Disgraced DA gets punishment he doesn’t deserve

Opinion | October 26th, 2017 | 1 Comment

  by Jay A. McCalla rime and its punishment are topics as old as humanity, substantially addressed in the Bible and deftly explored by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his famous 1866 novel of the same name. Moses commanded an “eye for an eye,” which some see as an authorization of retaliatory justice. In fact, Moses was […]

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The threat posed by unleashed dogs

Opinion | October 25th, 2017 | 4 Comments

by Karen Rile Smith On Friday, Oct. 20, at 2:10 p.m., my two 10-pound dogs and I were suddenly swarmed by five large, unleashed dogs on the Lavender trail in the Wissahickon. My dogs, who were leashed, reacted by barking and snapping – and the pack attacked. The dogs’ handlers were nowhere in sight. I […]

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Lack of leadership on hate speech is reason to fear

Opinion | October 25th, 2017 | 4 Comments

The late October Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival in many ways is a run-up to Halloween. It’s an autumnal celebration of wizards and magic that encourages costumes. The only thing missing this year might have been an autumnal chill in the air. For years, that celebration avoided the all-out scary elements we associate with Halloween, […]

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Flourtown mom and daughters turn back the musical clock

Opinion | October 20th, 2017 | 2 Comments

by Robin Lentz Worgan “Mom, look?” My daughter, Winnie, pointed to the open glove compartment of our new Volkswagen. “You have a CD player!” “That’s great, but we don’t have any CDs.” From the back seat Lila peeled off her earbuds and added, “We will have to get some!” I was on a road trip […]

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Stenton Avenue: One of the city’s most dangerous streets

Opinion | October 11th, 2017 | 8 Comments

In Chestnut Hill, traffic along Germantown Avenue can be bad, but rarely is it dangerous. If you’re a frequent pedestrian along the Avenue, you may beg to differ, but the numbers are in. In the five-year period between 2012 and 2016, only two accidents resulting in serious injury or death occurred on the stretch of […]

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School funding should win when it goes to court

Opinion | October 6th, 2017 | 1 Comment

Last week, parents of public school children and advocates for those schools won a big victory in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that will test the state’s current funding system. The case, “William Penn School District et. al. v. Pa. Department of Education,” was filed in 2014 by six public school families, the William Penn […]

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Deals like Amazon come with a price for taxpayers

Opinion | September 28th, 2017 | 3 Comments

by Jay A. McCalla In the Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare expressed an eternal truth that eludes many: “all that glitters is not gold.” The scene: a young prince seeks marriage with the rich and beautiful Portia. To succeed, he must rightly choose between three caskets made of different materials. As the casket was to […]

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