Letters to the Editor: August 2

Opinions from Northeast Times readers.

An eco-friendly Philadelphia

I am 14 years old and I am participating in the Work Ready Program at New Foundations Charter High School. I have a small idea for a big problem. The issue I see in the Philadelphia area is the waste of products that do not need to be thrown away.

In the city, people tend to just throw away things that can be donated, saved for later use, sold or even repurposed. What I found working in a warehouse is that products can tend to just be thrown away without any use.

This problem is close to me because I am an environmentalist who firmly believes that everything can and should be used to its fullest ability to save the limited resources our plant can provide.

I propose that we go out to dumps and our local neighborhood to salvage anything worth our time and create art out of it.

I’ve always been interested and successful in art, seeing as though I will be leaving New Foundations Charter School to attend the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush.

In conclusion, I would like to combine my two passions — art and the environment — to help the city blossom in culture and become more eco-friendly by creating a statue of all the salvaged materials to inspire people to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Anthony Zaccagni


How does this help poverty?

On June 15, City Council approved a project designed to reshape recreation centers, parks and libraries. For the record, I am for the project. But I’m not for the way our city has decided to pay for it. In an article on philly.com, it is saying that a significant part of the project will be paid for through the beverage tax.

On Election Day, one of the ballot questions asked do we allow the city to take out more bonds. In simple terms, we were being asked to let the city borrow money. In the article, it says that this project was to help with poverty. This, to me, is overwhelmingly debatable. I will explain why.

This project is being paid for by the beverage tax and borrowing money. I’m no economist but this doesn’t pass the smell test with me. Taxing people is taking money out of people’s pocket and borrowing money we must pay back takes money out of people’s pocket. So, I ask, how does this help poverty?

David Lee


Reject Krasner, Johnny Doc

In response to an article, “Trade council endorses Krasner for district attorne,” printed in the July 26 edition of the Northeast Times:

John Dougherty endorsed Larry Krasner for district attorney. This should be sufficient enough reason to vote against him. Anyone who received support from both Mr. Dougherty and funds from George Soros — aka Satan — does not deserve our vote. Beware, Philly.

Anthony Dello Russo

Fox Chase

Brady, Boyle are too liberal

In response to an article, “Sessions visits Philly, criticizes sanctuary city policy,” printed in the July 26 edition of the Northeast Times:

According to the article in this paper titled “Sessions visits Philly…”, you stated Reps. Bob Brady and Brendan Boyle voted against Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.

Kate’s Law states, and I quote, “The bill enhances penalties for deported felons who return to the USA, etc…” What possible reason could these two idiots have for voting against this bill, except to continue to fulfill their lunatic liberal agenda?

Please voters, wake up. Get informed, stop lining up like blind sheep at the voting polls and pulling the same lever because your union told you to.

As a side note, the Philadelphia Building and Trades Council endorsed cop-hating, anti-law -and-order Democrat Larry Krasner for district attorney. So much for solidarity, huh, Johnny Doc?

Francis M. Palmer


Another casualty of soda tax

One result from Mayor Kenney’s soda tax is the much smaller (seven-ounce) soda cans being produced. While they are not large enough for human consumption, they are small enough for doll houses.

I know of two people over 18, once they get registered to vote in Philadelphia, will vote for Kenney’s re-election — Barbie and Ken.

Mayer Krain

Modena Park