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.
March 15, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: To mark St. Paddy's Day, I had Colcannon at the Black Sheep near Rittenhouse Square . . . We can talk about other places to celebrate the holiday, as well as a number of hot topics . . . like the continued rise of ValeMar – that power couple from Midtown Village, Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, whose 13th Street domain keeps growing. Not only are they swapping their BYO status for a liquor license at Lolita, but taking over the 13th and Locust space that previously housed Rhino Bar and Fish.
March 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from March 5: Craig LaBan: What's been making your dinners, drinks, and snacks happy? My new invention to keep the kids from fighting at dinner? Personal nachos! Made these babies to order - chili for some, black beans for others, hold the salsa, heavy on the cheese - all a hit thanks to those addictive, amazing fresh chips from Tortilleria San Roman in the Italian Market. Are they the best chips on earth? ¡Creo que sí!
March 1, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from Feb. 26: Craig LaBan: Last weekend was the Jewish festival of Purim, and that means our oven was full of fresh hamentaschen, those tricornered cookies filled with apricot, cherry, and raspberry jams. (See recipe at http://is.gd/MDelZV .) The best front-page news I've read in a long time: the report on the heart benefits of a Mediterranean diet from New England Journal of Medicine. Of course we knew this, but as the most scientific study to date has weighed in: pour on the olive oil, fish, and beans!
February 14, 2013 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: Happy Mardi Gras!! I always get that gumbo feeling this time of year. Where do you plan to get into your Mardi Gras mood? Reader: I vote Khyber Pass all the way! Reader: I was at Khyber last week and they had a Walker's style cochon de lait po' boy on special. It was like being in NOLA from the first bite. Reader: What do YOU recommend? C.L.: Well, I like some of the other contenders pretty much - Rex was a nice surprise for South Street, and Cajun Kate's is such a fun hidden gem to come across in the Booth's Corner Farmer's Market . . . but no one in town right now is nailing the true NOLA flavors quite like Khyber Pass.
February 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat from Feb. 5: Craig LaBan: Chef Marc Vetri, one of the most influential culinary figures in Philadelphia, with his namesake original, plus Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, is joining us for the chat. We're looking to see what's next: Vetri's vision for a suburban outpost of Osteria this fall at the Moorestown Mall. Today I'm snacking on tortellini pie - one of the latest creations between you and your Vetri chef, the talented Adam Leonti.
February 4, 2013
I WOULD LIKE TO thank the Daily News for the help concerning my SEPTA issue ("Gripe from a bus rider," Jan. 30). The same day my letter was printed, director of customer service Rohan K. Hepkins called and stated he would look into the matter and apologized for the service and staff problem. Way to go, Daily News , for getting matters addressed. Maryann Zindell Philadelphia Take his word for it Re: "What Obama's up to" (letter, Jan. 29). Just want to give Tom Bell of Philadelphia a great round of applause for his comment.
February 2, 2013
Beginning this week, editorials and commentary will no longer appear in the Saturday Inquirer. They can still be found Sunday through Friday.