We need to have a real talk about race — and the police

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It was a quiet night in Chester County, last night. Thankfully. But all around America, angry protests — and yes looting, burning and violence — broke out for another night over the police killing of George Floyd, captured on video that literally made it around the world. One of the officers involved was ultimately arrested and charged with third...

Letter: PASD employee deflects budget questions with attacks

To The Editor, Last night during the budget meeting a statement was made by Phoenixville Area School District employee Richard Fazio. Mr. Fazio, in a fashion I can only describe as utterly devoid of professional ethics replied to my questions by personally attacking me. Such an unwarranted attack would never have been permitted while I was on the board. It is yet another clear sign that alleged...

As Chester County moves toward Yellow, let’s all be smart about COVID-19

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa So, on June 5, Chester County moves to Yellow status. Obviously, it is good news. It means some of our businesses will reopen and some of our people will go back to work. In some ways, life will go back to something approaching normal. It appears the county will go to Green status by the end of next month — meaning even more things will open, including...

Letter: Study the candidates and you’ll find Ruggieri is the best for 13th District

To the Editor, 2020 is an election year and I feel safe in writing that it will be unlike any other because of the Covid 19 epidemic. I also feel pretty certain that the election may not be, at this moment, in the forefront of your mind. As you probably know Pennsylvania moved the date of the primary from April 28th to June 2nd. Another reason why this election will be so unique is that Pennsylvania’s...

‘Open’ advocates want to kill your small business

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa This week, three Republican state legislators called on Gov. Tom Wolf to begin to reopen Chester County. To say it was an exercise in political hackery — and moronic — is likely an understatement. And yes, it is being orchestrated by President Donald Trump, whose mishandling of the pandemic cost thousands of lives, millions of jobs and will result...

Op/Ed: Supporting those who care for our loved ones: COVID-19 and the DSP crisis

By Melissa Shusterman, State Representative, 157th District State Rep. Melissa Shusterman Earning low wages and working 12-plus hour days while trying to provide for families and pay bills have always been concerns of direct support professionals. Like most Pennsylvanians working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, DSPs’ stresses are only growing. DSPs provide around-the-clock care for people living...

Op/Ed: Business owner and Commissioner: Weighing up both in planning Chester County’s renewal

By Marian Moskowitz, Chair, Chester County Board of Commissioners Marian Moskowitz Before I became a Chester County Commissioner, I was a small business owner.  My businesses ranged from retail to trucking, truck service to cosmetics, the import and export of mobile kiosks, to developing real estate.  I am very passionate about economic development, about the important contributions that small...

Letter: Childcare centers will need help to reopen safely

To the editor: I am the Area Manager of Warwick Child Care Center, Inc. in Pottstown, PA. I have been working in the field since 1992. I started in the field to gain experience with working with children. I fell in love with the field and understood how the first five years are the most important to build a foundation for children and their learning. Warwick Child Care Center, Inc, has been serving...

It’s happening: Democrats to outnumber GOP in Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Well, it finally happened. By Monday, it is very likely that for the first time since before the Civil War, there will be more registered Democrats in Chester County than Republicans. Last week, the gap had closed to less than 65, and Democrats had been picking up a couple of hundred registered voters a week in recent weeks. Obviously, electorally,...

Letter: Bicyclists, runners should not wear dark colors

To The Editor, I taught Environmental Science for 37 years, and consider myself a seasoned naturalist . My lessons on natural selection, emphasized the benefits of great camouflage for animals trying not to be seen. I also pointed out how some fauna benefit from being seen, and in these cases nature selects for bright colors. I am constantly reminded of nature’s lessons, every time I drive...