Brandywine Battlefield 1, Free Markets 0: Scrapped Chester County housing development a sign of hope for hallowed Revolutionary War site
George Washington barely escaped. Philly was captured by the British. In the annals of local and American history the daylong Battle of Brandywine in 1777 was one of the largest of the revolutionary war. But measured by national parks, monuments and museums, Brandywine is the forgotten stepchild of the war that introduced the world to modern-day democratic rule. Until, quite possibly, now.
Sure, this time of year is about the birth of Jesus, or Santa and presents, or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever one chooses to embrace. But the dead tree takes center stage. It is, in its own way, very much about life. Years gone, years ahead, and with any luck, years never to be forgotten.
The demons of disclosure that have exposed accused hounds in Hollywood and Washington have arrived in Pennsylvania's halls of power a week before Christmas. And it's about time; men so outnumber women in elected office there, one can only imagine how many other stories are out there waiting to be told.
Maria Panaritis is a columnist who strikes across Pennsylvania and its most populated region -- the political battleground Pennsylvania suburbs. She aims for any story that cuts through the noise and gives you the real deal. Maria has been an award-winning regional reporter, business writer and columnist, investigative reporter, and immigration beat writer, and has reported nationally and internationally, since joining The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1998.