Letters to the Editor

Posted: April 11, 2012

Wrong conclusions on shooting

Annette John-Hall has deduced the wrong conclusion in "Of hoodies and mistreatment" (Friday). She states that 92 homicides have occurred in Philadelphia in 96 days - mostly black-on-black crime - and that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in Florida 39 days ago.

However, the "anger turned on itself" in Philadelphia during the 57 days before Martin bought his last bag of Skittles had absolutely nothing to do with the teen's death or any "stand your ground" law. I bet the homicides in Philly were more linked to drugs, domestic disputes, gangs, and felonies than to racial profiling.

We need to stop blaming white folks for all of our problems. Every one of our sons in this city knows that it is young black males - not police officers or overzealous town watchers - who are "hatin'" on them.

Rosamond Kay, Philadelphia, yakr47@aol.com

Perception is everything

I must respectfully disagree with "Of hoodies and security blankets" (Sunday) when it comes to perception. If lawmakers are using perception as the measuring stick for making laws (for example, Florida's "stand your ground" law), then perception, even when it has nothing to do with the truth, is everything!

So, if a person chooses to wear an article of clothing that is going to make others perceive that he is a criminal, then he might as well be one. I realize that's a stretch, but to be smart one should give up wearing the clothing that incites people or gives a false impression about the wearer.If you continue to wear hoodies, then you must expect the predictable consequences of that choice. It's not fair, but no one promised that life would be fair.

Jeanne C. Hoff, Norristown, mgkgne@comcast.net

Protests based on race

In answer to "Why no protests for 6-year-old?" (Sunday), it is because no one involved in the death of Khalil Wimes was white. Rest assured, if George Zimmerman were black, we wouldn't have even known about the shooting in Florida.

Dale J. Porter, Philadelphia

Needy have suffered enough

Those most in need in our society have already suffered disproportionately under the policies, programs, and philosophies of George W. Bush and the Republican Party. Yet Robert Robb claims that further cuts to the social safety net, as proposed in U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget aimed at reducing federal debt and deficit, would be "rather mild," and would not further harm the most vulnerable Americans ("Ryan plan correctly focuses on deficit," April 2). If that's true, then there can be no argument that the wealthy would suffer if equivalent debt and deficit reductions were achieved by increasing their taxes.

Jim Davis, Avalon

Politicians cheaper than newspapers

Having read with "amusement" the article about promised editorial independence of the new newspaper owners, the writer of the letter "New owners" (Saturday) opined that it would have been a more interesting story had the group included a conservative. Good heavens, man, are you daft? What fiscally astute conservative would waste money buying a newspaper when it's so much less expensive to simply buy the politicians, lobbyists' markup included.

Ellis J. Serdikoff, Collegeville

Lucky to have Kenney on Council

We were confused by, first, the political cartoon about City Councilman Jim Kenney, and then Karen Heller's column "Generating buzz the hard way" (Sunday). Kenney has served this city well for many years. He has taken on many unpopular issues and always maintained his integrity. If paying $29,000 to support a small business instead of adding someone to an already bloated city payroll is his worst transgression, we'd say we're pretty lucky to have him in his at-large seat.

Marsha Shiflet and Bob Santoro, Philadelphia

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