I have been employed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority since 1988. Throughout my tenure, there have been many changes in the PPA, state and municipal administrations.

The PPA was a predominantly black and Democratic domain when I was hired. Vince Fenerty, a Caucasian Republican, was a "minority" employee. He endured racism and ridicule while working to initiate growth and development for the authority through his vision for expansion and program implementation.

He has a McDonald's restaurant type of approach to management. He worked from within, from the bottom to the top. He knows what it takes to get the job done in each department. In his position as executive director, he has been fair and impartial.

The PPA is thriving. Leave him alone. He deserves every cent of his salary. Vince Fenerty makes money the old fashioned way - he earns it.

Robin Bass


Education aids all

With all due respect to the researchers cited in the Dec. 10 Inquirer article "Why do teens drink? Penn State tells why," don't most people already sense the conclusions of the project? Aren't more critical problems begging for solutions? How about: "College degrees for the masses?"

Society loses the talents of far more citizens because of educational shortcomings than from alcohol abuse. Millions of citizens face uncertain futures because they lack college degrees.

Much of higher education appears to have been hijacked by elitists and money grabbers. Financing a college education has become a nightmare that people need a doctorate to wade through. Too many gifted students fall victim to funding traps and drop out.

College educations are not only critical to the health and welfare of individuals, but to our nation as well. What about public college at little or no cost to students?

Alan Gudknecht


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Garish theater design

Re: "Architects association honors Phila. design firm," Dec. 14:

The award by the American Institute of Architects honoring KieranTimberlake Associates for its design efforts was great. However, The Inquirer photograph of the entrance to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre certainly was not the best example of its work. It cried out in the most garish neon lights that Mrs. Roberts had given a large contribution toward the building the theater and screamed in no uncertain terms how rich she is.

Architecture critic Inga Saffron put it well with her description of the theater's "geeky interest in technology." However, its "elegant good looks" is questionable.

Philip Lustig


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