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It’s all China’s fault

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The coronavirus came from “wet markets” in China. This is the third pandemic to come out of China in 20 years. Wet markets have live animals, feces and blood everywhere as people chop animals up. Turtles and crustaceans climb over each other. Melting ice adds to the slush on the floor. Water, blood, fish scales and chicken guts are stepped on. Live fish in open tubs splash water onto the floor. There are turtles, snakes and frogs. Bats are being used to make soup. In time, this virus is transmitted to humans. Over time, several diseases have  emanated from this human-animal interface. No nation has been spared. The only solution is that the world must threaten to restrict or eliminate trade with China and do so unless Beijing agrees to shut down these “wet markets” right away. The entire world should send China a bill for the pandemic. Hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

As of May 5, more than 3.7 million cases (and growing daily) of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide. Of those cases, 1.2 million are in the United States. This figure represents 32% of the reported cases. Tragically, there have been 70,000 deaths in our nation. As a result of this virus, trillions of dollars are being spent to aid the suffering of our citizens, both to preserve the economy and to help those who suddenly are unemployed and have medical costs. That money could have been used to rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.

Mel Flitter


Politicos need to help the people

In these times of strife and considering Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have the highest-paid part-time legislators in the country, why aren’t they donating a quarter of their salaries to the food banks or feeding the medical people. The state senators and representatives are extremely well paid and basically sitting home, or if they are going in, stealing the $178 in per diem. Most of these people have additional salary, either through another job or business. It is the same with City Council, extremely overpaid and working less than part-time during these times. Same as their brethren in Harrisburg. You’ve had people from the business, sports and entertainment worlds all step up to the plate. It’s about time these people do, too.

And don’t get me started on Washington, D.C.

Richard Donofry

East Torresdale

Low taxes, less regulation spur the economy

In response to Mr. Edward Moses, your response to my editorial had nothing to do with me and everything to with President Donald Trump. It is your right to disagree with President Trump, but it is also my right to speak out against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her actions of ripping up the State of the Union speech. You, like so many others, have yet to speak out against what President Trump said in the speech to Make America Great Again.

The president, before the coronavirus pandemic, had built the best economy in our nation’s history. You, being from Philadelphia, are not used to lower taxes and less regulation to help business thrive to create jobs. Creating jobs and building the economy are the first steps to a good president, and President Donald Trump has done that.

As far as Congressman Brendan Boyle is concerned, you are right, he has done more than speak out against the president. He has joined forces with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal, which will cost anywhere from $51 trillion to $93 trillion over the next 10 years. It is estimated to cost households $600,000 in the first decade, so, yes, you’re right, Congressman Boyle has been busy with his socialist friends.

David Torres

Republican Candidate

2nd Congressional District

Explore meningitis vaccines

Our community mourns the tragic loss of George Karusky from meningitis, and our sympathies go to his family and friends. The more deadly bacterial form of this illness exists as varieties called serogroups. There are two separate types of vaccines: one for serogroups A, C, W and Y, and one for group B. Both vaccines are needed for full protection. Talk to your child’s doctor about meningitis vaccines.

Paul Kaplan

Modena Park

To kids who use Northeast Regional Library

I hope you are well and doing all that you can to stay safe during this difficult time of the pandemic coronavirus. I know that you miss the Children’s Department of the Northeast Regional Library. We miss you, too.

You might have questions about what to do with the library materials you have at home, how to borrow books electronically or how to get homework help. I have the answers you need.

Our book drop is locked. Keep your library materials in a safe place. There are no fines. Read and reread your favorite books that you have at home. You can borrow books to download on your electronic devices. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s website, http://www.freelibrary.org, has instructions to help you.

You can explore Mango Languages, an electronic resource to help you learn a language. If you need homework help, you can access Homework Online, a free service offered by the Free Library. You will be able to connect with a live tutor. All you need is your Free Library library card and your PIN. There are many other electronic resources to explore on the website.

Visit Northeast Regional Library Children’s Department’s Facebook Page, Northeast Children’s. Ask your parents for permission to like us and friend us. You can access Science Fun with Mr. Peter, an interactive science program on our Facebook Page. You will also find fun activities to stay in touch with us that we will post very soon. Make sure you look at the colorful sign we posted saying we miss you.

We will have hundreds of new books to display, just waiting for you to borrow when we reopen and we all can return to using our wonderful Northeast Regional Library. You can look forward to that.

Ms. Megan, Ms. Vera, the staff of Northeast Regional, and I miss you very much. We can’t wait to return to our Children’s Department of Northeast Regional, and we eagerly look forward to seeing you again.

Marianne Bucci

Northeast Regional Library

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