Letters to the editor: Nov. 14, 2012 edition

His spir­its are dashed by Phil­adelphia
I watched with dis­gust at what went on in this city dur­ing the re­cent elec­tion sea­son.
The ab­use of a young girl who simply wore a Rom­ney T-shirt to school, Black Pan­thers (again) lin­ing up out­side the polls, city of­fi­cials like elec­tions com­mis­sion­er Stephanie Sing­er ab­us­ing her of­fice by politi­ciz­ing what is sup­posed to be pub­lic ser­vice.
The na­tion­al news was filled with stor­ies about Phil­adelphia buf­foon­ery on Elec­tion Day, like those poll watch­ers thrown out of vot­ing places.
I vo­lun­teer in my com­munity, clean up after my neigh­bors, and have giv­en hun­dreds of hours to pub­lic ser­vice, even while I have been ill. For what end, to serve the cor­rupt polit­ic­al pro­cess and lazy people of Phil­adelphia?
No more for me. No more char­ity, no more help for com­munity groups, no more pub­lic ser­vice.
I hope for the day I can move out of this city, and I know I am not alone.
One thing Phil­adelphia is good at is des­troy­ing the spir­it of the best and bright­est people, the very people so needed to make com­munit­ies work.
Richard Iac­on­elli

With the elec­tion over, it’s time for hope
The elec­tion is over, with Obama get­ting 50 per­cent of the vote and Rom­ney 49 per­cent. Clearly the na­tion is very di­vided. But there is hope. Hur­ricane Sandy provided an op­por­tun­ity for both Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans to co­oper­ate, and New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie and Pres­id­ent Obama came to­geth­er, prais­ing rather than in­sult­ing each oth­er, both work­ing to be­ne­fit those who were suf­fer­ing. That is how our elec­ted rep­res­ent­at­ives should act.
Rush Limbaugh said of Obama on Jan. 16, 2009, be­fore he even took of­fice, “I hope he fails.”
Con­gress squabbled and did its best for the past four years to make that hap­pen. For both parties, it seemed that per­son­al power and party loy­alty trumped the vi­tal in­terests of the Amer­ic­an people, and the middle class paid the price, many of whom slid in­to the poorer class.
No won­der Con­gress has only a 17 per­cent ap­prov­al rat­ing. Now, post-elec­tion, prom­ises of co­oper­a­tion are be­ing made. Let’s make sure they’re kept.
Mel Flit­ter
Fox Chase

He’s lost all hope
When a na­tion re­wards fail­ure at the highest level, how can there be any hope?
Joseph A. Breen
Fox Chase

A path to vic­tory for Tauben­ber­ger
Re­pub­lic­an Al Tauben­ber­ger just lost an­oth­er elec­tion. This time he ran for a state rep­res­ent­at­ive po­s­i­tion pre­vi­ously held by John Perzel. He has run for al­most every elect­ive po­s­i­tion there is.
I have done an ex­tremely de­tailed ana­lys­is of the elec­tions he par­ti­cip­ated in and came up with a solu­tion for him. He may win when he is un­op­posed.
May­er Krain
Mod­ena Park

