Letters to the Editor

UPS is worried

After hearing nothing appealing about the still-expanding million-square-foot warehouse, one can only interpret the recent full-page UPS warehouse ads as a sign that the public just might be asking far too many intelligent questions about the monstrosity, and that UPS had better get going on a public relations offensive to try to change opinions. The ads are an excellent example of the half-truths we’ve grown accustomed to receiving. You will see more ads as their worry grows.

But facts are stubborn things, and the permanent impact of the warehouse on our community is nothing short of terrifying. The surrounding Bustleton/Somerton/Lower Moreland communities have never heard the benefits of the mammoth project justified by UPS or our elected officials. Why has no one stood in front of the community to explain what we’re missing about the project, or why the swelling traffic volume and unsafe driving conditions should be welcomed in our neighborhoods? Thus, the new ads.

The Greater Bustleton Civic League, along with Sandmeyer Lane businesses, are currently in front of the zoning board challenging the issued city permits. The next ZBA hearing date will be publicized once it’s scheduled.

The community welcomes development of the Red Lion Road parcel. Jobs will come with whatever company occupies the space. We ask our elected officials to listen to their constituents’ opinions, support their opposition and introduce a project that will better coexist with the surrounding neighborhoods.

We encourage residents and businesses to listen to the upcoming ZBA hearing, ask questions and decide for yourself. What will this stadium-sized warehouse do for your home values and daily quality-of-life routines? Then immediately contact your elected officials and let them know your opinion of the project. They need to hear from you now.

 

Jack O’Hara, President

Greater Bustleton Civic League

Good riddance to Trump

In response to “Joe must go,” sounds like somebody is upset that lying dirtbag Trumpy lost the election. Thank God. You described dirtbag Trumpy to a T. Except you forgot the draft dodging, moral misfit part. We got rid of an international embarrassment. We got rid of the one responsible for a lot of the COVID deaths. If anyone is responsible for killing people, it’s dirtbag Trump. Or don’t the Capitol police count. Thank God our children don’t have to grow up with an idiot like Trumpy in office.

Vince Mosiniak

Torresdale

Maskless schmucks

Listen up, Republican “girlie men.” The Republican former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, made the following public statement directed at you foolish, selfish, anti-science folks on YouTube on Aug. 11.

“I think people should know there is a virus here, it kills people. And the only way we prevent it is we get vaccinated, we wear masks, we do social distancing, washing your hands all of the time, and not just to think about it, ‘Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom. Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities … It’s like, no different than a traffic light. They put the traffic light in the intersection so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident. You cannot say, ‘No one is going to tell me that I’m going to stop here, I’m going to go right through it.’ Yeah, then you kill someone else. It is the same thing with the virus.  You cannot go and not put the mask on because when you breathe you can infect someone else, and you can infect someone that then gets sick and may die … We have to come together rather than fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles this is a free country and I have the freedom to wear no mask.’ Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask, but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask.”

Jake Pickering

Arcata, California

Just be nice

We as a country should show respect for the Office of the Presidency. In a recent editorial, the author was appalled that the Northeast Times published an editorial with derogatory comments about President Biden. I tend to agree with him about the name calling of our president. However, his last sentence ended with Trump’s gutter mouth. You cannot have it both ways. It appears he only wants respect for his candidate and not the Office of the President.

Respect seems to have disappeared from all of our society. It has been replaced with anger, hatred and intolerance, just to name a few. Many years ago, I saw a small sign behind the desk of a nurse. The sign read, “Just Be Nice.” It has stayed with me, and I actually try to practice this. Give it a try. You may actually go to bed less angry, sleep sound, wake up feeling better about yourself and look forward to the day.

Anthony Dello Russo

Fox Chase

America strong

Labor Day is around the corner. As time brings about changes, labor has changed. Gone are the days of assembly-line work. Gone are the days when Philadelphia was known as the stocking industry of the world. Today we shop online, and many well-known industries have gone out of business, due to clothes and other products being produced all over the world. We have become more of a service industry. America certainly needs to continue to provide new jobs and adapt to changes as they come along. Yes, labor has changed, but American should and will stay strong.

 

Marie Patton

Fox Chase

Keep Arbours peaceful

Is there a big warehouse coming to your neighborhood? Beware. There’s a price to pay for having everything delivered to your door.

I read the 39 Arbours residents’ May 12 letter concerning the construction of a warehouse right next to the Arbours community — at 15000 Roosevelt Blvd. (at Southampton Road).

I have been through Arbours, a quiet senior community of about 600 homes, and considered someday moving there.

I checked the new site plan for the “Byberry North Business Center.” It consists of two giant warehouses that run right next to, and the full length of, Arbours. The site appears to call for 96 truck bays. That would mean 24/7 truck activity.

To create such noise, vibration and pollution right next to a retirement community is a disgrace. Seniors deserve to hear the birds chirp at sunrise — not the roar of an 18-wheeler truck.

What do the residents get? A mere 12-foot-high fence to protect the rear of the adjoining homes. What good is that? (Sort of like trying to fence out King Kong.)

The Northeast has a shortage of retirement housing. Why damage the biggest community we have? How would you like to spend your “golden years” hiding indoors from truck noise and pollution?

I know if I lived at Arbours, I’d be pushing back. I’d do what they do in the inner city. I’d fill the site with picketing seniors, invite the media and shame our politicians at City Hall. I’d demand the plan be canceled or modified.

I have more ideas, and I’d like to help the community. Any of those 39 residents can contact me at post_rich@yahoo.com.

Richard Iaconelli

Rhawnhurst