Opinion

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. ...

 

Musings: An undrained swamp

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump is over. His bid for a second term in 2020 is over. He didn't win the election, and he didn't drain the swamp as promised, but he was right about one thing. Mr. Trump — after spending four years Tweeting with the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old Valley Girl — told the truth. But it was grossly misapplied. The former ...

 

Op/Ed: Statement on the Capitol riots

One month ago, hundreds of rioters stormed the Capitol building. Minutes earlier, then-President Donald Trump had urged his supporters to march on the Capitol; specifically, he told them “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Weeks before that, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala ...

 

Op/Ed: We Are One

Four years ago, I felt great pride and joy when I saw Donald Trump taking the oath of office on the United States Capitol steps. However, the joy I felt then slowly dwindled as the days of his presidency wore on. I soon realized that Donald Trump was not just destroying the Republican values that I stood for, but also the American values that every single American — ...

 

Op-Ed: The danger of ignorance

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance.” It has become increasingly popular, of late, to quote Martin Luther King on his birthday. And for good reason. He was a conscience of our country. And now more than ever it seems we need voices like his to resonate through the halls of power. Ignorance, both sincere ...

 

Musings: Ugh!

At one time or another, most elementary school students were asked in September how they spent their summer vacation. As we move into January 2021, it’s time to ask something different. How was your 2020? Likely, most people would respond with a resounding “Ugh!” And that’s the polite response. Another way to address 2020 is, as J.D. Tuccille of Reason Magazine ...

 

Letter: Seniors should be first

My name is Fred Barakat. I'm 71 years old. I've lived in Pennsylvania all my life and in Chester County since 1980. There's no question that this opinion is motivated by self-interest, but I firmly believe it is the correct view. The current vaccine distribution plan puts senior citizens in the third priority of distribution. According to the CDC numbers, this is ...

 

Op/ed: Education’s lost year

As the long, dark COVID-filled months stretch before us, and as schools scramble to respond to the latest curveballs thrown by the pandemic, the government must fully address the threats our school districts face moving forward. An unprecedented educational catastrophe is looming and will jeopardize our children’s future success, and thus the success of our country ...