IWAS absolutely thrilled to read the wonderful article on the outstanding accomplishments of the Williams brothers and the love and perseverance of their parents.

It's no small feat, even in the best of circumstances, to shepherd four boys through to college degrees. Keith, the oldest, has obviously been a a bright beacon for Jason, Oliver and Quentin. My hat is off not only to the Williams family, but to Valerie Russ and her editor for giving our region such a magnificent story of possibilities realized.

This story was special to me for several reasons. I am a NYU-Polytechnic board member who is African American and lives in Bucks County. I introduced the first NYU-Polytechnic honorary Ph.D. recipient at the June 1 graduation of the three Williams brothers.

Having been a first-generation college graduate myself, I'm always proud to see young people continuing to make that crucial leap.

I'm convinced that the story of the Williams brothers will inspire many youngsters and families in your reading area to raise their sights and continue to make our region proud.

John Kirksey, New Hope

Thank you so much for the Daily News Page 1 "Class Act" featuring Tazhe Cooper, a senior at Furness High, being honored.

It is rare to see the news media put a positive image of one of many of our young black men on the front page, which has for too long been full of negative coverage. But today you guys showed a part of our community that rarely gets recognized. So for that I want to thank you.

Linda Brooks


IDIDN'T think I'd ever see the day that a young black man would grace the cover of the Daily News unless he was wanted for a crime or was an athlete. Good job in recognizing Mr. Cooper for his accomplishment.

Congratulations, young man, on bucking the trend. From one young black man to another, I wish you nothing but the best in your search for greatness. Take full advantage of all the worldly treasures you will no doubt have at your feet.

God bless you and your family!

Mustafa Sulaiman, Secane

DROP-ping the ball

City Council has recessed without addressing the DROP program. The fact that they saw the need to explain why they felt entitled to be in the program shows that, on the surface, they are concerned about their image. But when it comes to the heart of the issue, they won't vote to wean themselves of this lucrative perk.

And why should they? In a city were pay-to-play is infamous, Council sits right up there with Corey Kemp and friends.

They were elected to provide leadership, but instead enrich themselves, provide jobs for family and friends (Latrice, take the ring, the perks are worth it), and then get outraged when the light of ethics and responsibility is turned on them.

Stephanie Stith, Philadelphia

Iranian wordplay

It's a long shot, but if the Iran election is overturned, Mr. Ahmadinejad will be Mr. I'm-a-need-a-job.

Jim Acton, Collegeville