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The two words that hang over the pipeline issue

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-07-13 07:13
On our editorial page today, we talk about - what else - what is clearly the biggest economic story in the region.

And specifically the two words that seem to hang over this plan to push hundreds of thousands of barrels of natural gas byproducts such as ethane, butane and propane across the width of Pennsylvania - including some densely populated areas of Chester and Delaware counties.

The two words that simply won't go away are these:

What if?

There is no good answer to that question, and what happened during construction recently out in Chester County didn't help. Water wells of several residents in West Whiteland were disrupted by the digging that is a key part of the construction of the pipeline.

Sunoco Logistics is now moving to remedy the situation, saying the company will pick up the tab for hooking up those homes to public water systems. But it doesn't help bolster confidence, nor ease the worries of those who insist that putting the pipeline in such heavily populated areas - including near schools - is not a good idea. You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Summertime

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-07-13 06:23
You'll have to indulge me.

I'm weird.

Don't believe me? Ask my wife.

No, it's not what you're thinking.

It's this weather.

I love it.

Yes, you heard that right.

This morning when I opened the front door, it was all I could do to resist a luxurious - Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

For a lot of people, that thick, moist air is a slap in the face. For me, it's a love tap.

Bring it on - the hotter, the more humid, the better.

Yes, this is summer.

Toss on a pair of old shorts and T-shirt, and you're ready to take on the day.

Only a couple of things could have made this better.

I could have been standing on the first tee of a golf course, hitting my first drive just as the sun came up over the horizon, an empty course awaiting me.

Or I could have been on the boardwalk in Rehoboth, watching as the sun began its slow, languorous ascension out of the ocean. Unfortunately, all I was doing was heading for my car for the ride to work.

Yes, that was me you saw driving with the windows down.

It gets worse. I'll be doing the same tonight on the ride home.

Itching for the moment I can ditch this shirt and tie, toss on my T-shirt, and head for the deck, watching the same sun descend behind the trees in the back yard.

Welcome, summer!

Life is good.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Montgomery County Issues Code Red Hot Weather Warning

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 17:01
Montgomery County officials have declared a Code Red Hot Weather Health Warning for Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Section Of Schuylkill River Trail Will Link To Schuylkill Haven

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 16:29
The Schuylkill River Trail continues to inch closer to its ultimate destiny, when it will cover 130 miles from Philadelphia to Pottsville.
Categories: Lower Merion

11 Texts That Will Come Back To Haunt Penn State Frat Boys Accused In Death

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 16:07
“Don't worry, it's all staying in the house. Like only the brothers know," the pledge master texted while Timothy Piazza lay dying.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mosquito Sample Tests Positive For West Nile Virus In Upper Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 14:39
It is among the first positive West Nile Virus samples found in Montgomery County in 2017.
Categories: Lower Merion

300-Year-Old Log Home Reportedly Uncovered In Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 11:46
“This is the beginning of our country," said the man who uncovered the relic.
Categories: Lower Merion

$5M Bail Set For Cosmo DiNardo, Person of Interest in Missing Persons Case

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 10:07
Cosmo DiNardo, a person of interest in the case of four missing Bucks County men, is back in police custody.
Categories: Lower Merion

Endangered Newborn Sumatran Orangutan Dies At Philadelphia Zoo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-07-12 09:00
The newborn Sumatran orangutan, a critically endangered species, died shortly after he was born, the Philadelphia Zoo announced.
Categories: Lower Merion

Road rage hearing postponed

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-12 07:07
Why?

That one simple question is the one that has been swirling around in my head since I first heard of the horrific tragedy that snuffed out the life of a young woman from Chester County in a road-rage incident.

What could possibly make someone do something so abhorrent, so senseless, as to pull out a gun and shoot another driver?

We still don't know. A preliminary hearing for the man charged in this brutal killing was continued yesterday.

In the meantime, the friends and family of Bianca Roberson continue to mourn the senseless loss of a promising young life.

Roberson, a recent graduate of Rustin High School in West Chester, was headed to Jacksonville University in Florida in just a few weeks to start college.

She was apparently jockeying for position with another driver on a portion of Route 100 in West Goshen where the road goes from one lane down to one. Both drivers were involved in what police describe as a "cat and mouse" game.

Then the unthinkable happened. The other driver pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly.

The story not only captured national attention, it also became a much more intense story for us here at the Daily Times when we learned the man charged in her shooting death was from Delaware County.

David Desper, of Trainer, now faces charges of first- and third-degree murder.

As we always do in such stories, we tried to find out what we could about Desper.

