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May 4, 2011
THE HEADLINE on Stu Bykofsky's column ( "Bike-commuter Numbers a Bit Inflated" ) is as limp as the argument he makes. He mocks the city's citing a "record number" of bicycle commuters by taking issue with the notion of a census tract rather than the fact, left uncontested, that bicycle commuting is indeed at record numbers in Philadelphia. Stu has been calling for the need for enforcement. The city announces the biggest traffic-enforcement plan in decades, with planned enforcement for bikes, cars and pedestrians, and Stu's response is simply scorn.
NEWS
January 7, 2010
ALUMP OF COAL the size of the Liberty Bell was dumped in D.A.-elect Seth Williams' stocking by the Inquirer about two weeks before Santa slipped down chimneys. In a four-part series, the paper exposed the maggots of Philadelphia's criminal-justice system, in which most violent criminals get kicked out and most victims just get kicked. It landed on Williams because, as the D.A., he's the newest law-enforcement executive in the city. The Inquirer reported that among America's 10 largest cities, Philadelphia has the highest rates of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and gun crimes, but the lowest conviction rate.
NEWS
July 12, 2010
TO COLUMNIST Stu Bykofsky: I've been following the issue regarding the city of Philadelphia considering denying the federal immigration service access to local arrest records. One of the bloggers campaigning for the city's withdrawal attacked you personally for your column about illegal immigrants working as carpenters. After reading those comments, I read your article - and you were right on mark. Unfortunately the open-borders/amnesty crowd will stoop to personal attacks to silence any opposition.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
YOUR FAVORITE Columnist continues his tradition of an annual sit-down with God. YFC: Hello, Lord. God: What? You again? YFC: But - God: I'm kidding, kid. Take a load off. It seems like ages since I've seen you. YFC: I'm here every year around now. I was here last December. God: Get out - last year? My memory's slipping. But I remember your name, Jerry. YFC: It's Stu. God: You're not Blavat, the Geator with the Heater? YFC: 'Fraid not. God: I broke the mold when I made him. YFC: I'm more interested than you could ever imagine.
NEWS
September 14, 2009
THE SCOTTISH poet Robert Burns wrote about the gift "to see ourselves as others see us. " Let's take a look-see around Pennsylvania. When was the last time you thought about Elk County? How about Westmoreland County? Pike? Lycoming and Wyoming? Do you even know where they are? They know where we are and they don't always like what they see. How do we see them? We repeat James Carville's line about Pennsylvania being Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between, and we chuckle over President Obama's casual remark about how "they" cling to their religion and their guns.
NEWS
December 16, 2010
IN 2008, CITI was among the banking walruses whose incompetence and avarice plunged them into a mine shaft from which it took billions of taxpayer dollars to rescue them. Once saved, you might think the financial geniuses would show a little gratitude to their rescuers and help those having trouble meeting their mortgages. Think again. Along with you and me, one of the taxpayers who helped save Citi's sorry carcass was William Whiting, 60, who was scheduled to sit down this afternoon for a conciliation conference, known in Philadelphia as the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program.
NEWS
October 22, 2008
THE ATTACK on Philadelphia came yesterday, predictable as the sunrise. (It was almost as predictable as the coming collapse of the wet-behind-the-ears, error-prone x-Rays.) The attack came winging north from fetid Tampa Bay, launched by a Tampa Tribune columnist by the name of Ruth. That's the last name. The first name isn't Babe, it's Daniel. I knew him as Dan when we were both TV critics more than 20 years ago. I lived in Philly then and now, while Fate exiled Ruth to a city with dedicated parking for Rascal Scooters.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2001
I could get used to the cheap paper and changed layout, but I have one major complaint: Harriet Lessy's Buzz is gone. Buzz told us what was new in Center City. Unlike Stu Bykofsky's column, Buzz was informative, not gossip. I'd go to Wawa to see what was in the paper. If Buzz was in, I bought it. Philip Lubaroff, Philadelphia Where are those listings? Yo, guys, bring back the weekend TV listings. Who's running the ship - Captain Queeg? Bill Shanahan, Philadelphia Editor's note: They ARE back.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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