In Policing Students, La Salle Is No Better

Posted: September 15, 2009

MY SYMPATHIES to letter-writer Daina Richie ("My St. Joe's Student Nightmare," Sept. 9) - welcome to my world.

I live in the 2100 block of Elkins Avenue, which, when I bought my house 18 years ago, was a quiet block occupied by senior citizens and working families. I, too, am a college graduate and the parent of a college student, so I understand the age and mentality.

We now have two houses on our block occupied by La Salle University students, and the noise and disruption are unbelievable. They order beer delivered to at least one of the houses (where no one looks 21), play music and party until all hours and sit on the neighbors' property. If I had a nickel for every red plastic cup that my neighbors and I have swept up, the economy would not be a problem for us.

What really bugs me, though, is LaSalle's attitude. They never, ever notify us of who to call if the students are a problem, or have meetings to explain their standards of conduct or send foot patrols down our block to ensure the students are behaving.

They've been insensitive to our concerns, and while everyone knows they want our houses for expansion, as long as we're still here, they should care enough about their high-priced students to ensure their safety and that the neighbors have a liaison to contact regarding their behavior.

La Salle is a juggernaut, and the police and politicians almost always defer to their wishes and not ours. So Daina, good luck. And if good luck fails, try some ear plugs.

Gayle R. Ryder, Philadelphia

Unhappy Philly experience

On Labor Day weekend, we packed up our bags and headed for Philadelphia. We enjoy other cities, but we love Philadelphia because of the history, the Reading Terminal Market and the Italian market. We visit whenever we can, but this time something happened that's changed our thinking - and I don't think we'll be visiting Philadelphia again any time soon.

During our attempted visit to the Art Museum (it was closed that day), my van was broken into and two Acer laptops were stolen.

That might not seem like a big deal, but this family labored to purchase them, one for my son who is autistic and one for the twins. My son rarely laughs, but every so often, when he's watching an old TV show on, you can hear him let loose with a burst of laughter. Such a joy for me to hear. I don't know when we will be able to replace them, if ever.

I'd just like to say to whoever stole this lifeline from him: Shame on you!

The events of Labor Day will haunt this family for a long time. May you also be haunted by your crimes.

Renee L. Waring, Manchester, Pa.

Losing faith on health care

This new medical-care program, if passed, won't go into effect until 2013. So what was the urgency to try to pass the 1,000-page bill before the August recess and before it was even read?

Does President Obama want to get re-elected before we all feel the ramifications of the new legislation? The stimulus legislation, the White House czars, these are scary times, everyone! I no longer trust what the president says or what he does.

Lorraine Lanzelotti, Sewell, N.J.

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