Opinion

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 ...

 

Letter: Killion stands out

The current political environment is toxic. We are rightfully tired of politicians. However, State Sen. Tom Killion stands out as an atypical public servant, an outstanding individual who cares deeply about his constituents. Sen. Killion is down to earth, a great family person who gets things done in a bipartisan manner. Tom played a key role in getting the PA Senate ...

 

Op/Ed: Questioning Westtown on Crebilly hearing

Well, some of us were able to attend Monday night's hearing, virtually, via the Zoom platform. Once logged on, I am pleased to say, zoom worked very well. It seems the township capped the meeting at one hundred attendees, including callers, leaving MANY left out. Who made this decision and why? I do not know. A specific number of up to 300 virtual attendees was ...

 

Op/Ed: When Democracy Fails

Democracy fails when the few are permitted to hijack the concerns of the many. When elections become referendums on personalities and political parties are used as weapons against advocates and activists. When any party becomes a tactical weapon for special interest, it loses all ability to speak for or to, the people. We are at a pivotal point. We see the ...

 

Letter: Onerous requirement in ordinance

With reference to the proposed Chadds Ford Township "Good Neighbor Ordnance," we would like to raise an issue with the requirement to maintain "extreme vegetation" below 10 inches in height within 25 feet of the property line. We consider this requirement to be both onerous and unnecessary since it removes a significant portion of the natural habitat of a property. ...

 

Op/Ed: ChesCo ready for yellow on June 4

How and when do we relax restrictions in Chester County in light of COVID-19?  This is a question that drives us constantly, and that is the foundation for our daily (and often nightly) meetings and conversations. We continue to seek the answer to this question in our talks with regional partners, the governor’s office, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and ...

 

Op/Ed: ChesCo staying closed

Before I became a Chester County commissioner, I was a small business owner.  My businesses ranged from retail to trucking, truck service to cosmetics, the import and export of mobile kiosks, to developing real estate.  I am very passionate about economic development, about the important contributions that small businesses make to our economy, and am privileged to ...

 

Musings: Safe, sane and solvent

How do people stay safe, sane and solvent in a world that has seemingly turned upside down? How can people make their own best choices for their own lives and that of their family members? It's not easy when everyone looks to some level of government for the answers. Getting into the weeds of the pandemic is best left to medical personnel first and politicians last — ...

 

Op/Ed: Environment, economy & COVID-19

The effects of COVID-19 dramatically emphasize the urgent need to address climate change in Pennsylvania, both to protect our environment and to rebuild our battered economy. While it feels like this crisis came out of nowhere, environmentalists have been warning us for years that global pandemics will increase in frequency and severity as long as humans keep ...

 

Op/Ed: Gratitude to the postal workers

There are so many front line heroes in the war against the Covid-19 virus and they all deserve our undying gratitude however, there is one group in the front lines that I have not heard much about. That group are the workers of the U.S. Postal System and in particular the staff at the Chadds Ford Post Office. They are always there for us. Delivering daily mail to our ...