Letters to the Editor (April 17, 2013)

Great job by Krista and oth­ers

Krista Hill, 16 years old, from Park­wood cares about the en­vir­on­ment and or­gan­ized a re­cent cleanup at Tor­rey Woods, at Academy and Tor­rey roads.

The city De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation provided equip­ment, and vo­lun­teers were Keith Hill, Krista Hill, Joanne Hour­mouzis, Michelle John­son, Shir­ley John­son, Kar­en Kaczorek (Friends of Pennypack Park), Mary Lou Klein, Al­is­on Mc­Crarey, Jac­queline Olson (Parks and Re­cre­ation), Steve Or­lov, Bob Parncutt, Jan­elle Perry, Mar­garet Phil­ippi, Wal­ter Phil­ippi, Steph­en Ronna, Nancy Straus and Brit­tany Sweat.

We would like to thank Reen’s Deli and Pat’s Pizza for provid­ing lunch.  

Five years ago, I ad­op­ted this corner and began pick­ing up lit­ter.

Bob Parncutt, Mary Lou Klein and Wal­ter Phil­ippi joined the ef­fort, and we work for one hour every Monday morn­ing to keep this area clean.

Thank you for your ded­ic­a­tion.

Sug­ges­tion: There are oth­er areas in the com­munity that would look bet­ter if they were ad­op­ted. Home De­pot sells grab­bers for $20.00 each.

Krista, I am proud of you and thank you.

Vo­lun­teers, thank you too.

Mar­garet Phil­ippi


Yes to gay mar­riage 

As soon as the new pope was elec­ted, the press and tele­vi­sion news com­ment­at­ors spec­u­lated as to wheth­er he was gay and how he felt about same-sex mar­riage.

Amer­ica should have more im­port­ant things to con­sider than sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion.

The de­bate over al­low­ing same-sex couples to marry, ad­mis­sion of gays to the Boy Scouts or serving in the armed forces con­tin­ues to make head­lines.

Some claim that gay mar­riages will dam­age the sanc­tity of mar­riage but fail to ex­plain how. Wor­ries that if every­one were gay the hu­man race would die out are voiced and are as silly as spec­u­lat­ing that if we had eyes in the back of our heads, rear-view mir­rors in cars would van­ish. 

Neither will ever ac­tu­ally hap­pen.

Male and fe­male ho­mo­sexu­als al­most al­ways claim that they were born that way, and real­ized it early in life, suffered in si­lence, con­fused or were mocked for who they were.

They make clear that no one con­vinced them to have that ori­ent­a­tion. If so, what right does any­one have to in­ter­fere in the lives of oth­ers over something that seems to be a mat­ter of birth rather than choice?

Why should your opin­ion de­term­ine how an­oth­er per­son lives if it does not harm you or oth­ers?

While het­ero­sexu­als say that they could nev­er be con­vinced to be gay, gays ar­gue that they could nev­er be com­fort­able in a het­ero­sexu­al re­la­tion­ship.

Should an oth­er­wise caring per­son deny an­oth­er per­son hap­pi­ness and at the same time be un­clear about how gay mar­riage could hurt so­ci­ety? 

Not al­low­ing gay mar­riage denies two people in love the right to leg­al uni­on for no prac­tic­al reas­on.

Mel Flit­ter


Tra­di­tion­al mar­riage val­ues must be pre­served 

On gay mar­riage, once you start down the path of re­de­fin­ing mar­riage to in­clude any­thing oth­er than the ex­clus­ive uni­on of a man and a wo­man, it’s not long be­fore those who firmly dis­agree with that re­defin­i­tion be­gin to see their val­ues come un­der as­sault.

Of course, this is not good enough for the ho­mo­sexu­al part­ners-to-be. They reply by say­ing and claim­ing dis­crim­in­a­tion based on sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion.

This is not all by chance but a well-planned ef­fort by ho­mo­sexu­als to con­front the tra­di­tion­al val­ues of man-wo­man mar­riages.

Ho­mo­sexu­als want to im­pose their sexu­al im­mor­al­ity on the mor­al val­ues of the Bible and this coun­try. 

It threatens all mar­riages, it threatens the tra­di­tion­al val­ues of this coun­try, it also threatens the tra­di­tion­al man-wo­man val­ues of mar­riages that are based on mor­als of the Bible and coun­try.

