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.com
Thank you for reading, and little Butters purrs “thank you,” too.
Take me out to the waiting game
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Phillies fans experienced a rain delay of almost three hours before the game was called. This is outrageous to make fans wait this long.
The organization had drawn sellout crowds for over two years and even now, attendance is near capacity. These fans deserve more consideration.
Major League Baseball should have a rule that rain delays before a game starts should be no more than one hour. After that, the game has to be rescheduled. Games that are in play and are halted by the umpires should also have a time limit.
Walter M. Desher
Now that the Republican and Democrat conventions are over, it is up to the American people to vote. No matter what party affiliation you are, get out and vote.
If you have not registered, register. If you feel that the government does nothing, you can only point fingers at yourself when something is not to your liking.
Remember, we have been given the right to vote, the right to choose who is best to be the president of the United States. Stand up, give a voice and vote.
Mayfair’s not the only neighborhood on the decline
I agree with the letter from Jill Elms of Mayfair (Mayfair has turned into another Kensington, Sept. 12 edition).
I have lived throughout the great city of Philadelphia since I was born (60+ years). I have seen so many neighborhoods change, fall apart and go down for several reasons: 1. Section 8. 2. Trashy people 3. People who rent feel, “It’s not my property, why should I keep it clean?”
There are more reasons but not enough space right now. The only thing I take exception to, Jill, is the ACCESS card issue. It is needed to help people get on their feet sometimes.
If it had not been for surplus food back in the 1940s to ’60s, my father would not have been able to feed his wife/mother of three kids while between jobs. We were able to have full bellies, get educated, get married, have children, have grandchildren, all white collar jobs to this day.
I’m retired in Tacony now. In just the past five years my area is falling apart also. These people have no pride. There is no entitlement unless you work for it with an honest job, flipping burgers, desk jobs — whatever, just do it.
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I think the trash occurrence in Philly is a disgrace to our beautiful city and Mother Nature. It’s just making our city look second grade and degrading our quality of life.
Are there any programs set in place that people can volunteer to large groups or something that will wipe out the problem as well as show a presence that people will see and want to join in?
I don’t know of any programs of this type and want to help out in any way I can. Jill Elms wrote a good article.
Mayfair taught great lesson in teamwork
I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the residents and business owners of Mayfair who supported the Ovations Academy of Dance Competition Team bake sale on Sept. 15. Our girls were outside at Cottman and Frankford avenues for hours, working hard to raise funds to attend what can sometimes be costly competitions.
I am a lifelong resident of Mayfair and growing up, this was what it was all about, everyone helping everyone else.
So many shops were willing to place our flier in the windows, and many of the businesses bought baked goods. You all gave a group of little girls a valuable lesson in the benefits of working as a team and the kindness of other people. I am so proud to be a resident of Mayfair.
Many thanks for helping my husband
I want to thank our neighbor, John, who is also a Philadelphia firefighter, for helping my husband.
My husband, who is ill, was on his way to an appointment when he fell in the street trying to get to his car. John saw him and called Philadelphia Rescue; all the while I was at work and did not know this had happened.
My husband had his cell phone with him, which had ICE (in case of emergency) numbers. The nurse at the emergency department was able to contact me because of this.
I thank John, Philadelphia Rescue, and Aria Hospital’s emergency department for helping to save my husband from what could have been a fatal outcome.
Mitt Romney’s 47 percent solution is a problem
Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stated recently at a fund-raiser attended by his colleagues that nearly half of all Americans pay no income tax and are “dependent on government” and unwilling to take responsibility for their lives.”
While the figure of 47 percent is fairly accurate, it includes a lot of people who are not irresponsible or deadbeats. About half that number includes senior citizens on Social Security who worked and paid taxes all their lives, military personnel who pay no income tax while in a war zone, and the working poor.
The 47 percent also includes about 4,000 millionaires whose income is mostly capital gains and make use of (legal) loopholes to avoid paying federal taxes. It is also possible that the esteemed Mr. Romney may be part of that group. He refuses to release most of his income tax returns, which may show little or no taxes paid in previous years. The bulk of his income is from investments and capital gains that are subject to the aforementioned loopholes, or may be hidden in offshore bank accounts. It is notable that many of the 47 percent who were dissed paid a higher rate than Romney showed in his released tax returns.
There is also the large group of low-income wage earners who pay no income tax simply because they do not earn enough. Include also the many who receive earned-income or child-tax credits, eliminating the income tax obligation. They pay no income tax but do pay payroll tax and are not irresponsible non-workers who expect the government to care for them.
Romney disregards the votes of millions of hard-working Americans, many of whom are Republicans and may have voted for him anyway. Also dismissed are millions of senior citizens, also many of whom are Republicans, who may not be working now but were never irresponsible or living off entitlements, but did their solemn best to provide for themselves, their families and contributed their fair share of income taxes and never believed they were victims or expected handouts.
Many of the above, while not legally obligated to pay income taxes, do pay real estate taxes, payroll taxes, contribute to Social Security and are subject to Medicare withholdings and sales taxes.
