Letters: Hyping Jay-Z sends the wrong kind of message

Posted: May 25, 2012

Sorry, I don’t wish to be a "party pooper" but the grandstanding of Mayor Nutter and Jay-Z on the Art Museum steps was not cute at all! It sent a bad message! America is not a "straight country" anymore. Too many mixed messages.

Sell drugs and shoot people (including family members) to get your start-up money and just maybe … just maybe one day you will stand next to the mayor of a major city. Why? To promote a concert called "Made In America."

In addition to that, just maybe … just maybe you will own a percentage of an NBA basketball team. This is the message that was sent to the young folks during the Art Museum appearance.

I wake up each morning, brush my teeth, put on my clothes and try to become successful as a law-abiding citizen. I expect all others to do the same. But today’s culture is beginning to blur the lines between hero and villain.

Tony Dphax King

Philadelphia

A few years ago, Jay Z held a two day concert at Yankee Stadium. Now he has finalized his plans to do a concert in the City of Brotherly Love. Mayor Nutter, who is overly conscious of revenue that is brought into Philadelphia, should be elated for all the pre-concert fanfare and his efforts to seal such an enormous concert deal. Jay Z’s Bronx concert proved to be quite a success and lucrative then. I’m sure his scheduled upcoming concert will be just as lucrative for Philly, too.

Wayne E. Williams

Camden

Death (clap)trap?

I grew up in Philadelphia and always read the Daily News, mainly for the sports. I’ve been living in Ventnor for the past 25 years , and when I can I pick up the News — it’s hard to break old habits.

But after seeing that headline in the paper, you will never see me with a Daily News in my hand again. Putting that headline on the front page was an insult to Atlantic City. The city has been working very hard to change a bad image. Ay-Cee has been a destination for Philadelphia and surrounding towns for over 100 years. The person who committed this horrible crime is a nut case, or drug addict, or both.

You owe Atlantic City some sort of apology, although it’s like telling a jury to strike that bit of information from their mind. I fully understand you have to report the news, but shame on you for such sensationalism.

Simon Hanin

Ventnor, N.J.

Obviously you need to sell more newspapers in order to stay afloat. However, it is sad that you feel the need to do it off the back of Atlantic City.

Your headline does not reflect the true circumstance, especially since the perpetrator comes from your city. Instead you should investigate whose dollar got her here — and offer your apologies for sending this woman to us instead of giving her the help she really needed.

Despicable — so despicable!

Frances W. McNellis

Atlantic City

I used to live in Atlantic City and got the hell out two years ago. It’s a dirty, trashy city that’s pretty much a joke — politically, professionally, morally.

I thought the article was wonderfully written.

The editorial in The Press of Atlantic City asked that people who know the real Atlantic City and know the truth respond. I know the real Atlantic City. And you were spot on.

Lisa Beach

Sterling, Va.

To the people of Atlantic City: Maybe it was a little overkill with that headline, but remember: They are in the selling business, just like your boardwalk, rental properties and restaurants. If we from Philly and the surrounding areas don’t support the shore, a lot of people would be out of work and businesses closed.

We pumped a lot of money into your local economy. That headline was for one day; we do business with Atlantic City all summer.

Bobby LaVelle

Philadelphia

A chief shot

Your article about John Timoney police-chiefing in Bahrain only reinforced what those of us who worked for the Police Department before and after his time in Philly already knew: he was, and still is, a carpetbagger, going wherever the money and publicity are.

It seems that nothing has changed in the 10 years or so that he’s been gone. I wonder if Bahrain gave him a free Lexus to ride around in, like they did in Miami. Or would that just be unethical of him to accept one?

Ted Lister

Philadelphia

Kudos to the People’s editorial board for speaking out in support of Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez’s Land Bank legislation (Bill #120052).

The editorial board raises two extremely important decisions integral to a successful land bank: who should make decisions about land and who should get land? Take Back Vacant Land, a growing coalition of faith, labor, civic and community groups, believes that people who live, work and worship in our communities are in the best position to know what our neighborhoods need. That is why we successfully advocated for community representation on the land bank board of directors.

The land bank must also make careful decisions about who receives land. The Thomas Buck Hosiery building fire tragedy is a sad example of how speculators and absentee landlords abuse our land and create blight, danger and, in the most extreme circumstances, death in our communities.

We recommend explicitly prioritizing community investors — individuals and groups who have a demonstrated commitment to affordable and accessible housing, small business that offer jobs and services, green space, and nutritious food. To fulfill its promise, the land bank has to be a bank we can trust.

Thomas H. Earle, CEO

Liberty Resources, Inc.

Philadelphia

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