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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.


Loss of a longtime spouse weighs heavy on the heart

Once, we were a foursome: couples lucky enough to find one another in this big world, and to discover that we were more than just compatible. We had all the ingredients that mesh into a good and meaningful friendship.


Letters to the Editor: June 29, 2016

Importance of voting


Add some flavor to your water this summer season

Now that the weather is warming up, cool and refreshing beverages are on everyone’s menu.


Op-ed: The time is now to rebuild our parks

The time to rebuild our parks and recreation centers is now.