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Pennsylvania Wow! Houses: Farm Once Owned By William Penn, $2.7M Rittenhouse Townhouse, Bucks County Victorian

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-04-09 13:42
Take a look at the properties that will have you living in the lap of luxury in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

into the mist

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-04-08 17:36

Reader submitted photo – Gina Marie


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Aqua PA, Safety Improvement Work Affecting Lower Merion Road Next Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-08 10:00
Two projects will be hindering traffic in the township next week. Find out when and where with Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Unruly' Parents Ruin Egghunt / Legoland Opens And It's Awesome / Mom Admits Gifting Child To Accused Rapist

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-08 09:00
A look at the top news that made headlines this week in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Huge Heroin Bust / Pancake Eating Contest Turns Deadly / N.J. Woman Missing A Week Located

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-08 09:00
A look at the top news that made headlines this week in New Jersey.
Categories: Lower Merion

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-08 08:52
Looking for a something to do? Find it on the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Calendar
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes for Rent: See What's New to the Market

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-08 08:10
New apartments, condos and houses to rent are available everyday. Browse the latest listings, from pet-friendly to super swanky.
Categories: Lower Merion

International Spring Festival To Bring Music And Food From Around The Globe To Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 17:38
The International Spring Festival will feature 15 types of international cuisine and six stages of live music from around the globe.
Categories: Lower Merion

Be The Match Charity Walk Brought To Oncology Ward At Philly Hospital

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 16:41
"I've never seen so many smiling faces here," said one volunteer, describing the transformation of the oncology ward into a fun walk course.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco's Boardroom Spirits Wins Five Awards At National Distilling Conference

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 12:25
Montgomery County's Boardroom Spirits has been honored with five national awards by the American Distilling Institute.
Categories: Lower Merion

This Has To Be The Cheapest Way Ever To Entertain Your Kid

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 11:24
This DIY glitter jar is fun to make, fascinating to shake and doubles as a toy and a thinking exercise.
Categories: Lower Merion

Drug Dogs Coming To Radnor High School: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 11:21
Do you think "unannounced sweeps" with drug-sniffing dogs are a good idea?
Categories: Lower Merion

Don't Miss The Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt In Ardmore Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 09:42
Head to Schauffele Plaza at 10 a.m. for lots of Easter fun!
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Hosting Free Cleanup Days Saturday, Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 09:20
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the township will help you declutter just in time for spring!
Categories: Lower Merion

Open Houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-04-07 08:25
An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Check out those around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Is it bias? Or opinion?

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-04-07 06:09
I had an interesting back and forth with a reader on Facebook yesterday.

As opposed to most of the nasty back and forth that stands for reasonable discussion on social media, this one was fairly civil.

A reader posted a comment on one of my blog posts linking back to this blog in which I said I expected to get some negative feedback from loyal Catholic readers because the paper was featuring another negative article about the church, this time dealing with the rector at Villa St. Joseph in Darby, who was indicted by the feds for allegedly stealing more than half a million dollars from the facility.

I noted how many readers accused the newspaper - and this editor - of having a 'bias' against the church.

The person who posted on my Facebook page said he was somewhat surprised by that, since the paper had endorsed a 'bias' on the part of its writers.

As proof he pointed to the editor's note that had appeared on a Sound Off item the day before, responding to a post complaining about a columnist Jodine Mayberry's point of view, suggesting she held a bias in her writing. Our editor's note indicated that columnists are supposed to have a 'bias.'

The writer clearly took this proof that the paper in general was biased.

I responded, of course, that this meant nothing of the sort.

It is one of the crucial functions of being a columnist. They are in face supposed to be biased, not in any negative way, but biased in favor of making the argument of their convictions.

It again stressed to me that many people don't understand all the machinations of the newspaper, and the clear difference between opinion and column writing and straight news writing.

Here is how I responded. I hope this might clear up any misconception others might have along the same lines:

"You missed the point of that note. That was for columnists. That is their job, to present opinion. It's not the ONLY opinion, or the CORRECT opinion, it's only THEIR opinion. There's a big different in a column - opinion writing - which is naturally biased toward the writer's point of view - as opposed to news writing. I want columnists with strong opinions. But we certainly do not promote a bias in news stories." The reader suggested maybe I was twisting the meaning of the word bias, that he had looked it up and suggested we were wrong to use that word.

Again I replied:

"There are many definitions of bias. I did look it up, and in this instance it means an inherent leaning in one direction. That would of course be the columnist's opinion. In this instance it's merely an indication of having an opinion, a rudimentary requirement of a columnist. It comes down to this: They have to have something to say. That means that they are often biased toward their point of view. It means they lean in the direction of their opinion. Don't twist yourself into a pretzel thinking you've caught us admitting out news columns contain a bias. They don't. But our columnists often do. They are biased - they have a prejudice toward their own opinion. You're really thinking too deeply about this. It's not a liberal or conservative thing. It's a columnist thing. They are opinion pieces, and their biases are on full display."

I have to constantly be on guard that we do not let any inherent bias creep into our news reporting.

But I will continue to do just the opposite when it comes to presenting points of view.

That's the whole point. It's not a bias. It is opinion.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Time for towns to pay for state police coverage

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-04-07 05:50
Mike Sturla is upping the ante on Gov. Mike Wolf.

You might remember that a few weeks ago the governor first broached the idea of slapping a fee on towns that rely on state police instead of setting up their own local police force.

In short, a lot of people think these towns - such as Concord, Edgmont and Middletown here in Delaware County - are getting a free ride. Wolf said he would like to see a fee of $25 per person place on those towns that want to use the state police. Sturla rolled out a bill that would increase that to $110 per person over a 10-year period.

They're both right.

It's time for these towns to pay their fair share. The argument that they are already paying state taxes for these services doesn't hold water. So is everyone else.

We make the case for the fee on today's editorial page.
Categories: Pennsylvania

food for thought

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2017-04-06 19:38

“You have to get people to value history.”

As developers take over Chester County 1 acre at a time, what makes a community? What value do history and traditions have? And why isn’t the Chester County Planning Commission doing anything except cheering on developers?

Especially note the part about Fox Catcher and what Toll Brothers did there. It will be the fate of Crebilly if that plan goes through.

This short film shown by the Newtown Square Historical Society is so thought provoking. I wish more local historical societies would record the history for posterity like this. This film is by Hanna Bottger when she was a student at The University of Pennsylvania. I believe she now resides in New York.


Categories: Pennsylvania

$25 Million Fort Washington Home Is Most Expensive On Market In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-06 17:56
Pennsylvania's most expensive home for sale right now is a $25 million behemoth in Forth Washington, according to Property Shark.
Categories: Lower Merion