A new year brings more fond memories
With every new year, we hope for improvement, fulfilled promises from our politicians, kinder weather and less violence. For me, the main thing is keeping my health stable and adjusting to life in Pottsville, Pa. I am living near family in an assisted living facility trying hard not to miss Philadelphia, the city I love.
On New Year’s Day, we don’t see the Mummers Day Parade, and I’ve met people who have never made the long trek going 90 miles to Philly! It seems incredible to me. There probably are Philadelphians who have never seen the Liberty Bell.
Last night I spoke with an elderly resident who lived most of her life in Philadelphia in the Fox Chase neighborhood. Her four children graduated from Northeast High School. As we reminisced about the Country Club Diner cheesecake, the regional rail and Knowlton Mansion, the conversation brought vivid images. We laughed about Horn & Hardart’s, the light show at Wanamaker’s and the Gimbels department store at Cottman and Bustleton.
I certainly didn’t think I’d ever meet anyone here that knew my neighborhood. She agreed with me that Philadelphia and especially the Northeast had so much to offer. Everything was at our fingertips.
Even though I can’t go home again, the love of the Northeast will always remain. Have a happy new year and enjoy a cheesesteak!
Everybody should pay some property tax
Mayor Nutter is trying to allow homeowners of lower valued properties not to pay or have greatly diminished amounts of real estate taxes due to the homestead exemption of $30,000.
Everyone should pay some real estate taxes, because they are getting city services that include police, fire, trash removal and schools.
I think the vast majority of hard-working people are getting tired of providing tax dollars for people for basics such as utilities, food, housing, medical, other free items and discounts.
Those people continue receiving handouts without any risks or cutbacks while working people struggle through bad economic conditions every day to maintain their family’s status.
Forefathers up in arms over murder
It is shocking to realize our own city of “brotherly love” had more than 300 homicides in 2012. Meanwhile, the mayor stands by and expresses nothing but regrets to family members.
Certainly, committing murder has become a way of life. You even wonder how many other persons are injured, never to be the same.
Recently, the NRA indicated that armed guards should protect our schools. Never once did they speak out against assault weapons being sold on the market.
Without a doubt, when our forefathers gave us the right to bear arms they never intended for murder to become a lifestyle.
Smokers can help their health and wallets by quitting
The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic wishes everyone a happy new year. As we ring in 2013, many of us will make new year’s resolutions to improve our health and well-being. People who resolve to quit smoking this new year have the chance to increase the length and quality of their lives.
Quitting works its magic the minute an individual makes the choice. In just 12 hours after an individual quits, the carbon monoxide level in their blood drops to normal. Fast forward to a year after quitting, and the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
Today, smoking has become increasingly expensive, with cigarette packs costing up to $10 in some areas. A $5 pack per day adds up to $1,825 per year. Quitters save their lives and can save money for the future.
Quitting not only helps you, but also the loved ones and friends around you. Secondhand smoke affects everyone and is especially dangerous to young children.
If your new year’s resolutions include quitting smoking, visit the How to Quit resource on our Web site. For facts on smoking and more ways to stop it, visit the Stop Smoking page.
President and CEO, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic
Little Flower coach should get with the program
Little Flower coach should get with the program
I want to express my disappointment regarding comments made by Little Flower’s (LF) athletic director about its sports program in the Dec. 12 edition.
I am a parent of a student-athlete at LF and I strongly disagree with Little Flower coach Adam Buchter’s suggestion that athletics are not a big factor for prospective students. I wonder how the student-athletes themselves, especially the basketball players, feel about the way their coach/athletic director describes them.
I agree that the school is rich in history and girls go there because of past family members, but one would think that there are other reasons as well, certainly academics, but also art, music, school spirit, and yes — athletics.
It seems that Mr. Buchter is almost blaming the girls for his dismal 5-16 record and lack of coaching skills, as he states: “Kids choose LF for academics, so essentially kids just come in and try out for sports.”
What a safe statement! Of course academics are first, but all of the archdiocesan schools have excellent academic programs. Their sports, arts and music programs are what differentiate them. My daughter chose LF primarily because of the soccer program.
