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Election was fair

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We are a group of older citizens who live at the Philadelphia Protestant Home. We meet regularly to discuss current events and other topics of interest. We all voted in the November presidential election. We wish to state unequivocally that we believe in the integrity of the election result and the importance of allowing President Biden and his new administration to continue to take its rightful place without fear of further violence.

We also believe that, for the good of the country, the condoning of chaos and violence should be repudiated by every American citizen. Folks our age have certainly lived through many deeply disappointing election outcomes. Never would we have ever tried to deny an outcome, seek to overturn one, or cause disruption and violence.

We are all called to be patriots before we are Republicans, Democrats or Libertarians. As patriots, we implore our fellow citizens to act responsibly, to cease the rhetoric and repudiate violence. If you do not like the outcome of the election, work to get your voices heard next time in a manner that promotes civil discourse and adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

The fair election of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is not a matter of opinion. It is a matter of fact. Because certain people “feel” or “think” the election was stolen does not make it so.

Marguerite Sexton, Tom Sexton, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Evelyn Washington, Jean Holland, Sylvia Metzler, Deanna Roth, Yvonne Andrews, Jane Blewett, Carol Drummond, Mary Ann Dunn, Darrah Degnan, Barbara Berger

Buck stops nowhere

How about we stop trying to lay blame on this vaccine fiasco. Every entity had its chance to reject this entity. Councilwoman Bass had her chance to reject it when they were in front of Council. For her to say it wasn’t city sanctioned is ludicrous. She vetted them at Council and showed up at the opening, and the city gave them the vaccine. It’s time for her to get off her high horse and stop blaming everyone. There’s enough blame to go around. The shame of this situation is that it’s two months into these mass inoculations and the city is still behind the eight ball.

Richard Donofry

East Torresdale

Care for the vulnerable

Letters to the editor often equate socialism with communism. The comparison is flawed. Social Security and Medicare are two examples of socialism. In reality these policies follow the teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism in calling for compassion for all. Too many people avoid any contact with or even thought about the less fortunate and close their eyes to their suffering. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. The moral of the story of the Good Samaritan is that everyone is your neighbor. Of course you should be for yourself first, but at the same time not only for yourself. When Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” he was really saying, “My brother is not my problem.” While we are not  responsible for solving every societal problem, morally we are not free to ignore and neglect them.

Mel Flitter


Cancel culture claims Columbus

Mayor Kenney has just signed an order to abolish Columbus Day in Philadelphia.

Maybe he’s mad he failed to get rid of that South Philly statue. Maybe he feels the heat for the 2,000 shootings last year, or his inability to get the kids back in school. It’s safer to be a “woke” pacifier.

This action is insulting to Italian-Americans (and Catholics) who respect our history. The day has a powerful meaning.

Columbus Day is not just a day off, or more time for shopping. It represents many immigrants — swinging from a noose.

The day was created by President Harrison in response to the mass lynching of Italians in the old South. (Eleven lynched in 1891 New Orleans, in one day.) FDR made it a national holiday for Catholics and Italians in 1937.

Given we now trash Abe Lincoln and censor anyone who dissents from Democrat/corporate talking points, maybe the sacrifice of Italian Americans to PC culture will be met by a shrug.

Erasing history is a trick used by totalitarian societies to leave people unmoored from their past. There, the only source of stability is obedience to the state.

Young John Kennedy once co-authored a book, Profiles In Courage, honoring those who stood up alone, for just causes.

Go to Washington Crossing Cemetery. It’s filled with men who “stood up” for our freedoms. My brother is buried there.

Can I ask you send a copy of this letter to the Mayor’s Office? Or find some way to voice a protest for a just cause.

Someday “woke” culture will come for you, and you’ll be sorry that you had many, many chances to stand up and object — but you did nothing.

Richard Iaconelli


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