Philadelphia is no stranger to race riots

Opinion | June 18th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Howard A. Myrick What?! Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill …boarded up shop windows and buildings …shuttered windows in nearby Mt. Airy … looted stores and vandalized historic statues in Center City? This can’t be Philadelphia! Why not? It has happened before – and more times than we’d like to remember. Racial unrest in Chestnut Hill […]

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Reflections on Rizzo, police brutality and looting

Opinion | June 18th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Now that police brutality is front and center as a national issue, it feels like the reign of Frank Rizzo, who essentially encouraged his almost all-white police department to be as brutal as they felt like being, with no concerns about any punishment from police or city authorities, was centuries ago. I […]

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Reform the force

Opinion | June 10th, 2020 | Leave a comment

Because I’ve worked in journalism for a long time, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk to police officers over the years. From district captains to homicide detectives, patrolmen to public relations officers, I can’t count the number of police I’ve interviewed or even just chatted with in the course of my career. I’ve […]

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Retiring surgeon recalls trying to save lives in Vietnam

Opinion | June 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by David Rilling, M.D. Ed. note: Dr. David Rilling, 79, who grew up near Olney and graduated from Central High School and Hahnemann Medical College, is retiring June 11 as a general surgeon at Lock Haven Hospital upstate. He was previously at Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, where at various times he served as president […]

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The times they are uncertain

Opinion | June 4th, 2020 | Leave a comment

How often have you heard the phrase “in these uncertain times”? Since the beginning of widespread COVID-19 business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, the phrase is used daily by everyone from policy makers to television ad copywriters. Phrases like these tend to lose their meaning as they hit meme-level usage. They become empty clichés, used so […]

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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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