Northeast Times

Letters to the Editor (February 20, 2013)

ATF aka The Pop­u­la­tion Con­trol Bur­eau

We pay people (lob­by­ists) to bribe our gov­ern­ment of­ficers to keep Amer­ica’s three dead­li­est sins leg­al in this coun­try.

Al­co­hol — In one year’s time we can have up to 150,000  al­co­hol-re­lated “road kill” deaths alone, not count­ing over­dose deaths due to al­co­hol pois­on­ing. We cut down on al­co­hol-re­lated car ac­ci­dent deaths thanks to MADD, Moth­ers Against Drunk Driv­ing.

To­bacco — This drug kills more people world­wide than any oth­er dis­ease. Nicot­ine in this coun­try, at one time, dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly killed up to 300,000-plus in one year. This num­ber in­cludes to­bacco deaths such as lung can­cer and oth­er can­cers like mouth, throat, etc. This does not in­clude the fire deaths caused by care­less smoking.

Fire­arms and guns — Mass mur­der­ers are the NRA’s fa­vor­ite people. Thanks to them, gun sales skyrock­et, which means more money in their pock­ets. How many more 6-year-old chil­dren need to be murdered be­fore the NRA is sat­is­fied? Gor­don Gekko from Wall Street stated, “Greed is good.” The good food of evil is greed. The num­ber of gun-re­lated deaths is stag­ger­ing. These num­bers are on­go­ing on a daily basis, many are killed by guns. Pres­id­ent Obama is a start, but it is not enough.

The powers that be will not al­low us to know the real num­bers on all three of the sins. When you add greed to this deadly mix, the fire will burn forever.

Again, Phil­adelphia leads the na­tion’s top 15 cit­ies in the ra­tio of murder deaths vs. pop­u­la­tion.

Wil­li­am Limper

May­fair

Phil­adelphia tax dead­beats must pay 

Phil­adelphia has an op­por­tun­ity to bring some much-needed rev­en­ue in­to the city. We simply have to col­lect on the taxes that this city is rightly owed.

For too long, de­lin­quent tax­pay­ers have been dodging their re­spons­ib­il­ity to pay their taxes. They are a part of the fin­an­cial prob­lems the city faces. 

I’m pleased to see that May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter has an­nounced a plan to col­lect those taxes. At a time when pub­lic schools are hurt­ing, fire­fight­ers are work­ing without a new con­tract and a prop­erty tax over­haul is about to im­pact many res­id­ents, it’s about time we think clearly on how to bring in rev­en­ue without bur­den­ing our cit­izens and ser­vices. 

I’ve been call­ing on the may­or to im­ple­ment a tax col­lec­tion plan on de­lin­quent tax­pay­ers for quite a while be­cause it’s a huge prob­lem. It’s out­rageous that we’re sit­ting on a po­ten­tial wind­fall of $500 mil­lion and have done noth­ing to col­lect it, and I’m re­lieved the may­or is fi­nally on board with this com­mon-sense idea.

I’m also pleased to see that City Coun­cil, and Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on in par­tic­u­lar, is tak­ing it ser­i­ously and will soon hold hear­ings on solv­ing this prob­lem. 

I look for­ward to hear­ing how May­or Nut­ter im­ple­ments his plan and will con­tin­ue to work for policy that en­sures tax dodgers pay what they owe.

State Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.)

Pat­ron­ize con­tract­or Den­nis Dav­is 

In string­ing Christ­mas lights around the deck, I dis­covered the floor­ing was sep­ar­at­ing from the rail and felt loose when stand­ing on it.

I found the re­ceipt, which in­dic­ated the deck was in­stalled eight years ago, and I hoped the con­tract­or was still in busi­ness.

To my sur­prise, the con­tract­or called me right back, sched­uled an ap­point­ment and kept me in­formed if he could not make a cer­tain day.

After he fixed the deck, I asked, “How much?”

His re­sponse was, “Merry Christ­mas!”

He made this wid­ow’s hol­i­day worry-free and has proved to me there are hon­est con­tract­ors around.

I hope he gets a lot of busi­ness from this let­ter.

The con­tract­or is: Den­nis Dav­is 215-638-2535. He is a gen­er­al con­tract­or.

Mary Wolf

Academy Gar­dens

Demo­crats have run Philly for too long

The let­ter con­cern­ing Traffic Court by stay-at-home mom Shan­non Lind­say, Esq., (She wants to fix Traffic Court mess, Feb. 6 is­sue) was very good. 

The real prob­lem is power breeds cor­rup­tion, and in Phil­adelphia, the Demo­crat­ic Party has been in power more than 60 years. 

There must be a change.

