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November 12, 2015
THIS VETERANS DAY, as Americans celebrate the service of those men and women who have worn our country's cloth, we may finally hear some good news regarding the plight of our veterans living on the streets and alleyways of Philadelphia. We will all soon hear officials and agencies at the federal, state and local levels tell us that because of the tremendous effort to get our most vulnerable and needy veterans off the streets and into housing, while also providing these men and women with the wraparound services necessary to assure this transition from street to housing has been successful, that veterans' homelessness, as we know it, now is ended.
NEWS
November 12, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS DAY Keep our day I am a Vietnam veteran and proud off it. I honor and observe Veterans Day as a solemn day of prayer and remembrance. Now, Tom Taft, the chief operating officer at Germantown Academy, wants to make Veterans Day "our National Election Day" ("To honor service, move elections to Veterans Day," Nov. 4). One of the saddest statistics in America is the low voter turnout. In the 2012 presidential election, only 57.5 percent of eligible voters turned out. Last week, only 23.7 percent voted for Philadelphia mayor.
NEWS
November 11, 2015
AS A LIFELONG South Philadelphian, I felt a sense of pride when Jim Kenney won the election. I felt for a moment I had a member of my family as the city's chief executive. I thought Mayor Kenney would bring a dividend to our starved constituency. After reading Kenney's agenda, his priorities, I was aghast and dismayed. Kenney's agenda includes universal pre-K, 21st-century policing and LGBT issues. It seems any recompense for the old neighborhood is not forthcoming. Has Kenney forgotten where he's from?
NEWS
November 10, 2015
MS. FLOWERS, Today I saw your column on Tuesday's election , and I was struck by one statement near the end, in which you write, "I'm wondering if I'm going to have to . . . sew a star on my jacket" to get into the city because she's against gay marriage. I'm writing you about this because I find that reference deeply offensive. I am not asking that you be sanctioned in any way, nor am I advocating a retraction or any other kind of censorship. But after trying to brush it off and forget about it, I find I am unable to get it out of my mind.
NEWS
November 6, 2015
IN AN ATTEMPT to intimidate and discredit director Quentin Tarantino, police organizations across the country have united in a boycott of his soon-to-be-released film, "The Hateful Eight. " Why? Because Tarantino exercised his right to free speech by attending and speaking at "Rise Up October," a massive, three-day demonstration in New York City which called for an end to police terror. Ironically, the boycott and intensive publicity of "The Hateful Eight" will only attract more moviegoers when it hits theaters on Christmas Day. As the saying goes, "there's not such thing as bad publicity.
NEWS
November 5, 2015
LIKE MANY CITIZENS living in Philadelphia, I've been keeping track of the budget crisis that's gripping many organizations that rely on state funding, including public and parochial schools. With the budget problem reaching the five-month stretch because of a pointless stalemate among state representatives, the only people who are hurting more (other than the state workers) are the children and their hardworking parents. What makes the situation more nail-biting is that some schools may be doomed to shut their doors indefinitely if a new deal is not reached ASAP.
NEWS
November 4, 2015
FORGET THE IDEA of a stadium. Temple University is in the unique position to establish a leadership role by rallying other colleges and universities to donate money to the struggling public schools. By passing on the stadium, Temple makes a powerful statement that can make a much larger impact in the lives of students on the playing field of "life. " By kick-starting a program, higher education in the city benefits on many levels. Peter Tobia Philadelphia Letter told a lie Lora Neal rants on about the Black Lives Matter movement mentioning all the familiar names, but that's what it is. Just rants.
NEWS
November 3, 2015
IT'S A SIN for Kenyatta Johnson to have a casino built by the Cordish Cos. with the adverse publicity the company got. The Cordish Cos. have had many racial suits files against them; several were settled out of court. Kenyatta Johnson was planning his birthday party/campaign fundraiser bash at the company's South Philadelphia Xfinity Live location, until he was told that it would be a conflict of interest. He is most certainly a perfidious person. Alfred Augustus Philadelphia   School buses need external cameras At the start of the new school year, I had several conversations with parents about school-bus safety.
NEWS
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | STUDENT ARREST What if police manhandled your child? I'm hearing comments from people saying a South Carolina sheriff's deputy was just doing his job when he assaulted a girl for refusing to leave a classroom ("U.S. opens probe of S.C. student's arrest," Wednesday). It's interesting that people are placing the blame on the girl. I'm not surprised. Here's a scenario: Your son or daughter allegedly was rude to a police officer who then assaulted your child.
NEWS
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | JOBS National bill needed The Father's Day Rally Committee, a group of African American men concerned about the quality of life of young black men primarily in the Philadelphia area but also nationally, has sent a letter to President Obama asking him and Congress to support a National Public Service Employment bill that would provide public-sector jobs for countless Americans. We watched HBO's Vice Special Report: Fixing the System , which included the president's historic tour of the federal prison in El Reno, Okla.
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