God did not make man and man nor Adam and Steve. He made Adam and Eve to es­tab­lish a true value of mar­riage.

Wil­li­am Wal­ters


Long live Joe’s Steaks Shop 

I have been an oc­ca­sion­al pat­ron of “Chink’s” since the mid-1950s.

Like many oth­er North­east Philly folks, I was an­noyed at the PC-in­flu­enced change of names. However, as I passed the shop just as the name signs were be­ing switched, something al­most re­li­gious happened. I sud­denly re­membered that both my and my wife’s par­ents and grand­par­ents emig­rated from Italy last cen­tury.

How would I feel if the old name was “Dago Joe’s” or “The Wop’s”?

Like Saul at Dam­as­cus, my eyes were opened to how of­fens­ive the old name could be.

Long live “Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop”!

Blase A. Cinque


Who cares when trash is put out?

With the many is­sues that the city of Phil­adelphia faces, what time to put trash out is the least of the is­sues that City Coun­cil should be pon­der­ing.

We man­aged to get through storms this past sea­son with trash re­main­ing out­side at least 42 hours.

Have you seen the amount of folks who don’t re­mem­ber when trash is delayed a day for whatever reas­on?

The city does not come to a screech­ing halt if trash is out two hours or three hours earli­er!

If the pro­gram needs more at­ten­tion, I can’t ima­gine where to look.

The bot­tom line is, it is safer for all cit­izens, no mat­ter where they live, no mat­ter how old they are, to put trash out earli­er. Does two hours make a dif­fer­ence in the scheme of things? I think not. City Coun­cil mem­bers, get off the dime, en­act the time change, and move on. There are big­ger fish to fry in this city.

We can’t af­ford to eval­u­ate the im­pact of the pi­lot trash pro­gram. It will work even in day­light-sav­ings time.

Linda Ein­bind­er

Castor Gar­dens 

                                 Not part of the pi­lot trash pro­gram

Please do not park on the side­walk

Once again, I am writ­ing to ask res­id­ents on the 2800 blocks on Wal­nut Hill St., between Tol­but Street and Axe Fact­ory Road, to re­frain from park­ing their cars on the side­walk down to the curb.

I am a dis­abled seni­or, use a walk­er and pre­cari­ously have to walk in a highly traf­ficked street.

Thank you for your cour­tesy.

Jean Civ­itillo

Holme Circle

We need to pro­tect our fire­fight­ers

Cool­ing ad­ja­cent prop­er­ties and at­tack­ing the source of the flames with wa­ter is ele­ment­ary, but there is no aban­doned prop­erty worth risk­ing a fire­fight­er’s life.

In­stead of Fire Com­mis­sion­er Lloyd Ay­ers mak­ing heart­felt state­ments on tele­vi­sion after the death of brave fire­fight­ers, he should have des­ig­nated of­ficers to de­term­ine when fire­fight­ers should enter or be with­drawn from burn­ing build­ings, and pos­sibly pre­vent their deaths.

The lives and safety of these ded­ic­ated and brave people must be con­sidered and pri­or­it­ized at the scene.

Our may­or and fire com­mis­sion­er ap­par­ently have no re­gard or re­spect for these ideal­ist­ic in­di­vidu­als, evid­enced by their re­fus­al to hon­or the con­tract awar­ded by the court, and then pun­ish­ing them for ob­ject­ing by trans­fer­ring them around the city to areas and cowork­ers with whom they are un­fa­mil­i­ar.

Maybe the may­or should don these 100 pounds of gear, grab a hose and run in­to a burn­ing build­ing some­time to ex­per­i­ence just what they do on a reg­u­lar basis.

If he did that, he might pos­sibly con­sider giv­ing them more pro­tec­tion and al­low the pay that they right­fully de­serve. Does the may­or not get paid fairly for what he does?

Jim O’Keefe

Castor Gar­dens

Clean up Fam­ily Court build­ing

I re­cently ex­per­i­enced first hand a vis­it to Fam­ily Court when my daugh­ter asked for my help dur­ing a cus­tody  hear­ing be­cause the judge re­ques­ted my 4-year-old grand­daugh­ter be present should he need to speak with her.

We sat for sev­er­al hours even with law­yer rep­res­ent­a­tion wait­ing for her case to be called while try­ing to oc­cupy a 4-year-old. The judge nev­er asked to speak with my grand­daugh­ter.

