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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.
NEWS
January 5, 2005
Saddamite RE BOB Leonardo's Dec. 27 letter: Mr. Leonardo has a very distorted and delusionary view of the world, but he can count his blessings every day that he lives in a free country where he can refer to the president as a "disgusting creature" and a "cretin. " Saddam wouldn't have been so tolerant. Brigid DeTreux Camp Lejeune, N.C.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
February 26, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan wishes Barry Bonds had been less combative in his news conference earlier this week that dealt mostly with questions about steroids. Magowan wasn't in town for Bonds' annual session with the media Tuesday, but read about it while in Europe for a business meeting. "I would have said some things maybe a little differently," Magowan said yesterday, speaking in the dugout during a quick visit to the team's spring-training home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
A number of children have written the paper to voice their feelings about the events of Sept. 11, and in response to a question the Daily News asked on personal rights and public security. Here is a sample of letters: I think that we shouldn't have to give up any rights. If our government has to give up some of our rights to be safe there is no point of being called the "Free Land. " The only reason we are the country we are today is because we set standards and those standards should stay because that's what makes us the United States of America!
NEWS
June 3, 2004
TO ALL those trying to find someone to blame for the recent events in Iraq: I do not condone what happened in Abu Ghraib prison, but I don't think that the U.S. should be apologizing to the terrorists who beheaded one of our citizens and dismembered and abused the bodies of American soldiers. And I don't think that we, as citizens of the U.S., should be pointing fingers at our government for this. Instead, we should be looking at the big picture. Our country was violated on 9/11.
NEWS
August 10, 2000 | by William J. Lynott
As a guest on the Larry King show last Friday evening, comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher made an alarming declaration. Chiding Americans for allowing themselves to think that theirs is a free country, he stated emphatically, "This is NOT a free country. " His words were not offered in a humorous context; his tone was unmistakably sober. Listening along with millions of other Americans, I was struck with the irony dripping from every word of his acid commentary. There was Mr. Maher on national television, proclaiming that ours is not a free country - an act that would land him in prison, or worse, in any one of a number of other countries around the world.
NEWS
May 20, 1986
The chief of the Central Intelligence Agency wasted no time in putting into practice his newly Reagan-given right to act against American citizens within our country. I watched in almost total disbelief as this normal-appearing gentleman tried to explain on nationwide television why his agency was going to take a few of our news services to court for making our people aware of certain actions of our government. I thought that as a citizen of a free country I was entitled to know what my elected government was doing.
SPORTS
September 12, 1989 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer The Chicago Tribune contributed to this article
As the Flyers' veterans and rookies conducted their first combined workouts yesterday, the standoff between the team and its holdout goaltender, Ron Hextall, did not improve. General manager Bob Clarke made his first public statement on Hextall's contention that his contract was invalid, and Clarke offered little room for negotiation. Clarke said he had not spoken with Hextall's agent, Rich Winter of Edmonton. He also said he had no plans to do so, and, when questioners persisted, he added, "Why don't we get off this subject?"
NEWS
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?
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NEWS
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.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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?"
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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"?
NEWS
November 4, 2010 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 1, 2006 | By Claude Lewis
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.
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