Letters to the Editor

Donate Perennials

To the Editor:

The Providence Garden Club is gearing up for its annual Plant Sale, which will be held on Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Williamson College of the Trades. We are seeking plant donations from local gardeners. Do you have some interesting perennials in your garden that you would consider donating to the sale?

Experienced gardeners from our club will come to your property in mid-April to gently lift and divide your perennials. We will take some divisions for the sale and carefully replant the rest.

Proceeds from our sale are used to fund neighborhood civic projects, including landscaping at the Helen Kate Furness Library and the Thomas Leiper House, as well as to support the Scott Arboretum, Tyler Arboretum, the John Heinz Environmental Center, I Can, I Will in Chester, and many other local horticulture and environmental organizations.

If you have plants to donate or would like more information about our sale, please call me at (610) 675-7928. Donations are tax deductible.

Don’t forget to come to our sale, which will feature a wonderful selection of reasonably priced perennials, annuals, shrubs, and hanging baskets… just in time for Mother’s Day. Thank you.

Sallie Anderson
Providence Garden Club

Debates & policies

To the Editor:

Last week’s article on the upcoming economic debate hosted by Swarthmore College contained one whopper of a false equivalence when it commented that the debate would “unlike this season’s Presidential debates, reinforce values of critical thinking and respectful dialogue.” Shouldn’t that swipe at the Presidential debates be appropriately confined to the Republican debates? I don’t recall Hillary or Bernie using their debates as a forum to call each other by derogatory epithets, to inflame religious bigotry, to advocate a Middle East policy that includes carpet bombing, or to discuss the size of their genitalia. I don’t recall their questioning of evolution or climate change.

People who fail to see clear differences between the debates — and the bedrock policies — of the two parties definitely do need to reinforce their critical thinking skills before stepping into the voting booth this year.

Ginny Scott

Support the arts

To the Editor:

Last Friday night we attended the Spotlight Theatre production of Doubt; A Parable. This well-written play requires four actors who have to project various levels of intensity. We were amazed how brilliantly our local community theater presented this play. At the same time, we were disheartened that there were only around 25 people in the audience. This was low admission price, high quality theatre, and it deserves our support.

Their next two productions are True West by Sam Shepard (at the end of April) and the musical Nine (in June). Unlike some community theaters, they are not presenting revivals of tired musicals or lightweight comedies because, of course, “that is what the public wants.” (Or, as Frank Capra famously said, “If you want to send a message, try Western Union.”)

Well, I’m proud that our two local theaters — Spotlight (True West) and The Players Club (Angels in America) are willing to continue to be adventurous. Walnut Street Theatre, for instance, is presenting Freckle Face Strawberry, A Musical, which also sounds very challenging, albeit in a much different way.

This is assuming that Swarthmore and adjacent audience members want various forms of art that, as they say, “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” a desire that much of current American culture would seem to argue against. How do others feel on this?

Bob Small

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