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 […]

Read More >

Opinion: Criticism of Trump ignores accomplishments

Opinion | February 8th, 2018 | 1 Comment

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 […]

Read More >

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 […]

Read More >

Krasner brings rare dose of change to city politics

Opinion | January 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla In a city government where the term “staff turnover” is a frightening – and rarely used — profanity, new DA Larry Krasner committed a constitutive sin: He fired deadwood. He fired that deadwood immediately upon taking office, sparing employees weeks of nervous hand wringing as he scrutinized them. The Krasner high […]

Read More >

We’re all guilty of Trump’s ‘sh!#hole’ logic

Opinion | January 18th, 2018 | 17 Comments

When President Donald Trump wondered aloud in a congressional meeting “why we let in all these people from sh!#hole countries” many people’s natural reaction was a mix of outrage and embarrassment. But there is an upside to Trump’s blunt, ignorant declaration. Hear me out. First, there’s no denying the fact that Trump’s comments are deeply […]

Read More >

Ask the Doc: How to lose weight and quit smoking

Ask the Doc | January 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by L. Matthew Schwartz, MD, FAAPM&R Today we begin a new column by local doc L. Matthew Schwartz who will answer reader questions about health in this space periodically. Please feel free to ask him any question about physical medicine, pain, and integrative holistic medicine or wellness. Send questions to All question askers will […]

Read More >

A house is not a home

Opinion | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Last week, we reported on the demolition of a small house at 8610 Evergreen Place. The small building, built in the 1880s as a barn for a Germantown Avenue home, had been razed to make way for a three-story apartment building. There was nothing special about the property. While it was on a list of […]

Read More >