ISSUE | BLIZZARD OF 2016
The neighborhood the plows forgot
Mayor Kenney has been praised for the storm cleanup, but not by residents of East Germantown, where most of the streets as of Thursday had yet to see a plow pass through - not even on the bus routes ("Storming into good graces," Thursday).
I have owned House at Pooh Corner Day Care in East Germantown for more than 35 years, and this is the first time I have seen the bus routes go unplowed. My teachers had to walk long distances to work because the Route XH bus was suspended for days.
By Tuesday, the small side streets in Wissahickon and Roxborough were plowed. It made me wonder whether white neighborhoods were prioritized over black neighborhoods.
I would ask Kenney to treat all neighborhoods equally. And please clear bus routes first so the residents of East Germantown and those who work in East Germantown can get to work.
Teri DiCesare, Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
City, Inquirer need to do better jobs
The account in Thursday's paper of city snow removal was a snow job. Only one neighborhood representative and one civic leader gave Mayor Kenney a good grade. Most of the upbeat comments came from politicos - not exactly objective sources, and not enough to say the mayor "wins good marks."
Girard Avenue, a snow emergency route, showed no evidence of plowing or salting at noon Sunday. There were problems on Cottman Avenue and Broad Street too.
Rather than have one reporter assess the response four days after the snowfall, The Inquirer should have dispatched several reporters to check the roads. The newspaper also could have called a sampling of the more than 200 city-registered civic groups. In this event, The Inquirer failed as a public watchdog.
Kevin Haney, Mayfair
Kudos to the mayor and city workers
As I watched the snow mounds being removed from my neighborhood sooner than I expected, I wanted to thank
Mayor Kenney and the Streets Department for a job well done, quickly and efficiently.
Marlene Tenuto, Philadelphia, email@example.com
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE
Help the helpers
Sheila-Rea York is a compelling example of the 1.6 million caregivers across Pennsylvania who work tirelessly so that aging parents, spouses, and friends can continue to live independently with dignity at home ("Recognizing overtaxed caregivers," Sunday). This silent army provides unpaid care valued at $19.2 billion annually. Without such help, too many of our seniors would end up in costly institutions - often paid for by the state through Medicaid.
These families need all the help they can get. That's why AARP is fighting for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act in Pennsylvania. The CARE Act would require hospitals to notify a caregiver when his or her loved one will be moved or discharged, and to provide instructions on the medical tasks needed at home. Similar legislation has been approved in 19 states. The state House has passed the CARE Act, which was developed with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, but it is awaiting action in the Senate.
Caregivers deserve our support. Ask your state senator to bring the CARE Act to the floor for a vote.
Bill Johnston-Walsh, director, AARP Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT
An article noted that Marsha Levick cofounded the Juvenile Law Center and was cocounsel on Montgomery v. Louisiana, in which the Supreme Court ruled that its 2012 prohibition of mandatory minimum life-without-parole sentences for juveniles must be applied retroactively ("Champion for juvenile justice," Wednesday). The story never mentioned the pain, suffering, and torment of the victims' families, who had loved ones taken from them.
Imagine the anguish and heartbreak of those families getting the news that a loved one's killer has the right to go free. It's making them relive the horror of the crime. Where is the justice in that?
John Totaro, Philadelphia