Thankful for Hill Samaritans

Friday June 29 around 11:30 a.m., I was heading to the Chestnut Hill Library. I crossed Rex Avenue and then tripped on the curb, falling headlong to the pavement.

My thanks to the good Samaritans who helped, stayed with me and called 911. I am so grateful to those kind people who gave help until the ambulance came. A special thanks to Anne McNally and Melissa Fendelman for their encouragement and caring.

I was taken to Einstein Trauma Center and received excellent care by both the paramedics and the Einstein staff. I am thankful to live in a community of such caring and thoughtful people.

Carol Warner
Chestnut Hill


World-record champs train at school on Hill

On Sunday, June 24, in Des Moines, Iowa, Ajee Wilson won the USA Track and Field 800-meter Women’s national championship. Raevyn Rogers was second and Charlene Lipsey fifth. They comprise three of the four 4×800 meter women’s indoor world record holders. Why is this noteworthy? Ajee, Charlene and their publicity-shy coach, Derek Thompson, live in Mt. Airy and train on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy track. Raevyn is joining them in July.

On a Wednesday or weekend, if you want to see an amazing example of athleticism and grace, visit the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy track mid-morning and observe Ajee, Charlene, Raevyn, Angel Piccirille (nine-time winner at the Penn Relays), two Puerto Rican Olympians and a few other Olympic caliber athletes casually work out. It’s just amazing that we can watch such talent on an obscure local private school track.

One other point: Ajee and her fellow athletes and their coach are absolutely the nicest people in the universe! There’s not an ounce of arrogance or entitlement about any of them. They welcome the opportunity to interact with the local community.

Jim Johnston
Chestnut Hill


Trump critics miss his accomplishments

In reply to Mr. Brookshire’s recent letter (“An open letter … to POTUS,” June 21), at some point it becomes necessary to set emotion aside and deal with reality.        ‘In his letter, Mr. Brookshire rattled off a list of descriptive words totally devoid of facts in an attempt to describe President Trump. His list included words such as: “transgressions,” “mistakes,” “misdeeds,” “downright lies.” Such words more accurately describe the eight years of Obama, Clinton, Kerry, Schumer and Pelosi domination.

Some examples of the prior administration:

  • “You can keep your doctor”
  • “You will pay less under the ACA”
  • Red line in the sand in Syria
  • Worsening racial divide by offering opinions before having all the facts: Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, Boston
  • Arab Spring and failed country of Libya
  • Backing down on Eastern European missile sites for nothing in return except to pave the way for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Georgia
  • Did you agree with Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s anti-Israel stance?

Further, Sen. McCarthy’s campaign might never have happened, had Julius and Ethel Rosenberg not given our nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

Trump may have started off rough around the edges, which upset and angered many of us. But please take a moment to look at some of his accomplishments: Tax cuts, rolling back strangling economic regulations, combating our enormous trade deficit, strengthening our military, N. Korea diplomacy, fulfilling the promise of three prior administrations to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, finally doing something about illegal immigration, punishing Syria for its genocidal attacks on civilians.

When you even suggest a comparison between Trump and Hitler, it means you don’t know the history of Hitler. You are just joining the Hollywood crowd and the angry Left who are reduced to cursing and insulting the President, the First Lady, and their children.

David Banov
Mt. Airy