Letters to the Editor: Aug. 23

Nabisco, we’ll miss you

It’s sad to see the wrecking ball tearing down the iconic fixture of Northeast Philly, the landmark of Roosevelt Boulevard for the past 50 years, the great Nabisco.

When someone asked where I lived, I would easily say, “Up around Nabisco on the Boulevard,” and anyone who lived in Philadelphia would know exactly where that was. You could easily direct a person driving on the Boulevard by using Nabisco as the landmark. “Look for Nabisco on your right or on your left, and go so and so.”

So now, they are clearing the way for another Wawa in its place. After Nabisco is gone, I will be saying, “I live near the Wawa on the Boulevard.” And someone will ask, “Which one? There’s five on the Boulevard.” There’s Wawa everywhere, but there was only one Nabisco.

It’s not going to be the same without the great white giant that once towered over the Boulevard.

Farewell, and thanks for the awesome smells, my good friend.

Al Ulus

Somerton

Statue will divide city

I feel that the recent desecration of the Rizzo statue will do nothing more than drive another wedge of division for our city. While observing these demonstrations, it appears to me that many participants would be too young to have known all aspects of his legacy.

It is true that to some he was a hero and others would see him as a villain. While I admire their activism, I believe turning his statue into a lightning rod will bring the same type of right-wing extremists and the behavior they displayed here to Philadelphia.

As for the statue itself, it does not equate with the likes of Robert E. Lee, and as for national interest you won’t find many Southerners even aware of who Rizzo was. For Philadelphia, he was our city’s history.

Harold Miller

Holme Circle

Tax is bad for business

Mayor Kenney is wrong about forcing this beverage tax on Philly citizens. Many of my neighbors go outside of Philly to buy all sodas and juice. They also leave Philly to visit restaurants. Every small store is hurt by this tax. I will never support Mayor Kenney again. Bad tax for everyone.

William Meginley

Bustleton

Don’t support soda tax

In a recent edition of the Northeast Times, two of the four letters were about the ridiculous sugar tax. I have not contributed one penny to the sugar tax. Even when I go out to eat in Philadelphia, I order water or coffee for my beverage. I have taken my revolt of the sugar tax to the next level.

Since Pennsylvania has the second-highest gas tax in the country, I no longer purchase fuel in this state. Also, when I make a purchase of $300 or more, I do it outside of the state so I do not have to pay the higher tax that Pennsylvania has.

I certainly will not vote for Jim Kenney in the next election. I also will not vote for any candidate who supports the sugar tax, even if that person can not do anything to change it.

My wife states that she does not care about the sugar tax because she does not drink soda (but she drinks iced tea).

The sugar tax affects everyone in Philadelphia because if the politicians can get away with this tax, they will try another one down the line.

Pat Johnson

Burholme

Vets invited on DC trip

Honor Flight Philadelphia is a local nonprofit organization that provides veterans with transportation, meals and a one-day guided trip to Washington, D.C.

On Sept. 18, another Honor Flight will take place to Washington, D.C. This one-day trip is specifically for veterans of WWII and the Korean War. Any WWII or Korean War veteran who would like to take this trip is encouraged to call 610–627–1494 or 267–980–4233 to learn more. This trip is provided free to veterans.

There are only a few spaces remaining, so veterans are encouraged to call promptly.

For further information, go to honorflightphiladelphia.org

Rep. Thomas P. Murt

State Representative, 152nd Legislative District