Keep tax dollars in public schools
My daughter has been taking violin lessons since kindergarten. She is very proud of how much progress she has made with the violin and all of the songs she learned to play on it.
We as a family love to hear her practice and we are amazed at how well she can play songs on it. She and her best friend like to play songs in a small concert for us at holidays and other gatherings.
I believe that music has a substantial effect on her school performance. She is performing at her grade level, and I would like to see her levels stay that way.
My daughter is also in the Watson Comly Elementary School Choir. She loves to sing and learn new songs. Her dream is to be able to attend Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush when she is in high school.
Without music instruction from the teachers at Comly, this will be a difficult task to accomplish. She came home from school one day recently talking about the talent show that her school had. She said it was awesome and told me about all of the acts that she saw. That is due to the instruction that happens at Comly every day in their music/arts program.
I choose to send my children to public schools instead of private/Catholic. I have turned down a charter for my son so that he can go to the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. I believe all funding for schools should go to the Philadelphia public schools. I pay some of the highest taxes in the city due to where I live. I think I should have a say as to how my money is spent. I want my tax dollars to stay in my community/public schools.
Teacher and concerned parent
This picture was taken 100 years ago this month at Cedar Hill Cemetery, at 5800 Frankford Ave.
It is a group of very young men in uniform. My grandfather, Rudolph Moeller, is on the top row, fourth from the left, at age 18.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find out the background of this “O.I.A. Leut. Cushing Naval Guards #839.” I’ve inquired at a VFW post and on Google to no avail.
Perhaps putting the picture in the paper will generate a response from some other grandchild who has the same picture and knows more than I do.
Perhaps they were just some young men who dressed up approximately 50 years after Cushing’s death to honor this amazing brave lieutenant who died at the age of 22 at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.
Bashing Romney, Santorum and Bush
I read Jim Laverty’s charges against President Obama in his letter in the May 8 Northeast Times, and some of them are true. The Obama campaign did indeed cite Mitt Romney’s new elevator (for his cars), but that was in response to Romney’s trying to portray Obama as an out-of-touch elitist who spent too much time at Harvard, somehow unlike four-home, quarter-billionaire Romney himself, he of the two Harvard degrees.
I commend the Republicans. Wealthy people — and I am all in favor of wealth — are generally Republicans, but somehow the GOP manages to label Democrats as elitists, and get away with it. Every president takes vacations, with transportation and security on the taxpayers’ dime. They are working vacations.
Unfortunately for us, “working” for George W. Bush meant clearing brush at his ranch, instead of paying attention to his national security briefs, like the one on Aug. 6, 2001, titled “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US.”
And don’t forget to thank W. for giving us a deficit.
Howard J. Wilk
No need for automatic weapons in homes
Mr. Arce (March 13 letter, How to defend self from gun violence), I really appreciate your service to your country. Your military experience however, does not translate into life as a civilian.
Preparing to defend your family should not include the use of automatic weapons. You allude to an individual breaking into your home carrying automatic weapons. Mr. Arce, when was the last time that happened in your home? Or on your street? Or in your town?
The fact is you are advocating automatic weapons for everybody, with no thought to the consequences, for a threat that really doesn’t exist. If you wish to have a gun in your home in order to protect your family, I support that decision. Just no automatic weapons, please.
Gay couples can be good parents
Mr. Iaconelli, it’s hard to believe you’re in the social services and yet come out against equality for two consenting adults to marry.
I, too, am in the social services. I’ve seen first-hand how many children are without a father in their lives. I’ve also seen the opposite side of that coin.
Many of the mothers are not in these kids’ lives either. I’ve also seen how many of them have no responsible parental/guiding adult figure in their lives.
It sounds as if part of your gripe is that somehow “gay” marriage will dilute some perceived sanctity of this “traditional” marriage of which you speak.
You might want to do a bit of research on the origins of marriage. Women were bartered for in exchange for goods and helped make time for the men to tend to the agriculture.
If it is the Bible you are alluding to, marriages were polygamous (1Chron. 3:1-9), between family members (Gen 20:12) and commanded virgin rape victims to marry their rapists (Deut. 22:28-29).
Traditions have a way of changing, especially when those traditions might infringe upon the rights of others.
Two men or two women being granted the same rights and privileges of marriage will in no way affect you, children or the marriages of heterosexuals.
Keeping religion aside, remember a thing called the Constitution. It is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.
Also, see the equal protection clause in the 14th amendment.
