Dealing with the facts of climate change

Opinion | September 21st, 2017 | 6 Comments

by Christopher Shuman My family who lives in Chestnut Hill has brought to my attention Mr. Moat’s recent letter asserting that there is “no such thing as man-made climate change” [Letters, Sept. 7] Given its misguided message and disparagement of researchers like me, I decided that a clear and unequivocal response was needed (also see […]

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Will big companies bring jobs to city residents?

Opinion | September 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

Philadelphia joined scores of cities around the country last week in preparing bids to woo Amazon – the 400-billion-dollar online retail giant that announced it wants to build a second headquarters, where it has promised to invest $5 billion in facilities and employ more than 50,000. Mayor Jim Kenney and business leaders have all gladly […]

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Why is climate change even a debate?

Opinion | September 14th, 2017 | 57 Comments

  Perhaps it is the way things are today. There is no issue that is not somehow, inexplicably partisan. The topic of climate change has been reenergized by hurricanes Irma in Florida and Harvey in Texas – the first time in recorded history that two category 4 hurricanes have ever made landfall on the continental U.S. […]

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Growing school supply cost another burden on families

Opinion | September 7th, 2017 | Leave a comment

School began this week for most kids in the Philadelphia region. Both public schools in the city and suburbs and independent schools all opened their doors to the new year on Tuesday. While the list of things concerning parents tends to remain the same – who are the teachers, who is in the child’s class, […]

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Has city turned its back on its poor?

Opinion | September 7th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla Over lunch, some years ago, a friend and I bemoaned the tendency of our local government to offer embarrassingly shallow responses to significant, enduring problems. These thin political salves reflect either a hidden disinterest or a sheer inability to resolve the root problem. Either way, there is a need to appear […]

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For 4-H volunteers and leaders, it’s a labor of love

Opinion | August 30th, 2017 | Leave a comment

People might be surprised to learn that Philadelphia has two agricultural 4-H clubs: the Manatawna-Saul 4-H club and the Fox Chase 4-H club. Many people do not know that 4-H is the largest youth organization in the U.S. –  about six million young people complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship. […]

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Marijuana dispensary in Mt. Airy responds to critics

Opinion | August 24th, 2017 | 3 Comments

(This message was sent to the Local by TerraVida Holistic Centers.) We are writing in response to Ms. Carol Scott’s letter to the editor posted Aug. 16. TerraVida and owners Chris Visco and Adina Birnbaum are here to answer questions, address community concerns and work towards a resolution in the best interest of the community. […]

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