We didn't learn much. Not many people were talking about him.

We did not do this in an attempt to paint him in any kind of less harsh light. What he is charged with doing is abhorrent.

We ran a photo of him from his high school yearbook that also offended some readers. That also is something we often do as we dig into the background of people charged with serious crimes.

We are not looking for - or offering - any excuse for what he is charged with doing.

We don't want to see him acquitted - as some have charged.

We want only justice for Bianca Roberson, and an explanation as to how a person could possibly be capable of doing something so heinous.

Bianca's father, Rodney Roberson, has stated that the family intends to attend the preliminary hearing and has said he wants to ask him a simple question: "What gave you the right? What made you think it was all right to take my daughter."

I don't blame him a bit.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Silence from White House is deafening

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-12 06:41
I said it before and I will say it again about the Trumps.

They don't know what they don't know.

They promised to drain the swamp, to take back Washington, wresting it from the grip of the politicians and returning it to the people.

Their die-hards - those 35 percent who remain in The Donald's camp - remain by his side, lashing out at the media for the "Fake News" that they insist swirl around their leader.

But something is different with the latest Trump bombshell, the one detailing how Trump's son met with a Russian official in the hopes of getting some dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

The silence is deafening.

There have been no 4 a.m. Tweets from the commander-in-chief slamming the media for this latest story.

The only comment coming from the White House was a terse statement from White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stating that the president believes his son is a "high-quality person" and lauding him for his transparency in this latest debacle.

Other than that, however, nothing. Crickets.

This is a new tactic for President Trump, and one that apparently has him chafing at the bit.

Read this Associated Press story to see how Trump is privately seething over all this.

A while back, I had come to the conclusion that Trump simply did not know what he doesn't know. He didn't know the workings of government, and didn't seem especially interested in learning them. He appeared to be ready to run the country the way he always ran his business, as an autocrat whose words was final.

He's beginning to learn - slowly - that's now how things work in Washington.

Then I actually believed he was simply using the media and the Russia question to take the heat off the fact that a Republican president with a Republican Senate and Republican House has been unable to get much of anything done.

Now?

Well, let's just say the silence is deafening.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Dead Zone in Philly sports

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-07-12 06:02
We are in the Dead Zone in Philly sports.

Remember when the baseball All-Star Game was a big deal. I had to remind myself the Mid-Summer Classic was actually being played last night.

Does that have something to do with the Phillies holding the worst record in Major League Baseball? Sure, and unless you get a big kick out of seeing someone named Pat Neshek pitch a scoreless second inning, there wasn't much to cheer about, regardless if you are a Phillies fan or not.

The American League eventually won 2-1 on a walk-off homer by Robinson Cano in the 10th inning.

Count on Neshek to be one of the prized items the Phillies dangle out there as the trade deadline approaches.

That is what stands for excitement these days in Philly sports.

The Sixers continue their Summer League program, albeit without Markelle Fultz, who is this year's requisite Sixers Summer League casualty.

The Eagles wide receivers are in North Dakota practicing with Carson Wentz.

Training camp can't get here soon enough.
Categories: Pennsylvania

These Are The Top 10 Lake Towns In America

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 21:35
The ocean isn't your only option for vacation this summer. From coast to coast, here are the most amazing lakefront destinations.
Categories: Lower Merion

See 'Jurassic Park' With The Philadelphia Orchestra At The Mann Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 17:47
Dinosaurs, Fairmount Park on a summer night, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and John Williams' spine-tingling score: not a bad combination.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Resident To Bike 192 Miles To Fight Cancer

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 17:30
Several Ardmore-area residents will bike 192 miles in August in an effort to raise $48 million to fight cancer.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Official Elected President Of PA Clerks Of Courts

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 17:04
A Montgomery County official will take over as president of a Pennsylvania state association after a recent election.
Categories: Lower Merion

Michelle Obama To Speak In Philadelphia This Fall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 14:50
"We are proud to welcome one of the most inspirational women of our time," said an organizer for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Categories: Lower Merion

Get A Free Slurpee On 7-Eleven Day In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 14:15
Tuesday is July 11 - also known as 7-Eleven Day - and the store is offering free slurpees to customers.
Categories: Lower Merion

65 PA Schools Ranked 'Best Colleges For Your Money'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 13:11
See how these 65 Pennsylvania schools stacked up nationwide in Money Magazine's "Best Colleges For Your Money" ranking.
Categories: Lower Merion

Your Local Job Hunting Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-07-11 08:48
Did you know you can post your job opening on Patch?
Categories: Lower Merion