Letters to the Editor

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A Read-Letter Day

Regarding Tara Murtha’s recent column about a Philly student whose letter about the city's violence was hand-delivered to President Obama:

There are so many reasons to not be proud of being from Philly. Edgar’s letter, for the first time in a long time, has made me feel like a proud Philadelphian!

NaeFree, via philadelphiaweekly.com

This is exactly the type of youth we need today. The inner-city communities youth will never get better if things such as young kids getting murdered won’t stop. I thank you so much for writing this letter, you as a young man, have made a big difference.

Mel Bagnell, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Edgar is a courageous young man. Hopefully ALL of our government leaders— Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, whatever—will wake up and realize it is time to address our issues in this country instead or trying to score political brownie points. As Edgar suggests, starting with a good education can go a long way to reducing many problems. Start supporting the good teachers and help the ones who need it for the benefit of future generations.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

The problem is solely not on the shoulders of the school system. As a teacher within the system, I can say that the school reflects the values of the community and homes in which our children attend. To get children to be educated is a monumental task and school funding, while it is an issue, is not the biggest one. I think that we have to re-evaluate our values because to celebrate and create videos of youth who have perpetrated violence is not the answer.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Not a Pretty Picture

Regarding an excerpt from Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a new book by journalists Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco that sees Camden as a harbinger of unsettling things to come:

How great to see a publication giving voice to what is happening across America that the majority have no chance to see on our televisions or even our internet searches. Creative, heart-rending and frightening; thank you for featuring this work.

JUSTINE, via philadelphiaweekly.com

What a couple of chumps—traveling around the world and being hypercritical of places they’re not from and only have a cursory knowledge about. There is beauty and strength in the toughest of neighborhoods, but it takes a lot more talent and time to write about that. It also doesn’t sell as well. Shame on PW for putting this garbage on the front page.

OtterVonBismark, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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1. Anonymous said... on Jul 3, 2012 at 03:44PM

“Do you actually read some of the raunchy advice this Dan savage is giving to young people? It's filthy and certainly not helping our society by focusing solely on maximizing eroticism.
If PW really is concerned about the community it ought to be featuring columns that focus on people doing good by helping others. Surely you can find someone capable of that. Mr Savage certainly isn't one of them.”

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