Op/Ed: Trump budget cuts will be devastating to Chester County

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone It’s déjà vu all over again.  The numbers and the analyses are out and President Trump’s FY 2020 budget contains brutal cuts even more drastic than his 2018 budget.  This budget targets key federal programs that are vital to Pennsylvania counties which provide necessary human services, emergency services...

Spare me the ‘outrage’ on Sims’ abortion comments

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So there it was, the screaming email this morning from someone named Marian Casillas declaring “Bully Brian Sims must RESIGN!” Sims is a state legislator from Philly who got a little over the top when calling out anti-abortion protestors (they are decidedly not pro-life when they want to cut food stamps, slash health care, and fight against gun safety) they...

Letter: Retiree sees value in investing in AG education, backs Linn

To the Editor, I am a retiree living in the Avon Grove School District.  As such, I need an educated community and strong public schools.  I believe that Dorothy Linn, the candidate for the Avon Grove School Board in Region 1, is best prepared to meet that need.  I need healthcare professionals and scientists to maintain my quality of health for the next 20 to maybe even 30 years.  I need business...

Letter: Children cannot thrive in chaos

To The Editor,  I am a member of the Avon Grove School Board, however the opinions I am expressing in this letter are entirely my own.  There are currently two candidates running for seats on the Avon Grove School Board who have stated that they intend to stop the ongoing project to construct a new HS. Doing so would have disastrous consequences for our community and our children.  Planning...

Sunday Punch: Shut down Mariner East II, for good

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Would you allow a five-year-old to run amuck in your neighborhood with a grenade? I’d like to think not, as the odds of it ending well are pretty small. So, allowing Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners, a corporation who acts nearly as responsibly as a five-year-old, to continue building a pipeline across Chester County, near homes, schools and retirement communities...

Letter: Outcomes matter

To The Editor, There are local school board candidates running on a platform to stop the 9-0 unanimous decision for the Avon Grove School District facilities project…..even though the project is 1.5 years underway, the result of 4 years of planning, and taxpayers have already invested millions into this project. What would the outcome be of this reckless act to STOP a facilities project that...

Sunday Punch: Did some local Democrats sell us out on the Pipeline?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Minus a gallbladder and feeling moderately human for the first time since before the Super Bowl, in the first Sunday Punch of April, we look at lots of fun stuff: wind turbine cancer, jumping to conclusions, how we all hate social media but can’t quit it and of course, the impressive ability of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We’ll start...

Letter: Add these ‘Stars’ to your list of friends

To the Editor, When you spend decades in the same community, you realize who your friends are. Not the friends in your social circle. The friends whose work makes your community work. There is a group of real ‘Stars’ – in every community – hundreds of them across the County. They’re the elected and appointed officials who guide land use in every Township and Borough, backed up by...

So…who died and made you God?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times I was reading about President Donald Trump’s latest appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, Allison Jones Rushing, not just a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, but someone who thinks homosexuality should be illegal again. She’s also wildly inexperienced and completely unqualified for the bench, but whatever. And while we could get tied...

State Police fees: an idea whose time has come

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times So…so much for putting a stop to writing about stuff. Despite an ill-advised detour into politics and some mild, annoying and decidedly non-life threatening health issues, not writing was beginning to feel increasingly like not breathing, so here I am again. For now — and obviously everything on this green Earth is really “for now” — I’m going to return...