Friday, January 19, 2018

Get your Nick Foles keepsake centerspread Friday!

The beat goes on for our Eagles celebration, with the second of four consecutive Eagles centerspread keepsake posters.

Yesterday it was defensive stalwart Fletcher Cox. Today it's quarterback Nick Foles.

You can get yours in the center of Friday's print edition.

And at the same time you can read beat Bob Grotz's continuing coverage as we lead up to Sunday's huge NFC Championship game pitting the Birds vs. the Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.

It was a big night in Philly sports. Make sure you read columnist Jack McCaffery's take on a very special night for the Flyers, as they retired the No. 88 of none other than the Big E, Eric Lindros.

We continue our Eagles celebration Saturday and Sunday with more keepsake pages.

Look for running back Jay Ajayi Saturday and tight end Zach Ertz Sunday.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Make sure you get our special Eagles centerspread keepsake pages

It's not just the kids at Haverford Middle School.

Yes, they got psyched up yesterday for the Eagles pep rally held at the school. Kids, students and staff all got decked out in green. We're also coming down with a serious case of Eagles Fever.

That's why today we're rolling out the first of a series of four full-color Eagles keepsake pages.

Today it's stalwart defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Here's the lineup for the rest of the week:

Friday: Quarterback Nick Foles.

Saturday: Running back Jay Ajayi.

Sunday: Tight end Zach Ertz.

Make sure you pick up a copy of the print edition of the Daily Times each day and collect all four Eagles centerspreads. Go Birds!

Another 'Chester story'

There are a lot of 'stories' in Chester.

Not all of them are bad, despite the impression that many media outlets - including this newspaper - sometimes offer.

Chester has a glorious past, years of struggle, and a bedding renaissance rooted in a vibrant arts scene.

That's one of those stories that was unveiled, appropriately enough on the holiday honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, was so important.

It is a Chester story.

Literally.

'A Chester Story' is a documentary detailing the city's efforts to reverse years of decline, as well as paying homage to its past and taking a critical look at the issues that led to its current predicament.

It is 'A Chester Story' that needs to be told.

You can read our editorial on the doc here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The next battle in the gerrymandering war

Brace yourself for the next battle in the gerrymandering wars.

You might remember a few weeks back a state Commonwealth Court judge ruled that the plan enacted by the Republican Legislature in 2011 clearly was partisan and tilted to favor Republicans.

But he also ruled that fact did not necessarily make it unconstitutional.

And that was his recommendation to the state Supreme Court.

Today the high court will hear oral arguments in the case.

The hope is that the court, which carries a 5-2 Democratic majority, will order those boundaries - including one in the 7th District here in Delaware County that is usually pointed to as one of the worst instances of gerrymandering in the nation - should be tossed out.

You can read our editorial on the issue here.

The new D.A. calling

I received a phone call I had kind of been expecting yesterday.

It was from the new Delaware County D.A.

What I didn't know was what kind of mood Katayoun 'Kat' Copeland would be in.

That's because I was wondering what her reaction was going to be after our front page announced the county Board of Judges' decision to name her to fill the unexpired term of Jack Whelan with this front page headline:

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'KAT'

Some background here. Everyone refers to her as 'Kat.' Even the county's official press release made not of her nickname. Still, I wanted to be sure no one would take it the wrong way, or that we were somehow trying to demean Copeland or her ascension to being the county's top law enforcer.

No worries.

She liked it.

In fact, she actually showed it to her mother, who also enjoyed it.

Copeland gave me a courtesy call to introduce herself. As we said in our editorial. She's a great choice.

But more than that, Copeland wanted to thank me - and the newspaper - for what we do, covering a lot of stories here in Delaware County that no one else covers. That's sort of the idea behind being a community newspaper, even in these most difficult times for our industry. She scored points with me.

She will be sworn in Friday.

Go get 'em, Kat!

Some days you just shake your head

In this racket, you tend to build up a fairly crusty - some would say hardened - exterior.

It's either that you find another line of work.

And pretty quickly.

It's not because we don't care.

It's because we toil in so much misery that you have to develop a fairly strong defense mechanism.

Then you read a story like this, and your heart just breaks.

Some days you just have to shake your head.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Living the Dream

We have concluded the annual 24 hours that we reserve to honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But what about the other 364 days of the year.

That is the challenge we define on today's editorial page.

Dr. King's Dream is not something to be taken down off the shelf and celebrated once a year.

It needs to be how we live our lives every day - and too often do not.

That is the challenge.

You can read our editorial here.