Regarding Michael Alan Goldberg’s cover story about Occupy Philly’s final days at City Hall:
Make no mistake. This revolution ain’t goin’ away. For every physical participant of OWS, there are tens of thousands of thoroughly pissed off citizens who’ve been shown a ray of hope by the OWS witness. All revolutions—and that’s what this is—grow by fits and starts, gathering wisdom along the way. Dispersal into the neighborhoods is now essential—making the kitchen table conversation happen. The shared rage I feel from just about everyone I meet—friends, clerks, whoever—is palpable and unrelenting. This is a historic awakening.
FARMERHUNT, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Annoying hipsters looking for attention, now you forever have a criminal record for defying the city, are you better off now? You brought attention, but not really beneficial attention. Things aren’t going to change in our lifetime. Use intelligence to produce change, not a corny, annoying protest copying the ’60s. Really work at it, make sacrifices; tent squatting isn’t a sacrifice.
WILLIAM, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Fall Through the Fracks
Regarding Ada Kulesza’s news feature on stalled fracking legislation:
Fracking is bad for the environment, too expensive and unnecessary for our energy needs. First of all, burning natural gas adds to green house gases, which adds to global warming. Secondly, the chemicals used to frack the gas wells are toxic and not safely removed from the waste water that comes up with the gas. Eighty percent of the water used remains underground with its toxic content. Each well uses four to eight million gallons of water that can never be used again. They are talking about 10,000 to 15,000 wells in the Marcellus Shale area alone. The well casings only last about 80 years. Who is going to pay for the monitoring and clean up after the wells are spent? Where is all this water going to come from? Who and where will this waste water be stored? Once you mix the chemicals with the water it can not be filtered or distilled to make it usable for human or animal consumption.
PAUL RODEN, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Thanks for a well-done report. Sinister legislation promoted by Corbett and his cronies in Harrisburg (SB 1100, mentioned in your report) would set up things so that local communities would only be able to receive revenues from the impact fee on the condition they accept a cookie-cutter zoning ordinance which will be as permissive as possible toward shale gas drillers. The attorey general (a Corbett appointee) would be asked to decide whether a community’s own zoning law restricting shale gas drilling is unreasonable. If found so, the Godfather Corbett admin (well paid by gas industry) could threaten to hold back revenues, a form of extortion which could force acquiescence and strip local municipalities of their power to oversee their own land use rules (zoning), a traditional power going back generations to the founding of the state and the nation. It’s called HOME RULE and was part of the basis of our Declaration of Independence from England. We’re being fed to the wolves.
ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Laura Rena Murray’s feature on LGBT youth being bullied in juvenile detention centers:
The voice of the youth must be heard! But the youth must also listen to the voice of mentors and people willing to invest in their future! We can make a difference if we all spend time with students instead of throwing money at reform and regulating everything to death.
STEVE CRUTCHFIELD, via philadelphiaweekly.com