Opinion

Musings: Sessions and Franklin

The "poisonous tree" shows the harm that grows out of drug prohibition. Image courtesy of LEAP at https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have a talk with Major Neill Franklin. He might learn something. Sessions should also learn from history, but he's not alone in that. All prohibitionists — whether they want to prohibit drugs or guns — should learn from history. But, of course, the first question you probably have is: "Rich, who the heck is Major Neill Franklin?" ...

 
 

Letter: Dear Mr. Semon

Dear Mr. Semon, You may recall a short phone conversation with me back in November, when you took the liberty of returning my call to your office.  I greatly appreciated your time on my behalf.  From our brief conversation, I learned that you are capable of being patient and listening.  I learned you have a sense of humor.  I learned you possess good qualities.  And, ...

 

Op/Ed: After the Bell growing stronger

It was a wonderful week at After-The-Bell as we celebrated welcoming our 5,000th student into our unique after-school program. In honor of the mission of our founders, no child or family has ever had to pay for the structured and meaningful activities we offer. When John and Denise Wood and Marshall Newton created the Kennett After-School Association back in 1998, ...

 

Op/Ed: Sanville wrong for U-CF

At the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board public meeting on Jan. 23, the directors took the remarkable action of accepting Superintendent John Sanville's resignation with two years remaining on his current contract. This is probably the best thing this current board has ever done. However, right after this action the board took what is probably the worst decision ...

 

Letter: Better plan needed for Crebilly

Crebilly Farm is an historic landmark in Chester County and part of the Brandywine Battlefield. She is one of the last three large, open spaces left in Westtown Township and is currently threatened by mass development. Located North and South between West Pleasant Grove Road and Route 926 and East and West between Route 202 and South New Street, her breathtaking, 322 ...

 

Op/Ed: It’s all in the planning

Chester County is widely known as a beautiful and happy corner of Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, we are considered the fourth happiest county in America. Ours is one of the best counties in which to live, work, and raise a family, and it falls upon our local government to maintain the high quality of life that our residents are accustomed to. As chair of the ...

 

Letter: Discussion on Petinarro plan

Please join concerned residents and neighbors at the upcoming Chadds Ford Township meeting to discuss the proposed Pettinaro Shopping Center located on Ridge Road and Route 202. The meeting is 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30 at the Chadds Ford Township building. State Rep. Steve Barrar, township Supervisor Frank Murphy, engineer Mike Schneider, PennDOT engineers with traffic ...

 

Op/Ed: The Women’s March in Washington

More than 200 people from the Kennett Square area rode buses, organized by the Kennett Area Democrats, to the Women's March in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Jan. 21. They joined hundreds of thousands of people who had traveled far and wide, as well as millions more who were participating in similar marches all across the country and around the world, in a ...

 

Letter: Health coverage is a necessity

In his first day of office, President Trump began to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. As a citizen, a resident of southern Chester County, and a leader of a non-profit providing health care to the underserved, I must speak out. I grew up in a hardworking family where my parents owned a small business. They were never able to afford health insurance for our family ...

 

Letter: Let’s drop the PTO litigation

Remember me? I’m the “bitter PTO mom.” I am writing to answer the many questions that have arisen during the pendency of this unfortunate litigation involving me and the Hillendale Elementary School PTO. While serving on the HES PTO Board, I authored a grant that resulted in an award of $30,000 for the Hillendale Trail. However, there were conditions that I was ...

 

To The Editor: Democrats plan inaugural affirmation

The Kennett Area Democrats had planned an inauguration day protest, but my thinking as vice chairman of KAD, has evolved significantly. In President Obama's farewell address, he asked us to go outside of our political bubbles to find common ground with others. In that context, I realized that the action we were planning was not a protest at all. It is, instead, an ...