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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 22, 2017

Prom policy is wrong


Eat like royalty with a King Cake for Mardi Gras

The King Cake is served in New Orleans during the Carnival season, which begins on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, and runs until Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday. The cake is a yeast bread, usually filled with a cream-cheese or cinnamon-sugar filling. In the colorful spirit of Mardi Gras, the cake is topped with a creamy icing and decorated with colored sprinkles — gold for power, green for faith and purple for justice. Traditionally, a plastic baby or a bean is hidden inside the cake. (Caution: Cake eaters need to be warned!) The person who gets the piece with the baby/bean is considered lucky — the King or Queen of the party. That person must also provide the cake for the next year’s Mardi Gras celebration.


Boldly going where no brewer has gone before

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One last toast to popular Philadelphia bar owner

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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 15, 2017

We must buy American


Bring home the bacon

“If bacon grew on trees, I would be a vegetarian.” 


Op-ed: Soda tax having negative impact on small businesses

I am a Republican, pro-business, at-large member of Philadelphia City Council. I’m also a pragmatist. I understand that a major American city like Philadelphia must constantly look for innovative ways to bolster the tax base. It’s also incumbent upon government officials to protect the citizenry from harm. However, in attempting to achieve both of these admirable goals in the recent history of Philadelphia, city officials may have unwittingly fallen victim to the law of unintended consequences. In other words, city officials may have achieved outcomes that were not the ones foreseen and intended by their original actions.


Letters to the Editor: Feb. 8, 2017

Keep PA sovereign from the federal government


The heart of the artichoke

Nothing says love like … artichoke hearts. Artichokes were mentioned as a garden plant by Homer in the 8th Century BC. A variety was also cultivated in Sicily. Catherine de Medici, who is said to have taught the French to eat with forks, also ate artichokes with wild abandon. She is thought to have introduced artichokes to France after becoming the young bride of Henry II in 1533. During this time, it was scandalous for a woman to eat artichokes because they were considered an aphrodisiac and reserved for men only. Ha!


Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with beer-inspired events

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