Gun safety: From lament to results

Opinion | September 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Jarrett Kerbel Our lives are in danger. In our schools, houses of worship, shopping malls, movie theaters, fairgrounds, sidewalks and concert venues, a gunman may open fire with horrific results. Any other public safety threat of this magnitude would attract swift corrective action. Instead, we pretend that can adapt to an unacceptable level of […]

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Commentary: I’ve got his six. Who has mine?

Opinion | September 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Kara Maletta-Howe An officer’s spouse must always be ready for the worst. But who is there to support her when the worst is realized? As I sat there with swollen ankles and a protruding belly, I don’t think it hit me right away. I was more focused on the birth of our first daughter […]

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Springfield Township works to preserve its architectural heritage

Events, Opinion | September 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Lori Salganicoff After the recent loss of several notable historic buildings, and years of work, Springfield Township is taking a bold step toward preserving its history and architectural heritage. A subcommittee of the Township’s Planning Commission has drafted a preservation ordinance, with innovative tools to discourage demolition of historic resources and attractive preservation incentives. […]

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Trolley car closing and dogs running wild

Opinion | September 5th, 2019 | Leave a comment

This week begins school for most kids in Philadelphia. Some, who started school before Labor Day, will be finishing up their second week by the time this issue is delivered to homes. As usual, it’s a shocking end to the summer, no matter how much you might be prepared for the season’s final days. Trolley […]

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The most easily preventable crime

Opinion | August 29th, 2019 | Leave a comment

One of the things I’m often asked to write about in this space is the frequency of minor property crimes. And the type of crime I’m most often asked to address is thefts from vehicles. The rationale of those who ask me to address thefts from cars is that perhaps, if reminded in a newspaper […]

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Help us get the story straight

Opinion | August 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

One of my biggest pet peeves about the general conversation regarding news and news coverage is when people talk about “the media.” The media does this. It doesn’t do that. The problem with discussing the media in most popular contexts is that the term is far too broad when it is applied. It includes everything […]

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