August 31, 2014 |
Where have you gone, Joe Di Maggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo. What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson? "Joltin' Joe has left and gone away. " Hey hey hey, hey hey hey. - Paul Simon, 1968 I recently wrote a piece about the continuing departure of the once-ubiquitous manual transmission, which now accounts for only 5 percent of U.S. new-vehicle sales. The reader response - 29 e-mails - was interesting and often nostalgic.
August 7, 2014
RE: Stu Bykofsky's column on the Philadelphia Parking Authority: I wanted to let you know that a similar thing happened to me in March 2013 as happened to the person in your story. I parked my car on 10th or 11th Street in Chinatown, got out of the car and walked to the kiosk, which was two cars away from my spot. I got my ticket from the kiosk in a few seconds, turned and found a PPA person finishing up processing a ticket. He told me he didn't see me and gave me the same story as the person in your story got. I had to go through the hearing process and did get the ticket cleared after mailing in a copy of the receipt from the kiosk, which matched the time of the "violation.
July 22, 2014
RE: "FOP prez and reporter's ethics" story: Stop crying, you big baby! You're saying the Daily News reporters brought diapers, food and paid utility bills for their sources. When the cops pay their "confidential informants" - yes, pay them - what do you think they do with the money? I bet most of them buy drugs! You can't do it and then bitch when other people do it to get info. They are doing their jobs, like you cops do yours. Bobby LaVelle Philadelphia No lesson plan Just can't understand how executives, like the school superintendent, can use their knowledge and expertise to to further their careers but develop amnesia when they actually get the position.
June 2, 2014 |
We asked readers if they could improve upon the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau slogan "PHL: Here for the Making," which lost us at PHL. And they could. They did. Contrary to perception, suggestions swelled with love, pride, and more love. Readers submitted drawings, photos, poems, jingles, a veritable coffeehouse of regional cheer. The enterprise was notable for its altruism. We offered no prizes, not even beer. And no one asked. (OK, a couple of people asked.) The lack of remuneration was intentional: To show the PHLCVB (which needs help with that acronym)
May 22, 2014
LAST WEEK'S column, "Fat, Obese? Blame Yourself" really fired up many Daily News readers, so much so, that quite a few were compelled to write me. Never one to shy away from controversy, here's what some of our readers had to say (letters edited for space): Ms. Garrison, I am all in favor of people's taking responsibility for their conduct and decisions. Not everyone who is overweight or obese got there because of poor eating habits. The causes of obesity are not necessarily that one's eating habits are poor or out of control.
May 7, 2014
TO STU Bykofsky: As I fan, I thought you should know that your column on ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and Mayor Nutter's policy reads like the fearmongering and cliche xenophobic drivel I would expect from Fox News. I highly recommend you spend some time with actual immigrants, who are juxtaposed between corporate exploitation of migrant undocumented workers and complex legal policies that serve no one but attorneys and law firms. Our federal and state policies do not go after or apprehend criminals; ICE fills cells at for-profit detention centers similar to how the war on drugs has served as an investment platform for privatized prisons.
April 28, 2014 |
Twenty-nine years ago, in 1985, I traveled to Mekele, Ethiopia, for a six-month stay under the auspices of an African relief agency to participate in famine relief. It proved to be my most life-changing experience. We lived in Haile Selassie's empty summer castle, commuted by truck to the famine camps, and worked alongside other international groups inoculating, feeding, and hydrating the thousands displaced and affected by the ongoing drought. Life-changing, heartwarming, moving. rewarding only begin to express the experience.
April 9, 2014 |
"SCREW YOU!" That, generally, was the chord that was struck by last week's column about Bartram High belonging to all of us. Last I checked there were more than 600 comments in response to the column where I suggested that collective negligence and complicity and - yes - racism helped turn a city school into a war zone. In case you missed it, besides recent lunchtime brawls and an assault on a conflict-resolution specialist by a 17-year-old student, teachers and students described an environment where chaos reigns.
April 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Bodine High School for International Affairs is international again. Hamstrung by the Philadelphia School District's budget crisis, Bodine severed ties with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the nonprofit that helped create the magnet school, on March 11. But after The Inquirer brought the school's plight to light, readers donated $100,000 in the space of two weeks, and the World Affairs Council staffer who had packed up...
March 10, 2014 |
John L. Reader Jr., 82, who retired as police chief in Brooklawn in 1991, died of a blood infection on Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Medical Center in Camden. Born in Brooklawn, Mr. Reader graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1950 and was a Marine Corps airplane mechanic in Korea for a time during his 1952-1955 active duty. Mr. Reader had inherited his mechanic's skills. "My grandparents owned an automobile garage in Brooklawn," son John L. III said in a phone interview.