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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Remember all the back-to-school stress? This mom does

Opinion | September 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Elise Seyfried It’s back-to-school time! So many happy memories! Having a tug-of-war with another crazed mom in the aisle at Staples over the last four-inch binder in the tri-state area! The chore of attempting (and attempting, and attempting) to waken my grouchy kids after a sleep-in summer! Filling out endless paperwork for all my […]

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Dealing with the facts of climate change

Opinion | September 21st, 2017 | 24 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 | 62 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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