Opinion

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 ...

 

Letter: Trader Joe’s appreciated

When I read about Pizzas by Elizabeth in Greenville, Del., offering “Sonshine Surprise” pizza parties to deserving people, I immediately thought of nominating Trader Joe's Manager, Pat Ford, and his amazing crew at the Wilmington store. I have been going to this store since it's opening and my mother & I briefly visited together just before she was taken by ...

 

Letter: Integrity in the process

The voting process has integrity. If you don’t believe it, sign up to work the polls. Carefully counting ballots takes time and we all must respect and thank the many poll workers who don’t make much money and have to work grueling hours to serve our democratic republic. It is utterly hurtful and anti-American to cry election fraud with no evidence. It is appalling ...

 

Musings: Prohibition vs Liberty

Prohibitionists are losing their decades-long fight to lock people up for ingesting or inhaling certain substances, substances that make no money for big pharma. Specifically, cannabis and psilocybin — marijuana and magic mushrooms. In the Nov. 3 general election, voters in four states — New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana — said yes to adult use of ...

 

Op/Ed: Bitter sweet at CCAA

As the Chester County Art Association's executive director, it has been my great pleasure to guide this amazing organization. Founded in 1931 by a group of art leaders — including N.C. Wyeth — the art center has been located near downtown West Chester since 1952. Tens of thousands of former students have happy memories of summer art camps and fabled dance classes, ...

 

Musings: Fighting back

Some people don't let fear get in the way. Not fear of a virus and not fear of a $10,000 fine. At least that's the attitude of a restauranteur in Palmyra, Pa., in the Lebanon Valley near Hershey. As reported by DISRN.com, Mike Mangano, the owner of a Taste of Sicily, told Gov. Tom Wolf in May where to get off. The state ordered Mangano to remain closed after the ...

 

Op/Ed: Nonprofits are imperative

I’ve worked for more than five years in the nonprofit sector after 30 years on the for-profit side. I’ve been honored to lead Chester County Art Association for the past four-plus years, leveraging my fine arts background and corporate experience to help grow and expand our mission. A crisis can be described as a balance of fear and opportunity. The pandemic presents ...