Har­old Sch­lam­ow­itz

Bustleton

Nowhere to hide for sex mo­lesters

In light of re­cent de­vel­op­ments con­cern­ing priests and the sexu­al mo­lesta­tion of young boys and the con­vic­tions of such in­di­vidu­als, the judge, jur­ors, and the dis­trict at­tor­ney should be highly com­men­ded for their tol­er­ance and in­sight.

Their abil­ity to judge these mat­ters ob­ject­ively and not emo­tion­ally with a clouded mind should be no­ticed as out­stand­ing.

In­di­vidu­als who com­mit such acts, re­gard­less of who they are, should not have the abil­ity to hide be­hind a uni­form, or a build­ing with a cross on top of its roof.

They have to be held ac­count­able for their ac­tions and be­ha­vi­or.

Mum should nev­er be the word for such ac­tions that dam­age young chil­dren men­tally and force them to serve a dif­fer­ent life sen­tence oth­er than pris­on.

Larry Il­aria

Lawndale

All con­sumers have cred­it rights 

All con­sumers should know their rights, but do not.

We are liv­ing in a coun­try that lacks edu­ca­tion about cred­it rights.

Laws are be­ing passed without the con­sumer even know­ing about them. Did you know that our Con­gress is try­ing to pass a law where the mer­chants charge an­oth­er fee when a con­sumer pays with their cred­it card?

Just say no, and pay cash if this hap­pens.

At­tor­neys are freez­ing bank ac­counts il­leg­ally, and people think they are in a corner.

Know your rights, use them, and you will see you know more than the sys­tem and not let it get over on you.

Con­sumers, it is time we re­verse what is go­ing on in our coun­try, just by get­ting edu­cated. As a con­sumer ad­voc­ate, I am work­ing to change laws that are not right for the people, and stop bill col­lect­ors in their tracks.

Please vis­it my web­site at www.pearl­polto.net.

Pearl Polto

Somer­ton

Pos­sible reas­ons for shred­ded news­pa­per 

OK, I’ve been pulled in­to the mys­tery of the per­son who shreds the pages of the Times and lets them blow all over Bustleton.

I have lived in the North­east all my life but re­cently moved just out­side the city. I do, however, still work in the North­east and must have my weekly copy of the Times, which is de­livered to my work place.

Most of my fam­ily mem­bers still live in the North­east, and I am feel­ing very ap­pre­hens­ive over this mat­ter. The last let­ter I read re­fer­ring to a “crazy lady” re­spons­ible for this act of ter­ror leads me to won­der what sad, sad is­sue set her off.

Was it that one of her chil­dren was a bet­ter bas­ket­ball play­er than the child fea­tured on your sport page?

Did she send a pic­ture of her grand­child in too late to make it in­to the is­sue be­fore his birth­day?

Is her hus­band a Phil­adelphia fire­man who has been screwed over by May­or Nut­ter be­cause he is pout­ing over not get­ting their sup­port in the elec­tion?

Is she a teach­er who lost her job due to the cut­backs and now she has to shop at Wal­mart?

Or did she try to ad­opt a kit­ten who was already gone when she got to the shel­ter?

I won­der what she is think­ing when she cuts it (ac­cord­ing to the last let­ter with scis­sors). Does she feel sad if she cuts off the head of the pic­ture of the grey­hound wear­ing the sur­gic­al mask in the ad­vert­ise­ment that ap­pears weekly or does she meth­od­ic­ally cut around the cute puppy pic­tures?

Lastly, I won­der what she is think­ing as she re­leases the shred­ded words back in­to the neigh­bor­hood that pro­duced them.

Per­son­ally, I feel a kin­ship to­ward her and hope she seeks the pro­fes­sion­al help she must need so she can once again en­joy just wait­ing and read­ing the Times for what it is: A great com­munity pa­per that tries to give all mem­bers of the com­munity a voice re­gard­less of their views of the is­sues.

Susan Ivans

Hunt­ing­don Val­ley

Af­firm­at­ive ac­tion is un­con­sti­tu­tion­al

It’s that time of the year when blacks along with their white, lib­er­al pup­pets will shout about the wrongs done to the black com­munity and nev­er the oth­er way around.

They’ll cite MLK Jr.’s speech of how “they want to be judged by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter and not the col­or of their skin,” but yet they sup­port a ra­cist and un­con­sti­tu­tion­al policy known as “af­firm­at­ive ac­tion.” 

This is a policy where lower-scor­ing blacks get gov­ern­ment jobs over high­er-scor­ing whites. It sounds like they want to be judged by the col­or of their skin. Also, they shout for di­versity when it be­ne­fits them and them alone.

