PA must be sure to re-open in just, equitable way

Opinion | June 3rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Sen. Art Haywood While small businesses owners and politicians have demanded that the state reopen quickly, the reopen health risks are largely on black, brown and white low paid workers.  Essential grocery store, restaurant, food service public transit workers stayed on the job to save us as many of us stayed at home, even […]

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Voting by mail proves to be a challenge for local voters

Opinion | June 3rd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Karen Bojar According to the PA Democratic Party, 1.26 million Democrats applied for a mail-in ballot; however, only some 520,000 Republicans did so. The dramatically lower numbers for Republicans probably reflect the mixed messages they have been getting, with the Republican National Committee in April urging Republicans to vote by mail, and Trump continuing […]

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Everyday heroes

Opinion | May 28th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro Last week, I listened to an interview with SEIU president Mary Kay Henry. Henry’s union, Service Employees International Union, represents almost two million workers who are employed across a wide range of vocations including building services, public service employees and health care workers. In the interview with Vox media founder Ezra Klein, […]

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The lost summer

Opinion | May 14th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro The story of COVID-19 is one of sacrifice, stress and loss. This week, we have a story highlighting the efforts of Army Reservists who are working at Chestnut Hill Hospital to help hospital staff handle the extraordinary stress of treating patients with COVID-19 and the unavoidable heartache of tending to those who […]

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‘Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia’ is a powerful exhibit you can tour from home

Opinion | May 13th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By William Valerio For the last several weeks, Woodmere’s social media channels have focused on an exhibition that is quietly hanging in our galleries but receiving no visitors: “Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia: Bullock, Searles and Twins Seven-Seven.” Each day our Instagram and Facebook account highlights a work from the show, which explores the […]

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We’re in this together

Opinion | May 7th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By William ValerioThe Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEOWoodmere Art Museum Sometimes when I write for the Local I get an email or two with a follow-up question or comment. Last week was different. Many of you wrote notes of appreciation about Woodmere’s repurposing of holiday lights to make our Harry Bertoia sculpture, Free […]

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Big shoes to fill

Opinion | May 6th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Jean Hemphill There is a trail in Fairmount Park off Chestnut Hill Avenue that runs along a creek.  It has three huge old trees that fell almost at the same time a few years ago.  Their wide trunks have cut outs wide enough for the trail. I refer to it as the trail of […]

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