Amer­ica needs three sep­ar­ate na­tions
Some ran­dom thoughts on the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign:
The post-elec­tion map ac­tu­ally shows the em­bry­os of three sep­ar­ate na­tions: a near-sol­id GOP south and Mid­w­est (which re­main true to the con­ser­vat­ive val­ues and be­liefs upon which Amer­ica was foun­ded), and two emer­ging So­viet so­cial­ist re­pub­lics, one on the West Coast (term this the Na­tion of the West Coast, which, led by Cali­for­nia upon in­de­pend­ence, I think would soon join the ranks of the oth­er Third World ba­nana re­pub­lics) and what might be called the North­ern Lib­er­al Bas­tion.
May these em­bry­os come to term!
While it may ap­pear strange that a con­ser­vat­ive like my­self would ac­tu­ally ap­plaud the cre­ation of two new so­cial­ist states, the in­tent is to teach, via hard, real-world ex­per­i­ence, the folly of so­cial­ism to the naïve left­ist ideo­logues amongst us. In­cap­able of per­sua­sion by nor­mal means, giv­en over as they are to an in­tel­lec­tu­al ar­rog­ance that springs from ad­her­ence to false val­ues and falser polit­ic­al myths, this strong medi­cine is in­dic­ated.
I have every con­fid­ence that these two na­tions-to-be, con­trolled by left­ist elites sup­por­ted by an elect­or­ate no longer skilled in the du­ties and re­spons­ib­il­it­ies of cit­izen­ship and self-gov­ern­ment, would go the way of the old So­viet Uni­on in a gen­er­a­tion or two.
Com­posed of left­ists com­fort­able in their be­liefs in a worldly and sec­u­lar para­dise in which the almighty state will en­sure no one need work any­more, and all bow be­fore the twin gods Equal­ity and un­res­trained Eros, it will take a hard dose of real­ity to rouse them from the ideo­lo­gic­al slum­ber they fell in­to since the 1960s.
My fel­low con­ser­vat­ives, let’s get to work on this pro­ject, just pos­sibly the grand­est ex­per­i­ment in gov­ern­ment ever con­tem­plated for the North Amer­ic­an con­tin­ent!
George Tomez­sko
Fox Chase

The Re­pub­lic­ans will learn a few les­sons
The ul­ti­mate les­son of the elec­tion of 2012: A party can­not win by ly­ing, buy­ing, hat­ing or steal­ing, and in case Re­pub­lic­ans don’t learn that les­son, in the 2014 mid-terms, they may well be­come the minor­ity party in the House AND the Sen­ate, and nowhere to be found near the White House.
I’m not sug­gest­ing that the Re­pub­lic­an Party will cease to ex­ist should it fail to ad­apt; I am sug­gest­ing that it will render it­self vir­tu­ally in­ef­fect­ive, min­im­ally power­ful and in­cap­able of win­ning elec­tions with the pos­sible ex­cep­tion of loc­al elec­tions where the elect­or­ate is com­prised of older, white, poorly edu­cated in­di­vidu­als.
The big­oted and some­what veiled red meat “ideas” such as “We’re tak­ing back Amer­ica” in this elec­tion were largely un­der­stood for what it says between the lines, as many Amer­ic­ans took it for its un­der­ly­ing mean­ing, that be­ing, “We, the party of the (primar­ily) white male, by elect­ing Mitt Rom­ney and our rad­ic­al tea party can­did­ates, will take the coun­try back to when white people had all the power.”
Throughout his­tory, in spite of the evol­u­tion-den­iers, both bio­lo­gic­ally and so­cially speak­ing, there have been paradigm changes; the uni­verse is not geo­centric (as Ga­lileo demon­strated), the world is not flat, people of dif­fer­ent races can marry one an­oth­er as can people of the same gender — and life goes on.
It’s Dar­wini­an, like it or not, ac­cept it or not. Ul­ti­mately, real­ity calls the tune and the Cos­mos writes the rules, by the pro­cess of nat­ur­al se­lec­tion, an en­vir­on­ment will boot those who either res­ist or who are in­cap­able of yield­ing to truth. One will either ad­apt, or per­ish.
Ar­thur Gur­mankin

City’s go­ing after the wrong lit­ter­bugs
I can sym­path­ize with Heza­ki­ah Lev­in­son’s gripe with Phil­adelphia fin­ing him for put­ting his trash out early (A fifty-buck love let­ter from the city, Oct. 31). The same thing happened to me.
I tore down my old yard shed re­cently. I called 311 to ask if the San­it­a­tion Con­veni­ence Cen­ter at State Road and Ash­burn­er Street would take shingles. I was told yes. I drove there on a Sat­urday with shingles and ply­wood. The at­tend­ant stated, “No shingles.”
”But I called 311 and they told me you’d take them,” I said.
“311’s got noth­in’ to do with us,” was his reply.
I dropped off the wood and went home. I bundled up the shingles and left them at the curb. In the mail came my $50 sum­mons. All right, I did it. I’m guilty. I paid the fine.
My prob­lem is the fact that this law has been on the books for more than 25 years, I’m told, but it has nev­er been en­forced.
When the city put cam­er­as up at Grant and the Boulevard and oth­er loc­a­tions, they gave you 90 days no­tice be­fore they star­ted writ­ing tick­ets. Couldn’t a warn­ing have been placed in my mail­box?
I’m close to re­tire­ment and will soon be on a fixed in­come. How about go­ing after the city res­id­ents who throw their trash in the streets in­stead of put­ting them at the curb? They don’t wait un­til 6 p.m., either.
Tom Hol­land

