Opinion

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 ...

 

Op/Ed: Civility around the holiday table

We’ve all been there: You hear that relative make a comment – insensitive, political, take your pick – and your blood pressure rises, a response builds in your mouth, it takes everything to not react. This remains an unfortunate issue many Americans face, especially around the Holiday Season. As we gather around our respective tables there will almost undoubtedly be ...

 

Musings: Resiliency of the Youngs

One couldn’t blame Anthony and Katie Young if they wanted to repeal 2020 and 2021. But, unfortunately, those two years haven’t been kind to them. Granted, the last two years haven’t been pleasant for most people, but the Youngs could be considered the poster children for Murphy’s famous law that if anything can go wrong, it will. But they can also be the poster ...

 

Letter: Hoffman’s false accusation

My opponent, Whitney Hoffman, has accused me of making misogynistic comments. “Misogynist” means “women hater.” She should be ashamed of herself. In my campaign for Kennett Township supervisor, I have avoided all personal attacks on her, concentrating only on her lack of accomplishment and her inadequate performance. This is not the first time that my opponent has ...