Northeast Times

Letters to the Editor: November 27, 2013

There are cer­tainly big­ger is­sues at hand

Dis­agree­ment over the rights of same-sex ori­ented people con­tin­ues to dom­in­ate the news. Along with the right to marry, dis­crim­in­a­tion with re­gard to hir­ing is now be­ing dis­cussed in Con­gress. 

All  this stems from the re­li­gious rul­ings of a bronze age desert tribe 3,000 years ago. Re­li­gious be­liefs are just that: be­liefs. 

Same-sex ori­ented people will in­sist that  they were born that way and could no more be changed than het­ero­sexu­al people be con­vinced to be­come ho­mo­sexu­al.  

I have read of people be­ing up­set that a box of crack­ers has a sym­bol that sig­ni­fies that the com­pos­i­tion and pre­par­a­tion meet kosh­er stand­ards. If a group of people will not eat shell­fish or pork it should not be a con­cern to oth­ers. 

There must have been  at least two-dozen teach­ers over my 33-year teach­ing ca­reer who were same-sex ori­ented. It was not a mat­ter of dis­cus­sion in the classroom nor did it af­fect the cur­riculum. 

Why does this mat­ter cause people to toss and turn sleep­less through the night? There are far more press­ing prob­lems fa­cing the world.

Mel Flit­ter

Somer­ton

Un­fair treat­ment at North­east lib­rar­ies

Last week, after us­ing the lib­rary com­puters, I re­ques­ted the de­canter of soap be­hind the check­out counter so I could cleanse my hands of germs.  I was told that the “soap was for em­ploy­ees only.”

There has been a pat­tern of no soap avail­able in rest rooms across North­east Phil­adelphia lib­rar­ies.  

I have ex­per­i­enced sim­il­ar events at the Somer­ton lib­rary and North­east Re­gion­al as well.

When there is soap, it is of­ten a “grimy-slimy de­crep­it” bar that ap­pears it has been there since JFK’s time and would spread mul­tiple vir­uses.

I think the lib­rar­ies re­ceive ad­equate fund­ing to sup­ply pat­rons with hy­gien­ic soap in a con­tained dis­penser. 

Some lib­rar­i­ans have been po­lite, and have told me that they do this be­cause some people steal the soap.  

When I faced em­ploy­ment chal­lenges in the past, my boss used to say, “Deal with it.”

Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia, “Deal with it.” Every cit­izen should be en­titled to soap.

Myles Gor­don

Bustleton

Some words in de­fense of Obama­care

I just re­ceived a let­ter from BC/BS, which reads that my health in­sur­ance for 2014 will go up and amaz­ing $4.10. Yes, that is four dol­lars and ten cents per month. That comes to $49.20 for the year. I might have to go bank­rupt. 

Oh woe is me, gosh darn Obama­care is do­ing me in. Whatever shall I do? I wish my oth­er monthly bills would only go up by that little. 

Pres­id­ent Obama, walked in­to the biggest mess this coun­try has been in since the Great De­pres­sion, and this Tea Party con­gress has done noth­ing to help him. They only try to make him look bad. What will hap­pen when Hil­lary gets in, since aside from hat­ing a half white man, they also hate wo­men! I’m count­ing my pen­nies.

Len Sa­linis Jr.

May­fair

Fact­ory should stay

I was shocked to read of yet an­oth­er large cor­por­a­tion mov­ing on and out of the North­east. They are will­ing to spend $100 mil­lion to ex­pand, but why else­where? They pro­duce so many products, yet ovens are un­der­u­til­ized here? 

Our res­id­ents need these jobs. The trans­port­a­tion is good and taxes go in­to the area. There is a large area at Budd Com­pany if they need to ex­pand. I am not af­fil­i­ated in any way [with the former Kraft com­pany], but if they leave the North­east, I will buy oth­er brands, and I hope oth­ers will fol­low suit. 

Lets be sup­port­ive of the com­pany stay­ing. 

Helene Abey

Fox Chase/Burholme

Sup­port ef­fort for healthy air

The World Health Or­gan­iz­a­tion re­cently labeled out­door air pol­lu­tion as car­ci­no­gen­ic, thereby con­firm­ing something I’ve al­ways be­lieved… air pol­lu­tion con­trib­utes to lung dis­ease. Now as I watch my chil­dren play out­side, I have to won­der… How clean is the air they are breath­ing?  And, as scary as it is, I’m afraid I know the an­swer… not very. 

Some particle mat­ter, like pol­len, is a nat­ur­al part of the air we breathe. But oth­er particle mat­ter, such as that caused by in­dus­tri­al burn­ing, is any­thing but nat­ur­al. It pois­ons our air. Emis­sions from mo­tor vehicles, factor­ies and power gen­er­a­tion plants pol­lute our air. 

I real­ize that clean­ing our air is a mo­nu­ment­al task. Large num­bers of com­mit­ted people must work tire­lessly to ad­voc­ate for tight­er re­stric­tions on air pol­lu­tion. I also know that do­ing so is crit­ic­al for our health. We shouldn’t have to worry that we are put­ting our chil­dren’s lungs at risk when we al­low them to play out­side.

So as a moth­er and a daugh­ter and a per­son who cares about this com­munity, I ask you to con­sider sup­port­ing The Amer­ic­an Lung As­so­ci­ation in its fight for healthy air.  We all have lungs, and we all have the right to fill them with clean, car­ci­no­gen-free air.

Hil­lary Spru­ance

Ken­nett Square

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