Last Words

Philadelphians speak out soberly about the city's spreading crime epidemic.

By PW Staff
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Nov. 6, 2007

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Timekia Palmer

Age: 33
Neighborhood: Germantown.
Occupation: Administrative secretary.

"There's no respect. You see kids using profanity around seniors. They don't fear consequences. We need more outreach community programs and funding so blocks can orchestrate projects on a smaller scale. Parents are focused on trying to keep the household afloat so they're less involved with their kid's school or friends or what happens when the kid walks out the door. I think it has a lot to do with parents just trying to stay ahead. And the grandparents have given up. It's a passing era. These are the kids whose parents were on crack. Those children are now young adults, 17 to 25, and they're acting out. They're the ones still writing on the walls, killing cops. They have nothing to lose. That's the generation that was lost."

 



Kurt Bonk

Age: 48
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties.

"The desperation of people creates the violence. More people are going to start to want to leave. There are so many negatives--lack of jobs, the economy, poor leadership, corruption. If there isn't a radical turnaround, people will leave."

 



Larry Jackson

Age: 37
Neighborhood: Northern Liberties.
Occupation: Parent of a teenage daughter and godfather of two teenage girls.

"Everybody is always blaming music or video games, or the government cutting money for this and that. But it starts in your own home. People are ignorant, killing people for nonsense."

 


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1. Joey Showers said... on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:04PM

“Andre Mathis went to jail for abusing children, both sexually and physically. He is also known for beating and stalking women. He is the last person you should get advise from on how to stop violence. He is a piece of trash!”

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2. victim said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:49PM

“ First of all, Andre Mathis' real name is Aundra Bruce Mathis. I sincerely doubt that he is a construction worker, too. When I knew him, he was selling his body to gay men out of Pentoney"s Bar. He is a PEDIPHILE, CHILD ABUSER, WOMAN ABUSER, LOSER, and a poor excuse for a man, a waste of his father's sperm, and should be incarcerated for the rest of his worthless life.”

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3. Laura Schaeffer said... on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:14PM

“Stop taking advise from people like Andre Mathis, Philly. This man is a sex-offender and a pediphile. Look up his criminal record. It's all documented. ”

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4. Nikki said... on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:47PM

“Please help me get more info on this dude. He claims to be my dad and wants contact with me and my son. I've tried to google his record but I can't get it.”

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