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Local Commentaries

Abortion ban adds dangers for women

Watching Representative Kathy Rapp chortling with glee over the prospect of banning abortions in Pennsylvania, I must speak up, and not for the first time on this issue. Ms. Rapp: if these measures go through, women will die, as they did before we saw the passage of Roe vs. Wade almost 50 years ...

How does your garden and tomatoes grow?

Almost 50 years ago, I tried vegetable gardening. I was a new homeowner and reasoned, that’s what homeowners do – we grow crops, right? After years of apartment living, we were thrilled to finally have a mortgage, and literally put down roots. With great anticipation, I planted great ...

Rapp fails to find common ground

This is an open letter to Rep. Kathy Rapp: I’m writing to assert common ground, and also to seek to change your position on three issues: abortion, guns and the environment. I live in Philadelphia and my State Representative is Donna Bullock, but I’m writing to you, and sharing my letter ...

Crinoline adventures

Each year hundreds of words are added to the English language. New words with new usages add to our language. That being said, words are also dropped from use. One of those words that I am sure most young people do not know is the word crinoline. For those of you who do not know that word I ...

The possibilities of winning the big one

Senior citizens like us dream a lot. It must be from all that napping. And winning the lottery is strictly the stuff of dreams for us members of the fixed-income crowd. Often, Dear Richard or I will spot an over-the-top wonderful goody on the TV screen or the computer, and comment, “Wow. ...

State lagging with others on minimum wage

By Holly Sklar The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour for 13 years. That’s just $15,080 a year if you work full time. Prices are up. Corporate profits hit record highs. But the minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 since the last increase on July 24, 2009. We’re deep ...