Opinion

Letter to the Editor: U-CF board avoiding parents

After the August school board meeting, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District board members decided to retreat to a virtual format in order to avoid having to face parents who could not be trusted to act with "civility" and, in the words of Board President Jeff Hellrung, because there was a controversial topic "likely to spark even more parent anger than masks" ...

 
 

Letter to the Editor: Playground and sewer plant

Recently the Philadelphia Inquirer (Monday, Aug. 23) printed an article “An ‘environmental justice’ fighter.” This contained the ongoing discussion of a woman who has continued to fight for her neighborhood in Chester. Her fight concerns the trash to steam and other facilities that are breaking down waste. This brings to mind the decision by the Chadds Ford Township ...

 

Musings: Eminent ugliness

There are many ugly things that governments do. Slavery, war, genocide, and subjugation, to name a few. But, of course, they do those things because those who want to rule over others say it's for your good, or maybe it's for the greater good. What's the greater good? It's whatever rulers choose that to mean. Sometimes those in government will smile to your face, ...

 

Op/Ed: Leaving the GOP

What makes a life-long Republican leave the Republican Party? Just look at the latest state budget. I was a registered Republican for over 30 years. Now, I’m a registered Libertarian. Folks often ask me why I switched. There are several reasons, but most fall into the category of disappointment with the utter failure of Republican candidates to live up to Republican ...

 

Musings: Wolf’s ‘Catch 22’

It would be easy to blame the Wolf administration. Easy because, yeah, Gov. Wolf unilaterally decided that some businesses — restaurants, mom and pop shops, and others — had to close because of COVID. Some of those businesses wound up closing permanently. Worse still, Pennsylvania — under Wolf — was one of the states that put COVID patients into nursing homes, ...

 

Op/Ed: Despite progress, racism persists

This past Juneteenth weekend was filled with celebrations of freedom for African Americans. But it should also serve as a reminder that the promise of freedom for the descendants of slaves has yet to be recognized. Despite the gains in legal and political rights made by the descendants of enslaved Africans since Emancipation and the Civil Rights Era, relative poverty ...

 

Musings: Wake up Pennsylvania

I jokingly told a person with an anti-southern prejudice years ago that Alabama would legalize marijuana before Pennsylvania would. Well, that could still happen, since neither state has taken such action yet. But for those who have a prejudice against the southern states as being backward, hear this. Louisiana has decriminalized cannabis, something that ...

 

Musings: Fatal stupidity of prohibition

Prohibition is stupid, deadly, and is often racist. The Food and Drug Administration said last week that it will propose a ban on menthol and all other flavored cigarettes within a year. Here’s what Mitch Zeller, the head of FDA, had to say about the proposed ban on menthol cigarettes: "The FDA cannot and will not enforce against individual consumer possession or use ...

 

Op/Ed: Vote Doehring to restore trust

In the May 18 Democratic primary, I am challenging incumbent Whitney Hoffman. The main issue for Democratic Party voters is which of us will be better able to win in November. From the beginning, my main contention is that [former township Manager] Lisa Moore’s [reported] $3.2M embezzlement, which occurred on Hoffman’s watch, will make it impossible for Democrats to ...

 

Op/Ed: Support for Hoffman

I’m biased because I know the inside story. In the Democratic Primary for Kennett Township Supervisor, one candidate has repeatedly told nothing but the whole truth. One candidate brings an honesty of effort and feelings that I am proud to work alongside to build a better community. One candidate faced the challenges of the alleged embezzlement by our prior township ...

 

Op/Ed: A call for climate optimism

Days after the conviction of Derek Chauvin, there is a lot to process about the state of our country. While vaccines become available for all adults, COVID rates continue to increase throughout parts of the country. On the same day of Chauvin’s conviction, a 16-year-old African American girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, was shot and killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio. ...