October 3, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Shoulder to shoulder but learning well The article on Philadelphia school crowding might have mentioned that in 1840, when America and Scotland were the two most literate nations on earth, the average one-room schoolhouse consisted of 250 kids headed up by one teacher and two assistants, who taught the oldest, who taught the younger, and so on down the line ("Rotating teachers and oversize classes," Sept. 26). But then we decided to prepare scared, passive, and obedient children to man the assembly lines of the industrial revolution.
October 3, 2014 |
AS RECENTLY cited in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Philadelphia is still the "poorest of America's 10 largest cities. " While the report showed that 9,000 residents moved out of poverty last year, and that is encouraging, it's hard to take any comfort when so many of our fellow citizens remain in poverty, many of them children and elderly. Over the last 20 years we have witnessed growth in the gap between the haves and have nots and the squeezing of the middle class.
September 30, 2014
I ENJOYED reading your article, and as owner and president of Graffiti Removal Experts here in Philly, I am eager to weigh in on the issue and share my thoughts: * Graffiti is rampant in Philadelphia, and I do commend the Streets Department on the great job they do in responding to reports of graffiti and cleaning it efficiently, given their limited staff and budget. However, I feel to truly tackle this problem, it is necessary to be proactive rather than just reactive. The vast majority of graffiti never gets reported, and many people either get used to seeing it or just assume it is part of "city living.
September 26, 2014 |
MORE THAN 500,000 Philadelphians have been regular smokers at some point in their lives. Approximately half have quit smoking. The other half continue to smoke. "I started smoking when I was twelve," said Susan McTamney, a former City of Philadelphia employee. "I stole my first cigarette off my sister. I smoked for 36 years . . . 4 packs per day for the last 15 years of my smoking habit. " Yet most smokers don't want to be smokers. In fact, nine out of ten regret having ever started smoking, and the majority have tried to quit in the past year.