January 30, 2015
TO SOMEONE who grew up with three brothers who hit puberty within roughly 15 months of one another, the term "eating contest" means essentially the same thing as "dinner's ready. " Starting in 1975, when the first one hit double digits, and for a decade or so thereafter, the Flowers boys would compete to see who could stuff the most food in their mouths in the shortest period of time. Sometimes they even mastered the novel art of chewing before swallowing. As far as beverages, they were optional, but a carbonated soft drink was always helpful to clear the air, if you get my drift.
January 22, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Had it been up to Stan Musial's father, St. Louis might have been denied its greatest Cardinal of all time, and baseball might have been denied perhaps its greatest ambassador. Stan the Man was a two-sport star growing up in Donora, Pa., and his Polish immigrant father, Lukasz, wanted him to go to the University of Pittsburgh on a basketball scholarship. Stan opted to sign with the Cardinals for $65 a month in 1938. "Lukasz," said Stan's mother, Mary, "why did you come to America?"
February 26, 2012
"Many times in our history, we have these problems - and bigger problems - but we make it. " - Greek iconographer and theologian Georgios Kordis, commenting on the financial crisis in his home country. Kordis is working on a new Greek Orthodox church in Montgomery County. "Greece will be a different country after this transaction. " - Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, after the Greek parliament approved legislation to slice $142 billion off the country's debt.
January 26, 2012
IN A RECENT article regarding the beating death of 23-year-old Kevin Kless, a Philadelphia police homicide investigator assigned to the case bemoaned a lack of surveillance cameras in Old City. "Maybe one of our governors or senators could put in quality recording devices in [Old City]," he said. "How about [U.S. Rep.] Bob Brady? Get some solid recording devices out there. That would be a big plus. " Installing public surveillance cameras and recording devices would be a "big plus"?
November 4, 2010 |
MAYOR NUTTER is still standing. After three years of making painful budget cuts, losing political battles with City Council and managing growing voter unrest, Nutter is coming to the end of his first term. And he says he's ready to run for re-election. "I love this job," Nutter said in a recent interview. "I very much enjoy being mayor and the decisions that go with it. The great thing about this job is that decisions that I make, you could literally see the impact tomorrow. " Nutter is heavily favored to win, even if he faces a spring primary opponent, but the coming months will undoubtedly serve as a referendum on a mayor who sailed into office amid massive expectations, but whom some residents now view as a letdown.
June 15, 2009 |
A petite blonde with a mammoth voice, Kellie Pickler has often cited Dolly Parton as an inspiration, and she did so again on the stage of the Susquehanna Bank Center Saturday night. Invoking Parton's dirt-poor childhood in the Tennessee mountains - as well as, by implication, her own troubled family history - she drew a parallel between their hardscrabble origins and the authenticity of their music. "That's what I love about country music," she said. "It's real. " That the pronouncement was delivered by a singer who came to prominence on American Idol, and whose name, when it appears in the songwriting credits at all, is inevitably accompanied by a flotilla of hit doctors, speaks volumes about the state of country.
July 17, 2007
RE KEN Milgrom's letter on reparations: I'm a descendant of folks from Ireland who were slaves to the British powers. And some of them there still live in poverty. So I'm thankful to be an American in a free country. I served in the Second World War and would do it again, were I to be called. I'm 82, and I know where my bread is buttered. America is a special gift. If anyone is unhappy here, they have the freedom to leave and go elsewhere. Perhaps that's what they need to do and view the whole world.
July 13, 2007
LINDA HUNT Beckman's op-ed "Magic Moment for Health Care?" is an interesting piece of writing. She declares Michael Moore's "Sicko" to be "heartbreaking, funny" and very accurate in its assessment of this country's health-care problem, despite the fact that she also admits that she hadn't yet seen the film. Unfortunately, a reality check is needed. There is no free health care - we the taxpayers are the ones who foot the bill. If the "free health care" that other countries rave about is so marvelous, then why do they wait for months just to get a routine doctor's appointment?
September 11, 2006
Readers share what they think it means to be safe, five years after 9/11. They have written about what has - or has not - been done to help the country reach such a point, and how they will know once America gets there. Carol J. O'Neill Philadelphia I vividly remember Sept. 11, 2001 - an amazing blue sky, cool temperatures, a great day to be alive. Then, one of my coworkers is saying a plane flew into the World Trade Center. How safe do I feel now, five years later? As safe as I felt before Sept.
March 1, 2006 |
Claude Lewis is a longtime Philadelphia journalist Quietly, almost imperceptibly, America's language is evolving, and we are better off for it. Except among some comedians, youthful African Americans, hip-hop performers and the uncouth crowd, the N-word has fallen sharply into disrepute. But it apparently is rather isolated within that culture. Yes, kids use it because the music does. But not long ago, this word had what seemed to be a permanent place in many vocabularies and libraries.