Opinion: Only philanthropy can save Greylock

Opinion | March 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by David Dannenberg It is entirely reasonable for people who live in a community to want to forestall development that will have detrimental effects on their quality of life. If the people who already live in the community do not act directly to preserve it, however, preservation simply will not occur. In the case of […]

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Protecting the Wissahickon Watershed: The community’s conservation tool

Opinion | March 21st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Kevin Hughes, Conservation and Easements Manager, Chestnut Hill Conservancy Conservation easements were established to provide private landowners the opportunity to protect what is important to them – their homes, open space and farmland. Established in 1990, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Easement Program seeks to do just that by utilizing the community’s conservation tool, the […]

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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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