October 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - It may soon cost more to get fat in Mexico. New taxes on high-calorie foods and sugary drinks were approved by Mexico's lower house of Congress in a marathon 18-hour session that ended Friday, and are likely to become law. They are part of a broader package of taxes and other fiscal changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed at generating nearly $20 billion for the national treasury. Mexico has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, recently surpassing the United States, and health experts applauded higher prices for chips, candy and other chatarra , or junk food.
February 20, 2013 |
Mike Wolfe will tell you he's been a "picker" for just about forever. "When I was 5, I had my first big score when I found a pile of old bicycles in my neighborhood on trash day," Wolfe of "American Pickers" TV show fame writes on his website . "And I was always bringing home old bottles and other random stuff. I never thought of it as junk: to me, it was beautiful. " Now the former competitive cyclist wants to encourage children to get into the act. "Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk Into Treasure," written by Wolfe and Lily Spengelmeyer, will hit bookstores in April.
September 9, 2012 |
Talk about tag-sale treasure. About a year and a half ago, a Shenandoah Valley, Va., woman bought a $7 box lot at a flea market. The box included a small oil painting, a Paul Bunyan doll and a plastic cow. The woman told the Huffington Post she wasn't really interested in the 5.5-by-9-inch painting with a frame bearing the name RENOIR. No, she wanted the doll and the toy cow. (She has requested anonymity, but gave her name to the Huffington Post as “Renoir Girl.”)
May 31, 1992
Mike McNeilly says he hopes his art will make people "aware of the individual's power to change things" ("Urban Art," Palm Latitudes, by Kathleen Moloney, April 19). The only thing his art has made me aware of is how incredibly ugly it is. He also claims: "We don't need to junk this city up more than it is." If you ask me, he is doing just that. The city would look better without his artwork plastered on every bus bench. NANCY A. CHIANG Rancho Palos Verdes
October 3, 1999
I enjoyed Marvin J. Wolf's article on his father, "Living from Junk" (Sept. 5), until I neared its end. Even though it's probably none of my business, I was shocked at Wolf's admission that his father died "broke and trapped in a nursing home." My God, Marvin Wolf is one of six children. Why wasn't his father in one of the children's homes, with plenty of money to make him feel secure? I don't understand what appears to be such cruelty, especially since the father obviously spent his entire life taking care of his son. This family illustrates the truth of the old saying: "One parent can take care of 12 children, but 12 children can't take care of one parent."
March 10, 1996
As a Los Angeles mailer of long standing and a representative of the mailing industry, I resent the constant inference of use of the name "junk mail" to describe direct mail or advertising mail ("Cut Proposed in Postal Rates Used by Junk Mailers," Jan. 27). If you use "junk mail" to describe a billion-dollar industry, why don't you call newspapers by their correct name, "junk news"? After all, the ads that fill your paper are unsolicited and of no value to most of your readers. The same goes for many of your articles and commentaries.