Job security just a signature away

A clear majority of City Council this month voted in favor of earned sick leave for Philadelphia's workers and families. Now, we and nearly 180,000 working Philadelphians await Mayor Nutter's signature on this legislation.

Our city's economy is on the rebound thanks to the hard work of tens of thousands in the restaurant, health care, child care, and hospitality industries. They deserve to earn sick pay so they don't have to lose a day's wages or put the public's health at risk by coming to work sick.

This bill would not have reached final passage without collaboration with the business community. Thanks to feedback from small-business owners, 23 amendments were made over two years.

Healthy, working households are the greatest contributors to any city's economy. In San Francisco, six out of seven employers surveyed found their profitability hadn't suffered since a sick-leave bill became law in 2006. In fact, the number of businesses grew 1.64 percent between 2006 and 2008, while the number of businesses in surrounding counties declined. If San Francisco can implement earned sick leave and thrive - as other cities have done - so can Philadelphia.

William K. Greenlee, councilman at-large, Philadelphia

Ginsburg a trailblazer for women

Many years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court, she was simply the kindest person one could meet ("Accidentally exposing an ideologue," March 20). In fact, barely knowing me, she offered to write a recommendation for law school (I took her up on it) out of the kindness of her heart and concern for women who, at that time, had few rights. She was paving the way for women long before great numbers could study law, not only as a role model, but also as a litigator for our rights.

Gregory J. Sullivan's commentary appeared hostile not only to Ginsburg's work on behalf of women, but also to women generally. I found it totally tone-deaf to women's real problems - many of which Ginsburg solved. Every woman in this country owes a huge debt to the justice, a fact the commentary callously disregarded. Women matter, and Ginsburg helped us matter in ways we were denied before her life's work began. She now serves with true ideologues and judicial activists - on the rabid right - and I thank goodness every day that she's there speaking for us.

Karen Porter, West Chester, karenporteresq@aol.com

No horsing around at meal times

I confess to having eaten Bambi, Daffy, Thumper, Elsie, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Babe, Flipper, Smokey, and even Rudolph, but I draw the line at Flicka, Mickey, Lassie, Simba, Jiminy Cricket, Moby Dick, Simba, and the Cat in the Hat. I understand that items on the second list are considered delicacies in other cultures, but I doubt I could eat chocolate-covered grasshoppers ("Friends don't eat Flicka," March 19).

I write in defense of the Lone Ranger's companion, Silver, a most noble steed. I suspect that Scout, Tonto's means of travel, might even taste good. But I think of Citation, Whirlaway, Seabiscuit, and Secretariat, and my appetite won't get out of the starting gate. If they want to eat horse meat in France, that is their privilege, but my French cooking will be limited to escargot.

Ralph D. Bloch, Warrington, ralphdbloch@yahoo.com