It is fairly obvious that Mr. Romney was pandering to this particular group of contributors and his base of right-wing hard-liners, failing to realize that his comments might alienate many of the 47 percent who were already in his camp. His comments were specific, referring to the 47 percent who “pay no income tax,” suggesting directly or subconsciously that all of the 47 percent cited are non-working, non-contributing, entitlement-seeking members of society.
Voter ID needed? Just check the facts
I’ve read many differing views on the new Pennsylvania voter ID law in the Northeast Times.
I’m glad people think it serious enough to express concerns, but too much is based on emotion.
I get emotional, too, when I see rock concerts being turned into voter registration drives, or when a Black Panther is standing in front of a voting place with a stick. (Remember that one?) So as Joe Friday once said: “Just the facts, ma’am.”
The non-partisan PEW Center has determined that 2.8 million voters are registered in multiple states; that 1.8 million “currently registered” voters in this country are actually dead. This is not proof of cheating, but add the 11 million illegals in this country, and I think most of us have little faith in the system’s integrity. No wonder 75 percent of Americans support voter ID. It’s one of the few issues where there is support from every segment of society.
In fact, it’s time to discuss a bolder idea — a national ID card that cross-references motor vehicle and work records, death certificates, etc. Make it foolproof, with fingerprints or medical data embedded, and safer and easier to get on a plane, enter a public building, catch a terrorist — or vote.
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I fail to see why the state has less rights to ask for an ID to put someone into political office, than they have the right to ask for a driver’s license in order to drive, or ID in order to drink.
Don’t let government control the people
Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Good question. Unemployment has remained at 8 percent and above for the past four years. College graduates have moved back to their childhood bedrooms since they can’t find jobs, and they can remain on mom and dad’s health insurance until they are 26. So sad.
A gallon of gas for cars cost $1.75 in 2007; today you pay over $4. Food stamps have reached a record high of 46.7 million. The economy is in the tank. The federal debt is over $16 trillion. Do we want four more years of this type of leadership?
The leadership of the president today is for free contraceptives, abortions, illegal aliens and gay marriages. Saying that to get the country back on track will take time, so give me four more years? I don’t think so!
I say it’s time for a change. When you are in the work world and you can’t get the job done, you are given your walking papers. This election is too important for Americans. We need the economy to get going in the right direction if we hope to survive and not be taken over by the government.
Marian C. Borell
Why I choose peace and obedience over rage
By the Rev. Owen Griffiths
I saw the flames at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on my television screen and thought to myself, “Those animals! After all we’ve done for them! This is how they repay us — with bloodshed, hatred and murder.”
The violent attack on the American embassies in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen, the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, once again leaves us staring into the morass of incomprehension that is the Muslim world and asking, “Why?”
Even as I choke back my outrage at the sight of my country’s flag being shredded by an angry mob and try to approach this situation from my position as a Christian clergyman, I find empathy difficult. In my theology, there is simply no parallel. Had Jesus Christ been the object of ridicule in Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s video, would there have been a similar reaction from the Christian world? Of course not.
It is, you see, impossible to insult the Christian prophet. This prophet, in his own lifetime, had been called a fraud, a blasphemer, and a criminal. He had been publicly disgraced, beaten and spat upon. He was stripped naked, impaled on a cross of wood and left to die while his opponents openly mocked him. Is there any possible insult that could have more impact than that?
And what is even more staggering than the shame which this prophet endured is his instruction to his followers that they embrace this shame themselves. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 8:34)
So in obedience to my prophet, I strive to look through his eyes which recognize unspeakable insult and shame. This is no simple task for me, a minister of the world’s largest religion and a citizen of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation. Nevertheless, what I see through the lens of my prophet’s disgrace are people reacting less out of religious indignation and more as a result of their debasing victimization.
Few Americans, myself included, can conceive the day-to-day experience of the average Libyan, Egyptian or Yemeni. We may never think of the military oppression, the corruption and the suffocating poverty, which is the normal lot of so many on this globe. If we did, would it surprise us when we see simmering outrage erupt as it has?
Both logic and compassion should dictate that there are many more layers — cultural, political, and otherwise — to the events earlier this month than we can easily discern. Similarly, there are many issues to consider as we form our response.
Even with the above being said, I long to be obedient to my own prophet and try to put on the garment of humility he wore, a garment which came out of his own culture, that of a humiliated people. Can I, together with all Americans still reeling from the wounds of 9/11, embrace the role of the Suffering Servant described by the prophet Isaiah:
“I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
That is, can we willingly swallow our own indignation for the sake of greater good? Can we, as a nation, look past the insults we have suffered to see the wounds of those who inflict such insults? Can we continue to engage with our Muslim brothers and sisters in the developing world without condescension and bitterness, remembering that violence will beget violence and contempt will beget contempt?
Can we be the new Suffering Servant, the example of peace and forbearance to the peoples of the earth? It will take moral courage to respond to outrage with compassion, but such courage ultimately reveals our strength as a nation.
The Rev. Owen Griffiths is pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Woodhaven Road. His blog is oldreligiousguy.blogspot.com
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