have a very negative impact on effective service delivery to the taxpayers and on the fire personnel who provide protection. This hocus-pocus style of management has gone on too long and is fraught with problems.
The recent evaluation commissioned by the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority cites response times and many other existing deficiencies within the department that are unacceptable. Additionally, they conclude that double standards due to racially based decision-making is a huge problem. This was also alluded to in a comprehensive article in Philadelphia magazine.
In a pathetic response to these allegations, Commissioner Lloyd Ayers issued a three-page denial to the department. Although he attacks Philadelphia magazine, he fails to address similar conclusions from the Berkshire Advisors report.
The many years of mismanagement, lack of vision and poor leadership have a serious impact on department efficiency and effectiveness. Unfortunately, these inbred problems have resulted in poor command and control on some major emergency scenes. The recent tragedy in Kensington is a graphic example of a department in distress.
This was a large, longtime vacant building subjected to an intense fire for two hours. The objective was to limit the spread while reducing the hazard posed to firefighters. Where was the risk-benefit decision process?
Why didn’t the fire commissioner respond and take control of a major five-alarm fire? Why didn’t the assigned deputy commissioner assume command? Why wasn’t a collapse zone established and enforced? Where was the supervision and control of the fire personnel?
How many more failures on the part of this administration will result in unnecessary deaths and injuries? Poor management of scarce resources is one thing, but making a dangerous occupation more so is another.
Enough is enough. It is long overdue for the executive branch of city government to purge the Philadelphia Fire Department of the incompetent leadership. Please note the firefighters appreciate your past support.
Roger M. Ulshafer
Former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner
On public safety, the city is playing with fire
In response to Antoinette Wood’s letter to the editor in the May 16 edition (The taxpayers should see what they’re not getting):
The brownouts that are still occurring in the city of Philadelphia are a result of the Nutter administration, not Councilman Henon. Since being sworn in five months ago, Councilman Henon has been an advocate for public safety and the Fire Department, most recently while conducting the Fire Department budget hearings.
Councilman Henon questioned Commissioner Ayers and Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison numerous times on the $3.8 million “chump change” that, if reinstated, which he is in favor of, would stop the brownouts. Deputy Gillison’s reply was negative. So who is the real chump?
As stated in your response, it is time for the public to wake up and see what good our elected officials (Henon) are doing. And how the current administration (Nutter and the Fire Department) continue to roll the dice on public safety.
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