August 22, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers' Friday column about the stop-and-frisk ruling is misleading and ill serves your readers. Flowers suggests that the federal judge's ruling was based merely on an examination of 19 stop-and-frisk encounters over a decade, about half of which were eventually deemed illegal. "The policy was only proven to have violated someone's constitutional rights in about .01 zillionth of an instance," she writes. Flowers fails to mention that the judge also relied on a statistical analysis of the 4.4 million stop-and-frisk encounters that occurred in New York during the decade.
August 1, 2013 |
Jonathan Dasani has added a chapter to his summer of dog-walking, babysitting, rock climbing, cycling, and tutoring. He's become a bookstore on wheels. Two days a week, he crisscrosses North Philadelphia, hauling a satchel packed with fiction and nonfiction that he distributes to children who tend to come from bookless homes. At $10 an hour, the Temple University physics-education major works for a novel program called Words on Wheels, started this year by a local organization called Tree House Books.
July 28, 2013
It's summer, and I'm taking a little vacation. I want to reach out before I leave, though, to let you know how much I appreciate your e-mails, and to pass along some thoughts. For more than a year, you have been writing to TravelTalk@phillynews.com to comment on stories, ask questions, and share your adventures. I welcome your interaction, and I have tried to respond to each of you. Earlier this month, when I wrote about my experience on an African safari, compared with the new Safari Adventure at Great Adventure, I asked readers for accounts of their own expeditions.
July 27, 2013 |
I had a question awhile back from a reader who had a smart meter installed and checks online for usage. The reader reported that usage was normal for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two. There is no pattern to the surges. She said it was almost like a timer was turning on. I published some of your responses almost a month ago, but as "Your Place" gets published in newspapers throughout the country, more have come in since. So here goes: Lee Edelberg in Leverett, Mass., says I was correct to ask about their heating and hot water, and adds a couple of thoughts.
July 26, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I must take issue with your answer to "Needs the Right Words. " He asked about his son and his son's half-brother visiting his beach house. (He didn't want the half-brother included.) Once you become a father, it is not all about "you" anymore. The 12-year-old boy is now, and forever will be, his son's half-brother. Unless this man wants to distance himself from his son and cause permanent damage to their relationship, he needs to get some therapy so he will be able to think of that boy in a different way and can deal with him in the future.
July 17, 2013
I'M WHITE. Trayvon Martin was black. George Zimmerman, a ringer for many of my immigration clients, is Latino. These should all be irrelevant factors. But of course, they're not. We kid ourselves if we truly believe that America is a melting pot that creates a benign and savory stew that nourishes the pilgrim soul in each of us. America's story has been written by different hands with different perspectives and different desires. Sometimes, on July 4 for example, we can pretend that this great land of ours is unified and impervious to fracture.
July 12, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Tuesday, July 9: Craig LaBan: I got a chance to do some great cooking projects in the last two weeks, including some grilled whole Jersey black sea bass - expertly cleaned at the fish counter of Wegmans in Cherry Hill, then roasted on my grill. I love that it was a Jersey black bass - and Wegmans does a better job than almost any supermarket featuring local fish. They had a whole ice bank to choose from a weekend ago - bass, snapper, flounder, bluefish, even tuna.
July 6, 2013
All U.S. financial markets were closed Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July. There is no Business section in Friday's Inquirer.
July 6, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On support at its most uncomplicated: When I was deciding to get a divorce, I felt embarrassed, ashamed, like a failure. I will always remember how much the following words from my father meant to me. He said, "I don't know the whole story, and I don't need to know, just know that I am on your side no matter what. " It was the support and love I needed. Simple and to the point. Sometimes that is all a parent needs to say. On being the lone single at a gathering of couples: A number of years ago, our boss and his wife invited seven of us to their summer home for a weekend.
July 2, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On the destructive power of the anonymous note: Thirty years ago, I'd taken a part-time job at a shopping center to supplement my income. I really enjoyed it and the people I met through this job. I was married with three children and I'm not inclined to engage in affairs. An anonymous letter turned up in the mail one day accusing me of "fooling around" with the people at work. Even though my husband was unemployed at the time, I immediately quit the job because he felt someone there had sent it. He immediately became distrustful and accusatory.