Letters to the Editor: August 9

Welcome to ‘Pothole Park’

The entrance road to Pennypack Park at Winchester Park is a disgrace as you enter the park from Rhawn Street. It feels like you’re driving on a road in a third-world country.

The road is filled with giant potholes and uneven surfaces all the way down the hill to the parking lot at the bottom. This road was really bad last year, but now it’s a total disgrace.

How can people bring their families here to the park without the fear of breaking their cars getting here?

I’ve been coming to the park for 50 years (they used to call it Little City), a parking lot full of taillights. But now I can’t risk breaking my car just to go into the park.

The mayor said he’ll use the soda tax to help fix the playgrounds and parks. Well, mayor, here’s a great place to start. Can anyone from the city of Philadelphia correct and fix this problem so people can enjoy using this park again?

David Liles

Castor Gardens

USO needs your support

For over 75 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been the nation’s leading organization serving our men and women in the U.S. military and their families. From the moment our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen join the military, the USO is always by their side. USO airport centers throughout the country offer hospitality for traveling service members and their families.

The USO is not part of the federal government. It is a private organization and relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish their mission.

The USO at the Philadelphia International Airport is accepting in-kind and financial donations. At the present time, they are eagerly accepting donations of soda, snacks, new bed sheets and pillow cases, personal hygiene items including mouthwash, toothpaste, body wash, toothbrushes, antiperspirant and shampoo. Financial donations must be made online for security purposes.

You may drop your in-kind donations at my district office at 19 S. York Road in Hatboro. I will ensure that the donated items are forwarded to the USO at the Philadelphia International Airport. Thank you in advance for your generosity to our military families.

Rep. Thomas P. Murt

State Representative, 152nd Legislative District

Drivers are the real hazards

In response to Ronald M. Rolli’s Letter to the Editor, “Motorcyclists are a menace,” published on July 26.

As a motorcyclist for 42 years, yes, I am not a spring chicken. I do ride most of the year-round and I can testify first-hand that riding a bike is not what it was years ago. Car drivers, too, pass on the shoulder of the road, run stop signs and are in a hurry to get to the next red light. Also, many performance small cars have loud mufflers, and nothing is said. I do agree that more enforcement is necessary.

In the few accidents that I have had, each and every time, the car driver was deemed at fault. One time, the driver was on the wrong side of the double-yellow line while texting. Another said sorry, I did not see you, although we made eye contact. Another was a hit and run. There are good drivers and bad drivers, like motorcyclists.

I have never owned a loud bike and do not like them, but some riders claim that you have to make the car driver know you are there. Otherwise, you could get, “I did not see you,” as I did.

In closing, both sides need improvement, but in the end, the motorcyclist pays the price for poor driving from both sides.

John Paluba

Fox Chase

Car drivers are menaces, too

In response to Ronald M. Rolli’s Letter to the Editor, “Motorcyclists are a menace,” published on July 26.

Yes, some motorcyclists are bad and make a lot of noise, but so do people who drive cars.

I see all day long, cars cutting people in and out and never looking both ways for people walking and riding bikes. We have a guy who has a Silverado and wakes the entire neighbor hood up every morning when he starts up his truck.

So what’s the difference?

I used to have a motorcycle so I know from experience, from both sides.

Next time, get all the facts before you write something bad.

Jeff Hall

Torresdale