Arnold Palmer’s extraordinary gift for Westtown couple
To the Editor: Although we never had the privilege of meeting Arnold Palmer, his presence in our life journey cannot be overstated!
You see, twenty-two years ago my wife Bobbie received a lethal late-stage cancer diagnosis. She endured several procedures and three surgeries, including one that was massive.
There was however at one point, we thought maybe, just maybe, it was all behind us ....
Until we found out another procedure was needed!
As she was wheeled out from her HUP hospital room, I knew Bobbie’s body was beaten up, she was exhausted, but she hadn’t given up and so I knew I needed to find something different that would motivate her more than any words of exhortation.
About a year before cancer entered our lives, Bobbie had started taking a keen interest in golf, she’d taken lessons, even played a round.
Over the years together we’d watch the majors and other favorite tournaments.
And we both were saddened when we learned Paul Azinger had been attacked by cancer, and then even more moved by his inspirational comeback.
So it wasn’t surprising that after Bobbie’s cancer diagnosis, Zinger was the one golfer she followed more closely than any other.
Indeed, his survival became a sort of guidepost.
As it happened, his book “Zinger” came out a day or two before Bobbie’s procedure.
Immediately I knew I somehow had to find a way to get a signed copy of the book with maybe a word or two of encouragement from Paul Azinger for my wife. Even if he lived in Florida, and we were in Philadelphia.
I went into overdrive. Trying to get in touch with Azinger, I looked him up in Bradenton Florida where I’d read he resided, and then tried Orlando, and even tried thru the PGA HQ in Ponte Vedra. All to no avail. I was doing so against a time clock clicking in my brain. I was trying desperately to do the impossible. I wante, no I needed, somehow that Azinger-signed book to be awaiting my wife when she would wake up the next morning...
As a desperate last resort, on a whim, I decided to try a totally different approach.
I called Bay Hill Club & Lodge to one of my life-long heroes: Arnold Palmer.
Somehow I was put thru to the clubhouse, where as soon as a man’s voice said hello, in tears I blurted out my whole story, my search for a signed book from Paul Azinger for my wife, so she’d keep fighting her battle against cancer.
As soon as I stopped to take a breath, the voice told me he understood, felt bad, was the wrong person for me to talk to, but would pass me over to “someone who can help you, if anyone can.”
A few seconds later, a quiet kind voice came on the phone, saying “Richard, I am Mr. Palmer’s assistant, I hear your wife is in the hospital, and you are looking for help, if you don’t mind, please tell me the whole story again, and let’s see if we can help you. Because if anyone can, knowing Mr. Palmer, he will find a way to make it happen. As I am sure you know, cancer is something he is all too familiar with.”
I retold my story one more time. My plea to somehow find a way to motivate my wife, best friend, and business partner, and explained again how much Paul Azinger’s story had touched her.
I will never ever forget and will be forever grateful for the look of surprise and huge smile on Bobbie’s face, when a copy of “Zinger” signed by and with a lovely paragraph of personal encouragement from Paul Azinger was delivered the next morning.
Today, that book still lays on the shelf on Bobbie’s side of the bed. And Bobbie is cancer free! Richard Pomerantz
To the Editor: As a former military officer and combat veteran, I support Jack London for State Senate and this is why:
I recently returned to Chester County after being away for the better part of a decade due to active duty service in the United States Army. I was medically retired at the age of 29 because of injuries sustained during combat in service to this nation. As such, I am very concerned with the current state of support veterans across the nation receive from various levels of government. While the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs has programs for veterans’ needs, there are significant gaps in care that stem from an overburdened system. Pennsylvania can and should work to fill these gaps in order to ensure that the nearly one million veterans living here have access to programs they may need.
Too often, politicians at every level of government do little more than pay lip service when it comes to veterans’ issues. Sure, they may say things like “I support our veterans” and “I will fight for veterans”, but what does that really mean? There is hardly any substance to these words. In the eyes of many veterans, myself included, it is little more than empty rhetoric. My research and experience this week has showed me that in Pennsylvania, our current elected representatives are the type who pay lip service to veterans but do not do anything really meaningful. While certain bills have been passed that benefit a small percentage of the state’s veterans, or give veterans the ability to obtain a special license plate for their vehicle, significant benefits have been put on the back burner. For example, Senate Bill 1019 would provide for a drastic improvement in the availability and accessibility of mental health services for veterans and their families.
Mental health issues, particularly those stemming from combat-related Post Traumatic Stress and military sexual abuse are a real and significant concern amongst the veteran population. Veterans with serious mental health issues are more prone to substance abuse, self harm and even suicide. According to a Department of Veterans’ Affairs study completed in 2016, the risk for suicide was 21% higher amongst veterans compared to U.S. civilian adults. Senate Bill 1019 would take steps to help those veterans most in need.
What surprised and frankly disappointed me was that SB1019 has been sitting in the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness since September 29, 2015. For nearly a year, meaningful legislation that would go a long way in drastically improving the quality oflife for Pennsylvania’s veterans has just been sitting there. There has been no vote on it. I reached out to the offices of State Senator Andy Dinniman (who sits on the Committee) to ask why nothing has been done about it and they weren’t able to give me an answer.
