Forget Columbus. Filippo ‘Philip’ Mazzei is the historical figure Italian Americans deserve

Opinion | July 9th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro As statues of Christopher Columbus have been toppled around the country, an angry and violent crowd assembled in Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza to defend the statue of the 15th century explorer. Hundreds of South Philadelphia residents, most Italian Americans, said they were protecting history – an icon of Italian American Heritage. They can […]

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It should be as easy as wearing a mask, right?

Opinion | July 8th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By the time you read this column, more than 130,000 Americans will have died due to COVID-19. In late May and early June, it looked like we had left the pandemic’s worst days behind us. But the past two weeks have seen new cases and hospitalizations skyrocket as Florida, Texas, California and other states across […]

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Sports return to serve up some much-needed distraction

Opinion | July 2nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

In normal, non-pandemic times, I am ravenous listener of podcasts. I’m a dedicated fan of some of the most tried and true of the format: Terry Gross’ “Fresh Air,” Marc Maron’s “WTF” and “This American Life.” I like political podcasts like the Slate’s “Political Gabfest,” Five Thirty Eight’s politics podcast and “The Ezra Klein Show.” […]

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Redesigning community

Opinion | June 25th, 2020 | Leave a comment

The Chestnut Hill Local is often referred to as a “community newspaper.” It’s a simple term that defines a straightforward purpose. The Local is a newspaper that was created to cover the community of Chestnut Hill. The paper’s chief founder, Lloyd Wells, and other businessmen and community leaders at the time – this was in […]

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Now I finally get it: What George Floyd has taught me

Opinion | June 24th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by George Stern It’s not easy to say, “I was wrong.” It’s so much simpler to pretend that everything’s OK, to make excuses (“I really meant…”), to blame others (“he misled me…”), or even to double-down on one’s opinions citing new “evidence.” Needless to say, I’ve been guilty of all those avoidance tactics. But for […]

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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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