Northeast Times

Letters to the editor: Nov. 21, 2012 edition

Filthadelphia of­fers trash and cash pickup
If the city of Phil­adelphia were really in­ter­ested in clean­ing up, they would have aler­ted the cit­izens of their in­tent to write fines for put­ting trash out be­fore 7 p.m. on the pre­vi­ous day.
The city has angered the res­id­ents and mud­died the wa­ters by drag­ging down our opin­ion of this city. I have re­ceived two fines — the second came be­fore the first one ar­rived. Ser­i­ously!
Ob­vi­ously, the city of Phil­adelphia is in need of money and will use any means, fair or not, to get it. I would be happy to give the city a loan but can­not, since I am a low-in­come res­id­ent who pays her taxes and VOTES!
I hope the city will take my sug­ges­tion and warn the cit­izens of the law be­fore is­su­ing fines, just as it did with the red-light cam­er­as in­stalled at in­ter­sec­tions.
Mar­cia Vesh­nef­sky
Rhawn­hurst

For the love of lib­er­als
Lib­er­als love mil­lion­aires who kick, throw or bounce a ball.
Lib­er­als love mil­lion­aires who pre­tend to be someone else in movies.
Lib­er­als love mil­lion­aires who play gui­tar, sing or dance.
Lib­er­als love mil­lion­aires who talk on late-night TV.
Lib­er­als love mil­lion­aires who con­trol our lives in gov­ern­ment. This in­cludes Mr. Obama.
Lib­er­als hate mil­lion­aires who cre­ate jobs.
Pat Dougherty
May­fair

Lead paint law will hurt middle-class land­lords
The new lead-based paint law (Bill 10011-A) goes in­to ef­fect Dec. 21.
The law states that all leases signed after Dec. 21 with the in­tent of chil­dren age 6 or young­er who are go­ing to reside in a unit built be­fore 1978 must have a lead dust wipe test con­duc­ted by a cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cian pri­or to mov­ing in. This or­din­ance was craf­ted by Coun­cil­wo­man Blondell Reyn­olds Brown, passed by City Coun­cil and signed in­to law by May­or Nut­ter on Dec. 21, 2011.
Young chil­dren must be pro­tec­ted from the haz­ards of lead paint, but 99 per­cent of the land­lords in this city were not re­spons­ible for put­ting lead in­to the paint nor us­ing lead paint in their units. This plan is go­ing to pun­ish and bury many middle-class land­lords who in­ves­ted in good faith in real es­tate with a drastic­ally dif­fer­ent set of rules. Now they are stuck. We need more bal­ance in the law between all parties in­volved.
One of the ma­jor ob­jec­tions I have in this law is why at the 11th hour Coun­cil­wo­man Reyn­olds Brown put in an amend­ment ex­clud­ing all dwell­ing units owned or sub­sid­ized by the Phil­adelphia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity or privately owned but cur­rently leased un­der the Hous­ing Choice Vouch­er Pro­gram (Sec­tion 8). Don’t all chil­dren de­serve the same pro­tec­tion from lead paint? The Con­sti­tu­tion man­dates equal pro­tec­tion.
If I were ad­vising PHA, as a risk man­age­ment strategy I would fol­low the rules of the private sec­tor. Fed­er­al law states if there is a dif­fer­ence between fed­er­al, state or loc­al reg­u­la­tions, the more strin­gent re­quire­ments must be ob­served in any jur­is­dic­tion.
Can you ima­gine PHA go­ing be­fore a judge in a law­suit over a ten­ant’s lead paint is­sue and testi­fy­ing that PHA is ex­empt un­der the law ac­cord­ing to City Coun­cil and the may­or? A dust wipe test done by a state cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cian with the res­ults ana­lyzed by an EPA ap­proved lab wouldn’t be a more strin­gent test than a visu­al in­spec­tion done by PHA em­ploy­ees?
Tom Kline, a cata­stroph­ic-in­jury at­tor­ney, would sal­iv­ate at the thought. I im­plore City Coun­cil to in­sti­tute changes to level the play­ing field as to not cre­ate pan­ic and dis­in­vest­ment in Phil­adelphia in this crit­ic­al eco­nom­ic cli­mate.
Chris­toph­er Ar­tur­Re­altor

Those black proph­ets should lose their non-profit status
The Black Clergy of our city en­dorsed Pres­id­ent Obama for re-elec­tion. This is against the Con­sti­tu­tion. No one from any church, nor min­is­ters, priests, etc., are per­mit­ted to en­dorse any can­did­ate for of­fice, or they can lose their non-profit status.
The Black Clergy are well known for en­dors­ing black can­did­ates. They are biased and must not con­tin­ue to do this.
It’s OK to tell your con­greg­a­tion it’s their duty to vote, and not tell them who to vote for. I think they should lose their non-profit status any­way.
Jerry Foglia Sr.
Rhawn­hurst

