Leave the rats alone
I was insulted and distressed to see the cartoon by Tom Stiglich that you chose to use in the April 24 edition of the Northeast Times.
Rats are often unfairly portrayed as evil, conniving, insidious, dirty animals when nothing could be further from the truth.
I am an active member of a pet rat rescue located in Northeast Philadelphia, and part of our work is educating people as to the true nature of these very misunderstood and very friendly little rodents, the domesticated version of which make wonderfully affectionate pets.
To label savages like the Boston bombers as rats caught in a trap is to unfairly attribute to rats characteristics that only humans have and display.
Did you know that lab rats show empathy for other rats that are suffering, even being willing to give up their own food to help a starving rat? Recent studies have proven this.
Did you know that the Black Death was not spread by rats after all, but by fleas and humans who traveled frequently throughout Europe, thus spreading the disease geographically? Recent findings in Europe have shown this as well.
Maybe the next time your cartoonist wants to illustrate heartless terrorists, he should just show them as human beings. Rats (and other animals) do not create bombs to murder the innocent, only humans do that. Mother rats, unlike many human mothers, will risk their lives without a second thought to save their babies.
Member of Philly Rat Rescue
Floyd should do well
Sharrif Floyd’s 40-yard dash time and vertical jump height aren’t all that impressive, but all that counts is on-field performance in actual games, as the Minnesota Vikings understood when they drafted him.
Vince Lombardi understood this also. He was once asked how fast Paul Hornung ran the 40-yard dash. He answered, “What the hell difference does it make? He gets to the end zone, doesn’t he? Fourteen seconds, I don’t know.”
Howard J. Wilk
He likes Chink’s better than Joe’s
I remember back in the ’60s when my mom, dad, sister and me went for a Sunday drive and were getting hungry, then my mom said, “Let’s go to Chink’s to get something to eat.”
Mom went in to order four sandwiches, drinks, etc. and bought it to our car to eat. Their food was so good to eat, and we went back to get more.
Back then, Chink’s was just a name for the business owner, and mom asked him where did he get his name, Chink? The kids in the neighborhood were calling him Chink because of his slanty eyes, and that name stuck with him so he put his nickname on his steak sandwich shop.
While we were inside, the place was spotless, like new, and he had pride, unlike some restaurants that were dirty.
Then an Asian girl from West Virginia came into the neighborhood and saw the “Chink’s” sign and found this name offensive, and started complaining.
Now, thanks to her, the sign was taken down on April 1.
What about other name-calling, like white trash, retarded, honky, blacks calling each other the N-word, Chinatown, etc.?
This Chink’s sandwich shop is part of the neighborhood history since 1949 and is considered a classic. It’s really a shame!
If I had money, I would buy Joe’s Steak Shop and put the Chink’s sign back up.
Robert F. Schaffer
Obama spending is out of control
All through the last presidential election campaign we were constantly reminded by the Obama camp that Mitt Romney was installing an elevator in a home he was having built, even though it was with his own money and certainly not a campaign issue.
The election is over, so let’s see how the Obamas are spending your money as schools are being closed, vital services being cut, etc. to help our economy.
The president goes golfing in Florida with Tiger Woods for a weekend that costs over 1 million dollars while Michelle and company go skiing, which probably costs more.
The Obama daughters are using two jets to transport 12 friends and 25 secret service agents for trips to Mexico and then to Sun Valley for a ski vacation, all at taxpayers’ expense.
All this from the ones who griped about someone using his own money to put an elevator in his house. Do they think of the 50 schools being closed in their home state while they are indulging?
Wake up people!
It’s only beginning as Barack and Michelle have till 2016 to spend as they please at your expense while asking you to tighten your belts.
Thank you for taking the time to clean up
I live at Rising Sun Avenue and Shelmire Street. When I look out my window, I see the railroad bank across Rising Sun Avenue.
It looks like a dump for trash. It is a disgrace.
I would like to thank the lady who lives on Oakmont Street who came out and cleaned it up and put it in trash bags.
I did not get her name. It took her quite a few hours.
I don’t know who is responsible. I was told Amtrak. I also sent them a letter. Surely they could pay someone to clean this up.
It is like this every week.
Children need a mother and father
City Council has just passed a gay rights bill that now requires “gender neutral” bathrooms as well as a host of benefits to the gay, bisexual and transgender community. Will we soon have a man following your daughter into the bathroom because he feels like a gal today?
This is all part of the government push to normalize gay marriage. You see, we are all now expected to hurry up and evolve — cast aside 3,000 years of human experience, in order to ensure this “civil right.”
Isn’t it funny, though, I never hear anything about the civil rights of children. Does anyone think children prefer a life where they will never know either a woman as a mother, or a man as a father?
To believe in gay marriage is to believe that men and women are merely interchangeable parts. How foolish!
I have worked in social services, and I can tell you that the great social problem of our time is the number of children growing up without fathers in their lives.
The black community now has 70 percent of children born outside marriage and raised by women.
Men matter. As does traditional marriage. What our government leaders really need to do is lead the way to restoring — not redefining — traditional marriage as the most critical institution in our society.
