Letters to the Editor: April 30, 2014

Thank you for North­east Hall of Fame nom­in­a­tions

I would like to take this op­por­tun­ity to ex­press my sin­cere ap­pre­ci­ation for your time and ef­fort in sub­mit­ting your sug­ges­tions for the fourth in­duc­tion class of the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame.

Our nine-mem­ber se­lec­tion com­mit­tee care­fully took your nom­in­a­tions in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when we se­lec­ted the 2014 in­duct­ees. Please know that your past sug­ges­tions played a very sig­ni­fic­ant role in our se­lec­tion of pre­vi­ous years’ in­duct­ees, in­clud­ing Thomas Holme, Ben­jamin Rush, Robert Pur­vis, Henry and Mary Dis­ston, Saint Kath­ar­ine Drexel, Harry Sil­cox, Butch Bal­lard, Tom Gola, Joan Kra­jew­ski, Sis­ter Mary Scul­lion, Frank Shuman, the Rev. Le­on Sul­li­van, Ed Kelly, and Chris Fer­guson along with loc­al in­sti­tu­tions Aid for Friends and SPIN (Spe­cial People In North­east), and the fol­low­ing his­tor­ic houses of wor­ship:  Unity Monthly Meet­ing Frank­ford, By­berry Monthly Meet­ing, Pen­nepack Baptist Church, Trin­ity Church Ox­ford, Pres­by­teri­an Church of Frank­ford, All Saints Epis­copal Church, and Camp­bell Afric­an Meth­od­ist Epis­copal Church.  

I would also like to thank our spon­sor, Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware, and our part­ners the His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Frank­ford, The North­east Times, and City Coun­cil­man Den­nis M. O’Bri­en for their sup­port in this en­deavor.   

Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity is proud to be a part of this tra­di­tion. This en­deavor em­bod­ies Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity’s mis­sion in par­tic­u­lar; the core value of vis­ion. Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity en­vi­sions learn­ing as a dy­nam­ic and fruit­ful ex­change between tra­di­tion­al sources of wis­dom and con­tem­por­ary de­vel­op­ments in know­ledge. All of our North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame in­duct­ees have served or con­tin­ue to serve as a found­a­tion upon which to ad­dress con­tem­por­ary prob­lems and to build a vis­ion for the fu­ture. These in­di­vidu­als and in­sti­tu­tions are to be com­men­ded for their con­tri­bu­tions and you are to be ap­plauded for re­cog­niz­ing their ef­forts.  

The 2014 in­duct­ees in­to the North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame will be an­nounced on May 8.

Sis­ter Francesca On­ley, CSFN, PhD

Pres­id­ent, Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee Chair, North­east Phil­adelphia Hall of Fame 

Help our be­loved vet­er­ans

Our gov­ern­ment does an abysmal job when it comes to tak­ing care of the men and wo­men who have sac­ri­ficed so much to keep us free. When it comes down to it, they are merely am­a­teurs. 

So it must be left to the pro­fes­sion­als to pick up the slack and do the job right. That would be none oth­er than the most gen­er­ous and kind­est people on the plan­et — the Amer­ic­an people. 

You can come out to Me­dia, Delaware County on May 3 for Op­er­a­tion First Re­sponse, Walk For The Wounded at Rose Tree Park. This fun­draiser will help our wounded her­oes with med­ic­al and per­son­al ex­penses. You can per­son­ally see how the Amer­ic­an people get it done. You can also make a vis­it to The Phil­adelphia Vet­er­ans House, form­ally The Phil­adelphia Vet­er­ans Com­fort House at 4108 Bal­timore Ave. in South­w­est Philly. All of these or­gan­iz­a­tions are top-notch char­it­ies look­ing for vo­lun­teers and dona­tions. 

Help­ing people is a lot of fun and re­ward­ing. It is a shame our politi­cians are miss­ing out. 

John Kihm 


Bul­ly­ing is al­ways wrong

Bul­ly­ing is a ma­jor top­ic in so­ci­ety. Every kid either wit­nessed bul­ly­ing, has been bul­lied or is a bully. Many teach­ers or grownups wouldn’t try to fix the sub­ject or have not seen it hap­pen. 

So people who want kids in the so­ci­ety to be safe, they came up with anti-bul­ly­ing pro­grams at schools and in neigh­bor­hoods. At New Found­a­tions Charter High School, we just fin­ished an anti-bul­ly­ing pro­ject for so­ci­ology.

Bul­ly­ing is no joke. Bul­ly­ing is so wrong. Kids take their lives, which is a per­man­ent thing to a tem­por­ary prob­lem. People who bully either feel really low about them­selves or have prob­lems and take them out on oth­er people, which is not right. Help us end bul­ly­ing for good!

Caitlin Ker­sey and Tat­ina Oliv­er­as

10th grade New Found­a­tions Charter School 

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