Shirley Hanson: A cornerstone of Chestnut Hill history

Opinion | June 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Frank Niepold In 1966, the nation’s interest in historic preservation had begun to surge – culminating that year in the creation of the National Register of Historic Places and in many individual efforts across the nation, including Chestnut Hill. That same year, the local chapter of the VFW wished to reduce the size of […]

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City demographics not represented by building trades unions 

Opinion | June 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla Anyone who’s been even causally paying attention to the tortuously dull, partially public, negotiations over Mayor Kenney’s $500 million Rebuild (renovations of recreation centers, libraries and parks) could be forgiven if he or she feels they had returned to the 1970’s. Hearkening back to the movie Groundhog Day, black Council people […]

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Who’s the fool in presidential shtick show?

Opinion | June 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler We are fascinated by the president’s shtick. When we tune to our favorite news channels or read what’s printed, his latest mockeries are the headlines and top-of-the-show stories. As defined by Google, “shtick is a gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc., associated with a particular person.” Trump’s shtick attracts more interest […]

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Party lines drawn on suburban lawns

Opinion | June 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

Partisan politics have a long history of the ridiculous, but I’m not sure anything in the history of partisan politics is as ridiculous as the brewing war of suburban lawn signs. The opening volley was the spread of “Hate Has no Home Here” signs, which had their origin in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago […]

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New police HQ funds better spent elsewhere

Opinion | June 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” This is indubitably the case in Philadelphia government where ribbon cuttings and blame sweeping are two favored activities. On the most grand and egregious scale, we recall the awful action the city took against MOVE, resulting in the destruction of more than […]

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Shopping the Avenue as a teenager in the 1980s

Opinion | June 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Camilla Okamoto I turned 13 in 1980. The 1980s, therefore, was a pivotal decade for me; encompassing all of high school and all of college. Back then, I was a bit of a hippie – loving Fleetwood Mac and living at El Quetzal. Thinking of all of this recently, reminded me of the many […]

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Have we reached the limits of free speech?

Opinion | June 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater, and causing a panic. – Oliver Wendell Holmes No constitutionally guaranteed right is more abused and misunderstood than the right of free speech. Free speech rights are invoked to justify hate crimes. Far more often, genuinely […]

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