Letters to the editor about recent stories.
Regarding Daniel Denvir’s recent story about staying in your home after foreclosure:
I have to say that while I agree with housing and a living wage as a human right, I do not agree with the tactics of Honkala, KWRU or the PPEHRC. They receive hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations and basically the only thing that happens is they get into a newspaper or magazine, or they make movies of themselves. Bread and Roses contributed a generous amount of money to KWRU so they could update their website for 2009—take a look at kwru.org and see for yourself what that money went to.
Why did the PPEHRC not act sooner and begin large scale protests during the first bank bailout? Why have they not used their funding for financial workshops for families facing foreclosure? Why have they not donated money to legal counsel? Why would they advise people in foreclosure to risk imprisonment over any number of options they should be providing? Because their movement only serves them.
AJA BEECH Kensington
How did we get to the point where people believe that they can enter into a contract willingly, take hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bank, and then organize to get out of paying it back? I understand hard times, but if times are tough, pull together with family, friends and neighbors. Sell your current home if you have to, and use getting another one as the fuel for improving yourself and getting an even better job than you could ever imagine.
Maybe Ray could start a business and hire other people and years from now, find himself with a better life. A better life than begging for government assistance could ever provide him. Have some self-respect people!
MATT via philadelphiaweekly.com
Three million homes were foreclosed in 2009—a record in U.S. history. Trillions have been spent on wars and bailouts for the rich, while practically nothing has been done to protect the general population of people—a huge number of which are struggling for survival in the richest country in the world.
Nothing has been done to help house the growing numbers of poor and homeless people. The wealthiest 20 percent of Americans own 80 percent of the wealth. It’s not that there isn’t enough to go around: the deck is rigged, the distribution is deadly. I support poor people organizing to meet their survival and restructure the economic system to be more fair and democratic. Protect people, not banks. Serve citizens, not corporations. Challenge unjust laws, like the Founding Fathers and the Civil Rights Movement did. You only get what you’re organized to take.
JEFF ROUSSET via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Sean Burns recent article about being shut out of film screenings:
Thank you so much for explaining the lack of movie reviews. I always appreciate your reviews because they are honestly written. Most of the time, I agree with your assessment, and you never flinch from a bad review. Maybe that’s another reason you are not welcome at screenings. I would bet other reviewers do not have this problem.
JO PAPPALARDO via philadelphiaweekly.com
So, let me get this straight: You aren’t going to review movies unless you get a free ticket to an advanced screening? I think you can go ahead and get the paper to buy you a ticket, go see the movie on the opening weekend and let us know how it is. That is your job. You don’t need to rely on the studios at all. Plus you will get to enjoy the public movie-watching experience. Sure, it will be a few days later, but most of us aren’t going on opening weekend anyway (and if we are, we were going no matter what your review said).
And yes, we want reviews of all the new movies, not just the ones you think will be hip or artsy. Some of us just want to have a good time. Some of us like werewolves. Some of us have kids.
Please stop being petulant and go back to work. You are good at what you do; that's why we read your reviews.
GEORGE MOSTOLLER Philadelphia
It pisses me off that these fuckin’ movie companies think that they can pull shit like this off. In a way, it’s cuttin’ out our right to freedom of press. It silences your (our) voice. It’s just that people get pissed when the truth is spoken. And they will use their muscle any way they can to keep you quiet.
I seldom go to the movies and will only go based on reviews of people who have seen them. Anyway, fuck ’em.