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Word on the Street 01-19

What are your expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency? 
 

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Constructive idea

The development of Lincoln Square, a multi-use complex on the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, is enjoying preliminary progress. Reports have the space including apartments, a three-story parking garage, a supermarket, and retail options, with Target Corp. having stated its desire to open a condensed version of its customary establishments. SPR

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Welcoming the change

To the Editor:
Here we go! If these words make it into print, by the time many of you read them, we will be only hours away from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Finally, after all the crooked dealings by the left, pre- and post-election, he will represent more than 300 million Americans at home and abroad. I find the possibilities fascinating! 
I’ve lived through some horrible presidencies, being almost 86 years old, and I want the doomsday crowd to calm down. Donald Trump is going to do just fine. If we survived eight years of [President Barack] Obama, adjusting to at least four under Trump should be a breeze. Hail to the chief! 
Annette Deladiarte
South Philadelphia
 

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Pre-Inauguration remarks

To the Editor: 
As the inauguration of Donald Trump approaches, I have two questions for his supporters. 
Are you confident that your candidate possesses the character and qualities that are needed to lead our country in light of his recent denials of the intelligence agencies’ findings? At least 17 agencies concluded their investigations that Russia hacked the 2016 election with the intention of securing Trump’s win. (Finally, Mr. Trump admitted that Russia was behind the hacking but thinks that China or another country were also involved.)  Russia has, and always will be, a major threat to our national security. It is a fact that cannot be denied. It is a country ruled by a dictator who cannot and will not accept public scrutiny. Sound familiar?
In addition, as a supporter of Mr. Trump, are you pleased with his recent disparaging remarks on Twitter with respect to a civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis, who has served our country for more than three decades? Now more than ever, the U.S. needs to unite, but Mr. Trump continues to voice his derogatory comments on Twitter that continue to inflame and infuriate Americans.
If there is any hope at all for our country to survive a Trump presidency, Mr. Trump needs to grow a thicker skin and listen to the criticisms that he faces. He must realize that it is not necessary to respond to every negative remark that is issued by the media. (His disgraceful handling of the recent news conference is a topic for another day.)
Finally, he needs to say farewell to his Twitter account. 
Carol A. Pasquarello
South Philadelphia 
 

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Cardella: Why Are We Shooting Someone On Fifth Avenue?

In 1967 Norman Mailer wrote a short novel called “Why Are We in Vietnam?” without ever mentioning “Vietnam.” With apologies to the late author, your columnist will attempt to explain why Donald Trump is being inaugurated tomorrow without further mentioning his name. As my wife said to me the last time that I attempted to do anything around the house, “Good luck with that!”

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What’s on your mind?

If you had a chance to ask Mayor Jim Kenney a question, what would it be?

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Protecting speech

While I share Jessica Lynn Argondizza’s concern (“Speaking about freedom of speech,” Jan. 5) that freedom of speech be protected for all people, that should include the right to criticize the speech of others.

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Curious canine

CURIOUS CANINE: The National Weather Service reported that South Philly received 3.8 inches of snow on Saturday.

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How is the sweetened beverage tax affecting your shopping routine?

“I experienced the tax once, and that was enough. I am going to juice my own stuff. Overall, I think people won’t buy as much stuff and will be able to keep money in their pockets.”

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On This Date

You might not have thought that Jan. 12th was an important date in history. Well, think again.

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