Opinion

Letter: Thank you CFL

As both a Chadds Ford resident and a business owner in Washington State, I rely on Chadds Ford Live as my most important source of local news. No matter where I am, your online format keeps me "in the know" on the local arts scene and its international ramifications, historic preservation and conservation, tourist attractions and events, school activities, business, ...

 
 

Letter: Maybe close Creek Road

I've had a thought that's been on my mind from when I was chair of our first Chadds Ford Open Space Committee a while ago. During the Dad Vail, Stokesbury, and other regattas on the Schuykill River, Kelly Drive is completely closed all day long, usually from 5 am to 6 pm, to all traffic so spectators and crews can access the river bank; Media, then West Chester, ...

 

Musings: Cooler heads needed

People are going nuts on social and mainstream media alike regarding the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Everybody’s talking about abortion, but not many say anything other than letting out an emotional scream or cheer. That’s understandable since there’s nothing objective about how the argument is phrased and its emotional volatility. “Pro-choice v. ...

 

Letter: U-CF keeping secrets

Does it trouble you that the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board and administration are helping children keep secrets from their parents? Multiple staff emails have said that middle school students are encouraged to explore their gender identity and sexuality. However, not only have parents not been notified but there is documentation showing efforts have been made ...

 

Letter: Hellrung’s reasoning a mystery

On Monday, Feb. 28, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board voted 7-1 to change the district’s Health and Safety Plan to make, among other things, masks optional. The only vote against it came from the board President, Jeff Hellrung. Why did Mr. Hellrung vote against the new Health and Safety Plan? Reaching out to Mr. Hellrung to understand his concerns has not ...

 

Musings: PTSD for everyone

PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — is an equal opportunity tormenter. Even what might be termed a mild case still torments. Everyone is neurotic, but that’s because our parents were neurotic. But each generation continues the process. It’s part of the human condition. Then you add on some extra trauma. My add-on PTSD is called survivor’s guilt. I spent 16 months ...

 

Op/Ed: Above the law

On Dec. 10, 2021, in Corman v. Beam, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared that the mandatory mask order issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health was void ab initio, meaning it was unenforceable from the moment it was issued in August 2021. In so holding, the court determined that the department did not have the legal authority to mandate masking in public ...

 

Op/Ed: State violations

Elected officials in Pennsylvania start their terms by taking an oath of office wherein they pledge to uphold, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth. This is important because these documents set the boundaries for elected officials. Unfortunately, once elected officials take their hands off their bibles, many ...

 

Op/Ed: Joy or fear

With the state’s mask mandate overturned and Omicron subsiding soon, the Unionville community is at a crossroads. We have an opportunity to do a great thing, the right thing, for the children. As a previous op-ed writer opined, it is indeed a time for choosing. We can choose to embrace joy, laughter, smiles, and the emotional health of our children. We can choose to ...

 

Op/Ed: A time for choosing

Before SARS-CoV-2 invaded America, Unionville existed in a sort of Lake Wobegon-like bubble.  Political differences among neighbors did not matter to many of us because, frankly, life was pretty good the way it was. However, over the last two years, that façade has crumbled as adults who should know better continue to shamelessly rip innocence and rites of passage ...

 

Musings: School boards and parents

It's been a tough year for school boards around the country. But it's been tougher on parents with school-aged children. Parents in states across the country have expressed anger at mask mandates, at Critical Race Theory being pushed into the curriculum, and for including and, in some cases promoting LGBTQ life. Granted, many of those reports are from conservative ...