Sug­ges­tions for a clean­er Phil­adelphia
To help Phil­adelphia be­come a clean­er city, one place to start would be with pub­lic schools. School prin­cipals could dis­sem­in­ate no­tices to all teach­ers to bring up the sub­ject (teach con­scious­ness aware­ness of lit­ter­ing) and en­cour­age stu­dents at after-school dis­missals to hold onto trash, i.e. drink cups and wrap­per bags after leav­ing, for ex­ample a Wawa, 7-El­ev­en, Bur­ger King, Mc­Don­ald’s, etc., un­til there is a nearby trash bin, or simply hold onto re­fuse un­til ar­rival at home (pla­cing it in a school bag, or one’s pock­et, etc.).
Formerly a res­id­ent of Queens, New York, I re­call the late may­or of New York City, John Lind­say, who star­ted a “Don’t be a Lit­ter Bug” cam­paign way back when I was in grade school.
My school teach­er dis­cussed the may­or’s cam­paign, and it stuck with me ever since; even to this day at age 70, I ac­tu­ally pick up trash along my street where I live in the Burholme sec­tion of North­east Phil­adelphia, of­ten when no one else will.
May­or Lind­say pos­ted bill­boards and little street signs all around the five bor­oughs of New York City with the slo­gan: “Don’t be a Lit­ter Bug,” which is where I am from, as I have settled in Phil­adelphia some 30 years ago. I do be­lieve he util­ized the ra­dio me­dia, too.
A sens­it­ive ap­proach to this sub­ject can win over our youth on this im­port­ant sub­ject. Note: Some­times some folks be­lieve they are do­ing the right thing when they push trash down a sew­er in­let. Many do not have a clear idea where the sew­ers go — i.e., the Delaware River.
A short les­son on the city’s in­fra­struc­ture when it comes to wa­ter and sew­er drain­age can be cre­at­ively done: We have storm drains and san­it­a­tion drains.
A rep­res­ent­at­ive from the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment may be in­ter­ested in mak­ing guest ap­pear­ances at schools to ex­plain how this all works. Visu­al aids would hold the at­ten­tion of those in at­tend­ance. This can im­pact our en­vir­on­ment for the bet­ter if some time was taken in the classroom on this mat­ter. Per­haps this would even spill over to adults/par­ents who would be ex­posed to this edu­ca­tion­al pro­ject.
The classroom, bill­boards, street signs, and loc­al pa­pers such as the North­east Times are all good places to go with this pro­ject. Some schools may need a few ad­di­tion­al trash re­cept­acles bor­der­ing the schools’ corner loc­a­tions.
One of a few real eye­sores I have loc­ated are at Le­high and Ara­mingo av­en­ues just un­der the train over­pass in a fenced-in grassy area on the west side of the street. An­oth­er is on Tyson Av­en­ue just east of Castor Av­en­ue, north and south curb­sides for three or four blocks or so. An­oth­er is on Dun­gan Road, just south of Rhawn, on the east side of the street along the curbs bor­der­ing sev­er­al garden apart­ment houses (op­pos­ite the Po­lice De­part­ment’s in­tern­al af­fairs build­ing).
Hav­ing neigh­bor­hood ‘spot­ters’ to alert the san­it­a­tion de­part­ment of cer­tain loc­a­tions that may be passed over by vari­ous city de­part­ments that I am sure have plenty to do already, can help make their job a little easi­er. I would gladly do it, and there is no salary in­volved. It’s vo­lun­teers, based on neigh­bor­hood pride.
I hope this helps trig­ger a re­sponse, soon.
Paul Bo­go­sian

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