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.
September 25, 2013
I'D LIKE to commend Stu Bykofsky on one of the best commonsense columns I've read in a while. Legalized marijuana would empty prisons and free up the court system and the police, while adding billions in tax revenues. Plus everyone would be mellowed out. The grocery stores would be selling more snacks, several new businesses would start, and there would probably be a whole lot less shooting. P.S. If it does happen, I can't wait for the commercials. Ed Skirkie Jr. Philadelphia I usually agree with Stu, but I can't on this one. I know a few people who regularly smoke pot, and I don't feel it's been good for any of them.
March 5, 2013
PHILADELPHIA IS missing the boat. During a recent cruise (out of Fort Lauderdale), I wondered what was happening with cruises out of Philadelphia, a business that's had its ups and downs. I knew cruises are thriving in nearby Baltimore and learned that even Bayonne(!) is bounding. Philly? Dead in the water. But why? Bermuda (a popular destination) is closer to Philly than to Bayonne(!), 100 miles to our north. And we have the Navy Yard cruise-ship terminal, right? Wrong. That was sold to Urban Outfitters, says Will Agate, senior VP of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., in charge of Navy Yard management and development.