I want answers as to why a piece of legislation that could help my fellow veterans has had no movement in a year. So I spoke with Jack London, Senator Dinniman’s opponent. I talked to Jack about the major concerns veterans have, particularly when it comes to mental health services. I brought up SBI 019. Jack was just as shocked as I was with the lack of effort to pass the bill. He said that he would make it a priority to push through this piece of meaningful legislation so that we can get those veterans suffering from mental health issues the help they so desperately need. I knew from Jack’s background as a police officer that the ideals of service and caring for those in need are ingrained in him. I am confident that Jack will be an advocate for Pennsylvania’s veterans. I stand with Jack, because I know Jack London will stand up for me. Sincerely, Sean C. Murphy
Caution: Taxes Ahead
To the Editor: Drivers need to be very careful in the coming weeks: speed cameras are likely to proliferate in Pennsylvania. As part of his effort to combat the huge state deficit, Governor Thomas Wolf and his speed-camera-promoting Lt. Governor Michael Stack and the Legisla-
ture are likely to put pedal to the metal in seeing that the not-for-safety cash machines go up everywhere in order to supply more revenue for the irresponsible legislature to waste.
More of our money, the politicians don’t need. The tax base is crumbling as our Representatives and Senators siphon more money out of the middle class tank rather than cut back on their cars, perks, pensions and WAMs. But, since everyone drives, camera revenue is seen by them as a growth
demographic. What vision!
Contact your elected public servants and demand that camera traffic enforcement for-profit be banned. Otherwise, the road is not clear ahead. VOTE NO on HB 2233! Thank you.
To the Editor: We are all tired of the political season which seems to last longer and longer each presidential year.
I’m putting my energy into local politics. I received a mailer from Eric Roe who is running against Susan
Rzucidlo in the 158th. I could not believe what I read – independent leadership, will fight for us and will cut through partisan politics. Really? In a fundraising letter he promised to stand with his Republican colleagues- hardly independent or non-partisan.
What we know about Eric: He’s 28 years old. He was a Fellow in Origins of Conservative Thought at the John Jay Institute- Google it. His former employers were Let Freedom Ring, The American Conservative Union, the Republican National Committee and Senator Rick Santorum- Google them. All these jobs were in Washington DC up until 2015 when he
was hired to work for a Chester County Commissioner. Does this sound like he’s going to cut through partisan politics? This smacks of ultra-conservativism, political ambition and Washington D.C.
In addition, Eric is on the board of Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation, locally known as A.C.T.I.O.N. of PA. He also serves as Secretary of their State Council. This group carries posters of aborted fetuses and protests Planned Parenthood in WC, often screaming horrendous things to the clients entering the building. The majority of women going to PP go for health screenings and medical care NOT abortions. A friend of mine worked at PP in the Tech Department, and was called the devil when she dropped her elderly mother off for mass at a local catholic church by A.C.T.I.O.N. members. This group has also been known to publish the employees license plate numbers and personal information on the Internet. Neither Eric Roe nor this group represents Chester County Values.
There isn’t one position on his website. He didn’t even have the courage to attend the NAACP Meet the Candidates night, choosing instead to send his wife. Calculating. If this isn’t a politician
I don’t know what is.
I’ve known Susan Rzucidlo for years and she is not a political operative. She has raised a family, built a business and is a home owner. She has lived here for over 50 years and unlike Eric, she pays property taxes, her children have gone through our public schools and she doesn’t hide her positions they are all on her website Google her.
I know Susan as an advocate and I know that as a State Rep she will bring all her experience and knowledge to help her constituents. We live in a time of gridlock in Harrisburg where she would be but one vote. However, here in Chester County, her district office would be a place of advocacy for all the people.
I’m tired of candidates lying about who they are. I want the real deal and that is Susan Rzucidlo. Vote for her for State Rep. Sincerely,
Vote Hans Von Mol
To the Editor: When an incumbent state representative has served three terms and seeks a fourth, voters have enough information to decide how well the candidate has been serving their interests.
How, then, is Warren Kampf performing in the PA General Assembly? Where does he stand—and vote— on issues that matter to us citizens in the 157th District? What and whom does he support? It’s hard to determine from his frequent newsletters, but a look at his voting record and ratings is more revealing.
Kampf gets a 25% rating from Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. He has voted to make women’s access to reproductive healthcare more difficult.
Kampf gets a 33 percent rating from the Sierra Club. On the 2012Marcellus Shale bill. Kampf voted to limit funding for environmental issues in favor of the gas drilling lobby.
The National Rifle Association rates him as voting their way 64 percent of the time.
Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan, volunteer organization that collects information from elected officials about their positions on key issues, reports that Kampf “has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues… despite repeated requests.”
Kampf made the preposterous claim in 2012 that the Voter ID Law (aka voter suppression law) would “help voters.” The cost of this failed Republican-led legislation not including the law’s defense in court – was at least $12 million.
Kampf voted for pension reform bills that would significantly weaken our already underfunded and underperforming pension fund.
Kampf voted NO- four times - on the 2013 transportation bill which provided much needed funding for road and bridge repair as well as public transit.
Kampf is the lead sponsor of H.B. 1993 which removes the rights of school districts to conduct appeals of underassessed properties. It could lead to substantial losses in revenue for school districts. Large commercial properties stand to benefit while residential taxpayers will pay more in the form of increased millage. The PA School Board Association opposes it.
In short, Warren Kampf has voted for special business interests over the best interests of the people and families of the 157th. He opposes spending on infrastructure and supports reform that endangers the retirement security of all who pay into a state pension plan.
Warren Kampf is not watching out for us, in the 157th. Vote for Hans von Mol in November. Margaret van Naerssen
Are we better off?
To the Editor: When President Obama took office, he advocated a philosophy of hope and change. However, a philosophy must be coupled with appropriate action in order to be transformed into success.
President Obama created policies and actions which he believed would bring about better race relations at home, and reduced terrorism around the world.
The bottom line is ... the bottom line:
Are race relations in America better or worse since President Obama took office?
Have terrorist attacks increased or decreased since President Obama took office? Jamie W. Goncharoff