Letters

Posted: September 22, 1993

PEROT'S LIBERAL CRITICS ARE IGNORANT OF ECONOMICS, SO THEY BACK NAFTA

I was quite taken aback by the narrow-mindedness of your attack on Ross Perot. It shows the intellectual bankruptcy of American liberalism. Clearly, William Jennings Bryan is turning over in his grave over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a disaster for the American worker. If thousands of jobs have already gone south of the border, imagine the result of NAFTA - the loss of millions of jobs.

We are losing our entire industrial base. While foreign countries protect their industries, we are giving ours away. In negotiation after negotiation, we have been taken to the cleaners by foreign countries. We have been practicing idealized "free trade," while the Japanese practice adversarial trade, aimed at destroying another country's industry. We have lost steel, TV, commercial electronics and robotics. How much do you want us to lose?

We are competing with foreign countries that are doing everything they can to protect their industries. You know nothing about international trade and industrial policy. So in your narrow mind, Perot's opposition to NAFTA is some sort of xenophobia against foreigners.

It amazes me that so-called liberals can attack Perot on this issue, and are unconcerned about NAFTA. But modern, yuppie, wine-and-cheese liberals are unconcerned about the working man and ignorant of industrial policy. They live in some make-believe "service economy." Economic patriotism is not xenophobia. I buy only American, and am hardly xenophobic, considering that my family is half Asian, and students from all over the world stay in our home. You on the other hand, are clearly uninformed and prejudiced. You do not understand industrial issues, and are wrapped up in a pseudo-liberal smugness, divorced from the working man.

MARK K. ALTSCHULER

Philadelphia

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I'm glad we don't hafta

Go along with NAFTA.

If we open our borders to Mexico,

Then our jobs will go, go, go.

WILLIAM A. MATTIFORD

Exton

RIDING THE RAILS - SEPTA'S FARES, REBUILT STATIONS

Dana Dean (letter Aug. 27):

I wish to set the record straight on SEPTA's railroad fare collection procedures.

SEPTA's fare structure is designed to provide the vast majority of our passengers with deeply discounted fares. On our own regional rail system, purchasing a ticket in advance from a ticket agent or a ticket vending machine allows riders to save the $2 penalty charged for purchasing tickets on the train. SEPTA's fare policy provides that this $2 penalty be charged only if a ticket agent or a working ticket machine is not available. This policy is consistent with SEPTA's bus and trolley routes whose discount fare instruments are tokens and passes, which must be purchased from a cashier and are not available for sale on vehicles. If passengers feel they have been charged an incorrect fare, they should contact the SEPTA Customer Service office to find out how to obtain a refund.

I also take exception to the aspersions the letter casts on our rail operations. SEPTA regional rail lines' on-time performance is in the mid-90 percent range. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the railroad to replace and repair track, bridges, signals, stations and cars to provide clean and efficient service to our riders. In fact, our Rider Report Card surveys show that our passengers are noticing the improvements. In our most recent annual survey, riders give the railroad a B- for service, and that was before completion of SEPTA's most recent success - RailWorks.

The RailWorks project included replacement and/or repair of 25 bridges and installation of 16 miles of new track, 26 miles of overhead wire and 48 miles of signal and power cable, and it was done at a cost $90 million below original projections. The work completed during RailWorks will provide riders with a smoother and more efficient ride, and we look forward to raising that report card grade even higher.

SEPTA is proud of the improvements to our services and we will continue to work to provide efficient and reliable service.

LOUIS J. GAMBACCINI

Chief Operations Officer/General Manager

SEPTA, Philadelphia

As a SEPTA rail rider, I was pleased that the Chestnut Hill East train was returning to its route to the end of the line.

Since I take Route 7 back and forth to New York via the Trenton connection, RailWorks was a slight inconvenience, but a necessary one.

The other night, on my way back home, I got to see the bright new Temple and North Philadelphia stations and immediately thought that the inconvenience was worth it. Imagine my surprise when I saw Wayne Junction, Wister and my Germantown Avenue stop in worst and dangerous conditions than before.

Are we Germantown residents to see our stations renovated like the others, or is this another North Philadelphia Amtrak Station situation?

