Opinion

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 ...

 

Musings: The surreal and the satisfying

It's been a week, but the joy, pleasure and reflection remain. Joy and pleasure aren't things normally associated with fans of Philadelphia sports teams. I'm a native Philadelphian who grew up rooting for the Phillies, Eagles and the Warriors before they moved to San Francisco, so I speak from experience. Being a life-long Philadelphia sports fan hasn't always been ...

 

Op/Ed: The wrong people are in jail

If your child or spouse or parent had a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability, would you want them in jail or somewhere that could help them get better? County jails and taxpayers dollars are increasingly being used to detain pre-trial offenders and house inmates who suffer from such issues; the majority of which do not pose a public safety risk. ...

 

Op/ed: Keeping Crebilly

I enjoyed some thoughtful reflection the other night, as I drove home by way of my favorite country back roads. Naturally, I had to pass Crebilly Farm. It made me smile to see her trees and hills in peaceful slumber, covered by a blanket of glowing moonlight and snow. Choosing the roads less traveled whenever possible, I moved on to route 100 and gingerly wound my ...

 

Letter: Support end to gerrymandering

“It’s just politics as usual,” judges in Philadelphia federal court ruled on Jan. 10 when declining to hear a lawsuit alleging extreme partisan gerrymandering created unconstitutional Pennsylvania congressional districts. We need the judicial and legislative branches to develop much needed electoral map limits. Our highest courts and most thoughtful legislators are ...

 

Letter: Board did it the right way

First, I want to thank Chadds Ford Live for their coverage of Township meetings and events. The vast majority of the articles are informative, fair, and accurate. However, as in any endeavor, sometimes there are missteps and I believe the recent article about the Board of Supervisors' approval of the development plans for the final leg of the Loop Road project ...

 

Letter: Congress must act for DREAMers

This week, Congress voted on an important issue that will have serious implications for all Americans: tax reform. Headlines on the pros and cons of the GOP tax plan abounded, and the issue was top of mind for many of us across the nation. Yet the same cannot be said for the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers whose lives and futures are still on the line after ...

 

Letter: Three reasons for Iacocca

There are three things that make Al Iacocca a stand-out person to be magisterial district judge: his law and court experience, his remarkable civic outreach in our community and his temperament. Al has had not only a long-standing and ongoing experience as a criminal and civil lawyer for years doing all of the court representations for his clients that this entails, ...

 

Op/ed: Chadds Ford should oppose gerrymandering

I lived in Manhattan, in the 1970s. The Democratic Party ran the town and elections were decided in the primaries That’s when I learned about “gerrymandering.” New Yorkers knew that voting district lines were drawn to favor certain groups and candidates. It was unfair, but I didn’t know what I could do. Fast-forward to now. For the past five years, I’ve lived here in ...

 

Letter: Vote to support open space

Chester County’s unspoiled scenic landscapes are priceless. But as you drive around Chester County these days, you can’t miss the bulldozers, flattened brown earth and construction equipment in fields that were previously open and green or full of thriving crops. The dwindling open scenic landscapes we all enjoy are under threat as pressure from developers steadily ...