In regard to the "God is evil" voicer [Feedback, "Dios Mio," Eric Treece, Aug. 16, 2007], I find it extremely sad that we live in a world where no one has to take responsibility for his or her actions. It would be very simple to blame God as being evil, but that is not the reality of life. We all have choices. We make decisions and suffer the consequences of each and every thing that we do on a daily basis.Just because some of us make poor decisions, can we really blame God for that?
People, not God, should be held responsible for what they do, Christian or not.The blame game is part of the reason our youth is so screwed up today.From the White Housedown to our communities, our children are being taught the same thing: Blame it on something else, it's always so much easier to do, isn't it?
It's unfortunate that Michael Washburn's quest for catharsis has failed, and he's instead picked up the tired old shell game of pretending that justice in America is colorblind [Slant, "Retribution," Aug. 16, 2007]. Washburn's anecdotal proof that white skin gives no advantage — two examples of whites convicted of grisly murders and sentenced to death — will fool no one who's aware of the U.S. government's own findings that defendants of all races are four times more likely to receive the death sentence when the murder victim is white. Closure and deliverance cannot be found by ignoring the facts: In America, the color of your skin determines what kind of justice you receive.
Candace Karch has been stylin' like this since 1984 [Cover, "Favorite Philadelphians: Candace Karch," Monica Weymouth, Aug. 16, 2007]. I have to ask, what took y'all so long?
Ed: Wethinks the name makes more sense when read backward.
Candace is not only fabulous and funny, but kind and caring. Ask any of her many cats, friends, customers and fantastic family! She works hard at her business, as anyone who has been to an opening can attest, but her gallery needs our support, so go buy something for f#$k's sake!
Many of my friends have told me about the renaissance in Fishtown. In finding a wonderful art gallery like Bambi, I'm now a believer. It was time well spent, strolling through the friendly atmosphere that Candace created, eyeing the work of splendid artists like Terrence Laragione and Derek Myers. Well done to the artists, Candace and City Paper!
Philadelphia is lucky to have such an extraordinary talent and spirit who elevates all of us.
The AlliedBarton employees, both in Philadelphia and elsewhere, where the company has consented to allow SEIU to become part of their personnel department, are victims of SEIU, which is a cynical parody of the labor movement [News, "Allied Affront," Doron Taussig, Aug. 30, 2007]. SEIU has the sole goal of growing its membership, dues income and, presumably, its ability to pal around with corporate bigwigs and perhaps move some of its misleaders into positions of prestige in the Democratic or Republican parties.
One goal which it simply doesn't have is changing the power relationship between working people and their bosses in the interest of justice and dignity for the former. Want to organize a union? Don't call SEIU. Ever.
I am glad I don't live in Philadelphia. ... It is a nasty place, but just like Atlanta or Dallas or New Orleans. The same thing makes it nasty: A pervasive disgusting feeling that white people are hated, in a white country, with a white language. In a world where whites are a creative minority that brought so much to the world, is it legal now to gang-murder us in our own country because you are a "disenfranchised minority"? These kids sound like they were banking on getting away with murder [News, "Murder, in Black and White," Brian Hickey, Aug. 16, 2007].