Todd Price, Harrisburg
Marriage, straight and gay
Jeff Jacoby (column Aug. 10) offers the same old arguments against same-sex marriage.
"Marriage has suffered one blow after another," he writes, then implicates the Pill, no-fault divorce, promiscuity, cohabitation and other factors - all lifestyle choices made by (presumably) heterosexuals, none explaining how same-sex marriage threatens mixed-sex marriage.
As a gay man, I want a monogamous and lasting domestic relationship with the man I love. As a citizen, I expect any government supported by us and mixed-sex married couples to give our relationship the same respect and support it gives theirs.
By supporting civil same-sex marriage, we are not discouraging mixed-sex marriage.
Bill Dubay, Seattle
Good news on trash front
Can this mean people finally have to adhere to city trash and recycling rules (article Aug. 14)?
I was a pioneer in the corner recycling pick-up program in the '80s. It took place on the first and third Saturday each month.
I've been watching with dismay as only four houses on my block of approximately 40 participate in the regular recycling pickup every two weeks. I've also watched with horror as several neighbors disobey the rules by putting out trash practically as soon as the trucks leave. I've complained to the Sanitation Department just about every week.
Please bring this automatic trash and recycling pilot program to the southwest section of the city. Perhaps we'll be free of the stench of garbage sitting out in the hot sun, and people will finally be required to recycle.
Maureen C. Maloney, Philadelphia
Sorry, kid, swelter
My daughter, 6, asked to go swimming after I got home from work. We got to the neighborhood rec center - not many people were in the pool. We jumped in, and a lifeguard approached to tell us children could not swim because it was "adult night."
Who makes these rules? It was above 90 degrees. I pay that man to work at our public pool.
My daughter has learned for the first time that life is not fair.
Ellen Cannon, Philadelphia
Supermarket in Mount Airy
We thank 8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller for opposing Acme Markets' proposal for redeveloping the shopping center at Germantown Avenue and Sedgwick Street in Mount Airy.
She is committed to preserving the wooded buffer zone that separates the Acme from adjacent homes along Sedgwick and Mower Streets and Mount Pleasant Avenue and keeping tractor-trailer loading docks off of our residential streets.
Councilwoman Miller joins community groups in what has become a strong lobby for an improved supermarket that does not sacrifice our environment and quality of life, yet can contribute in positive ways to Germantown Avenue business and the neighborhood in general.
Businesses play essential roles in our communities, but we need to balance the interests of corporations with those of our residents and our environment.
Tina Bannister, President
Concerned Neighbors United
Another 'Nancy' fan
Please keep the "Nancy" comic strip. I like the art work, and it's usually pretty funny.
Jim Coath, King of Prussia