Regarding Michael Alan Goldberg’s profile of Wali “Diop” Olugbala, candidate for mayor:
Geez Mr. Rahman/Olugbala please take it down a notch. You need to be relatable to all Philadelphians or at least a majority to win an election. That whole angry/mean mugging thing will definitely take away from your message (which sounds like it needs fine tuning).
ELISHA LOWE, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Diop Olugbala has the necessary leadership skills to transform Philadelphia into a city of opportunity for all people. As a white person, I understand the power and benefit I receive by virtue of the color of my skin. I understand that there is a wealth gap of 20 to 1 between whites and blacks. I unite with his plan to dismantle a brutal police force and focus on economic development; we ALL benefit from this!
WENDY, via philadelphiaweekly.com
I am proud to see Wali “Diop” Rahman running for Mayor of Philadelphia. He is what is needed for the young and old generations, real solutions and real change. Diop has my vote and many other votes from the North Philadelphia community!
NATASHA, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Safe and Unsound
Regarding Tara Murtha’s column about abortion bill SB 732:
This is disturbing to me, but I’m not surprised that white, upperclass, cisgender, (supposedly) heterosexual males would attempt to once again oppress all, and especially lower class, women. Elevators and an RN in the room while I’m getting an annual exam do not improve my health in any shape or form. Our legislators need to start listening to constituents instead of continuing to ignore our demands and supporting ONE religious (and mostly non-scientificly based) opinion on social issues. Want to improve the health of women? Give us affordable access to quality health care. Stop restricting my rights to my body.
KRISTEN, via philadelphiaweekly.com
I do not know of an industry, other than the abortion industry, which could get away with fighting basic safety standards. The health and safety of women in Pennsylvania require the passage of SB 732.
MARIA, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Not one legislator can articulate how more space in an operating room or in the hallways actually makes a patient safer. Excellent article—thank you for pointing out how blatantly anti-abortion and anti-women Matt Baker’s agenda is.
JEN, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Having an emergency room for this procedure is NOT a basic safety standard. Getting your wisdom teeth pulled is 100 times more dangerous than getting an abortion because they use anesthesia, yet I don’t see everyone up in arms that your dentist has to be emergency room ready. Why aren’t you protecting women from going to the dentist? Because it’s ludicrous, just like this bill.
RUSS, via philadelphiaweekly.com
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