Opinion

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 ...

 

Letter: Crebilly oral argument to be heard in Pittsburgh

For those who have not already heard, the next court date for oral argument has been changed to Monday, May 6th at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh.  Yes, Pittsburgh. The decision to move the court date from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh was appealed by Westtown Township solicitor, Patrick McKenna, and sadly denied, leaving no other alternative.  It seems Philadelphia, Harrisburg ...

 

Musing: What gives at UHS?

Reporters can be a suspicious lot. And we should be, especially when it comes to politicians and government entities. And make no mistake, public schools are government entities. School board members are politicians, they hold elected office and levy taxes. A school district superintendent is appointed by those politicians and is, therefore, a political appointee. ...

 

Op/ed: A village for a richer community

As a lifelong Chadds Ford resident now raising my family with my husband here, I agree wholeheartedly that it is time to grow the village. I have been following all the commentary regarding the village, and I wish for the entire picture to be in view – past, present, and future. Not only am I a lifetime resident, but I'm also involved on the development side as well. ...

 

Musings: Grow the Village

Yes, it’s time to grow the village area of Chadds Ford. The little sliver of the township referred to as the village really doesn’t qualify. There are a handful of single-family homes along Creek Road. There are four restaurants, a gas station, a museum and a post office in the area, but not a whole lot more. Even the Barn Shops are not much more of a skeleton of ...

 

Op/Ed: The case for change in CF Village

Chadds Ford Township is an important gateway to the Brandywine Valley and is renowned for its cultural and historical heritage. For many years, Chadds Ford Village served as a focal point for commerce, housing, and tourism but that position has steadily declined, to the point that the future of the Village is now in question. In the past 10 years, numerous studies ...

 

Letter: A sketch is not a formal plan

I want to thank Mary Tipping and Carolyn Daniels for their recent comments posted in Chadds Ford Live concerning the October Planning Commission meeting. Let me try to put a few of your concerns to rest. As the article makes clear, what was proposed to the Planning Commission was a “sketch plan” idea for Chadds Ford Village. A sketch plan is basically an idea drawn ...

 

Letter: Stop for school buses

Our daughter is in first grade and the bus stops at our house on Creek Road to pick her up and drop her off. Mostly, drivers have obeyed the bus signals but we have had a few incidents where they didn’t and an accident could have easily occurred. Yesterday was one of those unfortunate times. As the bus was coming to a stop to pick up my daughter, a driver on the ...