July 6, 2016
I SHARE the anguish expressed by Christine Flowers in her powerful op-ed on why she feels forced to vote for presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom she loathes. Her deepest concern is the possible Supreme Court justice the next president will nominate to replace late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and possibly others. Hillary Clinton has already expressed support for Planned Parenthood and hailed the "victory" of the recent SCOTUS decision striking down a Texas law that abortion clinics be hospital-ready for emergencies.
February 5, 2016
SOLOMON JONES hit the nail on the head, when he wrote his column about the difference between black and white, with the MOVE confrontation and the ranchers' protest in Oregon. The city of Philadelphia under the command of Commissioner Gregore Sambore burned down a whole block because people who called themselves MOVE and were the followers of John Africa. All the people in involved in the move confrontation were of African descent. The white people in Oregon took over property that belonged to the United States government.
January 7, 2016
OVER THE WEEKEND, I read a column on philly.com by Christine Flowers. It was about Bill Cosby and William Lynn. In it, the author wrote that Lynn was charged under a law that does not apply to him. That is not correct. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Lynn's case, that Lynn could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Since the author's incorrect statement of the law seems to be the basis for her conclusion that Lynn was convicted of a crime he did not commit, the entire column - as it relates to Lynn - is false.
December 9, 2015
IN HER RECENT column, Christine Flowers writes, "I reject the premise that language, even harsh language, can trigger havoc. Words don't kill. Sick, evil people do. " Therefore, she claims, the inflammatory language of the anti-abortion movement has nothing to do with the violent attacks against abortion providers. Ms. Flowers also indicates that she is an "unapologetic Christian. " She should remember, then, the flyers that were circulated in El Salvador in the '70s and '80s instructing soldiers to "Be a patriot!
October 28, 2015
WHAT IS A UNION supposed to do for its active paying members? I'm trying to figure this one out. A few Philly cops tested positive for drugs and the only comment from Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby was, "We [the union] don't represent officers who do that stuff. " People turn to drugs for a number of reasons; it could be from a bout of depression from losing a loved one, financial problems, a previous injury that now led to an addiction, etc., but instead of rooting out the problem of the drug use and getting you help, your union who has accepted and deposited your dues for however long you've been a cop decided to turn its back on you . . . wow . Don't a lot of companies offer programs to their workers who have such problems - they will get you treatment, offer you a sponsor, etc.?
September 29, 2015
WITH GREAT faith, hope and love in my heart, I decorated the front of my house in South Philly to honor and welcome our Holy Father Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, a sinner robbed my decorations not once but twice! I want to thank you for trying to test my faith, trying to make me angry, trying to make me feed into your evilness! I enjoy being tested! You could rob all the material things I own but you and no one else will ever take my faith away from me!
December 16, 2014
I MOVED TO Center City in 1988. I lived four blocks south of the Gallery. It was very convenient living so close to a major mall. The Gallery was not a great mall, but it had three anchor stores (Strawbridge and Clothier, Sterns, and J.C. Penney) that made it a decent place to shop. Unfortunately, all three are gone. In November 1988 I had a fall and became a quadriplegic. At that time the Gallery was very accessible because each of the anchor stores had elevators that went to every level.
December 4, 2014
WHEN the grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson, two key elements were established as fact: The grand jury showed that a crime was not committed by the officer, and it also showed that the root cause of the rioting was based on the recollections of people who were shown to be not telling the truth. When I see pictures in the Daily News and cartoons of people with hands raised, I wonder if the creator of the cartoon (Signe) or the protester actually read the grand-jury report that showed that no credible witness claimed Michael Brown's hands were raised when he was shot.
August 6, 2014
KUDOS to Temple University for its commitment to access and diversity and its bold and courageous move to make the SAT or ACT an option and not a requirement for admission to the university beginning fall 2015. Temple becomes the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional. In looking at the whole picture and a student's entire high-school body of work - GPA, class rank, rigorous subject choices, overall achievement - and recognizing that there do exist intelligent and outstanding students who may not standardized-test well, Temple is helping to ensure that many more deserving students with the potential to make an impact on the university and on the world do not fall through the cracks and are now given the opportunity to attend Temple.
July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.