March 2, 2015 |
Let's see. Do I want an investment adviser or a financial adviser to help plan for retirement? A variable annuity, fixed annuity, or no annuity at all? How about stashing savings in an S&P 500 index fund - they're all the same, right? I don't have vertigo, but whenever I consider my options for retirement saving, my head spins. Then I heard about President Obama's AARP speech last week and wondered if the diagnosis - and a simple, straightforward treatment - had been sitting around untried all along.
May 21, 2014
SINCE HE arrived in June 2012, school Superintendent William Hite has had to live through a nightmare not of his own making. He came to Philadelphia to help the schools. Instead, he has been forced to oversee a slash-and-burn operation, shedding thousands of jobs and services in a poor district that genuinely needs all the help it can get. It seems no one wants to listen to Hite's earnest - and increasingly frantic - calls for help, certainly not among the political class, which controls the purse strings.
October 24, 2013
THE RESIGNATION this week of Pedro Ramos as head of the School Reform Commission and Gov. Corbett's replacement pick, whenever it comes, is bound to roil the whole issue of state funding for public schools. It's an issue that separates most Democrats from most Republicans, is certain to play big in next year's gubernatorial election and creates something like a fog of war. It's confusing and forces facts into separate ideological corners. The answer to whether Corbett drastically cut money for education or is funding schools at record levels (or both)
June 13, 2013 |
THE FORECAST for the U.S. Open today calls for a severe storm with a 100 percent chance of biting one-liners by Joe Conklin. The sports comedian, who grew up in Olney, plays at Parx Casino every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Here are a few of his observations that we were able to get into a family newspaper: * Tiger Woods justified taking a practice round wearing cargo shorts in violation of the club's "no shorts" policy. He said that was all he had left after the divorce settlement. * The winner will be 3-under par . . . and that still will be taller than Mike Kern.
May 26, 2013 |
DARTMOOR, England - We sought a break from the bustle of London at a remote cottage perched on the edge of Dartmoor - the legendary, perhaps haunted, bog in southwest England that achieved fame in stories such as The Hound of the Baskervilles . Our visions of long walks across the sun-dappled moor were washed out by two weeks of rain following the wettest spring on record, which, for England, is saying something. (It wasn't until the end of our stay that we learned at a local tavern that Dartmoor is one of the soggiest places in the entire country.)
May 14, 2013 |
Spoofing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson isn't exactly a novel notion, although this Curio Theatre parody of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson gives elementary a whole new meaning. If you stick it out until Act Two, things suddenly get funny. Steve Carpenter, who's been playing Sherlock Holmes with an off-again, on-again Russian accent, is outraged to learn that somebody has tweeted during intermission, complaining that his performance is really slowing the show down.
January 28, 2013
Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue a seventh win at Torrey Pines. Thick fog forced a long delay Saturday in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Players began the round after a three-hour delay, only for the fog to return five minutes after they started. No one finished more than one hole. Officials hoped to finish before dark Sunday. It will be the second of four PGA Tour events this year that went an extra day. The Tournament of Champions was reduced to 54 holes and completed on Tuesday.
January 28, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Everything became perfectly clear Sunday at Torrey Pines. Tiger Woods was on his game and headed to yet another win. Woods seized control in the fog-delayed Farmers Insurance Open with a 3-under 69 and a 4-shot lead after the third round. He stretched his lead to six shots through seven holes when the final round was suspended by darkness. Because fog wiped out all of Saturday, players were going as long as daylight allowed before returning Monday to complete the tournament.
January 15, 2013 |
The skies might not have been, but the consensus among golfers Sunday at the Pennsauken Country Club was clear: The weather forecasters had lied. Through last week, meteorologists predicted a springlike, midwinter gift would descend on the Philadelphia region for the weekend: blue skies, plenty of sun, temperatures in the mid-60s. Accordingly, golfers who hadn't touched their clubs in weeks, if not months, swarmed the Pennsauken course, reserving tee times days in advance. By Friday, it had been booked for Saturday and Sunday through 2 p.m. - "unheard of in January," said Bryan Garrison, an assistant professional at the club.
December 11, 2012 |
The morning fog defied predictions it was likely to lift by 10 a.m., remaining dense even in Center City more than 40 minutes later. Visibility, though, which was only a quarter-mile as of 8 a.m., had improved at half-mile at Philadelphia International Airport, which saw some morning delays. (To check a flight, go to www.phl.org .) A bunch of rush-hour accidents - nine was the count around 8 a.m. - gave way to just a couple around the area nearly three hours later, according to traffic.com.