Ready for a new round of ‘hire a judge?’

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Every U.S. Supreme Court session offers fresh evidence of confirmation bias, the human tendency to process information in a way that conforms to our prior beliefs. The Justices know why they are there: it’s not for their great legal minds, but because their legal backgrounds served as cover for getting them confirmed by the Senate. Upton Sinclair said:...

Beyond ‘Trump, bad’

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times The June 16 editorial “For GOP candidates the question is: To Trump or not to Trump?” http://chescotimes.com/?p=25893/ makes a lot of good points about this year’s enthusiasm gap between the two major parties (see also the recent Pew poll http://www.people- press.org/2018/06/20/voters-more-focused-on-control-of-congress-and-the-president-than-in-past-midterms/)...

Will 2018 be the year of woman in Chester County politics?

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times In the Chester County Democratic primary election, the winners for U.S. Senator and Governor were (unopposed) men, but women for US House PA-06 (also unopposed) and Lt. Governor (Kathi Cozzone carried Chesco but not PA), so that’s half men and half women Dem winners in Chesco. For PA Senate and House, 3 men and 8 women won Democratic races in districts...

Letter: Better laws could have preventing shootings

To The Editor, The gun control debate has been torturing the US for months now. The shootings at the Waffle House and Parkland could have been prevented by better laws and restrictions on guns. The Bump Stock should just be plain outlawed and ARs should have heavy restrictions.

Costello isn’t going anywhere — at least until November

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Welcome to a very special, bonus St. Patrick’s Day edition of Politics as Unusual — marking a week where an awful lot was, well, unusual. Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have beaten Republican Rick Saccone — the current tally separates the two by less than 700 votes — in a strongly Republican performing district (Donald Trump won there by about 20 points...

Letter: Don’t be fooled, Barrar doesn’t support gun control

To The Editor, In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, we saw the same cycle of reaction from politicians. A lot of thoughts and prayers were offered. Some possible legislation was floated. But no real action was taken. Representative Stephen Barrar of the 160th, however, did take action. He co-sponsored House Bill 1400, which would create universal background...

Andrew announces run for 160th State Rep.

Anton Andrew Anton Andrew announced Wednesday that he will seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives. Andrew will be seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar representing the 160th district, which covers parts of Chester and Delaware Counties. The district includes Kennett Square, Pennsbury, and Pocopson Townships in Chester County, as well as Chadds Ford, Concord,...

Happy New Year! Surf’s up, baby!

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Happy 2018! Who’s got their surfboards ready? Because, yeah, it is becoming increasingly likely that our friends in the Republican Party might not just be facing a wave, but rather a tsunami. But before you rush out and scream “that dirty so-and-so Trump” (as apparently so many West Wing staffers seem to do daily, per Michael Wolff’s controversial new book),...

Russians and Americans

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times Governments and their people are not the same thing. That’s what Americans spending time abroad were saying to French friends in the 1960s, when the US was taking the disastrous step of picking up France’s colonial wars in the former Indochina. And it’s still true today. Let’s hope Europeans, including Russians, realize our government...

An, um, interesting year comes to a close

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times To say that 2017 has been an interesting year is something of an understatement. From that standpoint, it has been one of the most amazing years to be in journalism — a dynamic year with no shortage of compelling stories and subject matter. It has also been one of the most challenging — probably the most challenging year in the 34 years I have been in the business.