’Tis the season to remember our heroes
It seems big business is not satisfied with ruining Christmas, they need to get to Florida via sled by Thanksgiving. You will not be able to buy those overpriced items (which already have been marked up to allow for the big sales!) any time in the coming three weeks or even after Christmas, when they will be giving them away.
Let’s spend holiday time with our families and enjoy the time that has been spent preparing a meal for us. If you do not have family or are far away from them, send gifts of food to our military and our poor. They will appreciate it more over the holidays.
Let’s remember all the soldiers, police officers and firefighters who gave their lives so we could enjoy our Thanksgiving meals. Give thanks not only to our military but our police and fire and medical emergency personnel.
Don’t fall into the shopping frenzy, or we will be wiping Thanksgiving Day off of our calendars. The stores will be there until the 25th of December. (The prices are better on Christmas Eve day).
A call to save the Northeast Community Center
I moved up here about 55 years ago. Imagine, the front door was about 40 feet from the curb. I thought I died and went to heaven.
Now I’ve been reading about the Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue, which was auctioned at a sheriff’s sale two weeks ago and had owed $1.1 million to TD Bank, which held the mortgage. They are not to blame; business is business.
Disaster struck when the roof fell into the pool, and that was end of the revenue. Membership went from 2,300 to 900.
A great deal of credit should be bestowed on the center’s executive director, Stan Cohen, and his sister, Mindy Lange, who was the center’s director of programs.
They sunk their own money, even using their own credit card to revive it. Hard to believe.
I wonder if this center were located in another part of our city, would our Mayor Nutter come to the rescue without batting an eyelash?
When I first moved to Mayfair, Chickie’s & Pete’s, at 4010 Robbins Ave., was a familiar sight. I had to pass it on every trip to the bridge.
Then a light went on and they expanded to the Roosevelt Boulevard at Haldeman Avenue and the old Veterans Stadium.
That was only the beginning, as they opened places at the airport, the two stadiums, casino and even the Jersey shore. Who knows where they will stop. I thought, “My goodness, they must be making a fortune. We are all happy for you.”
When celebrating their 35th anniversary, the owner Pete Ciarrocchi told the crowd, “Thank you, Mayfair.”
Well, it would be a nice time to show his appreciation by helping the Northeast Community Center. I’m sure it would be appreciated from a lot of people, especially senior citizens. I’m sure it would even help out with more business. Good luck, Pete.
Three cheers for Stan the Man
I would like to thank Stan Cohen for all his years of hard work running the Northeast Community Center. My granddaughter attended the preschool there and also the summer camp, and we have nothing but great memories of her time there.
You must sleep good, sir, knowing you made such a positive impact on so many lives, young and old.
That’s what friends are supposed to be for
Last year my son paid for four parking tickets and one vehicle registration ticket (he was found guilty in Traffic Court by one of those named judges) that he and a female friend obtained on his vehicle. Those tickets totaled about $500.
My son is close friends with congressman Bob Brady and the Democratic City Committee.
You mean to tell me that my son could have had these tickets fixed and saved the $500? Some friend Brady turned out to be.
You want out? Here’s the path to secession
As in 2008, even before President-elect Obama took office, now in 2012, the haters are talking “secession.” I’m all for their leaving and, applying my experience with contract negotiations, I’ve written a SECESSION AGREEMENT — pro bono!
Any STATE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA shall have the right to secede upon satisfaction of the following terms:
1) A STATE petitioning for SECESSION shall conduct a REFERENDUM OF ITS ELIGIBLE VOTERS consisting of A SINGLE-QUESTION BALLOT worded thus WITHOUT MODIFICATION OR EXCEPTIONS:
QUESTION: “SHALL THE STATE OF _______________________ SECEDE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EFFECTIVE AS OF 12:01 AM on the ____ DAY of THE MONTH of _______________, in the year 20__?”
2) An affirmative response by FIFTY-PLUS PERCENT OR GREATER AMONG BALLOTS CAST, shall result in secession status as of the effective date; Any/all business and other transactions executed with, by, or on behalf of the SECEDED ENTITY, shall be independently and with absolutely no legal avenues for appeal or recourse under any/all jurisdictions of the United States of America.
3) A SECEDED ENTITY as of EFFECTIVE DATE OF SECESSION forfeits any/all claims to entitlements, services and/or resources, and to benefits accrued any time prior to the EFFECTIVE SECESSION DATE; nor shall the entity possess any legal standing whatsoever to claims of liability against any local, state or federal agency/entity of the United States of America.