Please also go to YouTube and watch an articulate, well-rounded, respectful young gentleman by the name of Zack Wahls tell you how his life has turned out after being raised by two women.
Richard, you’re not in the ’50s anymore
Richard Iaconelli, I don’t know how old you are, but you need to leave the ’50s behind, sir.
Your ignorance and homophobia come screaming from your last two letters to the
If a transgender bathroom scares you that much, how about you not use it. It’s just an option for those who like options.
Not everything in this world is black and white, cut and dry, Richard. Well, maybe for you, you need it to be.
God forbid someone live, act or love differently than you do. Oh, the horror. Grow up.
Illegal immigrants should be sent home
This is in reference to the TV news report about the immigrants who are in this country illegally and may get citizenship. That’s a slap in the face to my father who came by way of Ellis Island. He had to have a sponsor who said he would have a place to stay, etc. When he got to Ellis Island, he was examined. If he had a disease, he would have been sent back.
Give me a break. Sens. Menendez and McCain should have their heads examined. Who pays for these people if they get sick and go to the hospital and can’t be refused treatment? The citizens pay. These senators don’t have a clue about what’s going on. The only thing they are thinking about is their salary, health benefits, vacation time and, of course, their pension. They sure as hell don’t care about the people they represent, who were born and raised in this country, and who paid their share all along.
With that said, these people are in the country illegally. Isn’t this a crime? I think McCain and Menendez should wake up and represent the people of this country. Send them the hell back and have them come back the proper way.
No taxpayer-funded abortions
As I traveled all across Pennsylvania in April, I heard countless people tell me that they do not want taxpayer funding of abortion.
It’s no surprise. Polls from CNN and Quinnipiac show that a strong majority of Americans, including most women, don’t want public money to be spent on abortion.
House Bill 818 is the will of the people in Pennsylvania. The bill would stop elective abortion funding in our state health insurance exchange, which will be created by the Affordable Care Act.
Unless House Bill 818 passes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be in the abortion business next year, reversing Pennsylvania’s long-standing policy against public funding of abortion.
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Moderate exercise produces great benefits
With the threat of major changes coming to the healthcare system such as increasing premiums and co-pays on the horizon for doctor’s visits and hospital stays, people should be doing whatever they can to try to stay healthy. This is especially true of those over 40, since this is when all the bad habits of our youth tend to catch up with us.
Many think that becoming fit requires spending many monotonous, tedious hours at a gym each week. The truth is that to look and feel great does not require the many rigorous and boring hours in the gym that most people might think. As a matter of fact, only eight basic movements are needed to keep the body lean and healthy.
It is pure myth that you must constantly vary your exercise routine and add new moves to make the body respond.
Also, many of the necessary movements may be done at home with a minimal amount of equipment. There are many other things I’d rather be doing than spending two to three hours four to five times a week with a bunch of sweaty, self-absorbed people who can’t walk by a mirror without looking at themselves. Most people can make a significant difference in their health and appearance by spending as little as two to three hours per week exercising.
However, they must do the right things in the right order to reap the benefits of something that was previously thought gained only by spending many hours at the gym.
Fancy, trendy routines are not needed, for they are just that, trendy, and are pushed on the public to sell a product or service. The trick is to stick with simple, basic movements for each body part that involve multiple muscle groups that will promote the uptake of glucose into the muscles, increase your metabolic rate and burn fat. The correct order is legs, chest, back, shoulders and arms.
The stomach is worked last so as not to fatigue those muscles as they are needed for stabilization while working the other parts.
The movements to be done are: leg press, chest press, back row, upright row, shoulder press, bicep curl, triceps extension or dip and stomach crunch. Two times a week would be sufficient to see improvement, although I usually recommend three times a week for beginners.
How the movements are done is the most important thing of all. It’s not a matter of simply throwing the weight up to complete the movement. Each movement should be a squeezing movement while intently focusing on strict form and on contracting the muscles you are trying to work. It’s almost like a form of meditation. This is the only way results will be achieved. Ballistic movements not only won’t produce results but increase the risk of injury.
Resistance should be controlled while raising and especially on the lowering phase in which more muscle fibers are recruited and the most force is produced.
The belief that if some exercise is good then much more has to be better is a fallacy. Many people overdo it. If muscles are trained adequately, temporary micro-trauma on the muscle fibers ensue. Nothing more can be done to those fibers until they repair. Over-training can not only delay the recovery period but may cause temporary or permanent loss of muscle strength.
Science has now shown that instead of “No Pain, No Gain,” people should adopt the concept; “No Pain, Much Gain.”