Opinion

Op/Ed: Charter school funding same as public schools

Pennsylvania is overdue when it comes to reforming charter school laws. Parents and taxpayers are weary of the untruths that are often purported to prevent any type of charter reform. It’s also worth noting that proponents of charter reform are quickly and often accused of “trying to shut down charters” which is untrue. Advocating for transparency and fiscal ...

 
 

Letter: Re-elect Scottoline as Pennsbury supervisor

Scotty Scottoline is running for re-election as supervisor in Pennsbury Township. During two terms in office, he has demonstrated his commitment to achieving the top goals for the township government expressed by residents in a questionnaire for the 2006 Comprehensive Plan, which Scotty managed while on the Planning Commission from 2003-2006. Most important were the ...

 

Musings: A symptom of war

The rate of veteran suicides is more than disturbing. It’s been reported that 22 United States veterans commit suicide every day. That’s twice the rate of the general population. A group of Pennsylvania state legislators are looking for a solution, but all they will wind up doing, at best, is treating a symptom. In an attempt to find “a legislative solution” to those ...

 

Letter: It’s about integrity

In a recent news article regarding the theft of my campaign signs by former Kennett Supervisor Michael Elling, a well-known supporter of my opponent Hunter Tower. However, this article includes the following quote from Mr. Tower’s official response to the incident that I found profoundly unsettling and disingenuous: “It has come to our attention that someone has ...

 

Musings: Politics and pot

The Pennsylvania Legislature has an opportunity to do the right thing, the re-legalization of marijuana. Yes, re-legalize. Remember, it wasn’t always illegal to grow, sell or use the plant. But the legislature is made up of politicians. So, what are the odds that they actually do the right thing and for the right reason? It’s long past time to re-legalize cannabis ...

 

Op/ed: Funding essential for community health centers

Health care is a top issue on voter’s minds and with good reason. Everyone seems to have a story about how difficult it is to see a doctor, fill a prescription, or access affordable care. Congress is debating a lot of fixes, but one solution they should focus on has already been making a difference for more than 50 years: community health centers. Health centers care ...

 

Letter: Support Cardamone

I am writing to ask readers to support Andrea Cardamone for judge of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas on election day, Nov. 5. Andrea is one of only two candidates in the race (along with Charles Gaza) who was rated “Qualified” by the Chester County Bar Association. She is the only candidate in the race endorsed by all three major law enforcement ...

 

Op/Ed: Gerrymandering isn’t cheating

Gerrymandering isn’t cheating. Pennsylvania law says so. Gerrymandering isn’t unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court says so. Gerrymandering means voting district maps are drawn so that the party in power gets more seats in the legislature than the number of votes would justify.  And they draw as many “safe districts” as they can. Districts are “safe” if the party ...

 

Op/Ed: Red Flag laws needed

The numbers are beyond horrific. Every day in the United States 100 people are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. Nearly two-thirds of all yearly gun deaths in this country are suicides, including over 1,000 children and teens. In Pennsylvania gun violence claims over 1,500 lives every year, with gun suicides comprising 63 percent of firearm ...

 

Letter: Violence a public health crisis

Last weekend I joined nearly 2,000 of my fellow Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action volunteer leaders in Washington, D.C., to learn more about how to prevent gun violence in our communities. We were together when we heard about the tragedy in El Paso and woke up to the news in Dayton. We should all be free to live without the fear ...

 

Op/Ed: Denounce Trump’s words

When Donald Trump tells four U.S. congresswomen of color to “go back to where they came from,” it feels personal. It was the same thing I heard as a 10-year old facing  a schoolyard bully after my parents moved to this country to escape political instability, violence and economic insecurity. As adults, it is the duty of every one of us to stand up, speak out and ...