Letters to the Editor

Posted: August 20, 2012

Other pieces of the inheritance

The letter "What Obama inherited" (Tuesday) was a moving overview of aspects of American history. Unfortunately, the writer chose to not include conditions that existed in the 21st century prior to this president's inauguration: two unfunded wars; a financial crisis caused by Wall Street machinations; major American companies shipping jobs overseas; an unemployment rate of 10 percent; an energy sector receiving billions of dollars in government subsidies while enjoying record profits.

The overly burdensome deficit that faced President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, was in large part caused by the aforementioned points. While attempting to deal with the challenges he inherited, he faced an opposition party that, from day one, said it would do everything in its power to ensure that the president failed. By implication of course, it was also stating that it wanted America to fail.

This was not an enviable endowment.

Stephen Weinstein, Elkins Park

The root of too many problems

The op-ed "Healing for victims of violence" (Aug. 12) identifies yet another kind of fallout of inner-city violence. As a father of an emergency-room doctor and a Vietnam vet recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, I can appreciate the seriousness of the problem.

However, I take issue with the last two paragraphs. For more than 40 years, very smart and caring people have written excellent articles about problems that need fixing in order to deal with violence. Among other things, they usually cite a lack of police, housing, or businesses; a shrinking tax base; and problems with the courts, schools, and social services.

However, look a little deeper and you come to the realization that at the heart of all this is the fact that we have a system that supports young women having children they can't afford. I don't have a solution, but I can clearly see where these problems begin. Can you?

James Carr, Tabernacle

Solar mandates increase costs

The editorial "Sun shines brighter in N.J." (Aug. 10) bemoans Pennsylvania's "modest goal to have 0.5 percent of its electricity come from the sun in about a decade" because it is "too low to drive demand for more solar installations." That solar power has to be mandated is the clearest indication that it will increase the cost of living and running businesses in Pennsylvania. Editors truly concerned about jobs should favor policies that improve Pennsylvania's business climate, not those that increase costs and drive businesses away.

We are blessed with an abundance of inexpensive natural gas, and this industry is employing tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians without mandates because it is economical to use it. Solar power may one day get there. When it is, no mandates will be needed to encourage its use.

Andrew Terhune, Philadelphia, asterhune@gmail.com

Visitors impressed with Philly

During a recent trip to Philadelphia, my husband and I were so impressed with the beauty of your city, the efficiency of SEPTA, and the kindness of your citizens. One conductor explained every detail of using the train and bus system to see the historical sites downtown. Train station employees patiently guided us to correct gates.

Shopkeepers, pedestrians, and restaurant personnel were so courteous to everyone. The bellman, Joel, at the Doubletree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting gave us directions to a home in Devon. As we were leaving, he waved us down and handed us his card, insisting that we call him if we were the least bit confused.

We look forward to a return visit.

Patty Powers, St. Louis

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