We have a black may­or, po­lice com­mis­sion­er, fire chief, school su­per­in­tend­ent and City Coun­cil pres­id­ent. Where are the white, His­pan­ic and Asi­an faces? 

It’s time for oth­ers to de­mand the fair­ness of “the best can­did­ate gets hired” and not the hy­po­crit­ic­al hir­ing of blacks solely be­cause of their skin and not their char­ac­ter or qual­i­fic­a­tions.

Bill Gib­bons

May­fair

Ques­tions about abor­tion and lit­ter­ing

I would like an­swers to these ques­tions that a lot of our gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are for.

If people who are all for abor­tion, are they sad or happy that their par­ents did not think like them?

If politi­cians vote for bills that are full of pork, do they care that they are put­ting our na­tion deep­er in debt? 

If the Boy Scouts have gay men in­volved, if they do any­thing like some priest did, would the Scouts be sued the same way the church was?

If film­makers make pic­tures with a lot of foul lan­guage in them, do they talk like that in their every­day lives and in front of their chil­dren?

John Rauchut 

May­fair

Corbett trans­port­a­tion plan is no plan at all

One is­sue that has been neg­lected for far too long by Har­ris­burg law­makers is trans­port­a­tion in­vest­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, Gov­ernor Corbett’s trans­port­a­tion plan that was un­veiled on Feb. 5 does little to change the status quo.

Pennsylvania has an un­met trans­port­a­tion fund­ing need of $3.5 bil­lion, which is set to grow by $90 mil­lion an­nu­ally between now and 2020. With a loom­ing trans­port­a­tion crisis, the Corbett trans­port­a­tion plan will provide only half the fund­ing ne­ces­sary to meet this need, with no men­tion of how the re­main­ing mult­i­bil­lion-dol­lar fund­ing de­fi­cit is to be filled.

At a time when older bridges are go­ing longer be­fore be­ing re­placed, and one out of every four miles of Pennsylvania high­way is in need of re­pair, half a solu­tion to our trans­port­a­tion prob­lems is simply not good enough.

In and around my le­gis­lat­ive dis­trict, there are more than 35 bridges that are struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient or ob­sol­ete, mean­ing that they no longer ef­fect­ively func­tion or serve the needs of the area where they’re loc­ated. Giv­en that these are bridges that you and I drive over every day, this is un­safe and un­ac­cept­able.

As our needs as a com­munity change, it is im­port­ant that our roads and bridges change as well. Over the last 50 years, North­east Phil­adelphia has seen sig­ni­fic­ant pop­u­la­tion growth and an in­crease in car own­er­ship, and yet the av­er­age struc­tur­ally de­fi­cient bridge in the area I rep­res­ent is 59 years old, with nearly a half dozen de­fi­cient bridges hav­ing been built pri­or to the 20th cen­tury!

The longer we put off in­vest­ment in trans­port­a­tion, the longer we delay cre­at­ing new jobs in con­struc­tion and oth­er fields to per­form the work our roads and bridges re­quire. The Amer­ic­an As­so­ci­ation of State High­way and Trans­port­a­tion Of­fi­cials es­tim­ates that for every bil­lion dol­lars in trans­port­a­tion in­vest­ment, 35,000 jobs are cre­ated. For per­spect­ive, if the rev­en­ue lost through a $1.65 bil­lion tax break lob­bied for by Gov. Corbett for Shell Oil was in­ves­ted in trans­port­a­tion, we could cre­ate al­most 60,000 jobs over the next 10 years across the Com­mon­wealth.

 When I think of the many Pennsylvani­ans who are un­em­ployed and roads and bridges that need fix­ing across our state, I ask my­self why we aren’t do­ing more to come up with a more com­plete solu­tion to our trans­port­a­tion prob­lems. 

 As an elec­ted of­fi­cial, I think of­fer­ing few­er mult­i­bil­lion-dol­lar cor­por­ate tax give­backs and us­ing that rev­en­ue to pair Pennsylvani­ans who are look­ing for work with jobs on badly needed trans­port­a­tion pro­jects would be a good place to start.

Giv­en the price of un­der­in­vest­ment, I hope that the gov­ernor will take the op­por­tun­ity over the next sev­er­al months to meet with stake­hold­ers and come up with a plan whose scale matches the task of keep­ing our trans­port­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture in­tact. Phil­adelphia and Pennsylvania tax­pay­ers who de­pend on our roads and bridges to live and work de­serve no less.

Brendan F. Boyle is the state rep­res­ent­at­ive for the 170th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict, rep­res­ent­ing neigh­bor­hoods in North­east Phil­adelphia and Mont­gomery County.

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