Friday, May 26, 2017

Yeah, the heroin problem is that bad

How bad is the heroin problem in the region?

All you have to do is look at what happened last weekend at a recovery facility in Chester County.

They had two people die of heroin overdoses.

But these weren't clients seeking to shake up the tentacles of addiction.

These were counselors.

So where do we start in attacking this fiend.

Well they're getting a start in Springfield.

It's on our editorial page today.

Why I love & respect Memorial Day weekend


We survived another winter.

Hell, we might even survive another spring; I"m not really which is worse.

After another night of pounding rain, it's time to commence my favorite weekend of the year.

Happy Memorial Day!

Why do I love this annual three-day holiday.

Let me list the ways.

First and foremost, I suffer from a guilty conscience.

I never served in the military, and I always feel terribly insecure when these kinds of issues come up. That's why you will wait a long time for me to start sounding off about anyone's military service, or who is qualified to make military decisions. That's not me. I wasn't there. I didn't serve. I'm not going to judge. I'm just going to take the time this weekend to offer a humble 'thank you' to those that did, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for me to have the kind of life I have.

Secondly, it means summer is just around the corner, even if no one has bothered to let Mother Nature know.

At some point on Saturday, the sun is actually supposed to make an appearance, and the temperature is expected to head back toward 80. Now if we could just crank up the humidity, that would be just fine with me.

Sunday night is perhaps my favorite night of the year.

I usually lie in bed, hopefully with the windows open on a warm night, listen to the creatures chirping outside, and revel in the knowledge that I don't have to work Monday (aside from my usual web work; the Internet demands to be fed and it does not respect holidays), but also that the entire summer lies ahead.

Finally, I'm a sucker for a parade.

That is why I will be there Monday in my town standing and watching the bands and floats with veterans pass by. Do yourself a favor. Try to take in the festivities in your town. We have a full list of holiday events in Delco here.

I guarantee you that you will feel better for it. A little patriotism can go a long way.

On with the summer!

See you at the parade!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dems confirm they are swapping county council candidates

We told you so.

It's now official.

Delaware County Democrats are shuffling the

ir ticket for the fall County Council race.

Jennifer Leith is out, Kevin Madden is in.
Leith, who garnered more than 17,000 votes in the May 16 Primary Election, issued a statement saying she realized during the campaign that she did not have the time to the race. She added she did not make her decision until after the deadline to have her name removed from the ballot.

County Dem leaders appeared to go back and forth about making it official yesterday, not finally releasing statements and confirming our earlier reports until just before 5 p.m.

Until that point, they were sticking to their "official" stance that Leith was still the candidate. This despite the fact that Madden was being listed on their official website as the County Council candidate, and a Madden/Zidnik Facebook page had been posted.

Democratic Chairman David Landau said that although he was sad that Leith would not remain on the ticket, he was excited about the prospect of adding Madden to the ticket with Brian Zidnik.

"Candidates for local office are real people with families and jobs and campaigns are a huge time commitment," Landau said. As you might expect, county Republicans are dubious about the timing of the switch.

County GOP Chairman Andy Reilly went so far as to accuse county Democrats of deceiving voters.

Or at lest the 17,000-plus who cast a ballot for Leith.

"The county Democratic Party formed a joint fundraising committee with Madden six weeks ago, so it is difficult to fathom why the party's leadership would intentionally keeps this a secret from voters before the primary election," Reilly said.

He wasn't done.

"Deceiving voters by not telling them that a person on the ballot is no longer running is the height of hypocrisy for a slate of candidates claiming to run on the platform of transparency," he added.

You can read our full story here.

Looks like it should be an interesting fall.

The sound of your taxes going up

It may not be the sound of summer, but it is the sound of spring.


It's the sound of local school boards raising your taxes.

In Rose Tree Media this year, they decided to take a new approach. They borrowed a page from something Upper Darby tried, bringing in the Penn Center for Civic Engagement and holding a series of public hearings on the budget process.

It was a different route, but it wound up in the same place.

Taxes are going up. Again.

At this point, hearings are not going to help local school districts.

They need help from Harrisburg.

And soon.

You can read our editorial here.

