Letters to the Editor

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Port of No Return

Regarding Tara Murtha’s recent column about a weekend of violence in Port Richmond:

Flash mobs in Center City, and now flash mobs in our neighborhood. People are going to become tired of it and someone, who will have a permit to carry, will shoot one or more of the invaders, and then there will be another problem. I think the Center City curfew should be in place throughout the city, especially now that school is back in session.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I am not surprised about these little punks. I am 39 years old and in my day we were not as bad as them. Sure we drank and got in some trouble, but today the kids don’t respect themselves or old people. Its a shame that Port Richmond got so bad, but it starts with the parents. Do your job mom and dad instead of sitting on your ass. We must not give up on them!

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Stop the hatred! Hate is a disease and neighbors must be vigilant and tolerant toward the causes of this hate. Bring back foot patrols and undercover cops and get to the root of the problems. Parents, why are your kids out after midnight drinking and hating! Parents, it’s 2 a.m. Do you know where your kids are?

RICH ADAMCZYK, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I’m not going to address the race of anyone involved in the story because I don’t care about it either way. The problem seems to be that as a result of the curfew restrictions imposed in both Center City and University City, the teens are now congregating in specific locations in large numbers. While playground hours were extended, no shift in police personnel has been assigned to those areas. While it was bold and insightful for the gentleman to jot down the license plates, I wish he had done it a little more discreetly so that they didn’t realize he was doing it. It would have been safer for him that way. These guys were looking for trouble. That man should have felt safe in his own home. The police have to work harder in forming meaningful relationships with residents in every neighborhood. Residents need to feel safe that their call will be answered.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

The kids from Kensington and North Philly have been robbing people after dark, jumping grade-schoolers for no reason and tagging/destroying property in Port Richmond for years now! The older residents watched Kensington degenerate from a working-class ’hood into a post-apocalyptic nightmare while the city and the media turned a blind eye. Port Richmond can’t count on anyone to prevent this disease from trickling down to Richmond Street. We will not surrender to the madness quietly!

MXF, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Hip-Hop Party Don’t Stop

Regarding Michael Alan Goldberg’s article about a new political party aimed to take a seat on City Council:

Every attempt at getting a third party into office is worth it, it just sucks he’s doing a write-in campaign. Those hardly ever work for anyone at all. They should’ve gotten in the game sooner and gotten the signatures needed to get on the ballot officially. It can’t be that high a threshold for a Council race, right?

JOSEPH, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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