Has Philly become a '3 monkey' town?

Posted: August 16, 2012

RECENT news of Monsignor Lynn's sentencing and the paid patrolman in Northwood show that Philadelphia is, on many levels, a "Three Monkey" city where "see no evil, hear no evil and say no evil" has justified the attitude that no one is his/her brother's keeper. Paying the price for indifference and apathy can be high, but the lessons learned are more valuable.

If more neighbors in Northwood looked out for each other and their properties, there would be no need to pay for personal security. Neighbors caring for each other reduces crime.

And what Judge M. Theresa Sarmina did in sentencing the priest and denying him bail should send the message that you need to contact police if you see a crime or hear a crime committed on the defenseless.

Commissioner Ramsey and the 9-1-1 system allow anonymous reporting of crimes - what more do people in this city need for showing that they need to grow a heart to report a crime?

Celeste A. Morello

Philadelphia

Gabby inspires

To John Smallwood: I was mildly disturbed by your "A little perspective" blurb in Friday's Olympics report. Is the suggestion that Gabby Douglas could not "inspire a generation"? I'm sure you have heard countless sports figures refer to other sports figures from previous generations who inspired them. Michael Jordan alone may be responsible for what basketball is as we know it today.

The idea that young Gabby already knows that some kid somewhere may have seen her and been inspired shows a wisdom beyond her 16 years. Yes, it is just sports, but the marketing and media coverage of sports has inspired people regardless of age,race and socio-economic status.

As a sports writer, you know that what I've stated about sports inspiration is true. I refuse to believe that you have become, dare I say it, an ageist! Like she's too young to inspire. Or did you have to fill in some space and chose to rain on a little kid's parade?

I just turned 37. I've been on this rock long enough to learn that inspiration can come from anywhere. And you're right, football is back and I for one could not be more excited. But I'm sure there is a generation of young gymnasts who saw Gabby and will be inspired to do great things. And when they do, they too will inspire a generation.

Rasheed Williams

Philadelphia

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