Letters to the Editor: March 12, 2014

No justice for Shaible par­ents

The Schaibles each could have been sen­tenced to 40 years in pris­on after be­ing con­victed murder for the death of one of their chil­dren. This was the second of their chil­dren to die. In­stead, they each got 7 years, but they could be out in as little as 3½ years (42 months). Since they nev­er ac­tu­ally served any time for the first death, they could end up serving as little as 21 months per death. 

Oh, but to her oth­er chil­dren, the ones she hasn’t let die, Mrs. Schaible is de­scribed as “in­cred­ibly de­voted” and “com­mit­ted.” Mr. Schaible is even great­er, be­cause he’s “a good man, a right­eous man, and a spir­itu­al man,” and we all know right­eous­ness and spir­itu­al­ity are ho­lier than de­vo­tion and com­mit­ment. 

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ben­jamin Lern­er claims he shares the com­munity’s out­rage at these killings. No, I don’t think you do, Judge Lern­er.

Howard J. Wilk


PGW sale means high­er bills

They said when Bell At­lantic broke up that phone costs would go down. They said when PECO was open to com­pet­i­tion, that elec­tric prices would go down. They were wrong!

If PGW is sold, we will see home en­ergy costs soar. The seni­or dis­count will dis­solve and good pay­ing jobs for com­pany em­ploy­ees will be gone. This will trickle down to all busi­nesses and cit­izens in Phil­adelphia. Just like all mega-mer­gers, ser­vice gets worse and prices go up. When that hap­pens, you can­not go to an­oth­er pro­vider be­cause PGW has a mono­poly, un­less you de­cided to freeze or cook on your lawn. Privately owned util­ity com­pan­ies will do what’s best for the bot­tom line. Con­tact all of city coun­cil if you op­pose this sale.

Myles Gor­don


City should not fine seni­ors

I agree with Jean McLaugh­lin’s let­ter re­gard­ing the city of Phil­adelphia fin­ing seni­or cit­izens $50. It is very sad that this city does not take in­to con­sid­er­a­tion that seni­ors can­not shovel their snow. Per­haps the “City of Broth­erly Love” could cre­ate a new de­part­ment with­in the Streets De­part­ment to handle help re­quests from seni­ors. You know they are not phys­ic­ally cap­able of shov­el­ing. The city of broth­erly love needs to step up. 

Joann Hut­ton

Up­per Holmes­burg

Lib­rary pat­rons and friends ap­plaud Nut­ter

The Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary join thou­sands of lib­rary pat­rons and friends in ap­plaud­ing May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter for his in­vest­ment in Phil­adelphia’s lib­rar­ies.  

In his FY15 budget ad­dress Thursday, the may­or in­cluded an ad­di­tion­al $2.3 mil­lion, every year for five years, bring­ing back six days a week open lib­rar­ies in every Phil­adelphia neigh­bor­hood. 

This past fisc­al year, $1 mil­lion was ap­proved by City Coun­cil which re­stored Sat­urday ser­vice to Holmes­burg and 10 ad­di­tion­al branches. The may­or’s budget also in­cludes $200,000, every year for five years, ded­ic­ated to books, peri­od­ic­als, DVDs and oth­er ma­ter­i­als to fill the shelves of neigh­bor­hood lib­rar­ies. 

The Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia and its 54 neigh­bor­hood branches foster lifelong learn­ing and provide every cit­izen ac­cess to free ma­ter­i­als, edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, job seek­ing re­sources, com­puter and in­ter­net ac­cess, es­pe­cially vi­tal to the 48 per­cent of Phil­adelphia cit­izens who would oth­er­wise not have In­ter­net ac­cess. 

Lib­rar­ies en­rich our lives. They are save havens and com­munity cen­ters. They are an edu­ca­tion­al force serving the needs of school chil­dren in­clud­ing thou­sands without school lib­rar­ies.  

The Friends of the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia and its hun­dreds of Friends group mem­bers who vo­lun­teer at their neigh­bor­hood lib­rary branches now call on City Coun­cil to rat­i­fy the $2.3 mil­lion in­crease to the Free Lib­rary’s gen­er­al fund line item, which will provide six days a week open lib­rar­ies in every neigh­bor­hood and en­sure equit­able ser­vice de­liv­ery to all Phil­adelphia cit­izens. 

Kar­en D. Lash 

Pres­id­ent, Friends of Holmes­burg Lib­rary  

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