April 7, 2016
A RECENT commentary by Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, in which he criticized Mayor Kenney for his empathy toward today's immigrant population, has been gnawing at my craw. It's time to respond. I am as proud of my Irish heritage, as Bykofsky is of his heritage. But, unlike Bykofsky, I honor my ancestors and the struggles they experienced during their migration to the United States by welcoming the stranger - simply put, by not being the xenophobe Bykofsky clearly has become. Consider this: About 31.4 million people lived in America in 1860.
March 24, 2016
IN HIS HASTE to denounce Mayor Kenney, Stu Bykofsky was spreading some blarney of his own: namely that there is a process by which undocumented immigrants can "line up, take a number and wait their turn. " By his own Yiddish standards, Bykofsky is lying. There is no way for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants, most of whom are low-skilled, to work legally in the United States. The visas simply do not exist. I am disappointed to see the grandchild of immigrants spread such a pernicious myth, especially when his own grandparents would likely not have been allowed into the United States under today's immigration laws.
October 20, 2015
STU BYKOFSKY'S anti-bike columns have become boring and predictable lately, so I'm relieved that he broke out of his slump with his recent rant warning of a looming takeover of Philly streets by hordes of bicyclists, pedestrians and - even worse - baby strollers. Gee, do you think an ambulance could get through? Alas, Stu's facts are no match for his hyperbole. No one's suggesting anything approaching the pope-weekend street closures - just one morning a month (or season) on a few selected streets.
July 22, 2015
I FOUND STU BYKOFSKY'S repugnant traducement of the late Howard Zinn and his literary accomplishment, A People's History of The United States , patently offensive and despicable. This polemic rant is an affront to traditional journalistic diplomacy and tact. Mr. Bykofsky's attack is rife with opinionated and subjective reckoning concerning Howard Zinn, his intentions and his works. He also managed to disparage the substantive benevolence of the efforts from members of our City Council, marginalize the convictions of an entire community of intellectuals, insidiously inject politically polarized conflagrations, and make asinine presumptions about contemporary American history and modern American culture.
September 19, 2014
STU Bykofsky's insulting piece, " 'White privilege'?- I just don't see it," contradicts itself, since no African-American writer at your paper or any other big-city newspaper around the country would be able to have an article published that is called " 'White privilege'?- I just don't see it," for example. Actually, I despise the term "white privilege," because I see it as a way for white liberals to impose the psychological hegemony of white supremacy upon African-American people, under the guise of the former pretending to demean themselves, when in reality they are merely exhibiting an emotional "flexing of the muscles," as it were, at the latter body.
September 12, 2014
JUNTOS should never be confused as a group who speaks for people who identify themselves with the all-encompassing demographic term "Latino" or "Hispanic. " Your article reaches the goal of what good journalism is supposed to do; force readers to think critically about difficult topics. Keep up the excellent writing. Mark Torres Philadelphia Where are the rational, intelligent people of the Daily News readership? How do you get anti-Latino from correctly selected words?
August 22, 2014
TO THE EDITOR: My name is Christine Flowers and I am an immigration lawyer. I am also an avid reader of the People Paper, and love your Letters to the Editor section. They're usually a lot more articulate than the rants you read at Philly.com in the comments section. I'm sure the columnists have stopped reading those online firebombs long ago. If they haven't, they should. Every now and then, though, it seems as if some of that Philly.com vibe spills over onto the printed page.
August 19, 2014
IS STU BYKOFSKY anti-Latino? He's answered his own question. This week, Stu Bykofsky asked how he could possibly be considered a "hysterical" "irrational" xenophobic anti-Latino columnist, charges he calls "baseless. " Let's review his actual record. Hysterical? Irrational? In the last few years alone, Bykofsky has written columns that questioned Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez's patriotism, stalked and confronted Latino-looking workers at construction sites, and admitted to pure speculation surrounding mysterious letters addressed to Latino surnames arriving at one man's house.
June 19, 2014
READERS respond to Stu Bykofsky's "Race to a faulty solution" column (June 9). Slavery in the U.S. was for the most part an element of a colonial economy run by "planters" in the South. While politically part of the U.S., the planters' economy was really a colonial enterprise beholden to mill owners in Britain and, to a smaller extent, New England. By denying freedoms to, in some cases, half or more of their populations, slave-owning societies stymied their own economic development and have yet, more than a century later, to catch up with the rest of the country.
May 7, 2014
TO STU Bykofsky: As I fan, I thought you should know that your column on ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and Mayor Nutter's policy reads like the fearmongering and cliche xenophobic drivel I would expect from Fox News. I highly recommend you spend some time with actual immigrants, who are juxtaposed between corporate exploitation of migrant undocumented workers and complex legal policies that serve no one but attorneys and law firms. Our federal and state policies do not go after or apprehend criminals; ICE fills cells at for-profit detention centers similar to how the war on drugs has served as an investment platform for privatized prisons.