As the Big Lie unravels, the PA GOP looks pretty bad

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa We might just be at a tipping point when it comes to The Big Lie. Never mind the facts that Donald Trump lost the national race by somewhere around seven million votes and lost a solid margin in the Electoral College. And forget for a second, that Trump lost Pennsylvania to Joe Biden by about 80,000 votes in an election that has had multiple checks and...

Rage machine wants to use ‘CRT’ to whitewash local, national history

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting for the Downingtown Area School District was a bit different than usual — the Fox News-driven Critical Race Theory (CRT) had parents with varying positions expressing their opinion deep into the evening. The problem is this: in Downingtown and every other school district in Chester County, not one teacher...

Letter: RGGI- It’s not too late

To The Editor, Climate change is one of the greatest threats we face.  We‘re already seeing the effects here in Pennsylvania, like stronger storms and more flooding.  I personally have seen severe flooding in the Upper East Branch Brandywine Creek last year, when fifty refrigerator-size Styrofoam blocks floated down the creek from a go-kart track, and again last month when the blocks had to be...

Mastriano’s ‘fraudit’ attempt is nothing more than an expensive embarrassment

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa State Sen. Doug Mastriano is a lot of things. An honest elected official trying to protect the vote is not one of them, however. As proven by his stunt this week to “audit” three counties, Tioga, York and Philadelphia Mastriano is trying to claim there was some sort of voter fraud in 2020 that caused Joe Biden to win Pennsylvania in the presidential...

Op/Ed: Defunding public schools is the goal

By Lisa Longo, Special To The Times Lisa Longo I’ve been following the hysteria being created by right-wing media over “Critical Race Theory” and how it has now devolved into the Republican Party calling for an army of the uninformed, or misinformed, to show up at school board meetings to protest a curriculum that doesn’t exist. Now they have told people that “CRT,” as it is being called,...

Op/Ed: More progress needed From a Delaware Valley neighbor powering our lives

By Danielle Friel Otten, Special To The Times State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten When summer heat waves hit, you want to know that the power for your air conditioning will be there when you need it. The folks in charge of making that happen — for us in Chester County and for households as far away as Illinois and North Carolina — work right nearby at PJM Interconnection, headquartered in Valley...

3 Chesco legislators embarrass themselves — and us — on anti-abortion bill vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Just when you think our “great” legislature can’t get worse, it has a “here, hold my beer” moment. Such as with HB 118, one of the most ignorant, hateful and useless pieces of legislation ever passed by any political body in history. Yes, it will be vetoed and purged by Gov. Tom Wolf.  But it should never have been introduced. It should never...

Letter: Race for Peace seeks to bridge gap between police and the community

To The Editor, Race for Peace Committee has made connections in Chester County including Chester County Commissioners, Tredyffrin Township Police Department along with Board of Supervisors. The Race for Peace Committee is a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Formed in 2016 to enrich the lives of residents in all communities through programs, resources and activities for the family, to reach an understanding...

Op/Ed: On Memorial Day, A Beer For Billy

By Walt Herbert, Special to The Times When Memorial Day comes I think about Billy Rountree, the star center fielder on my high school baseball team who was destroyed in Vietnam. Two of my teammates were killed in Vietnam; Billy had worse luck coming home. When the team got together in later years, we would raise a ceremonial glass and say “A Beer for Billy.” The Rountrees were a decent and devout...

Extreme Pa. GOP mapping its own demise

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa You’ve probably heard about the old story about the dog who finally caught the car — and didn’t know what to do with it. In Pennsylvania, of late, assume legislative Republicans are the dog grabbing the rear bumper, but one who doesn’t see the reverse lights suddenly turn on. They’ve already moved to take emergency declaration power away from...