AFTER MUCH hemming and hawing and political posturing, former U.S. Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum declared his candidacy for president. And in his declaration in front of a friendly audience, Mr. Santorum crowed about the U.S. Constitution, and how President Obama was not following it.

And then, seconds later, he went into a tirade about how, if elected, he was going to take away a woman's constitutionally protected right to choose, and then go after gay citizens by reversing their constitutionally protected right to equal protection under the law! Am I the only one who sees the irony here?

Marc Golde', Merion Station

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Earth to Stuart

I see there's another missive from Planet Stuart Caesar, but this one is even more ludicrous.

He says Sarah Palin is making the liberal media look silly. How's she doing that, Stuart, by warning the British and ringing them bells?

He claims the media says Palin is not an interesting media personality anymore. Who in the media says that? Palin is nothing other than a media personality; that's why the press follows her everywhere and all but ignores Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.

Palin can't accurately explain what America stands for, and she doesn't believe anything other than her own stupid grasp of history and politics.

She's not a pure conservative; poor Ronald Reagan would hemorrhage to find out that this is the best his revolution had produced.

All Americans should fear Palin because she is an ignorant and impetuous nitwit who doesn't know it, being manipulated by extremely conservative money men who do.

Contrary to not caring what the media thinks about her, Palin would die if the spotlight were ever turned off her for even a minute.

She really is that shallow.

Michael McGonigle, Philadelphia

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Keep on DROP-in'

I want to thank Stu Bykofsky for all the coverage he's giving to the Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

As a successful city resident and lover of the city, it enrages me that these folks continue to manipulate the system for their entitlements. It has also become a national embarrassment when feds have to be involved for corrupt local agencies as if we are a city run by knuckleheads.

Please continue your coverage of the thieves who are running our city.

It's a shame, too, 'cause you know they're not all bad, but when a select few come up with something like DROP, everyone else just nods their heads in agreement.

John Venne, Philadelphia

Philadelphia makes Chicago look like Disney World.

Sharon Reiss, Philadelphia