When did we move to Seattle?

When did we move to Seattle?

If you can, just pull the covers up over your head and stay there.

Believe me, I just drove into the office. It's miserable out there. Pouring down rain.

And it's not going to get a lot better - either today or for much of the Memorial Day weekend.

You can get the full forecast here.

Sounds like Saturday is the day if you are planning to do anything outside.

There is a chance of showers both Sunday and it also will threaten the parades and other traditional activities tied to Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Daily Numbers for Wednesday, May 24

The Daily Numbers: 600 gallons of bentonite that spilled into Chester Creek during work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project.

2 dozen people who showed up at Brookhaven council

3 separate spills that occurred in town.

190,000 square foot shopping center that could add to traffic woes at intersection of Routes 202 and 1.

1,000 parking spots in the plans.

150,000 dollar boost for Lansdowne Theatre in grant from Presser Foundation.

283-278 edge for Helen Thomas over Paula Brown in Dem race for Darby mayor. Brown says she will run in November on GOP ballot.

31 percent cut for EPA in President Trump’s budget plan.

15,416 employees would be chopped to 11,611.

3,800 jobs on the block.

89, age of Roger Moore, star of James Bond films, who died Tuesday.

48, age of NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who was found dead.

4 Eagles who did not show up for OTAs, the biggest of which would be Fletcher Cox.

8-2 loss for the Phils to the Rockies.

11 losses in last 13 for the Phils.

17,109 who showed up at Citizens Bank Park last night.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

Fletcher Cox basically showed up Doug Pederson by taking a powder on these “voluntary” workouts. He was MIA last year as well while he waited for a new deal. He got it, and still did not show up.

I Don’t Get It: Fletcher Cox. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to those who sat down at SCI-Chester yesterday as part of the “On the Table” series, looking to discuss possible solutions to our problems.

Quote Box: “I apologize for not contacting you immediately. It’s our mistake.”

- Sunoco Logistics official Jeff Shields, to Brookhaven officials and residents.

Who are the Dem candidates for County Council?

Yesterday I used this space to talk about some of the gains made by Democrats in the May 16 Primary Election.

Yes, I know that only about 13 percent of eligible voters made their way to the polls here in Delco.

But it was hard to ignore the fact that for one of the first times in memory, Democrats actually got as many or in some instances more people to the polls than the vaunted Delco GOP.

In the statewide judicial races, Democrats outpolled Republicans here in Delco.

And in the county row offices, Dems were running neck and neck with the votes tallied by their Republican counterparts.

In the County Council race, the results were not quite as close.

The Republican tandem of incumbent Councilman Dave White and John Perfetti clearly drew more voters than their Democrat counterparts, Brian Zidek and Jennifer Leith.

White led all vote getters in the unofficial tally, with 23,481 votes. He was followed by his running mate John Perfetti, with 23,115. Dems trailed, with Zidek getting 20,028 Democratic votes and Jennifer Leith tallying 17,387.

The race now moves to the general election in November.

At least some of them will.

More than 17,000 Democrats cast a ballot for Leith in the Primary. There's only one problem with that. She may not be one of the two Dems on the ballot in November.

According to the Democrats' own website, Kevin Madden, a successful businessman and Media native, is now Zidek's running mate. He now lives in Haverford.

There's also a Facebook page that proclaims "Zidek-Madden: Democrats for Delaware County Council."

When exactly this change took place no one is saying.

When we asked Democratic Chairman David Landau about it, he would say only that officially Leith is still the Dems' candidate. Apparently no one bothered to tell the person handling the party's website.

The deadline to make a change and have Leith taken off the ballot was March 22. The primary was May 16. I think people would be interested in knowing when this change of heart took place, if in fact it actually did.

I'm not exactly sure of the political process involved in how you go about making a change to a listed candidate. Usually it involves a party vacancy board meeting and selecting a new candidate once a candidate withdraws. It's not clear if Leith has officially withdrawn as yet.

What I know is that 17,387 people voted for her as their Democratic candidate for County Council. And it's becoming increasingly clear that she likely will not be on the November ballot.

So how about it, Dems? Who are your candidates for County Council?