ROBIN ROCK-BURTON

BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA

As summer vacation comes to a close, I would be remiss, if I did not take the time to say thanks to all of you responsible for bringing us at the Jersey Shore our Philadelphia Daily News.

I'd like to commend your prompt, courteous, and consistant deliveries. All of you did a great job. Your hard work and effort did not go unnoticed!

ANTHONY BRANCO

Wildwood Crest, N.J.

TIME TO FLUSH EVIDENCE

Judge Ricardo Jackson's decision to overturn conviction of a suspected drug dealer on grounds police had barged into the house too quickly is despicable. With this notice from our courts that a suspected drug dealer has 15 (additional) seconds to open a door to a police officer, the conviction rate for drug dealers will, no doubt, drop down the toilet, along with the evidence.

The criminal element is thanking Judge Jackson and the higher court for providing this extra time to perhaps load a gun for a shootout. As if the work of the police is not difficult enough, our courts are now giving drug dealers extra time to get away with the crime! What a slap in the face to the police who face the most dangerous element of our society every day - the drug dealers.

JANET CARRUTH

I am continually sickened to read of court decisions that tie the hands of police when it comes to drug dealers, addicts and other criminals. The latest one was a decision reported Sept. 13: "Judge to narcs: Not such a rush."

It is completely ludicrous that police officers must knock and then wait 15 seconds before forcing entrance to a suspected drug house. It does give the suspects time to answer the door, but it also gives them time to flush or otherwise dispose of the drugs? Why bother having police if the courts are gping to insist on rendering them ineffective?

BRIDGET MARIE SCANLON

GUNS AND CRIME

I read the article on the weapons ban on semi-automatics (Sept. 9), and I can't believe these people can be such idiots! Don't they realize the only people they will stop from owning a semi-automatic are legal honest citizens who obey the law? I own handguns and enjoy firing them at the range, so I can sympathize with the owners of these weapons.

Violent crimes, 95 percent of the time, are committed by handguns not semi- automatics. And these guns have usually been stolen or brought into this country illegally. It is impossible for a criminal to purchase a handgun legally from any gun shop. The ID check on the purchaser is very thorough. If every gun were banned in this city, violent crime would rise to over 100 percent. Washington D.C. banned all guns, and violent crime rose from 67 percent to 112 percent.

When this legislation was introduced, I and a number of other gun owners wrote to City Council, especially Angel Ortiz, and asked them not to support this asinine bill. Later that week, Ortiz told reporters he was being harassed by National Rifle Association members. Then he has the nerve to say he got detailed advice from the city's police on which guns to ban. Well, I work with quite a few police officers, and they all agree this ban will do nothing to stop violent crime.

The only way to stop violent crime is to punish criminals more severely and support the police. Newsmen: Stop being so liberal and try printing the entire facts, instead of being so biased!

JOHN NICKLAS

INEFFICIENCY PREFERABLE

An article by Ron Fournier (Sept. 7) indicated that the White House recommended that the number of federal employees be reduced, and that this would save $108 billion by the century's end. The article did not mention if the estimated savings had been offset by the estimated increase in public assistance that will have to be given to those who lose their jobs and cannot find work elsewhere and to those who would have qualified for one of the jobs being eliminated and cannot find employment elsewhere.

Inefficiency is preferrable to unemployment.

DAVID JESIONOWSKI

WHY HE'S FOR SURRICK

I'm for Robert Surrick.

I'm voting for Surrick because the state Supreme Court needs a good shaking. How in the name of justice can these elected bozos say they represent the people with all these crazy allegations?

As for Rolf Larsen, all I can say is you get what you vote for.

Surrick may be stubborn, uncompromising and yes, even arrogant, but he's what we need to get sanity back in the Court.

JACK ENGLISH

THERE SHE GOES - AT BROAD, WALNUT

Ho hum, another boring Miss America pageant. What does it all prove?

Is the winner usually the most beautiful one in the country? No!

Is she usually the most intelligent, the most talented? No!

For my money, I'll stand on a street corner at Broad and Walnut Sts. at 8 a.m., and watch the most beautiful girls in the world walk by. Bravo to

Philadelphoa's gorgeous women.

CHARLES REALDINE

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