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Why I rejected Gov. Wolf’s historic tax hikes
Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon B. Johnson created Medicare and Medicaid with the swipe of his pen, providing access to quality, affordable health coverage to working families and underserved communities across the country.
Although I enjoyed them, the beets from my vegetable garden were gone quickly. No wonder. Fresh beets and greens are a vegetable delight. When the harvest ends, it’s time to say hello farmers markets and produce departments.
Recently on a trip that took me to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, I walked a small stretch of the Appalachian Trail. It made its way across the town and onto the towpath of an old canal toward faraway Maine. I learned that following the 2-inch-by-6-inch vertical rectangles that are painted white on trees, rocks and sign posts will keep you on the trail instead of lost in the woods. (I’m sharing this in case you are ever lost in the woods along the trail.)
Some neighborhoods are becoming a disgrace
Too hot to turn on the oven? Understood. But if you’re craving something sweet that’s homemade, the high temperatures might be a real letdown. How can you have your cake and not heat it, too? Got it. “Bake” an icebox pie or cake. Assemble the ingredients, then refrigerate or freeze. Fresh berries in season now can help to make some delicious desserts for summer.
Playing the blame game
Home rentals are a problem
In Summertime, Smokey the Bear increases his vigilance. But he need not fear every whiff of smoke. After all, it’s barbecue season. As we move into July and August, the smell of grilled goodies fills the air. Many celebrations and picnics over the summer include foods cooked outdoors. It’s the time to get out of the kitchen.