Op/Ed: The struggles I faced throughout my life have made me the strong, driven, hard-working woman I am today

By Amber Little Turner, Candidate, Chester County Recorder of Deeds Amber Little Turner By the time I was 16 years old, I had been a ward of the state, homeless, lived in countless foster homes, and was a teenage mother. I felt like my life was completely over and my future prospects dismal. However, my mother always reminded me that women especially must be strong and persevere no matter the circumstances. My...

Op/Ed: Preserve law and order in Chester County with Michael Noone

By Christopher P. Gerber, Esq., Special To The Times Christopher P. Gerber The election of Chester County’s next District Attorney will be upon us in less than a month. Voters will have to decide which candidate is best qualified to lead the county’s chief law enforcement agency that is charged with the vital responsibility of keeping the public safe from dangerous criminals and the proliferation...

Letter: Energize PA is an oxymoron

To The Editor, Energize PA, an oxymoron: Are we really serious about combating Climate Change? Why would a bill be introduced that would perpetuate the use of fossil fuels? That’s exactly what we would be doing if the Energize PA package of bills (HB 1100) is passed by providing an $800 billion per project tax credit subsidy for any petro-chemical building project in PA for the next 30 years. It...

Op from the Ed: GOP, Insurance industry causing move toward single-payer

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Do no harm. That is the first precept of modern medical care. This doesn’t mean standing there while someone is bleeding out, of course, which is the current state of American health care. I was happy to give Guy Ciarrocchi, the president of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, his say last week about not expanding government’s role in health...

Letter: Time to move Pa. toward clean energy jobs

To The Editor, The quest for Climate Change action has reached critical mass with the Global Climate Strike which took place last week.  We can’t depend on the federal government to protect our environment; let’s turn to our own state to start moving away from fossil fuels. By supporting clean energy jobs now while cutting pollution, we can empower workers in the fossil fuel industry to be part...

Op/Ed: The importance of a good deed

By Chris Pielli, Special to The Times Chris Pielli Why do people run for political office?  Ideally, it should be to serve the public and put the public’s interest above all other interests, including your own.   I think of Sophocles’ famous quote –“To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.”  I have always tried to keep this in mind.  As a veteran, I have served my country....

Op/Ed: Government run healthcare won’t improve care and won’t save money

By Guy Ciarrocchi, President & CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry Guy Ciarrocchi Healthcare for the overwhelming majority of Americans is very good.  However, some costs are too high and for some healthcare is not accessible. So, this is the challenge for thoughtful policy-makers.  The question is how to make good healthcare accessible to everyone.  The answer must...

D.C. pols may have big impact on local 2019 election

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Today at 4 p.m., in Washington, D.C., there will be a meeting that may well decide the fate of the county elections in Chester County — not to mention thousands of similar elections nationwide. The Democratic House Caucus will meet this afternoon to decide whether of not to move for a formal Impeachment Inquiry of Donald Trump. How that meeting goes will have a giant...

Today, we are all an imaginary cow

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Somewhere out there is an imaginary digital cow being sued by a sitting member of Congress and he/she/it is fighting to keep our First Amendment rights, well, rights. @devincow is one of a number of Twitter accounts that exist to mock U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Cal.), the former head of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. To be sure, few in American politics deserve...

In defense of a good man who made a mistake: Bill Scott

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times There are things that make you shake your head, others that prompt a facepalm and a last category that leaves you saying “what the hell?” or words to that effect. Put the idiocy going on in West Chester right now in the latter category. For those of you who missed it, long-time Borough Council Member Bill Scott used the word “negro” in a discussion with an...