Dis is Philly

Opinion | March 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Dis is Philly” is a local idiom with multiple, didactic applications for the visitor who wants to understand our city quickly. For example: Question: How is it legal for our Council people to have outside, full-time employment? . Answer: Dis is Philly. See what I mean ? The phrase explains in […]

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Facebook threatens to make us all Manchurian Candidates

Opinion | March 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

In the 1962 film “The Manchurian Candidate,” based on the 1959 Richard Condon novel, Frank Sinatra plays major Ben Marco, a Korean War vet who spends the film unraveling a Communist plot that included the brainwashing of one of his men, Raymond Shaw. Marco learns that the communists programmed Shaw to carry out any command, […]

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Ask the Doc: How to maximize your diet

Ask the Doc | March 29th, 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 askthedoc@chestnuthilllocal.com.   Abby S asks: I read a lot of conflicting information regarding nutritional […]

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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 askthedoc@chestnuthilllocal.com. Dr. Schwartz’s advice is informational and not intended to be a substitute for a […]

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