Letters to the editor

Philly public schools lacking

Again, the Philadelphia school board has rejected all the applications for new charter schools. I think the board is afraid of the competing charter schools because they outshine the public schools in every facet. The board was “focused on high-quality education for all students” and maintaining “high standards.” High quality and high standards are definitely 2 concepts that don’t come to mind when Philadelphia public schools are mentioned. If they placed the public schools under the same scrutiny as they do the applications for charter schools, there wouldn’t be many public schools left. The school district accepts a graduation rate in the mid-60 percent range, and it is rating applications based on “high standards.” Give me a break.

Richard Donofry

East Torresdale

Election fraud claims squashed

I’m really mad when people say there was no election fraud and ask to see proof. The reason the American people did not see proof is because Fox News was the only network that televised the Rudy Giuliani news conference at 3 p.m. when the other major networks did not bother.

Trump himself was showing a graph at precisely 4 a.m. the morning after the election, a spike of 100,000 votes came out of nowhere for Biden in Wisconsin.

There were also cases of truck drivers who came forward about transporting mail-in ballots by the truckload and dumping them in other states. Were these the same ballots dumped mysteriously that morning at 4 a.m. in Wisconsin?

And there were arrests of several mail handlers, mind you, these are federal employees of the postal service, who purposely disposed of the mail-in ballots. Imagine the countless others who were not caught. To me, this alone is a hint of suspicion of fraud tampering with the ballots.

Also, poll watchers were hindered and blocked from observing poll sites. Who knows what was going on behind closed curtains?

And when Trump’s lawyers were presenting their cases, those judges in Democrat-held states flatly refused to hear any arguments. They basically didn’t care to hear it.

I believe the whole matter of presenting the case was ignored and squashed intentionally, not because there was no proof, because there was.

Judy Smith

Summerdale

Right to keep and bear arms and kill

The year 2021 has just started, and there has been a shooting each and every day. Even our president has said very little. No one is taking the bull by the horns, to turn this horror around. Always hearing it is against the Constitution to change the right to have arms. Anymore, it gives feelings that the government has given a killer the right to kill.

Marie Patton

Fox Chase

Nothing but a crock

The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill got signed. Big deal. And out of all that money, we the people get a measly $1,400. What does that do for all the people who were out of work or lost their businesses for one long year with the lockdowns?

For all the hardships we faced, we should be allowed to get at least $5,000 per person. But no. The bill made provisions for millions of dollars for museums and libraries. For one thing, who during this economic crisis is going to the museums? On one hand, they are donating to museums, and on other hand, the cancel culture is getting rid of history. So what’s the point?

And for libraries, doesn’t everyone have a laptop or smartphone to look everything up on the internet? So when do people go to libraries? Besides, aren’t they doing away with books, with everything downloaded onto mobile device tablets such as Kindle?

This is all government spending unconditionally of our tax dollars on nothing but crap.

And speaking of wasted money, Pelosi and Schumer can spend freely all our tax money on not one, but two impeachment hearings, but we only get, again, a measly $1,400. What does that do for us?

Again, Congress doesn’t care about the devastation this pandemic has caused the working American people who have mortgages or rent to pay. That $1,400 just makes good for one monthly payment out of the 12 months of hardship the American people have endured during the lockdowns.

The bill is nothing but crock and a weak effort to appease the American worker.

Al Ulus

Somerton

KKO incompetent

We all abbreviate names for ease.

There is a big difference with the abbreviation of KK&O.

In one case, it stands for a very competent law firm of Krasno, Krasno and Onwudinjo.

In another case, it stands for a very incompetent city management group of Kenney, Krasner and Outlaw.

Mayer Krain

Modena Park

Pick up the phone, guv

LeadingAge PA renews its call for Gov. Tom Wolf to form a broader task force to quickly improve Pennsylvania’s lagging vaccination plan. Forming a bipartisan legislative group to address vaccinations was a start, but we can do more.

Our organization represents more than 370 quality senior housing, health care and community services across the commonwealth, and can be part of the solution to expedite vaccinations of our most vulnerable residents. Our members serve seniors in congregate settings who continue to be in the epicenter of the pandemic every day. Our perspective and members’ resources would be helpful and should be welcomed. Pharmacy providers and organizers of the retail pharmacy roll-out program should also be on the task force.

Pennsylvania currently ranks near the bottom in the country in vaccine distribution and the governor has said we need to do better. Experts should be at the table to help with this unprecedented and historic mission. All we ask for is the opportunity.

Adam Marles, President & CEO

LeadingAge PA