Letter: Energy efficiency for natural gas

To The Editor, Natural gas has numerous benefits in Pennsylvania — it’s plentiful, incredibly efficient, and provides cost-savings to consumers. But there is one advantage that doesn’t garner much media attention: Natural gas is environmentally friendly. In fact, natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, and the industry continues to develop more innovative ways to reduce...

Op/Ed: Seize the day on gun reform

By Kristine Howard, State Representative, 167th District Kristine Howard I have thought for many days about what to say about the latest incidents of mass shootings. I have expressed my sadness in a previous social media post about a prior incident. Saying the same thing again seems as pointless as thoughts and prayers. This is a complex topic, with different causes requiring different solutions. There...

Some common sense legislation could reduce gun violence, but don’t hold your breath

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, here we are again. Another (well, two, actually) mass shooting with dozens dead. And yes, there are some ancillary issues, such as a growing White Nationalist movement inspired by the most racist president since Andrew Johnson (which is saying something if you think about Woodrow Wilson) — and while that whole issue, revealing a growing racist streak in the...

Rep. Houlahan: It’s time to start the impeachment inquiry

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times You may or may not have heard much about the testimony of former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller this past week before Congress. While many in the media seem fixated on the optics — Mueller wasn’t showy, and demurred on answering a number of questions — for those who paid attention (and read his 400-page plus report), it is increasingly evident...

Sunday Quiz: Are you a damn, dirty Socialist?

Created by the Crack Quiz Team at The Times of Chester County (Pa.), Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction without express, written permission. In order to help the right thinking citizens of Chester County, we wanted to offer this helpful quiz to find out if you are a victim of creeping socialism or a good upstanding American Capitalist. For each “Yes,” give yourself one point....

Trump’s new move on Cuba is idiotic

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Havana, Cuba, 2018 near El Malecon John Bolton is full of crap. And his boss, Donald J. Trump, is in the words of a friend of a friend on Facebook, is a “DoucheCanoe.” This week, the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. government would again tighten and restrict commercial and travel to Cuba. Bolton, a hard-line lunatic who helped get us into pointless...

Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

Spare me the ‘outrage’ on Sims’ abortion comments

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So there it was, the screaming email this morning from someone named Marian Casillas declaring “Bully Brian Sims must RESIGN!” Sims is a state legislator from Philly who got a little over the top when calling out anti-abortion protestors (they are decidedly not pro-life when they want to cut food stamps, slash health care, and fight against gun safety) they just...

Sunday Punch: Shut down Mariner East II, for good

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Would you allow a five-year-old to run amuck in your neighborhood with a grenade? I’d like to think not, as the odds of it ending well are pretty small. So, allowing Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners, a corporation who acts nearly as responsibly as a five-year-old, to continue building a pipeline across Chester County, near homes, schools and retirement communities...

Sunday Punch: Did some local Democrats sell us out on the Pipeline?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Minus a gallbladder and feeling moderately human for the first time since before the Super Bowl, in the first Sunday Punch of April, we look at lots of fun stuff: wind turbine cancer, jumping to conclusions, how we all hate social media but can’t quit it and of course, the impressive ability of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We’ll start with...