Letters to the Editor: December 23, 2015

Back to our roots

All this talk about climate change is fine and dandy about controlling air pollution for big industry, but I think the bureaucrats are missing the real issues of the common man.

All the mumble jumble from our leaders should be concerned for our safety and well being. The real topics they are not addressing are back-to-basics land farming, the safety of our drinking water and the safety of our foods without genetically modified organisms.

As our world population enlarges and the land is cleared for more concrete cities, we are eliminating vital farm lands.

Across our nation alone, the United States has lost ground to keep our once-proud heritage of farming, and the subsidies that are going to improve industries, has shifted away from our much-needed farmers, and many have gone to extinction.

Corporations are now producing our foods. They have stripped, processed, dyed and genetically modified the way we eat and drink. The real essence of food is no longer real. We need to plant more real fruits and vegetables than Frankenstein produces. Leave corporations to manufacturing goods, not our foods.

Furthermore, the “climate change” I would like to see enforced is the elimination of the useless and pain-in-the-butt waste of fliers and the plastic-bundled newspaper ads that I constantly have to pick up from my backyard or driveway that are tossed out of moving vans. Each week, I have a bin full of recyclables that’s a total waste of paper resources. As Sean Penn recently said, the “world must do more to save trees and preserve the forests of the world.”

The world keeps building concrete cities and slowly squeezing out vital lands that can be used for farming; farming that can bring back jobs for our livelihood. I certainly would like to see more natural foods on my dinner plate than eat a steak from a petri dish that was manufactured in a building. Let’s plant roots in the ground, not grow GMOs in the laboratory.

Al Ulus


Road to Recovery program needs more volunteers

Many people in our community are battling cancer, and need help getting to treatment. In Philadelphia, the average number of new cancer cases is over 8,000 each year. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program provides rides to patients who have no way to get to their cancer treatment. While we have a group of passionate, dedicated, volunteer drivers for the Road to Recovery program, we still need more volunteers so we can meet more local requests for assistance. This will allow patients to get the treatment they need to get well.

As the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Coordinator at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, I am responsible for scheduling volunteers who drive cancer patients to their life-saving treatment. I know how grateful patients are to our volunteer drivers, which is why it saddens me that there are many ride requests each month that we are unable to fulfill due to an insufficient number of drivers. The cancer patients who request rides may not be able to get to their vital appointments, and this can create extra stress during an already difficult time. This is why we need your help!

I hope that folks in Northeast Philadelphia who are available on weekday mornings or afternoons on a weekly or monthly basis will volunteer to help with this very valuable program. We will schedule you to help with rides when it is convenient for you. Drive as much or as little as you like. Every ride can make a difference to a local patient. Volunteers often comment that this is a joy for them and a very powerful experience.

Having cancer is hard. Finding a ride to treatment shouldn’t be.

For information on how to volunteer, please contact Gina Hagy at 888.202.1487 ext 65132 or gina.hagy@cancer.org.

Debra Bell

American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Volunteer Coordinator, Fox Chase Cancer Center