Letters To The Editor

Posted: May 16, 1986


Suppose a plane flew low over the Shriver-Schwarzenegger wedding. What would happen to the pilot? The space is free. Who are these spoiled rich people that even aircraft are told where to fly when these people get married?

This kind of nonsense makes me sick. Who cares when, where or who the rich, chosen girl is marrying? Some ordinary person might get a glimpse of the wedding or disturb the rich darlings. Ordinary people are too low for them. Why should ordinary people care about them? Ordinary people are important to these rich people only at election time.

Now cut your motors, aircraft, the little spoiled darlings are taking their vows. Hush, quiet! Better stop all cars outside also. If you don't, Conan will beat you up.

Gerald J. Ziccardi



The Moscow authorities are absolutely wrong in not telling the world what is going on near Kiev. But what can the authorities and the people who might be affected do, now that a nuclear disaster has occured?

Does any government know how to handle a nuclear disaster? Are any people properly educated about the proper reaction to a nuclear disaster? Obviously, the answer to both questions is no. No nation, including ours, has the necessary knowledge or expertise to deal with the problem; consequently, no populace, including ours, is equipped to react properly.

The noise made by the media and the disclaimers by the government to the effect that it can't happen here only accent our inability to cope. What would you do if a nuclear disaster were to occur? I don't know what I would do, and I doubt whether anyone around me can show me how to survive.

Perhaps what happened to our Challenger Shuttle, to the two Titan Missiles, to the Three Mile Island Reactor, and to the nuclear complex in Kiev area will remind us that we have to use nuclear energy more carefully. Maybe we should desist from its use until we are reasonably sure that it is our servant instead of being our master.

Robert Feldman


A good block captain won't worry about a street cleaner coming into your block. I have been block captain 30 years.

It only takes four or five people in the block to keep it clean. Teach children to pick up paper, and put it in a can you keep outside.

You are not going to get everyone to help. When you sweep every day, do three or four pavements away from your house. Don't have the attitude, "I didn't put it there."

Neither Council nor mayor live in your block.

Mrs. N. Lewis

Philadelphia is one of the dirtiest cities.

Why can't we have trash cans on the corners in South Philly just like in center city?

I don't blame the city. I blame the people who live in the dirty neighborhoods.

Philadelphia's slogan is "Get to know us!" Who wants to know a dirty city?

Donald Cola


How sad it is to live in a once-beautiful neighborhood, not rich, but caring for the beautiful trees, the ground, the flowers, etc.

How sad it is to see such a neighborhood destroyed, savaged and know there will never ever be anything lovely as it was at one time. What is left of the flowering trees is only a sorrowful reminder of when people cared about their homes, their neighbors and respected others' rights.

No matter what the reasons, it's sad to see this happen.

Ms. E. Dousch

I recently visited an old friend in the Hunting Park section. I was shocked to see the filth, the unpaved and pothole-filled streets. I lived there at the time Mayor Tate lived there; it was clean and a pleasure. The people were friendly.

My friend told me their property taxes went up. He said poltitcians greet you and send you literature around election time; after election, you don't hear from them any more. He vowed that he, his wife and son will never vote again, "it's a waste of time," streets have not been cleaned in years, lots are full of trash and garbage, street corners are full of pushers.

J.A. Carmleti


Mr. Mayor, I'm convinced the trash-to-steam plant is right on target, but I understand the apprehensive attitude of South Philadelphians. Mr. Mayor, South Philadelphians are no different than people anywhere else, they must be convinced their fears are unfounded.

Why don't you gather your evidence and your scientific experts to meet with the different groups who oppose your plan. Give them the facts, then inform them that in order to solve a problem that has nw become a crisis for the entire city, including South Philadelphia, plans for the trash-to-steam plant on the Philadelphia Naval Base will proceed post haste.

Mr. Mayor, please don't expect the support that should be forthcoming from the members of City Council, because of their fear of losing votes of some South Philadelphians. Some members will criticize simply to make political points for themselves. Press on, Mr. Mayor, and get this plant built.

E.A. Varnes


As a widow, I agree with John F. Fitzgerald. I also had received the $14 increase in Social Security, am a very proud lady and accept no food stamps or welfare and find it very hard to maintain my little two-bedroom home. It does need papering very badly, and my rugs need cleaning; I'm unable to do this myself.

I've written to Mayor Goode about large trailers coming through my street, two-way traffic starting and stopping. All my walls are cracked inside. The wallpaper is split, and plaster falls. He has done nothing.

Also, water and sewer bills went up, and I'm very conservative. I see many who abuse welfare and food stamps.

Those over 65 should be exempt from all these new taxes.

Rachel C. Sullivan


What does it take to make customers realize that Philadelphia Gas Works cares nothing about them? Their only concerns are making high salaries and hiring high-priced consultants. They are great at shutting off gas service and collecting their exorbitant rates, but have a total indifference to service.

The tragedy at Engine Company 34 is a prime example of this indifference. It is unbelievable that despite repeated service calls to light the gas-fired boiler in the fire station, the cause was not pursued and corrected. This is indifference and arrogance in the extreme.

If the boiler at Engine Company 34 had been oil-fired, any problem would have been corrected on the first service call or, if needed, a follow-up call.

Joel E. Ewing


I find it repulsive that a competent and reponsible journalism entity would permit publication of a column (Pete Dexter, May 5), which is an invitation to violence.

I wonder if it would be OK to shoot the manufacturer of a major drug company which manufactures drugs which harm the developing baby in utero and the baby is born with massive deformities as a result of this company's irresponsible and recless conduct in manufacturing such a drug? I think not. I wonder if it would be OK in Ernest Bostic's mind, as well as the editorial board of this paper if a patient shot a doctor when the doctor made a human error in the delivery of the baby, causing a situation known as cerbral palsy in the child being delivered? I think not.

As an attorney representing children with birth malformations and many, many victims of medical malpractice, I don't and would not and could not encourage my clients to shoot the perpetrator of their ills. It doesn't make any sense to encourage, in this case, citizens to shoot their attorneys, to shoot newspaper reporters and the like when one is dissatisfied.

Violence to cure one's ills in this society is not the appropriate way to proceed. I would think your newspaper would wish to issue a retraction and an apology.

Thomas H. Tate

Washington, DC

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