We were told by my daugh­ter’s at­tor­ney that I could take her to the nurs­ery, however it is known to be dirty there.  First of all, why would a judge need to talk with a 4-year-old? Why would they have a play area for the chil­dren but not keep it clean? Why sub­ject a child to the harsh­ness of people com­ing in hand­cuffed, curs­ing, lewd com­ments, etc.?

I was told more than once by the court em­ploy­ees that I could take my grand­daugh­ter to the nurs­ery.

Why would I sub­ject her to filth? The bath­rooms were also de­plor­able and need some ser­i­ous clean­ing!

Please, Fam­ily Court, clean up your act for the sake of the young, im­pres­sion­able chil­dren who are there on a daily basis.

Sue Ab­bott

Pennypack Woods

Di­ane Neary: May­or, do right by the fire­fight­ers

Let it be known that wo­men have tre­mend­ous strength that grows with­in them every day.

Think of a wild moth­er ti­ger in the jungle. She will de­fend the fam­ily. She even hunts for the food to sup­ply enough for the pride. She nev­er gives up and will fight even if it means her death.

God has giv­en us the right of right­eous in­dig­na­tion. That means to stand up for what is right. Why? Be­cause it is right!

Let no man put asun­der. Stand up for what you be­lieve in. Light will al­ways win over dark­ness. Go in a small dark room and just light a match. Dark­ness will run.

The same goes for truth. The fire de­part­ment men and wo­men are a rare breed of people. They are guided with that light that makes them run in­to the dark­ness of smoke and the lick­ing flames of fire. These men and wo­men are hard-wired by their maker to act like the moth­er ti­ger, even with death star­ing them in the face.

Every­one should re­gard and hold them up with the highest re­cog­ni­tion, giv­ing them everything they need to stay alive with 100 per­cent safety in equip­ment, edu­ca­tion, lead­er­ship, broth­er­hood, unity, emo­tion­al sup­port, re­spect and no dis­crim­in­a­tion, mean­ing equal­ity.

The city should listen to the united con­cerns of the fire­fight­ers re­gard­ing who can do their job. Mor­ale is so im­port­ant.

How would the city like it if the may­or was in one room, and an­oth­er per­son said he no longer could count on his right-hand man or wo­man to help with the af­fairs of the city.

Don’t worry, Mr. May­or, we will de­cide who will help you, and this per­son will tell you how to do your job.

By the way, your new of­fice will be mov­ing to an­oth­er loc­a­tion, which we will tell you later where it will be.

Do not get too com­fort­able be­cause you will only be there a year or so. We feel it would serve the city bet­ter if you moved every year, so you could bet­ter un­der­stand the work­ing of every as­pect of the en­tire city of Phil­adelphia. It may take some time to get used to the loc­a­tions when driv­ing around, but in about a year you will know the streets and short cuts, and un­der­stand the com­munity.

I really do not think you would care for this, Mr. May­or. These men live to­geth­er, de­pend on one an­oth­er, know each oth­er’s feel­ings, laugh to­geth­er, cry to­geth­er. You have taken the very ax that the fire­men chop through walls and roofs, and are cut­ting their home apart. They did not know this would ever hap­pen.

You ad­ded the in­sult of chan­ging the work­ing hours. Again, that same ax has cut in­to each fire­fight­er’s own fam­ily’s home.

If you ever got cut by an ax, it causes un­godly pain and suf­fer­ing. The bleed­ing is un­con­trol­lable. In­fec­tion could hap­pen, maybe am­pu­ta­tion of the limb.

This is what you are do­ing to their fam­ily. Stop with this dis­astrous reas­on­ing you have been dish­ing out. You need to sup­port these men and wo­men with the above­men­tioned items and give them their con­tract and their fam­ily back as it al­ways was, so they will have the strength to walk with the know­ledge of know­ing who is cov­er­ing their backs when they walk in­to the fiery fur­naces in the city of Phil­adelphia.

Please, please show them now. Humble thy­self be­fore the Lord, may­or, and He will give you the strength to see the light. Thank you.

Di­ane Neary


Ed­it­or’s note: Mrs. Neary’s hus­band, Robert, a fire lieu­ten­ant, died in the line of duty last April.

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