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.
July 2, 2014 |
THAT "THUD" you just heard was the sound of progressives, secularists and freebie-seekers thumping their foreheads in anguish. Or perhaps it was the rumble as millions of religious folk fell to their knees in gratitude that the Supreme Court had, for once in a blue moon, gotten the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment right. Or it possibly could have been the clamor of bricks from that imaginary Wall Between Church and State, crumbling to the ground in a felicitous heap.
May 23, 2014
ONCE MORE, Christine Flowers has deigned to bless us earthlings with her biased opinions. Sine we live on different planets it will probably take a few days for this message to get to her. I would like to know what laws are not based on emotion, i.e., this is good, this is bad? Just because you don't like it doesn't mean any law is being violated. If you disapprove of gay marriage that's OK, but don't pretend it's illegal or unwarranted. Too many people disagree with you, although that's never stopped you in the past.
May 15, 2014
IN HER opinion piece on Emily Letts' video, Christine Flowers conflates a number of issues to which Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC would like to respond. While Planned Parenthood had nothing at all to do with the abortion video, the point is that abortion is a deeply personal, often complex decision for a woman to make. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health-care provider.
March 11, 2014
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I think you are right. I am totally against sodomy in all of its forms and had to place myself in the shoes of those in Arizona who can't conscientiously serve homosexuals. If I had a service of some kind in the state, I couldn't do anything that would encourage or express any approval of this form of sexual perversion. (I would say the same about fornication, adultery and pedophilia.) I suppose that I could be sued and put out of business. And this is probably true in many or most other states.