A salute to Lower Chi of­fi­cer for thwart­ing at­tack

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - OPINION -

A look at the week that was, the is­sues and peo­ple who made head­lines, and a few darts and lau­rels for those who de­serve them.

LAU­REL: To Lower Chichester Pa­trol­man Tim McBride. His quick re­ac­tion on hear­ing the screams of a woman in­side a lo­cal busi­ness thwarted a sex­ual as­sault and very well may have saved the woman’s life. Well done.

DART: Kind of makes you scratch your head won­der­ing what this sus­pect was do­ing back on the street to be­gin with. He has a 62-page rap sheet dat­ing back to the late ‘90s and had in fact just got­ten out of pri­son on his most re­cent ar­rest on a rob­bery charge.

DART: It’s to over­look some of the good things in Ch­ester. Take Wi­dener for in­stance. Stand in the quad on the mid­dle of that gor­geous cam­pus and it’s hard to imag­ine you’re in the mid­dle of an ur­ban lo­ca­tion. Wi­dener re­mains one of the city’s linch­pins. LAU­REL: To the ac­tive shooter drill held this week at Mon­signor Bon­ner and Arch­bishop Prendergast High School. A small pha­lanx of of­fi­cers took part in the day­long drill to sim­u­late the re­sponse to a mass shoot­ing in a school set­ting. Here’s hop­ing it’s never needed.

DART: Un­for­tu­nately, that’s not the world we live in. The idea for the day of train­ing ac­tu­ally was rooted in the charges that were filed against a trans­fer stu­dent who made threats to shoot up the school. Be care­ful out there. LAU­REL: Speak­ing of law en­force­ment, there are lots of old faces in new po­si­tions in the bor­ough of Fol­croft. For­mer Chief Bob Ruskowski is now re­tired and sit­ting on bor­ough coun­cil. Wil­liam Bair is the new chief; Chris Eis­er­man is deputy chief. The bor­ough also swore in sev­eral new full-time of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the bor­ough’s first full-time fe­male of­fi­cer, Les­lie McLean. Daniel White was el­e­vated to cor­po­ral.

DART: The wheels con­tinue to turn sur­round­ing the con­tro­ver­sial plans to de­velop the for­mer long­time home of the Don Guanella School off Sproul Road in Marple. De­vel­op­ers this week pushed their “by-right” plan to build more than 200 homes on the site. This is not what Car­lino Devel­op­ment ac­tu­ally wants to build, but an­other pro­posal has met with some op­po­si­tion. They are get­ting the OK for this plan as a backup plan. The prob­lem is the “by-right” plan would see al­most the en­tire tract de­vel­oped, while the pre­ferred plan would pre­serve a huge chunk of open space. Let’s hope a deal can be reached. Com­mis­sion­ers want an ex­ten­sion on the time to re­view the ap­pli­ca­tion.

DART: Talk about the high cost of ed­u­ca­tion. They con­tinue to let the con­tracts for the new Spring­field High School. And so far the price tag is ap­proach­ing $130 mil­lion.

LAU­REL: To Up­per Darby Town­ship. They re­cently rolled out a pro­posed bud­get that does not in­clude a tax hike, nor any in­crease in mu­nic­i­pal fees. DART: To the state Se­nate. They still have not taken any ac­tion on the pro­posal to of­fer past child­hood vic­tims of sex­ual abuse a win­dow to file civil suits against their at­tack­ers retroac­tively. The Se­nate has only a few pre­cious days left in this ses­sion. They should take ac­tion now, not just to elim­i­nate the crim­i­nal statute of lim­i­ta­tions for such fu­ture of­fenses, and ex­pand the win­dow to sue for those vic­tims, but to of­fer a path to jus­tice for those who have been wait­ing for LAU­REL: To two Delco sen­a­tors, Sen. Tom Kil­lion, R-9 of Mid­dle­town, and Sen. Tom McGar­rigle, R-26 of Spring­field. Both have in­di­cated they would sup­port open­ing the two-year win­dow. Now the bill just has to be pushed out onto the floor for a vote by the Se­nate.

LAU­REL: And an­other one to McGar­rigle for his work in get­ting ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments changed in Penn­syl­va­nia. The mea­sure was passed unan­i­mously by the state House and is now back for fi­nal ap­proval in the state Se­nate. It al­lows those stu­dents who might not ex­cel in test­ing an­other means to their high school diploma.

DART: It’s been a tough week for crime down in Chi. First we had the bru­tal at­tack on a store worker in Lower Chichester that was thwarted by an alert of­fi­cer. Then we had a nasty knife at­tack in Up­per Chichester. The sus­pect then as­saulted po­lice of­fi­cers. A re­minder of the dan­gers these men and woman face ev­ery day out their on pa­trol. LAU­REL: To the very re­al­is­tic mass ca­su­alty drill they held this week at Talen En­ergy Sta­dium in Ch­ester. Nurs­ing stu­dents from Wi­dener Univer­sity teamed with first re­spon­ders and the re­gion’s hos­pi­tals for a re­al­is­tic sim­u­la­tion of a mass disas­ter drill. Let’s hope they never have to put this cru­cial train­ing to use in a real in­ci­dent.

LAU­REL: Speak­ing of Wi­dener, here’s a tip of the cap to a Ch­ester icon. They gath­ered around Old Main this week to mark its sesqui­cen­ten­nial. 150 years of ed­u­ca­tion ex­cel­lence, dat­ing back to the Penn­syl­va­nia Mil­i­tary Col­lege days. Here’s to 150 more. DART: To Gov. Tom Wolf. We un­der­stand why he does not want to of­fer any more op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­bate to his Repub­li­can foe, for­mer state Sen. Scott Wag­ner. Wolf is com­fort­ably ahead in the polls as well as in fundrais­ing. He has noth­ing to gain. But the vot­ers do. The only gu­ber­na­to­rial de­bate turned into the Alex Tre­bek show. Pa. vot­ers de­serve bet­ter.

DART: To Mother Na­ture. The scenes from the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Michael are sim­ply dev­as­tat­ing. En­tire com­mu­ni­ties were flat­tened by the storm’s wrath - pack­ing 150 mph winds.

LAU­REL: OK, sum­mer is fi­nally over. Looks like we have fi­nally put that stretch of sticky, hu­mid, sum­mer-like weather be­hind us and will get our first real taste of fall this week­end. Ah­h­h­h­h­h­hhh! DART: To the Ea­gles. That’s more like it. All the Birds needed to right their for­tune was a date with the lowly New York Giants. The re­sult? A 34-13 thrash­ing of the G-Men. The Birds are now 3-3 af­ter Thurs­day night’s prime time en­counter with the Giants. That’s good enough to put them back in first place in the lowly NFC East.

DART: To the Fly­ers. They spent an in­or­di­nate amount of time be­fore the home opener this week rolling out their new mas­cot, Gritty, which looks for all the world like an or­ange Abom­inable Snow­man. Turns out Gritty was the best thing about the night as the Fly­ers got blown out by the Sharks. There were lots of boos em­a­nat­ing from the Wells Fargo Cen­ter stands, and they were not di­rected at Gritty.

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