The next time someone asks why you are so narrow-minded in opposing gay or transgender marriage, ask them: “Why are you so narrow-minded when it comes to the well-being of children?”
Methadone clinic approval is a disgrace
Where do the members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment reside?
One thing we can all be sure of is, they don’t live in the area of 7520 State Road, where they approved a variance for NorthEast Treatment Centers to open a methadone clinic.
Lynette Brown-Sow, Carol Tinari, Sam Staten and Greg Pastore, what were you thinking when you voted yes?
Would you have voted yes if you or your children lived close by and would be directly affected by this horrible decision?
Why are we constantly concerned about individuals who make a choice to involve themselves in negative behavior? When is society going to reward all those people who do the right thing each and every day? Let’s open up a community center for children and families who spend there entire life working, paying taxes, sending their children to school every day, being accountable and responsible as citizens, being good neighbors and positively contributing to the betterment not only for the community in which they reside but the city as a whole.
Enough is enough. To all those who oppose and rightfully so, don’t give up hope, continue to stand up and fight for what’s right. Best of luck.
Let’s clean up our neighborhoods
On April 13, several of your neighbors cleaned up areas in Northeast Philadelphia as part of Philly’s sixth Annual Spring Cleanup.
Now it’s your turn. Grab a broom and dustpan and sweep up the dirt and debris that has accumulated in your driveway, your curb and the street along your property.
Include your children and grandchildren. Teach them to clean up. They may actually like doing it.
You too, renters. This is your neighborhood, too.
If your neighbors are elderly or physically challenged, please lend them a hand. All of us together could make a big difference in our neighborhood. Thanks.
Mary Lou Klein
American Legion is calling all veterans
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 American Legion post is the largest in Philadelphia. We have about 750 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
Slow down on Academy Road
Does anyone remember spring of 2011 when Tim Connors was hit by a car right outside of Archbishop Ryan High School?
How about fellow students? Parents? Do you remember?
Well, maybe you need to be reminded of this tragic accident each morning when you’re speeding along Academy Road, going over the 15 mph limit, in a hurry to drop your child off, or maybe you’re a student crossing over two lanes of traffic, cutting other cars off because you’re going to be late?
I see this every single morning on my way to work. Even the school buses leaving the school zoom right by me.
And no one takes notice that the END SCHOOL ZONE sign is a few yards from Comly Road.
Drivers think that they have the go-ahead long before that sign appears. I am disgusted by this behavior by some of these drivers. I’ve got them cutting me off, riding my bumper, all in a hurry to get to the school.
Obey the law.
I wish something could be done. I just hope there’s not another tragedy or an accident due to a parent or student in a hurry. Would you rather get there late or dead?
I’ll spend every dime to fight crime
After his presidency, Harry S. Truman stated that, “If the people can’t trust their government … the whole works will fall apart.”
Today, the state of affairs in Philadelphia is grim. For lack of democracy, we have been led down a path to street violence, poverty, zero accountability and no hope. Outsiders look down at us. We are made the butt of jokes and known as “Killadelphia.” We are perceived as people content with corruption. However, after speaking to countless voters on the campaign trail, and speaking as a father of two small children, I know this not to be the case. The common man is beaten down by corruption. No one, except for the well-connected and the political aristocracy, is content with corruption. As my 6-year-old eloquently stated over a meal, “Politics is for the birds.” Well said.
Corruption is not the disease. It is the destructive symptom of one-party rule. In other words, the voter is taken for granted when the politician believes he will get the vote no matter how corrupt he may be. So, the politician believes he will not be held accountable, and acts with impunity. Now is the time for reform.
In a city where schools are closing and crime is rampant, our officials have failed to even audit the various agencies that are wasting our tax dollars. Moreover, it has taken the district attorney into his fourth year (an election year) to finally make any effort in combating the rampant public corruption in our city, with a new unit. What took him so long and how serious could he be, as corruption burns the city to the ground? As Nero plays the violin, another school is closing, another youth is murdered, another family leaves and only the impoverished are stuck in violent neighborhoods with failing schools. The poor are not content, and we have lost trust in public officials. Now is the time for reform.
The district attorney stated that there are no “specific targets in mind” for this new unit. This is difficult to believe, as one only needs to read the newspaper to see there are countless corrupt “targets” reported daily. In fact, Seth Williams need only look out his window across the street to City Hall. Nero, where there is smoke, there is fire. The common man sees the smoke, while our public officials pretend there is no fire.
From the beginning, our campaign has called on the district attorney to investigate and prosecute public corruption. As district attorney, I will begin with the district attorney’s office. I will eliminate needless positions such as the director of employee enrichment, Williams’ excessive personal security detail and any position that is a title tied to a paycheck. We need to spend every dime on fighting crime, keeping schools open and lifting people out of poverty, not making politicians “look” good or helping the well connected. Every dime wasted is a dime that is converted into a bullet used out on our streets. Under my leadership, the district attorney’s office will expand the investigation and prosecution of public corruption and I will not wait until the last year of my term to act.
It’s unacceptable that ordinary Philadelphians are dealing with high crime, higher taxes and shrinking family budgets, while our government is not a good steward of our money. Now is the time for reform, because “the works have fallen apart.”
Republican candidate for district attorney