Why do some people want you to hate people who are just like your ancestors? 

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa For nearly 200 years, Americans — okay, some Americans — have ranted, attacked and complained about immigrants. As immigration literally helped turn this country from an agrarian backwater to a superpower, it was always foolish. But the recent verbal assaults by the likes of Donald Trump (ironically, the son of an immigrant), aside from being...

Letter: True conservatives believe in democracy and the rule of law

To The  Editor: Beware of people who are oblivious to the obvious. People who lose an election, and believe they won. Not based on evidence. But based on what they “feel.” I am a Conservative. Many Republicans today delude themselves by calling me a RINO (Republican In Name Only). True Conservatives believe in the Constitution, Democracy, and the rule of law. Donald Trump only believes in...

Are you still a Republican? Find out whether these quotes agree with your worldview

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times Still a Republican? Still thinking about what a vote for Trump or any MAGA candidate gets you? Take a little test. See how many of these quotes really represent you. The Supreme Court has made it more and more likely Trump will go in November without an election, so it’s more important than ever to see just what the Republican Party has become. Is it for...

On Stage: KMFDM keeps true to industrial rock roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times KMFDM When the dawn of industrial rock arrived more than three decades ago, KMFDM was there. The industrial scene has gone through many changes over the years. Many bands in the genre have risen, fallen and ceased to exist. Fortunately, KMFDM is not one of them. KMFDM is still here and is making music more powerful than ever. KMFDM have a new...

A journey I never wanted to take

I am going to write of a journey I never wanted to take, a journey with only one end. Maybe, maybe…it will help others who find themselves on this path By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times THIS IS THE beginning of a tale about an ending. I have no idea how long it will go on, or where it will take me. I know the ending but am not able to accept it yet so it is a tale that will write itself...

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...

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...

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...

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...