Northeast Times

Story Archive September 26 2012

Editorial: Do your civic duty

Summer ended, figuratively speaking, when Labor Day weekend ended, and it ended, officially, last Saturday. By now, Mr. and Mrs. Average Northeast Philadelphian have probably accepted the fact that it’s back to the rat race, full time.But, Gentle Readers, if you think that means it’s OK to go from relaxing on the beach at the Jersey Shore all day to relaxing on your easy chair at home after dinner each and every night, you’re wrong. With a plethora of civic associations and Town Watch groups back in business after the summer hiatus, you should do your civic duty.Northeast Philly’s a big town with a civic group in just about every neighborhood. In this edition of the Times, for instance, there are a handful of articles about recent civic meetings that address a host of topics, from zoning and taxes to community cleanups and charity benefits. In fact, so many civic groups have held meetings that we couldn’t even cover them all in this week’s paper.So, if you attend your friendly, neighborhood civic association’s monthly meetings on a regular basis, bless you — you get a certificate for good citizenship.But if you’re one of those uninformed drones who’s clueless about the latest developments in your area, you haven’t anybody to blame but yourself. If you don’t attend your civic group’s sessions because you’d rather stay home and watch TV, shame on you. Just like voting every election day, if you don’t participate in the democratic process at every available opportunity, you relinquish the moral right to gripe about government and its movers and shakers, and your neighborhood and its movers and shakers.Stand up, speak up, and show some civic pride.Send letters to the editor to:

Letters to the editor: Sept. 26, 2012 edition

The purrfect soulmate“Hey, lady! Do you want her?!” called out the gruff woman to the Forgotten Cats volunteer while the volunteer was on another rescue mission.The volunteer glanced over at the trembling tabby hiding behind a trash can. She asked the woman, “Is this little cat, yours?”“I threw her out,” the woman said. “That cat already had her second litter and I’m tired of finding them homes and stuff.”The volunteer expressed a hopeful smile. “I can help with having the kitty spayed for you. If so, would you take her back?”The woman stayed silent and shook her head: “Nope, I don’t need her anymore. I kept one of the kittens.” It was then that the volunteer’s hopes and smile dropped immediately.So this terrible cycle repeats itself continuously. For people do not seem to grasp the mandatory concept of pet commitment and spaying and neutering. Altering won’t make your pet lazy or fat; that is pure myth. As long as you feed and care for them properly, your pets will be happier and healthier when altered. Also and very importantly, you will be NOT be adding to the pet overpopulation crisis.The unwanted mother cat, who has now been dubbed Butters, is safe and vetted. She needs to be the only kitty, but friendly dogs and kids are fine. If someone out there can provide this petite girl a furr-ever home, please e-mail me, her foster mom: Gdenofa@aol.comThank you for reading, and little Butters purrs “thank you,” too. Gina DeNofa Normandy

Photo op: Helping bag hunger in the River Wards

Governor Tom Corbett declared Sept. 19 as an official day to help fight hunger, and neighbors and officials throughout the River Wards stood up to lend a hand, including State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.)