Why I voted for Obama
I hope I don’t run out of pa­per! For starters, the latest em­ploy­ment fig­ures are the best in years. Em­ploy­ment is up, un­em­ploy­ment is down. And con­trary to nasty ru­mors, Obama did NOT cook the books.
News re­ports tell us that pub­lic con­fid­ence in the mar­ket­place has in­creased sig­ni­fic­antly. Or­din­ary cit­izens are op­tim­ist­ic enough to start buy­ing again.
The stock mar­ket is go­ing through the fin­an­cial roof. Ap­par­ently in­vestors are reap­ing the be­ne­fits, and per­haps you are one of them.
After the ter­rible dam­age from Hur­ricane Sandy, Mr. Obama made a huge im­pres­sion on the na­tion be­cause he im­me­di­ately cut through a lot of red tape to get des­per­ately needed aid to those who were suf­fer­ing. Even the Re­pub­lic­an gov­ernor of New Jer­sey pub­licly praised the pres­id­ent for his ac­tions.
Obama’s hu­man­ity and con­cern for in­di­vidu­al cit­izens was shown as he hugged and com­for­ted those who were break­ing down. This was NOT a photo op. It was for real, from a real hu­man be­ing.
The pres­id­ent is end­ing those long wars we have been trapped in. Many of our mil­it­ary men and wo­men are re­turn­ing to their loved ones, some of them sur­pris­ing their chil­dren in touch­ing re­unions.
He has prom­ised to hunt down those who wish only to harm our na­tion, and he will keep his prom­ise, as he has done pre­vi­ously. The auto in­dustry, which was go­ing down the toi­let along with thou­sands of jobs, is now ro­bust, and people are buy­ing new cars like, well, hot­cakes.
And oh yeah, he has a great singing voice and is a cool dan­cer!
Oops, I’m run­ning out of pa­per.
Ed­ward Huber
Burholme

Pay­ing the piper in polit­ic­al uto­pia
George Tomez­sko com­plains (Amer­ica needs three sep­ar­ate na­tions, Nov. 14 let­ters) about so­cial­ism in Amer­ica and sug­gests the South­ern and Mid­west­ern states split off and be­come their own coun­try. (Pre­sum­ably he means to in­clude the solidly GOP west­ern states that form an in­ver­ted U from Ari­zona to Texas.) Ex­cel­lent idea! Those people are the worst so­cial­ists of all. The red states have been spon­ging off the blue states for years. Why do you think they’re called the red states?
Of the 24 states that went to Rom­ney, 23 get back more from the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment than they put in. Of the 26 states that went for Obama, 16 get back less than they put in (nine more, Rhode Is­land even). We’re be­ing ripped off by farm sub­sidies to largely Re­pub­lic­an voters.
Con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­an U.S. Rep. and some­time-Swiss-cit­izen­ship ap­plic­ant Michele Bach­mann and her fam­ily alone got $260,000 between 1995 and 2008. Even the to­bacco farm­ers get sub­sid­ized, last year to the tune of $191 mil­lion!
To ir­rig­ate the ar­id West, the mostly red con­ser­vat­ive Re­pub­lic­ans there have, since 1902, dir­ectly paid for only 15 per­cent of their wa­ter; Amer­ic­an tax­pay­ers as a whole have sub­sid­ized the oth­er 85 per­cent.
However will Mr. Tomez­sko’s uto­pia pay its own way? Maybe it can re­turn to the good old days, circa 1953, when Eis­en­hower, a Re­pub­lic­an, was pres­id­ent, and the Re­pub­lic­ans con­trolled both houses of Con­gress — and the top mar­gin­al in­come tax rate was 92 per­cent!
Howard J. Wilk
Bustleton

Let them eat sweet cake at the tea party
Now that the pres­id­en­tial elec­tion is over, may the phrase “tea party” be thrown out of the polit­ic­al at­mo­sphere? When teas are served, there is pleas­ant chat and cakes to be en­joyed. Ob­vi­ously, the cam­paign ads did not re­motely touch on this ideal­ism.
This “tea party” was filled with pois­on. Even the ads cost mil­lions of dol­lars, which cer­tainly could have been put to bet­ter use.
Hope­fully, the House and the Sen­ate and the pres­id­ent will start do­ing what is right for the people. Let them be­gin by serving tea with honey and sweet cakes.
Mar­ie Pat­ton
Fox Chase

Can­did­ate says he was honored to run
Dear North­east Phil­adelphia neigh­bors:
From the bot­tom of my heart I want to thank you for your gen­er­ous sup­port over the past 10 months as I cam­paigned to be your next state rep­res­ent­at­ive. Words can­not ex­press how much your en­cour­age­ment and ded­ic­a­tion has meant to me. While we were un­suc­cess­ful in the elec­tion, to­geth­er we dis­cussed the is­sues that mat­ter most to North­east Phil­adelphia.
As I cam­paigned door to door, you opened your lives to me at your door­steps. You told me about the is­sues that you face in your neigh­bor­hoods. We ran with the en­dorse­ment of the Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers, who tasked me with chal­len­ging May­or Nut­ter to hon­or their con­tract.
We ran with the sup­port of nu­mer­ous civic and ath­let­ic as­so­ci­ation lead­ers who wanted me to con­tin­ue the sup­port they have come to know from their le­gis­lat­ors. I’m proud to have ad­vanced those is­sues and many more.
This elec­tion con­firmed my be­lief that the people of Phil­adelphia are worth fight­ing for. I am not go­ing any­where, be­cause this is our city and someone needs to stand up to the good old boys net­work that has des­troyed its spir­it. I prom­ise to nev­er lose this ded­ic­a­tion, and to­geth­er we will do great things for the fu­ture of our city.
It was the hon­or of a life­time to serve as one of your can­did­ates for state rep­res­ent­at­ive — one that I will cher­ish for the rest of my life. Again, thank you and God bless.
Dave Kralle
Former Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate, 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict

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