Everyone can see that working people, retirees and those who lost their jobs are feeling the effect of the increases in utility bills, property-tax increases, cutbacks and the cost of living. It's a shame because those who laid the foundation for this city can't make it in today's society. Everyone else gets to live and eat free. They get clothing allowances and their children go to college for free while we have to take out loans for our children or work two jobs - if we can find one.
Before Council members go on vacation, I wish they'd look into this system and put the question on the ballot in November. I'd be the first one to vote for it. I'm still waiting my raise.
Josephine Wilson, Philadelphia
Try 'oil explosion'
Re Madeleine Dean's recent op-ed: I agree that the term "BP oil spill" is at best weak. My suggestion is that we use the phrase "BP oil explosion" to designate this cataclysmic catastrophe that BP is solely responsible for.
They're the ones who drilled this well and skimped on safety precautions. The fact that our government allowed them to do this does not mitigate that responsibility. Let them try to spin the phrase "oil explosion" into something that sounds like dropping a bottle of milk on the floor.
Joe Orenstein, Philadelphia