April 19, 2013
Page 2 in the Local News section will have a new look beginning Monday, as part of our ongoing effort to provide readers with more coverage of their towns and neighborhoods. Every Monday, the page will feature commentary from people in the community, as well as letters to the editor on local subjects of the day. From Tuesday through Friday, the page will be dedicated to state, county and local news and will include blogs curated from our new website, www.inquirer.com . Photos of the day from around the region will also be featured.
April 18, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 16, 2013: Craig LaBan: Saturday night I was drafted by my daughter to be pizza chef for her birthday sleepover party. So, a field trip to South Philly (Faragalli's for dough, Claudio's and Di Bruno's for cheese, pesto, and meats) then I FIRED UP THE BIG GREEN EGG! Yeah, I'm a little enthusiastic. Here's my fave, an admittedly free-form round topped with prosciutto, mozz, and some organic tomato puree that went from tart and bright (when raw)
April 17, 2013 |
Adapted from recent online discussions after a reader asked how to respond to his mother's jabs at his wife, who works full time as an ob-gyn physician. Comment: Um, shouldn't he also have a private conversation with his mother to explain that he will not tolerate these little jabs? Answer: Only if talks break down at the great bilateral cats-and- dogs summit I advised. When you can't fix the source of the jabs, then yes, you try to fix the fact of them.
April 14, 2013 |
Recently, this space has been devoted to reader complaints that builders of over-55 housing aren't meeting the physical and financial needs of aging baby boomers. It's a discussion that was initiated a few weeks ago by a reader who was disappointed by what she considered to be the options the market offered. In response, I received more than 100 e-mails and calls supporting her observations, some of which I quoted in a subsequent column. The result of that, of course, was 150 more e-mails.
April 5, 2013
THIS IS A letter in response to the editorial "Liquid Assets: A bottled-water ban has merit, but it's not crystal clear. " I sincerely congratulate the Daily News for having published an article which so articulately elucidates the problems of allowing national parks to continue to sell bottled water. As the article states, when discussing the issue of the sale of bottled water, there inevitably gets asked the question of whether water should be seen and treated federally as a human right.
March 15, 2013 |
Without fanfare, Google announced that it is killing off its once popular Reader, a program that allowed users to subscribe to news feeds through a simple interface. It was sad news for news junkies and researchers who used it to suck in thousands of headlines from publications both local and global. Wired, lamented the loss, calling Reader 'revolutionary' and 'beloved.' "That's a shame, because Reader was pretty great," Wired stated. Google says Reader will go away July 1. Reader used what was nicknamed Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, to bring in news stories through a bit of programming code known as XML. Google reader debuted in 2005 and morphed into a simple, easy-to-use program that allowed users to personalize feeds by curating them by topic in folders.
March 15, 2013
DEAR HARRY: Some time ago, you advised an older reader not to transfer ownership of her home to her child. I don't remember the reason, or even if it was a son or daughter. I thought: "What does he know about family relations? He's a money guy. " Then I had a similar situation. In 2009, I transferred my home to my only child, a son, primarily to save the Pennsylvania inheritance tax. My estate is not big enough to meet the federal minimum. I even protected my interest by getting a long-term lease at $10 a year.