December 30, 2009
No opportunity to help Iranians I've learned to accept that when President Obama says "A," Charles Krauthammer will say "Z. " Fine. What I won't accept is his vision of Obama's "Missed opportunity in Iran" (Monday) through the smudges on his revisionist, rose-colored glasses. Whom does Krauthammer suggest Obama should have emulated to rally the dissidents in Iran? Not the unlamented, unmentioned George W. Bush, of course. Instead, we get the specter of the long-gone Ronald Reagan and his mythical, oratorical brilliance as the key to rallying the oppressed in the Gulag to overthrow the Soviet Union.
June 28, 2009
With a name like Orphelin ("orphan" in French), this bottle certainly tugs at my thirsty heartstrings. I imagine all those poor little Rhône-style grapes, grown out of enterprising curiosity at Washington's mega-Chateau Ste. Michelle but not used in any of its signature blends, sitting around, searching for a bottle. Thank goodness winemaker Bob Bertheau came up with a home for this lovable red blend. It's a menagerie of nine grapes - from syrah and mourvedre to cinsault, grenache, touriga nacional, and viognier - that together evoke a very accessible New World expression of the Rhône.
May 15, 2008 |
CHUCK Stone was legendary in these pages for, among other things, his role as the man to whom fugitives would turn when they were ready to submit to authorities. My goals aren't so lofty. I'd be content to play peacemaker between a prodigal wine-lover and his former employer in an effort to expand the selection available to those of us who like to imbibe here in Pennsylvania. I think I'm well- suited to play King Solomon. Jonathan Newman was a law-school classmate of mine at Penn.
January 17, 2007 |
Entering Pennsylvania's wine and spirits stores, customers are often happily confronted with dozens of displays of Chairman's Selection wines at startling savings. The program is expected to survive the resignation of its creator, Liquor Control Board chairman Jonathan Newman, but his successor acknowledges criticism that the pricing of a few of those wines is "not portrayed correctly. " Although the PLCB will "monitor" and "tweak" the program, new chairman P.J. Stapleton said, it has "hopes for its growth.
June 11, 2003
IDON'T know what all the fuss is about kids skateboarding. I say, give them someplace to do something they enjoy. And then you don't have to worry about them in the streets doing things they shouldn't be doing. I just think it's a shame that people would not want a place for the young people to do their thing. Mildred Raso, Philadelphia A family update Re "The Lamentable Story of Deitra Manigo" by Ronnie Polaneczky (May 23): It is important to make a correction to the statement regarding the father of her youngest child.
November 2, 1997
Pa. Turnpike Commission should be abolished The Inquirer hit the nail on the head: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should be abolished ("The Turnpike Takes Its Toll," Oct. 26-28). But it won't be. The greed of politicians and the ignorance and apathy of the vast majority of Pennsylvanians will keep the commission open, stealing our tolls to repay political favors. The Turnpike Commission is not the only quasi-official organization in the commonwealth stealing our money.
January 21, 1992 |
Having read your Dec. 2 editorial, "Don't Just Tinker With Taxes/Let Every Option Be Scrutinized," I must point out that 20 years of privatization proposals have failed, both because the State Liquor Stores maintain a clean and safe slate and because our present system is financially stable. Beer selling delis (recently investigated by the Philadelphia Inquirer) are "magnets of trouble near which people loiter and drink or sell drugs and strew the sidewalks with bottles and cans" (Inquirer front page, Nov. 24)