Northeast Times

 Articles by Lillian Swanson

Times to change printer, shape

The Northeast Times will be changing to a new printer next week and the move will lead us to change the paper’s shape slightly, from a rectangle to a square.


Editorial: What’s proper?

This week’s cover story on the deep fracture between Philadelphia firefighters and Mayor Nutter originally was scheduled to be published on April 10. But the weekend before, Fire Capt. Michael Goodwin of Northeast Philadelphia lost his life when a roof collapsed beneath his feet as he battled a blaze in Queen Village.


Common sense

It’s hard to believe that federal legislation that would expand background checks to more gun buyers, but does not cover all purchases, is facing such an uphill climb in the U.S. Senate.


Staying strong

One has to think that Fire Capt. Michael Goodwin was looking down from above on the scene in front of his family’s home in Parkwood and smiling.


The story behind the cover photo

The powerful photo on the cover of this week’s Northeast Times was taken by veteran photographer Peter Tobia from the roof of his home in Queen Village. News outlets from as far away as London have used the image of the two firefighters huddled against the heat and flames as part of their coverage of the death of Philadelphia Fire Capt. Michael Goodwin. The image appeared first in The Inquirer and then was distributed via the Associated Press.


One bad apple

Those of us who take good care of our houses and yards know that a single rundown property on an otherwise tidy street can turn a neighborhood upside down with worry in no time at all.


Editorial: Spring cometh

For a few days earlier this week, we thought the Easter Bunny would have to wear earmuffs and arrive on a pair of skis this Sunday. 


Editorial: Once and done

The pandemonium that erupted at City Council when Mayor Nutter tried to deliver his annual budget message last week gave us all a front-row view of political theater at its rawest. The script went this way:



Honoring milestone news in our daily lives

You have to wonder just when newspapers lost their way. Many people say the decline in space for news, the shrinking of editorial staffs and the reduction of publication cycles to only three days a week is the result of the biggest disruption to journalism in years — the emergence of the Internet.