Shrinking city services, expanding debt

Opinion | March 15th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla When I was a child, I recall seeing a quirky little film entitled “The Incredible Shrinking Man.” The title utterly lacked irony in that it was about a man who shrinks in size. It was a low budget, ambiguous entry in the horror genre and one of the few times reality […]

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Women gather in Flourtown to plan campaign against gun violence

Opinion | March 14th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Stacia Friedman   Within days of the Parkland school shooting, I joined the Philadelphia Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-partisan movement demanding reasonable solutions to gun violence. I’m not a mom. But I am a daughter, sister and aunt committed to changing my status from passive observer to […]

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The persistence of potholes

Opinion | March 9th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro I nearly lost my car in January driving westbound on Market Street near 4th. At least that’s what it felt like when a pothole swallowed my passenger-side left front wheel. I’m pretty sure the bottom of my small hatchback hit the pavement in a smashingly loud “bang.” It was a miracle that […]

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Potholes are the new broken windows

Opinion | March 1st, 2018 | 6 Comments

by Jay A. McCalla Back in 1982, a couple of social scientists developed what came to be known as the “broken window theory.” The broken window is a metaphor for blight and neglect, the existence of which promotes lower community morale and standards and invites crime. Truth be told, one can reach some pretty fair […]

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The right to be safe in school

Opinion | March 1st, 2018 | 4 Comments

On January 22, A 16-year-old male student opened fire in the cafeteria at Italy High School in Italy, Texas, hitting a 15-year-old girl in the neck and abdomen. He was taking aim at a second student when he was confronted by school staff and captured. On January 23, 15-year-old Gabriel Ross Parker opened fire on […]

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When the road to progress feels like a hamster wheel

Opinion | February 23rd, 2018 | 9 Comments

When he was still in office, President Barack Obama liked to take an optimistic tone when talking about progress in a general way. It might be hard work, he argued, but the result of that work was always forward momentum. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll […]

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Ask the Doc: Back pain, depression and how to get the best from your medical practitioners

Ask the Doc, Ask the Doc | February 21st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R Local doctor L. Matthew Schwartz tackles your reader questions about health every two weeks. Please feel free to ask him any question about physical medicine, pain, and integrative holistic medicine or wellness. Send questions to Dr. Schwartz’s advice is informational and not intended to be a substitute for a […]

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City needs to take opioid response more seriously

Opinion | February 15th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Jay A. McCalla A month or so ago, City Managing Director Mike DeBerardinis presented the results of The Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, which was empaneled to address our genuinely alarming opioid epidemic. Complete statistics aren’t available for all off 2017, but we know almost 1,000 Philadelphians died from opioid overdoses in […]

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Opinion: Criticism of Trump ignores accomplishments

Opinion | February 8th, 2018 | 5 Comments

by Sharon Reiss I write in response to Dick Polman’s recent opinion column, the focus of which was his own list of President Trump’s failures. [“Trumps Shutdown: A list of his failures,” Jan 25] Mr. Polman believes that the (pointless, in my estimation) 3-day government shut-down was caused by the “toxic problem-in-chief.” I wonder if […]

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Football can be a tie that binds

Opinion | February 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

I don’t care much for the NFL. Or football in general. To me, it’s a lot of advertisements and crowds of loitering men in helmets interrupted occasionally by short bursts of sport. But I will do my best to tune in on Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl, a return engagement of New England’s […]

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