TO OREN Spiegler:

You talk about the sport of hockey and the slugfest, and how any decent human beings wouldn't subject their children to that kind of environment. Well, let me tell you, I have five children (all grown now) and, yes, hockey is watched and my kids are just fine. They have great values instilled in them. They are not out in the street beating people up because of the sport.

Yes, there are signs "We hate you," but look at the facts. Crosby, who we have a lot of disdain for, is one of the best players today. And for him to stoop as low as he did in Game 3 is beyond explanation.

You stated that the only sport you enjoy and follow is baseball, so I guess using steroids is a good example for kids? You don't hear about that in hockey! I guess you feel boxing is okay, too?

Anyhow, if you don't like it, don't watch it. But don't jump on the bandwagon when we win the Cup.

Leave the celebration for the true fans.

Let's Go, Flyers!!!

Doris Goodroe


Student, like me

While Valerie's Russ' article explains both sides of Council President Clarke's so-called 'North Central' Improvement District, it's important to point out that Clarke's proposed NID is a biased piece of legislation that unfairly targets students' wallets to pay for services that the city should already be providing. But instead of solving the real problems, Clarke tries to make a quick-fix bitterly blaming students.

I wouldn't expect Clarke to understand the extraordinarily high costs and demanding expectations of higher education because he, City Council's president, somehow never earned a bachelor's degree. But because his and other districts' largest problem is poverty, I would expect him to be an advocate for higher education and not target those who want to improve their lives and the city.

Clarke also lacks any evidence, reports or studies that prove that students have a negative impact on the north-central neighborhood. In fact, Clarke and his cronies undermine the benefits that Temple provides to its surrounding communities. According to a recent economic-impact survey, Temple provides about $3.7 billion to the city and generates 34,000 jobs.

Finally, I dare Clarke and anyone who supports the NID to substitute the word "students" in Russ' article with "minorities." If the proposal targeted a certain race, like banks' racial redlining did in the past, this NID would never be considered. It's insanely disappointing that, in 2012, a city government can single out and tax blacks — I mean, students —when they are only trying to learn.

Matthew Petrillo

Temple journalism student