All pre-secession, legally recognized or other agreements entered into by the United States of America with any/all third parties, shall not be abrogated nor the subject of litigation by a seceded entity including, but not limited to, the presence and activities of designees of the United States of America within secession entity boundaries. Facilities, assets, possessions, etc. owned and/or established by the United States of America prior to the effective secession date, within the geographical boundaries and/or legally recognized domain of the seceded entity, shall remain under full, legal control and ownership of the United States of America.
4) A SECEDED ENTITY may subsequently petition for REINSTATEMENT TO STATEHOOD, BUT NO SOONER THAN TEN (10) YEARS FROM ITS EFFECTIVE DATE OF SECESSION WITH NO GUARANTEE TO SUCH REINSTATEMENT; any such petitions shall be under advisement, at its discretion, solely by the sitting CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Should REINSTATEMENT be granted, CONGRESS WILL DIRECT THE UNITED STATES TREASURY TO ASSESS THE PETITIONER the SUM OF TEN BILLION ($10,000,000,000) DOLLARS FOR EACH YEAR IN SECESSION STATUS which will be paid as a condition of reinstatement.
5) The United States Justice Department shall have sole and complete discretion and power over any/all elections regarding SECESSION and shall publicly declare and validate the outcomes of any/all such elections.
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Petitions for secession from the union are being signed in 21 states as a result of the re-election of President Obama. While Texas went to Romney, some 3 million people there voted for Obama. California went for Obama but 4 million people there voted for Romney. Do the people who circulate these petitions really believe that those who voted “wrong” should lose American citizenship?
The descriptions of the opposing candidates’ positions are bizarre. Some favoring Romney believe that under Obama there will be no need to work any more because of “handouts,” that leftist elites want a secular paradise of unrestrained eros or a Soviet Socialist Republic. Some favoring Obama believe that if Romney won he would bankrupt companies for his personal profit, and destroy the middle class.
Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
People must educate themselves, because in a democracy your informed vote is even more a duty than a right. Whatever problems we have in America, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
The lesson of bigotry and Darwinism
Arthur Gurmankin’s letter, The Republicans will learn a few lessons (Nov. 14 edition) from this past election is correct, but the lesson is quite the opposite of what was stated a few weeks ago. The election was indeed won by lying about the Benghazi attack, by buying the desperate through entitlements, and finally, by hating successful rich people.
One of the most incorrectly used words during the entire campaign was the word bigot. The Republicans were accused of being bigots for wanting to “Take back America” from the government and allow the people to have control, as it was originally designed in the Constitution. That is not bigotry.
The left, on the other hand, uses class warfare to divide citizens against ourselves. That is bigotry. Why is it fair to hate rich people for being successful? There are folks born rich and who may never work a day in their life. Pity those people, because the accomplishment felt from a hard day of work is very gratifying and crucial to the pursuit of happiness. That is how we learn the true value of the material things we cherish.
The other term terribly misused is Darwinism, which has absolutely nothing to do with people of different races mating with each other. Survival of the fittest is fully supported by conservative ideas and it is greatly misconstrued by liberals. What we have going on now is the welfare state allowing the “less fit” to survive on the dime of the “fittest.”
The cold truth: Darwinism does not take into account human emotions. We generally care for one another and should, but the federal government should not be playing Robin Hood.
Redistributing the wealth sounds great in theory, but when the folks at the top decide they don’t want to work anymore to support the folks at the bottom via the federal government, their Darwinian instincts kick in and they go live somewhere to thrive with more freedom.
Interest rates stink! Fire the Fed head
CD rates are at 1 percent. Let’s have a party. Money market rates are lower. Inflation bonds are at 1.76 percent.
Therefore, people who rely on investment income, including senior citizens, see their income reduced by as much as 70 percent. But Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells us he is keeping interest rates low because it will encourage investment and spending.
Bull! This economy is the same or getting worse! For the last six years, we have less to spend. Personally, I believe the intention is to squash the middle class. They want to eliminate us forever. The American Dream is dying, one family at a time. In essence, this is another tax increase.
Furthermore, this nation is at war, and in 2007, the Treasury placed a limit on purchasing inflations bonds or EE bonds at $10,000 per set. Why would they do this when Americans want to invest in our country to support war and our country?
On Nov. 1, inflation bonds were reduced by almost a half-percent to 1.76 percent. Are food prices going down? No! Insurance costs? Utility costs? Gasoline? No! How about real estate taxes in Philadelphia? Increases for three year in a row! Nutter! That’s before the Actual Value Rip-off has been implemented. Then how is inflation going down?
The action steps are clear: Please contact U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (215-597-7200), U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (215-405-9660), U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (215-335-3355) and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (215-389-4627).
Tell them to get rid of Bernanke and increase interest rates!
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