Regarding Tara Murtha’s recent cover story about Hunting Park:
I’m glad to hear something good is happening to this park. My grandmother still lives across the street. I remember spending summers with my brother and cousins playing in the park and taking walks with my grandparents. We were always dodging broken glass and trash. It was pretty disgusting. My grandfather would carry a large branch with us in case anyone would try to bother us. Hopefully the people surrounding Hunting Park will keep it in good condition once it’s revitalized.
LISA MENDEZ via philadelphiaweekly.com
When the kids in this program look for a hero, they don’t see one or two but many hard-working men. They keep these young people focused on being a part of a team, not just thinking how to do things solo.
Real men help develop the minds of young men. The park and the kids and their instructors are family. Keep up the good work. As a man or boy thinketh, so is he. Continue to build up the character that is within each and everyone of these kids.
GEORGETTE via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Brian McManus’ article about Ken Vasoli of the Starting Line:
At first, I was amused by the childish tiff that PW seems to be having with the Starting Line. I fully respect Bill Chenevert’s journalistic rights to report however he sees fit, and also respect Kenny Vasoli’s right to express his opinion to the paper, and your right to respond to that in print.
However, when I came to the last line of your article my jaw literally dropped. Did you honestly attempt to make a parting jab at Vasoli by implying that he’s gay? I’m disgusted by the implication that you used the idea that Vasoli could be gay as an insult. It’s homophobic, alienating, intolerant and really fucking immature. Furthermore, it reveals a lot more about you and your own prejudices than it does about Vasoli. With all due respect—grow up, and take the higher ground next time.
Regarding Sean Burns’ recent review of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus :
So much of the story unfortunately hangs on Lily Cole. She may come to prove herself somewhere down the line, but she’s nothing more than a pretty face here. She has potential but the story and the role required an actress to step up to the challenge.
Since it’s a Gilliam film, I hope it turns out to be a smashing success at the box office nonetheless.
Regarding an online feature by Brendan Skwire:
Senator Arlen Specter’s hearings on Philadelphia’s criminal justice system are a chance to gather expert testimony on the challenges facing the city’s beleaguered court system.
The hearings focus on the growing problem of witness intimidation and the impact on conviction rates. The hearings will explore increases in funding for witness relocation, expanded U.S. Marshal protection and new laws to make witness intimidation and threats a federal offense under certain circumstances.
In his 30 years in the Senate, Senator Specter has used his committee seniority to investigate matters of public importance, often with significant results. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Specter oversaw a report that held the Pentagon responsible for failing to provide adequate protection in the Khobar Towers bombing. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Specter led the fight to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health from $12 to $30 billion to expand medical research to find cures for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other illnesses. As chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, the Senator helped win improved benefits and health care for veterans. His recent hearing into the bungled radiation treatment of prostate cancer patients at Philadelphia’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center led to calls for new oversight at VA hospitals.
Senator Specter’s leadership and membership on various Senate committees has prompted reforms in many areas and the passage of important legislation. Most of these remedies began with committee hearings and testimony by expert witnesses.
KATE KELLY Press Secretary U.S. Senator Arlen Specter