Nancy Loane, Valley Forge
After the first couple of sentences, I couldn't avert my eyes from the page until I had consumed the entire delightful and obviously autobiographical Valentine's Day love letter by Art Carey ("When Cupid's arrow winds its way back," Feb. 9). To find such a personal, genuine narrative with no editorial intent other than to stir the heartstrings is rare indeed in today's journalistic scene. Kudos for spreading a quiver-full of sparkling sunbeams across a gray, chilly Sunday morning.
Tom Giacoponello, Warwick, email@example.com
LOVE Park vision
It may be the winter of LOVE in City Hall as Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke congratulate themselves on reaching a compromise to redo JFK Plaza ("Harmony on park plan," Feb. 11). But it is surely the winter of discontent in the public schools, which are going begging for basic supplies and funds to afford part-time nurses and counselors. It's appalling that we can commit $15 million to finance the park makeover yet no money to educate children. Perhaps Council needs to pass a law mandating that every development project commit 5 percent to education, akin to the 1 percent requirement for art. On the other hand, we could be thankful that our uneducated and therefore unemployable citizens will have a lovely park in which to sit around during their ought-to-be-working years.
Jean Haskell, Philadelphia, Jean.firstname.lastname@example.org
By using a great architect for his latest residential building on Broad Street, Carl Dranoff has come up with a design that is sophisticated and timeless ("Dranoff's newest continues S. Broad's transformation," Feb. 7). Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron gave due credit last week. Philadelphia needs new architecture that reflects the world-class city it has become. But just about all of the new architecture is either gimmicky (e.g., the pink concrete on Symphony House) or uneventful. Unfortunately, the uneventful examples are exceptionally tall landmarks like Comcast's building and the St. James residential tower.
Bill Pelle, Philadelphia, email@example.com
Will Camden County Democrats ever have real choices? U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) announced his resignation, and within minutes we knew who would likely replace him ("Assessing Andrews," Feb. 5). Is it any wonder so many citizens fail to vote when these decisions are already made for us by a small group of politicians?
Michael Dunbar, Barrington
Richard Nixon merely considered using the IRS to harass political enemies, and that became an article of impeachment. Contrast that with the present-day IRS harassment of tea-party groups. The Obama administration appears to be using government's most feared elements to intimidate and threaten private citizens who have done nothing more than get involved in the political process. It's shameful that both parties aren't working together to get to the bottom of this.
Fran Steffler, Philadelphia,