A tragic loss hits Chester County’s political world

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Just days after their biggest win in more than a century, Chester County’s Democrats are now grieving one of the biggest losses — a life ended far too soon. Adam Swope, 38, who served as County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone’s Administrative Analyst and myriad other roles with the county party died Saturday afternoon in a fiery crash at the intersection of U.S....

Tuesday’s election results were not all about Trump

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Not to mince words, but Tuesday was a bit of a stunner. With the county’s Democrats sweeping the county row office races and making pickups in virtually every category from township supervisor to District Justice, it is clear that Chester County is no longer a one-party county. And yes, to be sure, it was a bit of a referendum on President Donald Trump, as we...

Op/Ed: Remembering and honoring those who serve and sacrifice

By Tom Wolf, Governor, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf welcomes National Guard members returning home from duty in Kuwait last month. On sunny Saturday afternoon last month, a military aircraft carrying returning servicemen and women approached the runway at Harrisburg International Airport, and families – parents, spouses, siblings, and children dressed in red, white and blue – raised handmade...

Op/Ed: Vote No on Tuesday

By Lisa Longo, Member, the Phoenixville School Board and Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times We urge voters to vote NO on the ballot question on the back of Tuesday’s ballot.  Why? Well, generally tax reform is a good thing, but in this case, it might not be. So when you hear the word “reform,” it’s time to ask questions… and there are quite a few we need to ask. The PA constitution...

Editorial: No excuse not to vote this Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, you may note some schools are closed and some local, state and federal offices are closed. There’s a heck of a good reason: it’s Election Day. But it’s an Election Day too many people sit out — for too many reasons, most of which really don’t hold water. Tuesday’s elections will shape your local municipal government, your local board of education and county government,...

Letter: On Borough Council, an apology is in order

To The Editor, The following is an open letter to my colleagues on the Kennett Square Borough Council: Dear Doug, Jamie and Geoff, On January 4th, 2016, all four of us voted to appoint LaToya Myers to an open seat on Borough Council. Since then, she has served with distinction, especially on the Finance and Chief of Police Search Committees, where we have seen her fight hard for...

Getting more difficult to stand for hypocracy

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Okay, apparently the Pennsylvania Republican Party can’t stand for judge candidates who support peaceful protest, but can stand for gerrymandering. This week the state GOP sent out a mailer attacking Democratic judicial candidates saying “Vote for Judges who share our values and stand for the flag.” Then days later, the state GOP sought a stay on federal...

Letter: Iacocca puts needs of community over personal ambition

To The Editor, There are three things, in my opinion, that make Al Iacocca a stand-out person to be Magisterial District Judge – his law and court experience of course, his remarkable civic outreach in our community, and his temperament. Al has had not only a long standing and ongoing experience as a criminal and civil lawyer for years in our area doing all of the court representations for his...

Letter: Iacocca offers best mix of experience, training for District Justice

To The Editor, Of the two candidates for magisterial district judge in November, sitting in Kennett Square, Al Iacocca is the better qualified by reason of training and previous service. The Magisterial District Courts deal with the myriad small stuff:  traffic violations, minor crime, tenant-landlord disputes, and small claims.  The successful judge will have the confidence of all who come before...

Letter: Council members offer support for Maffei, Waterkotte, Deveney and Caldwell

To The Editor, Election Day is fast approaching on Tuesday November 7th, and we would encourage you all to exercise your constitutional right to vote! This is an important election within the Borough of Kennett Square as four of the seven seats on Borough Council will be decided. Quite frankly we think it is safe to say that the future direction of the Borough is at stake with this election. We...