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