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To the Editor:

We are facing a very dangerous epidemic in the world today, and it seems to be running rampant through our city. I see it on a daily basis, and I am very concerned that there will never be a cure. Cancer is the first thought in our minds when hearing this statement, which of course is a heartbreaking and ongoing struggle.

However, I am speaking about ignorance. I am aware of the fact there are many definitions of the word, so I will elaborate. Ignorance is the lack of caring and common courtesy toward others and lack of respect for our community. We need to go back to the basics, and try to remember the manners we were taught, if we were ever taught them. I have seen a change, and it is certainly not always for the better. Obviously, I am not speaking about everyone. I am very fortunate to know many wonderful people. I work with the public and although it could be challenging at times, I would not have it any other way. With that being said, I have become very discouraged with the ignorant mentality that has unfortunately become our city's.

Have we become so self-absorbed that we have lost sight of how gratifying it is to do something for someone with no ulterior motive, or have we become so conditioned that we are unaware of our selfish behavior? This is all very sad, especially since we have been named “The City of Brotherly Love.” There had to have been a meaning behind such a wonderful title. What happened? And I also have to ask the question, where is the love?

I believe that we as a community are guilty in some part for the breakdown that was once a decent society. We have never had such an outbreak of crime as we have in present day. The core of this atrocity is ignorance. It begins with not caring about yourself and certainly anyone around you. There is no respect for human life or authority. I love my city and I would like to have it back!

This was in no way an attack. It is more a cry for help because we should all shed a tear for the city that once was. Ignorance is a disease that is widespread. Not just in our city, but around the world, which is easily seen on every news channel.

We are aware that we are not safe, maybe because we are constantly being reminded by a new media that seems to focus on local crime, as if people that live in so-called safe areas do not have to worry. Tragically, anyone who feels they are safe is actually in more danger. We do not live in a safe world. I have no idea what has happened or how to fix it, but I am sure of one thing, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore.

Debra Russino
South Philadelphia

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1. Noon 1/20/2013 said... on Nov 1, 2012 at 01:20PM

“Debra, you just clearly defined Obama's America! 79 Days to Go!!!!”


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