There are many great reasons to become a doctor

Opinion | March 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by John Scanlon As Chestnut Hill Hospital’s chief medical officer, I’m often asked to speak to students who are interested in – or on a path to – a career in medicine. With the celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30, I’m reminded how critical is this role of mentor, educator and cheerleader for […]

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Kenney’s Rebuild program ripe for political cronyism

Opinion | March 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla Back in early 2016, our new Mayor announced that he would pull together $600 million to repair our almost perpetually ignored infrastructure, specifically, libraries, parks and recreation centers. It was an important idea that was intrinsically popular with City Council, residents, media and the building trades. Since then, the figure for […]

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Help make sure the Chestnut Hill show goes on

Opinion | March 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Ryan Rosenbaum Bit by bit, putting it together… Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art. Every moment makes a contribution. Every little detail plays a part. Having just the vision’s no solution. Everything depends on execution. Putting it together. That’s what counts. -Stephen Sondheim It’s been my honor to serve […]

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Slow snow removal adds more ‘unhappiness’ to Philly

Opinion | March 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

Last week, a personal finance site called Wallet Hub released a “study” on the “happiest places to live,” which found Philadelphia languishing in 139th place among 150 cities. The study was suspicious for the usual reason – selective methodology – and seemed like most others to be designed to drive Web traffic. Most suspicious might […]

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Philly’s ‘miniscule’ sugary drink tax is a disaster

Opinion | March 16th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Len Lear Last week the Local ran an op-ed piece by Gregory J. Allen, a Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission member, headlined “Sugary-drink tax a small price to pay for improvements to Philadelphia parks.” The article praises the tax for the revenue it will provide for “maintenance and improvements to our parks and recreation […]

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Is there a cure for the early springtime blues?

Opinion | March 9th, 2017 | 3 Comments

I’m not a huge fan of winter. Even though I grew up in New England, where we would get a predictably larger snowfall than we get here in the Philadelphia region, I don’t miss it. It’s not that I don’t like snow. Snow is great. But sub-freezing temperatures are no fun, particularly the prolonged bouts […]

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Signs of the Times

Opinion | March 8th, 2017 | 5 Comments

by Marla J. Gold In our neighborhood, some presidential campaign signs were slow to disappear from street view. First there were the weeks following the election. Shocked signs standing in November disbelief. Signs waiting for the Electoral College to say it wasn’t so. Then there was the time leading up to the inauguration. Signs grasping […]

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