Kenneth M. Foti, Malvern, email@example.com
Just stand there
David Kopel seems to be telling us that two Colorado senators were recalled simply because they were legislating ("Colorado recall about guns and lawmakers," Sept. 15). Indeed, they were: proposing, discussing, advocating, and passing legislation. But in the conservative/tea-party paradigm, the job of state senators is not to legislate, but to obstruct and prevent legislation. Not just gun laws, but any laws.
Albert E. Jenkin, Pottstown, firstname.lastname@example.org
It's an absolute disgrace that some people who own Jersey Shore property as vacation homes are not getting federal aid to help them rebuild their dreams ("Shore living isn't that easy," Sept. 22). These people, for the most part, have worked hard and saved in order to afford these properties, and the fact that they are second homes should not have anything to do with whether or not they receive federal aid. If government can subsidize people who have never worked, and never intend to, through housing and other aid programs, it should be able to help someone who has done all the right things.
Mike Krakovitz, Drexel Hill, email@example.com
Moms at work
As a single mother and former welfare recipient, I was disgusted to learn that as many as eight of every 10 applications for cash assistance are being denied because of a rule requiring applicants to search for at least three jobs and document their efforts ("Denials up in Pa. for welfare aid," Sept. 16). Who is to care for the children while their mothers do this?
Being a mother is a full-time job, just one without a wage. Our work is given lip service as the hardest job there is from President Obama on down, yet mothers are denied resources - including welfare - and that puts children at risk of being put in foster care. One practical proposal in Congress is the Rise Out of Poverty Act sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D., Wis.), which would change the goal of TANF (welfare "reform") to ending child poverty, rather than denying moms and children benefits. Shame on the Corbett administration for its cruelty toward children and mothers struggling for survival.
Pat Albright, Philadelphia
Clean up that mess
With an important election coming up, state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney deserves credit for going to bat for ordinary homeowners by passing a law that forces owners of contaminated industrial sites to pay for the cleanup costs. It's just one of many examples of Sweeney accomplishing things that have had a real and positive impact.
William Gigliotti Jr., West Deptford
Come back, Ed
After riding my bike down the Schuylkill trail through Center City, with so many folks of all ages and backgrounds using the rejuvenated Fairmount Park, it was hard not to credit former Mayor Ed Rendell for the many changes that have created such a vibrant atmosphere ("Some in Philly longing for Rendell's return," Sept. 22).
Dennis Murphy, Wayne, Dennismurphy08@gmail.com