Letters to the Editor: May 21, 2014

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs scan­dal in­vest­ig­ated


The VA has been caught with its pants down. VA med­ic­al cen­ters all across the coun­try are un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion for a scan­dal that should not have happened. Forty-plus vet­er­ans died while wait­ing up to 21 months to be seen by spe­cial­ist doc­tors for vari­ous life-threat­en­ing  ill­nesses at the VAMC Phoenix, Ari­zona. More deaths are also re­por­ted at oth­er VAMCs na­tion­wide. This is blatant mis­man­age­ment, if not crim­in­al, un­der the sup­posedly watch­ful eye of VA Sec­ret­ary Eric Shin­seki.

Mil­it­ary vet­er­ans or­gan­iz­a­tions are call­ing for the sec­ret­ary to be fired and pro­sec­uted for mis­man­age­ment, and to an­swer for these un­timely deaths.

Like­wise, un­der­sec­ret­ary for be­ne­fits, Al­lis­on Hickey, should resign or be im­me­di­ately fired.  The In­spect­or Gen­er­al of the United States has been dir­ec­ted to con­duct an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the al­leg­a­tions brought upon the VA.

Paul E. Trav­is, MS­gt, USAF, re­tired, vet­er­ans ad­voc­ate said, “It’s time that all vet­er­ans unite to stop the mis­man­age­ment at­ro­city known as Vet­er­ans Af­fairs from fur­ther harm­ing vet­er­ans.”  Mr. Trav­is is well known amongst the vet­er­an pop­u­la­tion.

John Paul Rossie, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Blue Wa­ter Navy Vi­et­nam Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­ation, speaks out to Con­gress to con­duct a con­gres­sion­al in­vest­ig­a­tion cit­ing the VA scan­dal.

Vet­er­ans are treated like a piece of meat. Of­ten, they are handed nar­cot­ics for pain and an­ti­de­press­ants to calm them down, then shoved out the door. Med­ic­ally, this sort of ac­tion solves noth­ing. Is this prop­er care for our vet­er­ans at VA hos­pit­als? I think not.

The Amer­ic­an people should de­mand Con­gress to step in and stop the at­ro­cit­ies that take place at VA med­ic­al cen­ters. De­mand our vet­er­ans be prop­erly cared for. They gave their all for our coun­try, we now need to give our all to them.

John J. Bury


Thanks Com­cast, for yank­ing Phil­lies games


I want to thank both Com­cast and the Phil­lies for yank­ing the Sunday games off of Chan­nel 17 this sea­son.

About 30 games have been pulled, and will now only be avail­able on cable. Chan­nel 10 gets about a dozen games this year, and that’s it.

Many people, es­pe­cially seni­or cit­izens, find the ever-spiral­ing cable prices a lux­ury item when it costs $3 for an apple and $60 to fill up your gas tank. And Phil­lies tick­ets now av­er­age about $80 a pair.

You really have to won­der how far greed has to go be­fore the golden goose is cooked — bet we’ll see a lot of empty seats at Cit­izens Bank Park this sum­mer.

So thank you Phil­lies and Com­cast, for free­ing up my Sundays for a good book or a nice walk. 

Well, the Eagles sea­son isn’t so far away. That’s one bird they still serve for free.

Richard Iac­on­elli


North­east loses a lead­er


North­east Phil­adelphia lost a le­gend on April 27. 

Mike Pren­der­gast, who was for all in­tents and pur­poses the heart and soul of the Car­din­al Dougherty alumni com­munity, lost his battle with melan­oma.

Mike’s life and ca­reer be­nefited young men and wo­men, in­clud­ing both of us, im­meas­ur­ably. Mike spear­headed fun­drais­ing and alumni activ­it­ies at our alma ma­ter for dec­ades. 

He ded­ic­ated him­self to keep Car­din­al Dougherty a great place for city kids to get a qual­ity edu­ca­tion. Both of us are ex­tremely ap­pre­ci­at­ive of the op­por­tun­ity and skills this fine school af­forded us.

North­east Phil­adelphia re­mains a great place to work and live be­cause of the people who call it home. 

There was no bet­ter nat­ive son than Mike Pren­der­gast.

State Rep. Brendan Boyle (class of 1995)

State Rep. Kev­in Boyle (class of 1998)

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