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Addressing South Philly residents

Each month, I partner with a different neighborhood paper to answer real Philadelphians’ questions. 

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Word on the Street 1-26-17

hat is your reaction to President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech?

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Signs of the times

Saturday’s Center City-situated Women’s March on Philadelphia drew plenty of South Philadelphians, including these ladies located on the 900 block of Wharton Street. The City estimated the crowd at 50,000, with the participants expressing fears over the protection of various rights now that Donald Trump has entered the White House. SPR 

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A necessity 

To the Editor:
In his first day of office, President Trump has already begun to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. As a citizen, a resident of southern Chester County, and a leader of a non-profit providing health care to the underserved, I must speak out on the critical role that having health insurance plays in the success of individuals, families and communities. I’d like to first speak from personal experience. I grew up in a hardworking family where my parents owned a small business. They were never able to afford health insurance for our family of twelve. The mantra in our home was “never get sick.” A doctor’s visit was never in the family budget, and a hospitalization was the difference between solvency and bankruptcy. Health insurance is not a privilege - it’s a necessity for working class families to pull themselves out of poverty.

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Meaningful March

To the Editor: 

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Buddy

It was a small item, even in the local news. You might have missed it. News out of the entertainment industry these days pretty much obsesses about Brad Pitt’s new love interest or the fact that on the Internet you can find a picture of Selena Gomez wearing a thong. Buddy Greco died a couple of weeks ago.

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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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