Letters to the Editor: September 23, 2015

We need speed cushions

I could spend the time here criticizing the person whose letter advises to “Get rid of speed cushions.” However, I won’t, since his opinions are not based on facts, but rumors. The basis for speed cushions is common sense. Our streets are full of drivers who have forgotten what a speed limit is and what a stop sign means. It’s very rare to find drivers that travel the speed limit of 25 miles-per-hour. We see stop sign rollers everywhere, if these drivers even bother to stop.

It’s always a battle for our neighbors to get out of their driveways. Speed cushions are preceded by signage and warnings. They are not installed because of opinion, but are installed due to the nearby community’s commitment via signed petitions (at least 75 percent in agreement), a traffic engineering report and the true desire to make our residential streets safer for the rest of our community.

For facts go to www.philadelphiastreets.com/traffic-and-lighting/traffic-calming-policy-information or www.philadelphiastreets.com/traffic-and-lighting/traffic-calming-policy-information/speed-cushions-faq.

John Grillone

Woodhaven

She hates speed bumps

I feel compelled to reply to the claim that the speed bumps on Southampton Road were put there at the request of the residents of The Arbours. The great majority of us hate them as much as everyone else. What we requested was either a traffic light or stop sign at the corner of Arbours Way and Southampton Road. There are about 200 houses in our development and it has become even more difficult to get in or out since the speed bumps were installed.

Ronni Flitter

Somerton

Business hurt by humps

It comes as no surprise that the recently installed speed humps on Southampton Road would be a topic of ire from residents at the recent civic meeting. The speed humps are an annoyance. I personally avoid the route I would normally take home and divert to an alternate route so now I don’t stop at the deli and pizza places at Endicott.

Now these businesses lose customers. Can residents and businesses wait a year for the city to review the existing configuration or can the city listen to the residents now?

Timothy T. Gass

Somerton

A great celebration

I have lived in the Northeast community for 59 years, and I do not remember ever attending an event quite like the one that took place on Aug. 22 at Max Myers Playground. It was a Northeast Celebration that was attended by at least 2,000 people. Take Back Your Neighborhood sponsored the event.

Jared Solomon spearheads this nonprofit community group. It was such an uplifting event for all age groups. Everything was free. Children could attend.

The Barnes Museum, Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher Art Memorial, the Clay Studio, Pennsylvania Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute were there, and there were numerous other activities for all ages.

In addition, there was free food provided by local restaurants. As I walked around the grounds, I witnessed adults and children engaged in activities. There were sounds of jubilance emanating from the crowd.

How wonderful to have an event centrally located for all the members of the community. It gave neighbors the ability to meet new and familiar faces. Everyone participated in the festivities. Let’s thank Jared Solomon for his sixth annual event. I hope to see everyone next year.

Joan Keyser

Oxford Circle

Pope, beware of PPA

It is obvious that the rules and implementation of the Philadelphia city wage tax are known as far away as Vatican City. The Pope will hold several meetings in Philadelphia but will be staying on the non-resident side of City Line Avenue.

I just hope and pray that he has heard of the PPA and knows where to park his Popemobile.

Mayer Krain

Modena Park