Letters to the Editor: May 28, 2018

Northeast Philly residents discuss global warming, the city’s missing money and a successful fundraiser to preserve history.

Where is the $33 million?

As residents of Philadelphia, we have seen many things come that make us shake our heads. As residents and taxpayers, we need to do more to expose the corruption and mismanagement in our city.

In the last couple of weeks, it has been reported that the city has misplaced, lost or can’t account for $33 million. Some people in our city call $33 million chump change. I’m sure many of you, including myself, are not happy with the fact that the same city that cannot find $33 million wants to raise your taxes.

For a city that runs itself like we have a never-ending cash flow, it is a disgrace to say we can’t find the money but we are going to tax you anyway.

We the people should demand that City Council not pass a budget that raises our taxes until this money is accounted for. We all work hard and we should get more accountability from our city government.

David Lee

Republican Committeeman, Chalfont

Global warming is real

If we don’t take the steps necessary to tackle global warming, we’re guaranteed to experience more extreme weather — and not just changing temperatures.

In our region, a warmer climate also means that storms, no matter the season, will carry more precipitation, bringing more flooding in warmer months and heavier snowfalls in colder months. Extreme weather events like Sandy aren’t distant memories for most of the region’s residents.

Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation need to stop burning fossil fuels that contribute to global warming and transition as quickly as possible to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Fortunately, bipartisan legislation has been introduced at the state level that would transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050.

Concerned residents who want to make sure we protect future generations from the dire effects of climate change should call their local state senator — Christine Tartaglione or John Sabatina — to ask them to cosponsor this important legislation, Senate Bill 1140.

Kelly Flanigan


Fundraiser was a success

The “Save the Old PAL Building” community fundraiser that took place on May 21 was a tremendous success. The community rallied around the cause of stopping Royal Farms from tearing down the Trinity Church, Oxford Parish House and replacing it with a gas station at the intersection of Rising Sun and Longshore avenues.

The rainy night did not stop the 125-plus attendees from showing their support of preservation for adaptive reuse purposes with the hope of bringing the Police Athletic League back into the community.

The event was sponsored by Presentation BVM and hosted by community members Heather Miller and Eileen Carey, who raised $4,029 that night alone.

The community is grateful for the bipartisan support of our elected officials, Burholme and Lawncrest civic associations and state Rep. Jared Solomon, who spearheaded the preservation efforts. The message from that night is clear. The community stands in solidarity for preservation of the old PAL building.

Donations are still being accepted. Contact can be made by email at parishhousefundraiser@gmail.com

Heather Miller and Eileen Carey


Watch out, lemonade stands

We are finally getting warmer weather so now the children’s lemonade stands will be cropping up.

Hopefully, they will comply with all the city regulations and ordinances.

They will also need to obtain all the licenses and pay all the taxes (including Mayor Kenney’s soda tax).

I wonder what a dime cup in my day of lemonade will cost these days.

Mayer Krain

Modena Park