Mayor’s budget proposal shorts libraries

Opinion | March 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Last Monday, a bitter cold day, we had to cancel the “Advocacy Café.” We had promoted the event in this space as a workshop for volunteers to learn ways of persuading the Mayor and City Council to adequately fund the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP). We had to cancel the event because […]

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The Local needs you – and your opinion

Opinion | March 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

I’ve been editor of the Chestnut Hill Local now since June of 2006 – that’s 12 and three-quarters years, or 153 months. In that time, I’ve overseen approximately 660 issues of the paper. During that span of time, I’ve rarely refrained from writing a weekly column in this space. At most, I’ve skipped maybe five […]

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Color blind – really?

Opinion | March 8th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rev. Richard Fernandez In the 1960s, there began to develop in the United States much rhetoric that argued that the way we could end racial divisiveness was to become “color blind.” The overwhelming majority of people advocating this position were white. When we become “color blind,” the argument went, we would see others just […]

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TV Prescription drug ads: A little funny and very scary

Opinion | March 8th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Judy Sloss You’ve probably seen some of the dozens of TV ads for prescription drugs – meds that require a prescription – for conditions like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, depression, diabetes and more. I chuckle at parts of them, like ads that say, “Tell your doctor if you have an infection.” Excuse me […]

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Gone to the dogs

Opinion | February 28th, 2019 | Leave a comment

Last week, La Salle University introduced a new “initiative.” The school’s officials decided to open one of its residence halls to dogs. Students will now be able to apply to have dogs join them at the Philadelphia campus. All that is required is that the dog meets certain specifications (under 30 pounds and not a […]

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Time capsules

Opinion | February 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by John Derr, Publisher This spring, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy will place in the ground a time capsule to be opened in their centennial year in 2067. A ceremony will take place on April 27 of this year at the Conservancy for the burial of the time capsule. Then, in 2067, another event will be […]

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Friends of Library to host ‘Advocacy Café’ on March 4

Opinion | February 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Senior civil servants typically expend as much time and resources securing favorable line items in budgets as they do on the operation of their departments. That’s the challenge faced by volunteer advocacy groups like the Friends of the Library. We are part-time, unpaid amateurs in competition with highly-motivated, politically influential professionals who […]

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Pressure to build persists in Chestnut Hill

Opinion | February 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

About five years ago, I had a conversation with a local architect about a home he had worked on in Chestnut Hill, and our conversation turned to new construction in Chestnut Hill. “There aren’t many lots in Chestnut Hill where you can build new homes,” he said. “But there’s a lot of demand for new […]

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