Alabama IVF ruling is the first step toward autocratic theocracy

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are living children is a cruel blow to women and families, but it’s even worse than that… The decision makes it clear once and for all what the Republican Party of Donald Trump wants – not just an autocracy but an autocratic theocracy. If this decision stands and spreads it will gut the First Amendment. THE...

Letter: Elected officials must act to lower crime and gun violence

To The Editor, The gun violence and crime is still happening persistently throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Especially in our city of Philadelphia. Most people who have resided in Pennsylvania for more than a decade would have the same question about all the unlawful behavior. Why are there still multiple shootings with crime incidents all the time? At the rate this inhumanity is going our...

Don’t waste your time engaging with Trump supporters; take ’em on at the polls

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times After Donald Trump’s latest horrific, anti-democracy, insulting comments, anyone who still supports him is not worth engaging with… But, they are worth taking on at the polls. Trump and his followers have removed any doubt about who they are and what they want, and it’s not a democratic republic. Far from it. WE LIVE IN a time when up is down; the sun rises...

Letter: Casey and Fetterman must protect Medicare Advantage

To The Editor, Living in Chester County, I’ve always admired our community’s dedication to caring for each other. This sense of community is echoed in my experiences with Medicare Advantage. My Medicare Advantage plan has given me access to a quality healthcare plan that supports my unique needs. As a cancer survivor and a grandmother, my health is very important to me. The benefits make...

If SCOTUS follows the Constitution, Trump must be booted from the ballot

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The TimesIf our current U.S. Supreme Court is a functioning court and not a corrupt political arm of whatever the Republican Party is today, there is only one possible ruling on the Colorado decision to keep Trump of 2024 ballots The language of both the Founders in granting states the authority over the managing of elections, and Congress and the states in 1868 when...

Op/Ed: Rapid industrialization is ruining the Chester County rural character

By Kaitlyn Toth, Special to The Times Kaitlyn Toth Growing up, a core memory of mine was walking to elementary school with my siblings and my mom by my side. The luscious green grass, tall corn stalks, and smell of the fresh morning air, it was the highlight of my day. My childhood is flooded with memories of running through open fields, exploring forests, and riding my bike down trail paths. However,...

Op/Ed: Legislators must end funding delay for community colleges

By Marta Yera Cronin, Ed.D., President, Delaware County Community College Marta Yera Cronin Nearly six months into the fiscal year, Delaware County Community College and Pennsylvania’s 14 other community colleges have yet to receive operating funds authorized in July as part of the state’s FY 2023-24 budget. Community colleges are the only public higher education institutions in Pennsylvania still...

Off year election? Hardly. Tuesday’s election really does matter

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times The best way to ensure our democracy survives these troubled times is not to support any candidate running as under the Republican label, given how that party has endorsed MAGA and has as its agenda the dismantling of democracy.  HERE IN MY little corner of the world we are just three days out from the Nov. 7 elections and the end of that day can’t come soon...

Letter: Duanne Scavicchio and the DEI Question

To The Editor, On October 9th, I attended a candidate forum put together by the League of Women Voters and a group of DASD students.  The event was informative, and I commend all the candidates from both parties who participated. During the forum, each candidate was asked their stance on the district’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) programs, including the hiring of a DEI director.  Every...

Election of Johnson as Speaker shows exactly who the GOP is and why you can’t vote for them

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times OCT. 25, 2023. A date that will live in infamy. Seriously. Why? It was the date on which Rep. Michael Johnson, a Louisiana far-right little-known congressman, was elected unanimously by his U.S. House Republican colleagues to be Speaker of the House. I am going to put it right up there will with the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, the adoption of the...