Letters, Aug. 1: Concert help and laying wreaths

Letters | July 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

Thanks for concert help Our 71st season of the Pastorius Park Concerts (PPC) finished last Wednesday and the stage is packed away again. I’d like to say a big thank you to all our enthusiastic, hard working team of PPC volunteers without whom the concerts wouldn’t happen: Bob (The Stage) Rossman, Tia Burke, Aidan Robinson, […]

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Letters, July 18: Tax abatement

Letters | July 17th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Per Jake Blumgart’s article on City Council’s inability to reform the new construction tax abatement program [“Why Philadelphia punted on tax abatement reform …. again,” July 11]: This inability is fundamentally due to council’s “deliberations,” which, as the article points out, are mostly about responding to interested stakeholders rather than defining a public purpose for […]

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Letters, July 11: Article response and dictators

Letters | July 10th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Welcome to Chestnut Hill Since you have only been here a few months, I am curious as to why you would be concerned about the names of our local streets [“Red Matters in Chestnut Hill,” July 4] Are you suggesting that the streets should not have been named after Indian tribes? Are you saying that […]

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Letters, July 4: Sound machines, kindness and plastic bags

Letters | July 3rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

Sound machines may hurt ears Your opinion piece on the use of ultra sonic Mosquito machines was most welcome [“Sonic warfare against teens?”, June 27]. There is a dearth of research as to the long-term exposure to such stimuli. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness and hearing loss are all possibilities considering the physiology of […]

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Letters, June 27: Thanks and choosing life

Letters | June 26th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Thanks for coverage I just wanted to thank Sue Ann Rybak and the Chestnut Hill Local again for the article about my fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) [“Baker Street manager on a mission to raise $50,000 to fight cancer,” May 2]. In a 10-week span, ending June 8, we raised $87,500, […]

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Letters, June 20: Senior section

Letters | June 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Enjoyed senior section I really enjoyed the “Senior Life” section of the June 6 Local. I’d love to see it become a regular feature. Northwest Philly is a place rich in history, and our seniors are a priceless repository of first-hand stories and information. I’m tired of all the other “senior” publications that are just […]

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Letters, June 6: Churches, energy and Reclaim Act

Letters | June 5th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Churches that do more than just welcome LGBTQ+ Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have every reason in the world to distrust churches. Besides centuries of church-fomented oppression and persecution, the loudest church voices in the news today are hateful, bigoted, and violent toward LGBTQ+ folk. Even the voices that speak of compassion still […]

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Letters, May 30: Hope for our public schools?

Letters | May 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Hope for our public schools? On Monday, May 20, I attended a POWER meeting (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, an interfaith agency) about the state of Philadelphia public schools. As I sat listening, this is what came to mind: “My God, they were talking about the same problems when my kids were in […]

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