Letters to the Editor

Police departments can do better

Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Dial made an unjustifiable mistake by fatally shooting Eddie Irizarry on Monday, Aug. 14, in Kensington. After watching the video evidence the news released, Officer Dial did not give Eddie enough time to even get out of his car.

It looks like he just started shooting repulsively without even hesitating to see if Irizarry had any weapon at all. Allegedly two knives were in the car but even if a knife was in Eddie Irizarry’s hand, Officer Dial could have just used his baton and, if needed, extra pepper spray to avoid the knife usage.

Civilians in this world are probably wondering why some police officers are still making terrible decisions while on their job force. Their actions are only causing more harm than good for society.

All police stations, departments, precincts, districts and headquarters need to have more discipline and discussions on how they can do a better job enforcing the law while on duty.

Alim Howell

An inspirational story

I read with complete wonder Mark Zimmaro’s report on the incredible journey by actor Hannah Parke through years of treatment for epilepsy and how it has affected her life and work (“Comedy, music and an important story,” Aug 23).

How brave Parke has been to challenge her condition by submitting to serious brain surgery that included an implant of a machine called Responsive Neurostimulation or RNS. This device enables Parke to control seizures and perform in public.

It was also inspiring to read how she now plans to share her full story solo on stage with a musical monologue, “Birth. Sparkle. Death,” at The Fidget Space, during the Cannonball Festival. Thanks to Zimmaro for including the link for buying tickets to the five shows in September.

The fascinating fact behind this performance is that Parke is not portraying a fictional character but rather telling her own true story. She is also demonstrating how a special AI implant can learn and adjust to give the patient more independence. Truly a wonder to behold! Brava, Hannah!

Gloria C. Endres

Buy American

Labor Day is another opportunity for us to highlight our efforts and thank supporters of the Buy American Made and Support American Workers Campaigns. American Workers need all of us promoting all levels of jobs in the United States of America. Our goal is to return America to the place where a competitive product of every type is made by American workers.

Back in 1882, when the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City, they celebrated the workmanship and growing accomplishments of American workers, union and non-union, employed by businesses, large and small, and the self-employed. In 1882, America had full employment and in order to keep up with the demand for American-made products, the United States and businesses in the United States welcomed immigrants from around the world to come and live and work in America.

Today, America has a growing population and we need to focus on American workers so we can create millions of additional full- and part-time jobs each year. It’s up to America’s consumers to create a demand for American-made products so that working-age and able-bodied people have the job opportunities they need to support themselves, pay their bills and have the ability to create a demand for American-made products and services.

Thanks for supporting the Buy American Made Campaign and be sure to support the stores and internet sites offering American-made products.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Email them to Michael@AmericanWorkersRadio.com.

Michael Blichasz

American Workers Radio, 860 AM