Abortion ban makes no religious, moral or political sense

Rushing through SB3 is a suicide play for Pa. GOP By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times On a very special Monday edition of “Why Your State Legislature Sucks,” let me chat with you for a moment about state Senate Bill 3. With the myriad of problems facing our commonwealth, it is this bill, which addresses exactly none of them, that will likely dominate headlines this week and beyond in Pennsylvania. With...

Silence equals assent

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times And so it begins. President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order halting border crossings from seven Muslim-majority nations as new “extreme vetting” procedures are being put in place. The fact that not one terrorist attack in the U.S. has come from folks from those nations, seems less germane than a rush to do something, anything — despite no credible threat,...

Letter: Costello must reveal stance on Executive Order

To The Editor, In a Facebook post following the attacks in Paris in November of 2015, Congressman Ryan Costello said that we must “prioritize the resettlement of oppressed religious minorities” when considering refugees being admitted into the United States. Although this statement is rather callous considering groups such as ISIL do not discriminate when it comes to their ravage killings,...

Op/Ed: It’s all in the planning

By Michelle Kichline, Chair, Chester County Commissioners   Michelle Kichline Chester County is widely known as a beautiful and happy corner of Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, we are considered the fourth happiest county in America.  Ours is one of the best counties in which to live, work, and raise a family, and it falls upon our local government to maintain the high quality of life that...

Letter: Health coverage a necessity for all

To the Editor: In his first day of office, President Trump has already begun to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. As a citizen, a resident of southern Chester County, and a leader of a non-profit providing health care to the underserved, I must speak out on the critical role that having health insurance plays in the success of individuals, families, and communities.  I’d like to first speak...

Op/Ed: Volunteering to cuddle needy newborns

Drug-addicted babies need volunteers By Susan Rzucidlo, Special To The Times I confess, I typically read two newspapers a day as well as online papers and other news sites and listen to news radio. Occasionally, I share what I read on social media. Last week I shared a story on my Facebook page from The Philadelphia Inquirer about volunteer cuddlers, who hold and help newborns who are, in most...

Letter: HES mom tells her side of PTO rift

To The Editor, Editor’s Note: due to a legal demand, we are forced to pull this letter from publication. We disagree, and would prefer a free, open and frank exchange of ideas. But, the legal burden of defending such a case in court is prohibitive.    Send article as PDF   

Letter: The Times, citizens need to be vigilant

To The Editor, I am writing to encourage The Times of Chester County to remain an independent news organization that fact-checks statements made by all politicians (particularly the president-elect) and exposes false statements clearly while reporting on any issue. The president-elect has consistently derogated news sources that disagree with him or his positions. However, our success as a democracy...

Was BuzzFeed right to publish alleged Trump dossier?

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times If those allegations weren’t news before January 10, they sure are now. The post that contains the download to the full 35-page version of the allegations was viewed over 5,000,000 times in its first 3 days online.  (The 2-page executive summary has not been posted.) Here is Buzzfeed’s self-justification: “BuzzFeed News is publishing the...

Letter: Rock’s statements unfair and inaccurate

To The Editor, As President of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District School Board, I am compelled to respond to the inaccurate and unfair characterizations made by School Board Member Dr. Rock, who resigned this week.  Upon resigning Dr. Rock shared with the Board a letter outlining his concerns. I am troubled by and disappointed in Dr. Rock’s statements, as he is still refusing to share...