Opinion

Letter: Longwood catches flak

I’m compelled to write to all taxpayers in Kennett Township to correct a dangerous misimpression concerning the recent tax levied by the supervisors for public safety. The Longwood Fire Company does not receive a penny of additional funding from the new public safety tax. We actually receive less money from Kennett Township since the forming of the regional Fire/EMS ...

 
 

Letter: A vote for Spahr

Someone recently asked me what the difference was between the two democratic candidates running the 160th Legislative District.  For me, it comes down to one thing: the candidate. They’re both Democrats.  They’re both essentially fighting for the same things. What makes them different is how they have approached an issue that is important to me. I’m an advocate for ...

 

Letter: Democrats better than Barrar

For the first time in my 32 years as a registered Democratic voter in Pennsylvania, we have a contested primary for a PA state legislator. Two candidates to choose from, both are light-years ahead of the current representative, Steve Barrar. Both candidates embrace similar stances on all the issues I feel are most pertinent to elevating this state out of the dark ...

 

Letter: Voting for Spahr

I base my decision on who I’m going to vote for by getting answers to three simple things: 1) Does the candidate’s actions match his/her words?  2) Is the candidate qualified to make decisions that will benefit his/her constituents? 3) Is the candidate looking out for not only present-day constituents but for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?  I ...

 

Op/ed: Committee guts anti-gerrymandering bill

Gerrymandering has perverted our democracy in Pennsylvania for too long. Legislators draw their own voting districts. Maps are drawn so that the politicians pick their voters, instead of voters picking their politicians. These gerrymandered maps determine who votes for our state legislators, and our U.S. Congress. If the maps pre-determine the winners of our ...

 

Letter: Give Barrar the boot

On April 11, state Rep. Steve Barrar voted, in an impromptu State Government Committee meeting, to gut HB722, the redistricting reform legislation. The core and strength of this legislation to ensure true reform is the formation of an independent commission to redraw district boundaries. What Barrar voted on was committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe’s amendment that ...

 

Op/Ed: We should protect children

The statistics about child sexual abuse are alarming. In the United States alone, one in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18, making this one of the most prevalent health problems children face, with the most serious array of consequences. Child sexual abuse survivors are three to four times more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and twice as ...

 

Letter: Barrar silences the people

This past week, our current state Rep. Stephen Barrar voted to silence our voices. Stephen Barrar voted to pick his constituents rather than let the constituents pick their representative. This is not a new strategy to remain in power. This strategy started long ago and is most glaringly evident by Pennsylvania’s old 7th Legislative District map. In 2011, when ...

 

Letter: School board and spending

Spring is here, the grass is growing and so is the UCFDS budget. A perpetual and persistent cycle of finding more ways to spend your green. Chrome books for every student (grades 6-12) topping $1.5 million yet parents lament the district’s purchase and elite tier college professors are banning laptops in class since they do not foster learning. Logic would dictate if ...

 

Letter: Barrar, et al are the reason

In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, we saw the same cycle of reaction from politicians. A lot of thoughts and prayers were offered. Some possible legislation was floated. But no real action was taken. State Rep. Stephen Barrar of the 160th, however, did take action. He co-sponsored House Bill 1400, which would create universal ...

 

Op/Ed: Addressing gender inequality

Week after week, we are met with more stories of sexual harassment; reports of women who have suffered because of the “power” of predators, but who now have voiced their horrendous experiences because of the courage of women who first shared their stories leading to the strength of the #MeToo movement. One could argue that it was only a matter of time before the ...