Northeast Times

Letters to the Editor: July 2, 2014

Noise in Rhawn­hurst

I have lived in the Rhawn­hurst sec­tion of Phil­adelphia for over 50 years. The noise pol­lu­tion that has pro­lif­er­ated along the Castor Av­en­ue cor­ridor between Cottman Av­en­ue and Rhawn Street has be­come un­bear­able. 

The mo­tor­cycle packs that zoom up and down the av­en­ue have no re­gard for ped­es­tri­an or vehicle safety, let alone their own. This is un­ac­cept­able. These mo­tor­cyc­lists have ba­sic­ally taken over and now con­sider this part of Castor Av­en­ue their own per­son­al drag strip. Does any­one else feel this way?

It ap­pears that the 2nd Dis­trict po­lice force has com­pletely aban­doned patrolling this sec­tion as I rarely, if ever, see a po­lice pres­ence; a walk­ing of­ficer, a cruis­er, or even a mo­tor­cycle patrol­man. The pri­or­ity of the po­lice must be to watch and fine those who put their trash out too soon, in­stead of our safety. If any­one out there has the leg­al or polit­ic­al clout to put an end to this dan­ger­ous situ­ation, please help. 

Ron­ald M. Rolli

Rhawn­hurst

No walk in the park

Whatever happened to the pleas­ure of tak­ing your dog for a walk in your neigh­bor­hood or Pennypack Park? My pleas­ure has turned to fear. I’ve lost count on the num­ber of un­leashed dogs that have threatened us. 

Dog own­ers have the re­spons­ib­il­ity to con­trol their dog’s be­ha­vi­or. They can’t do it them­selves — they’re only an­im­als. It starts with hav­ing them on a leash when out­side. It’s the law. Un­for­tu­nately, this law is not be­ing en­forced. It’s just a mat­ter of time un­til one of these un­leashed dogs at­tacks a child.

Three months ago, my neigh­bor’s pit­bull at­tacked my dog on my prop­erty. I filed a po­lice re­port. His dog has also at­tacked an­oth­er dog twice. He was ordered to get a bet­ter fence, and have his dog muzzled and on a leash when out­side.  This dog own­er has done none of that, or paid the vet bill for my dog. 

I guess the solu­tion to this prob­lem is to move out of the North­east, or to settle on ex­pect­ing a lower stand­ard of liv­ing in this area. 

Linda B.

Holme Circle

Re­mem­ber our vet­er­ans on the Fourth of Ju­ly

Ser­vice mem­bers make sac­ri­fices to fight for our coun­try and to pro­tect our free­dom. But amidst the pic­nics, fire­works and oth­er plans for the Fourth of Ju­ly week­end, we some­times over­look the im­port­ance of sup­port­ing vet­er­ans in their time of need. 

One in four dy­ing Amer­ic­ans is a vet­er­an and more than 680,000 vet­er­ans die each year. At their bed­sides, our staff of­ten sees the un­re­solved emo­tion­al and med­ic­al is­sues as­so­ci­ated with their ser­vice.

For ex­ample, some Gulf War vet­er­ans de­veloped pul­mon­ary prob­lems after be­ing ex­posed to smoke from oil-well fires. And many Vi­et­nam vet­er­ans ar­rived home to angry chants.

Dec­ades after serving, vet­er­ans of all wars and con­flicts are still resolv­ing the things they did and saw while in the mil­it­ary.

As a part­ner in the We Hon­or Vet­er­ans pro­gram, Holy Re­deem­er Hos­pice helps vet­er­ans find peace at end of life. By ask­ing about a vet­er­an’s time in the ser­vice, our staff has helped to ac­know­ledge feel­ings such as guilt, an­ger and sad­ness and identi­fy be­ne­fits and re­sources that might help pa­tients and their fam­il­ies.

The Fourth of Ju­ly is an es­pe­cially pro­found time to thank our na­tion’s ser­vice mem­bers for their sac­ri­fices. We hope you’ll join us in mak­ing time to be a pa­tient and com­pas­sion­ate listen­er to any vet­er­an who needs to talk this hol­i­day.

Kim­berly Bracey

Holy Re­deem­er Hos­pice and Pal­li­at­ive Care Su­per­visor

 

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