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Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2016

Laws won’t stop violence

How to incorporate fresh produce into your daily diet

This time of year, it’s always exciting to stroll down the colorful produce aisle and check out which delicious fruits and vegetables have just arrived from local farms. The bounty is endless. However, knowing what’s in season is just the first step, it’s also just as important to know how to select, store and cook what’s peak of season. Below, I’ve provided a few tips for some of the most popular summer produce items, as well as some unique and easy ways to include them in your diet.

Enjoy some festive flavors during the DNC

Are you blue? If you’re a Democrat, you’re blue. Come next week, Philly will turn blue and host the Democratic National Convention. Quite a few Democrats are truly blue for another reason. Many of Bernie Sanders’ followers are more than blue, as the Bern will not be on the menu – a la Smoked Sanders. (Could Bernie somehow rise from the ashes?) Bernie’s followers may resent inclusion in the Clinton medley as mere ingredients. They thought they would be the crunchy main course. Instead, they are relegated to a side dish, part of the Clinton Sellout Special, topped liberally with Clinton Super Delegates. Legions of Bernie’s followers had hoped he would dish out some Chilled Chopped Clinton. (Now that would have been revenge served cold.) One wonders how many voters will like the taste of the Sellout Special?

Op-ed: Heart and Lung Act should include paramedics and EMTs

Paramedics and EMTs work in the same hazardous conditions as the other public safety professionals who are covered under the Heart and Lung Act.” — Chuck McQuilkin

Letters to the Editor: July 13, 2016

Get rid of weapons of war

July is National Ice Cream Month

On the cusp of Bastille Day, we remember Marie Antoinette, who might not have lost her head if she had uttered, “Let them eat ice cream” instead of cake. Had she used her head and offered a cold treat on that hot day in Paris, Antoinette may have appeased both peasants and bourgeois alike. History may have been written differently. Of course, those taxes on bread and salt didn’t help. Hmmm…Philly’s taxes on soda… history repeating itself?

Polenta, Mush and Cornmeal Cake

Cornmeal was a pantry staple long before there was a pantry. Native Americans showed the early colonists how to use it to survive. There’s a Philly connection concerning cornmeal. The first patent granted in England to an American was to Philadelphian Sybilla Righton Masters for her idea to grind corn into hominy (a cornmeal cousin) by using mechanized mill hammers instead of pounding the corn with wooden posts. The caveat was that the patent was granted in her husband’s name because in 1715 women couldn’t hold patents, although she did get credit for it. 

Letters to the Editor: July 6, 2016

Schools need our help

Taste of summer

Try the following “Poptails” to cool you on the Fourth of July when you’re hot, hot, hot. Inexpensive, reusable, plastic molds/cups and sticks make these frozen, adult treats easy to prepare. Just freeze. 

Remembering Susan

Thirty years ago this month, Tacony native Susan Heil-Dina was shot and killed in Arizona. She had just celebrated her 25th birthday.