Letters to the Editor

A pleasure to walk and shop on E. Passyunk

As a lifelong resident of the East Passyunk Avenue area, I read with keen interest the report in the Review advertising a guided tour of this busy corridor (“Sustainable & Local Tour returns to East Passyunk,” Sept 27). I learned that these annual tours, both group and self-guided, are designed and hosted by the Sustainable Business Network, which is dedicated to helping businesses get together for mutual benefit and networking opportunities.

I was so pleased to read that we live in a “diverse, values driven community.” I can testify to that statement after a lifetime of experience. As a child growing up on East Passyunk Avenue, I experienced the spirit of cooperation among ethnic groups like Italians and Jews. It felt like a beehive of mutual support. It was always vibrant. Now, still living in the neighborhood, I am witness to the continuing atmosphere of diversity and vitality.

I was also delighted to read that tour groups had the opportunity to meet at one of my favorite places in the world, the Singing Fountain at E. Passyunk and 11th. I have written letters before testifying to the diversity of people who gather there on a regular basis and who live and work in the area. I often describe it as a “melting pot.” Imagine, for example, the thrill of meeting someone from New Zealand, who now lives and works in South Philly. I could go on and on.

So, I am happy to read that there is a real effort to encourage support of our local businesses. It is a real pleasure to walk and shop on the Avenue and surrounding areas. The variety of businesses and products makes shopping convenient and easy. So, thanks to the South Philly Review for advertising this special event that took place on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bravo to all who participated.

Gloria C. Endres

Looting can lead to jail time

The looting in and across our state and country needs to come to an end. The damages of our community stores is not the answer for solving unfair rulings in our judiciary system.

Having more protest is more of the key to taking a stand against corruption. All the looting especially with our youth is just putting them in the criminal justice system as juveniles.

Putting more young people, particularly young people of color, in the criminal justice system is the opposite of what parents, politicians and civilians want.

Family members of the kids who do the looting need to stress to them that the actions they are doing are completely wrong and will not change anything in the judicial government system but put more of them in the criminal justice system.

That is not the outcome we want and need. We as citizens want less people, in the most case of color, in jail.

Alim Howell