Susan Henick, Wyndmoor
The story about the Water Department mailroom worker who is accused of stealing more than $1.3 million from the department raises a few questions ("Mailroom worker is charged," Nov. 29). As a ratepayer, I'd like to know if there was a supervisor responsible for overseeing this clerk? Was there a manager responsible for reviewing an annual budget for supplies? How did the department miss what had to be a tremendous spike in orders for ink toner and cartridges? The administration should be asking the same questions - and getting answers.
Matthew Augustine, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org
I read with interest the article on veteran prosecutors Sally Smith, Mary Alison Albright, and Michele Morgera ("Camden County losing an effective prosecutor," Nov. 25).
As a woman and as a practicing attorney, I was extremely disappointed in the choice to trivialize the long careers of these women by discussing their physical appearance: "faux fur," "polished heels," "neatly pressed" wardrobe, "librarian-style glasses." An article about a male prosecutor's retirement would never have discussed his wardrobe or choice of glasses.
These women deserve accolades for their decades of service, not to mention the barriers they broke when they joined the male-dominated legal profession in the 1980s.
The unfortunate reality, which female professionals deal with every day, is that they not only have to be the best at what they do, but they must always look "good" while doing it. I would have hoped, however, that The Inquirer would make more of an effort to avoid this type of gender-biased reporting.
Jillian A.S. Roman, Havertown, email@example.com
Bravo to Dr. Stephanie Sober for her stand on eliminating funding for school abstinence programs, which have been shown not to work ("A lesson in abstinence," Nov. 27). Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a recommendation, based on research data, that pediatricians should provide information about the "morning-after pill" to all adolescents because it has been shown to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. I am afraid that the same antiscience, "my mind is made up so don't confuse me with facts" bias that has continued funding for abstinence education will rear its ugly head on this issue also.
Barbara Gold, M.D., Philadelphia
This is an exciting time for the Bancroft property, as we continue our efforts to be the leading provider of vital services for those with autism, brain injuries, and other disabilities ("OK sought to buy land," Nov. 29).
We have reached a fair deal with Haddonfield's school board so it can acquire our property. The sale would provide much greater flexibility for Haddonfield schools, as well as recreational and open-space opportunities for the borough. We hope voters will approve the referendum on the sale.
As for Bancroft, we plan to build updated facilities nearby to best meet the needs of the children and adults we serve. However, if the referendum does not pass, we will immediately begin the process of building new facilities on the current site, and there will be no further negotiation on a sale.
Bancroft will maintain its presence in this region either way, and we look forward to continuing to serve the community.
Toni Pergolin, president and CEO, Bancroft, Haddonfield