The night LF beat Archbishop Ryan for the championship, the winning spirit that the LF girls and their supporters displayed on the field that night stayed in her mind so much that she didn’t even visit another school. Just last season, an LF swimmer went to the state championships for the first time in LF’s history. I’ll bet Mr. Buchter is happy this girl “just came in and tried out for swimming.”
If it were just the basketball coach making that statement, that would be one thing, but he is the athletic director! He doesn’t seem to have a clue about the caliber of the student-athletes that attend his own school.
In this day and age, with college costs growing at an astounding rate, parents are looking for every edge they can get to get some kind of money for college. Athletics is a very big thing for girls anymore. Little Flower already has the academics; it may want to really take a good look at the sports program.
There are already some very good student-athletes attending. LF should want to attract more. I think that the athletic director should get with the program.
Stop pampering the Eagles hot dogs
I hate to say “I told you so,” but I did and I’m certainly not gloating but I am disappointed.
On Dec. 30 I watched another embarrassment from an Eagles team that was laughable. Before last season began, you printed my letter in which I said Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson’s style of play invited injury and they probably couldn’t play a full season, and the team probably wouldn’t make the playoffs.
Donovan McNabb campaigned for Michael Vick’s acquisition, and Michael in turn said just to give DeSean the money. Once again the team put all their eggs in one basket and gave them superstar salaries. Meanwhile, team owner Jeff Lurie said eight wins and eight losses would be unacceptable, so they gave him four wins and 12 losses.
Where is the Eagles’ brain trust if ordinary fans seem to know more than them? When Jackson said he didn’t give it his all because he didn’t want to get hurt before he got the big bucks, his character was exposed. They should have gotten rid of him.
Vick brags that he’s not a backup, but he has fumbles and interceptions to match his TDs.
Quit pampering these hot dogs and get some team players and give them the money after they’re proved themselves, and maybe we’ll end up with a winning team for a change. Go EAGLES!
Deerfield Beach, Fla.
More guns are not the answer
Regarding Ken Patkin’s letter last week: Mr. Patkin, your solutions on how to avoid another slaughter are unique, to say the least. Let me offer some alternate ideas.
First, we could recruit all discharged servicemen to act as guards. This saves us the expense of weapons training and military style indoctrination. We could then buy used tanks and armored troop carriers from the military to transport our children to a secure undisclosed location.
We could then ferry them into the school using bulletproof vehicles such as those used by government officials making public appearances.
Once inside they could enter their classrooms, which are protected by a time lock controlled bank vault door.
All this paranoid behavior should make our children and their parents feel very secure. And just in case a child needs to use the restroom I’m sure they can wait for the time lock to open.
If you think I am criticizing your ideas of how to protect us, you are 100 percent correct. The only thing we must protect ourselves from are people like you, who would turn our schools into armed camps.
You actually think we would be proud of your solution to end violence? I would think that reasonable people would be disgusted rather than proud. Let’s try to come up with solutions that don’t use more violence to prevent violence and don’t train our children that more guns are the answer to our problems.
What Groucho might say about guns
To Lt. William J. Lawler II, soldier, educator and gun owner, regarding your letter in the Dec. 26 edition:
After I read all your rants on guns (it took a while), I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I decided what else can I do but laugh? So I found a Groucho Marx song I think is appropriate for you, from Horse Feathers, where Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) sings (with my slight alterations):
I don’t know what you have to say
It makes no difference anyway
WHATEVER IT IS I’M AGAINST IT
I’ll make the Constitution bend my way
My gun defines my life, so hey
NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY
I’M AGAINST IT
My cold dead hands hold tight my gun
You try to take it, better run
You have no right to spoil my fun
WHENEVER YOU TRY
I’M AGAINST IT
Some kids got shot? So what? Go moan and whine
My gun’s not yours, it’s mine
WHATEVER LAW YOU TRY TO PASS
I’M AGAINST IT.
Don’t ask that God support your “right”
Ed Huber tried to talk to him last night.
But God was busy …
Post 754 is looking for vets
Rhawnhurst-Castor Post 754 is open to any veteran who would like to join the American Legion. Our membership is open to anyone who served in the military.
Our post is the largest Legion post in Philadelphia. We have about 700 members.
Men or women who would like to join can call me anytime at 215-632-7781. Dues are $25 for the year 2013.
Commander, Post 754
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