Letters to the Editor

Posted: October 18, 2012

Reason to celebrate Eagles' loss

For the remainder of this Eagles season, please join me in raising a glass in celebration of every Eagles loss ("Just like fold times," Monday). Why, you ask?

For 14 years we have been living with Andy "Gotta do a better job" Reid, who pulverizes game plans by not playing to his strengths or the opponents' weaknesses. For 14 years we've been watching ineffectual quarterbacks play from "X." For 14 years we've had to endure poor tackling, dumb penalties, lack of focus, nonsense time-outs, "not so special" special teams, and management blind spots in personnel (remember those years where we didn't need a punt returner, didn't need a fullback, didn't need a linebacker, didn't need a real defensive coordinator). For 14 years I've been shoveling money for Eagles tickets to watch one devastating loss at home after another.

I'm trusting Jeff Lurie to live up to his word that an unacceptable season means the end of Andy Reid. So, for now, three cheers for another loss.

Vince Giorgi, Collegeville

Time for Reid to go

After Sunday's game, why wait for an 8-8 season? It is high time for Coach Andy Reid to leave Philly.

William D. Markert Jr., Philadelphia

Let Vick be Vick

I have great admiration for Michael Vick, first on his moral epiphany and second on his athletic prowess. He is a fantastic and, certainly, courageous athlete.

Having said that, he is also a square peg in a round hole. He is not and never has been a pocket quarterback. Andy Reid, a quarterback specialist, should have realized this long before now. I am afraid it is too late in the season to revamp the Eagles' offense to accommodate Vick's talents, but something must be done. Vick's turnoveritis merely highlights the uncertainty with which he plays. It's time to let Vick be Vick.

I know it is tempting to change quarterbacks, but the quarterback who was brilliant in preseason is a rookie and throwing him to the lions too soon could ruin a promising career. It is time Reid used his vaunted football expertise and let Vick play in his comfort zone. Who knows? The Eagles might even make the playoffs.

Ralph D. Bloch, Warrington, ralphdbloch@yahoo.com

U.S. needs another Cesar Chavez

President Obama's recent designation of the California home of Cesar Chavez as a national monument was a fitting tribute to the late labor leader and a needed reminder to many Americans of how the labor movement fought for - and won - social justice for millions ("Home of late labor leader now a national monument," Oct. 9).

Chavez is a hero of mine. When I first became business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, a former business agent gave me a gift I cherish to this day: a simple wooden grape box signed by Cesar Chavez. It sits proudly near framed photos of two of my other heroes, Jack and Bobby Kennedy. RFK shared my great respect for Chavez, once describing him as "one of the heroic figures of our time."

Chavez was a remarkable man who turned down several opportunities that would have provided a comfortable life for him and his family. Instead, he chose the hard road, staying true to his calling to be a farm labor leader, a national voice for the poor and disenfranchised, and a legendary community organizer who brought about social change through nonviolent means.

In these bleak economic times in which working-class families are under assault, America needs another Cesar Chavez.

John J. Dougherty, business manager, IBEW Local 98, Philadelphia

Stunning N.J. endorsements

I find it stunning that The Inquirer has the temerity to endorse U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) and Shelley Adler for Congress. You endorse Andrews because of the "sleepy campaign" of Republican challenger Gregory Horton.

This is a slap in the face to every voter in the First Congressional District. Andrews has a campaign war chest that permits him to repair the damage from his very questionable use of his campaign funds. The Inquirer has actually criticized him in the past, but now you are able to overlook the actions of a politician who brings new meaning to the phrase "absolute power corrupts absolutely."

You say Horton hasn't offered a detailed platform, but ignore that criticism in endorsing Adler over U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.). During a televised debate, Adler was almost laughable. When asked direct questions, her repeated answer was, "I'll have to look into it." She is totally unprepared for office. If anyone is lacking a "detailed program," it is she.

Andrew J. Anderson, Marlton

Backing Smith for U.S. Senate

I have great respect for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and his family. I campaigned for his father as far back as 1966, when he was running for governor. However, I do not believe that Casey deserves reelection as Pennsylvania's U.S. senator ("Casey the best match for state," Tuesday).

The most important duty of a member of Congress is to pass an annual budget. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has not even offered up a budget over the last three years, and, as far as I can tell, Casey has not pushed for his leader to do so.

This is why I am supporting Republican Tom Smith to be our next senator. Smith understands that the federal government can't operate in such a fiscally irresponsible way. He also knows that our government can't keep spending more than it takes in every year and burdening future generations with massive debts. We need a change.

Ross Schriftman, Horsham

On ATVs, democracy in action

Thank you for the editorial "Put more gas in efforts to catch ATV riders" (Oct. 8). The hearing was a terrific example of democracy in action.

Although we ultimately did the right thing in voting for tough penalties and enforcement, the testimony of ATV riders was compelling. They gave us lessons and insight into this emerging sport. Some shared that riding has kept them away from drugs and gang activity, among other things. I applaud them for participating in their government, and believe it will make a difference as we pursue our next steps.

Their challenge to us: Find a space to ride, off the streets. To be clear, I am not in favor of converting public park land into an "ATV park," but that does not preclude us from creatively exploring other options. A public-private partnership to produce a profitable, safe, and fun alternative to riding in the streets is intriguing. There are successful business models in surrounding areas and we intend to keep our word to the young people who testified by giving these ventures a look. Stay tuned.

Blondell Reynolds Brown, councilwoman at large, majority whip, Philadelphia, Blondell.Reynolds.Brown@phila.gov

The kindness of strangers

I was driving along Kelly Drive recently, near Boat House Row, when my tire blew out and my car stopped dead in the middle of traffic.

I was so stunned, I didn't know how to react. Out of nowhere, three citizens, two pedestrians and one car driver, helped me change the tire.

They calmed me down, and helped me out of a potentially lethal situation with incredibly friendly smiles and soothing words. Their kindness reaffirmed my belief in my beloved Philadelphia.

Emily Steinberg, Philadelphia

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