Letters to the Editor (February 13, 2013)
Northwood Frankford Community Y needs help
As you may have heard, our community has regained possession of the Frankford Y! We’ve renamed it the Northwood Frankford Community Y. While exciting, the issues presented are vast in order to save the Y as vandals, looters and age have taken their toll on the building.
This letter is a plea to each and every one of you to help me save this piece of our neighborhood, not because it is a piece of our past, but because it is vital to our future.
The board of directors, including myself as president, have plans to develop programs that use this facility in a manner that benefits everyone. Our vision and our use of the building will be centered on enabling individuals to achieve more than what they have today. GED courses, the training of trade skills, higher education and job location and placement will be the foundation of our programs, as teaching a person to fish instead of giving them one creates vested neighbors who care about themselves, their future and their community. Further, support and social services including child care and personal fitness will be offered.
I am committed to the restoration of the Y. Our future will be determined by your choice, right here, right now. Please contribute to our future, and remember all donations are tax deductible, as the Y is a 501(c)3.
Please give today. Mail check or credit card payment information to Northwood Frankford Community Y, 4700 Leiper St., Philadelphia, PA 19124.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me on my cell at 267-393-2663.
Franklin A. Bennett III, Esq.
President and CEO, NFCY
Philadelphia tax deadbeats must pay
Philadelphia has an opportunity to bring some much-needed revenue into the city. We simply have to collect on the taxes that this city is rightly owed.
For too long, delinquent taxpayers have been dodging their responsibility to pay their taxes. They are a part of the financial problems the city faces.
I’m pleased to see that Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a plan to collect those taxes. At a time when public schools are hurting, firefighters are working without a new contract and a property tax overhaul is about to impact many residents, it’s about time we think clearly on how to bring in revenue without burdening our citizens and services.
I’ve been calling on the mayor to implement a tax collection plan on delinquent taxpayers for quite a while because it’s a huge problem. It’s outrageous that we’re sitting on a potential windfall of $500 million and have done nothing to collect it, and I’m relieved the mayor is finally on board with this common-sense idea.
I’m also pleased to see that City Council, and Councilman Bobby Henon in particular, is taking it seriously and will soon hold hearings on solving this problem.
I look forward to hearing how Mayor Nutter implements his plan and will continue to work for policy that ensures tax dodgers pay what they owe.
State Sen. Mike Stack (D-5th dist.)
Patronize contractor Dennis Davis
In stringing Christmas lights around the deck, I discovered the flooring was separating from the rail and felt loose when standing on it.
I found the receipt, which indicated the deck was installed eight years ago, and I hoped the contractor was still in business.
To my surprise, the contractor called me right back, scheduled an appointment and kept me informed if he could not make a certain day.
After he fixed the deck, I asked, “How much?”
His response was, “Merry Christmas!”
He made this widow’s holiday worry-free and has proved to me there are honest contractors around.
I hope he gets a lot of business from this letter.
The contractor is: Dennis Davis 215-638-2535. He is a general contractor.
Democrats have run Philly for too long
The letter concerning Traffic Court by stay-at-home mom Shannon Lindsay, Esq., (She wants to fix Traffic Court mess, Feb. 6 issue) was very good.
The real problem is power breeds corruption, and in Philadelphia, the Democratic Party has been in power more than 60 years.
There must be a change.
Nowhere to hide for sexual molesters
In light of recent developments concerning priests and the sexual molestation of young boys and the convictions of such individuals, the judge, jurors, and the district attorney should be highly commended for their tolerance and insight.
Their ability to judge these matters objectively and not emotionally with a clouded mind should be noticed as outstanding.
Individuals who commit such acts, regardless of who they are, should not have the ability to hide behind a uniform, or a building with a cross on top of its roof.
They have to be held accountable for their actions and behavior.
Mum should never be the word for such actions that damage young children mentally and force them to serve a different life sentence other than prison.