3 Chesco legislators embarrass themselves — and us — on anti-abortion bill vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Just when you think our “great” legislature can’t get worse, it has a “here, hold my beer” moment. Such as with HB 118, one of the most ignorant, hateful and useless pieces of legislation ever passed by any political body in history. Yes, it will be vetoed and purged by Gov. Tom Wolf.  But it should never have been introduced. It should...

Letter: Race for Peace seeks to bridge gap between police and the community

To The Editor, Race for Peace Committee has made connections in Chester County including Chester County Commissioners, Tredyffrin Township Police Department along with Board of Supervisors. The Race for Peace Committee is a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Formed in 2016 to enrich the lives of residents in all communities through programs, resources and activities for the family, to reach an...

Op/Ed: On Memorial Day, A Beer For Billy

By Walt Herbert, Special to The Times When Memorial Day comes I think about Billy Rountree, the star center fielder on my high school baseball team who was destroyed in Vietnam. Two of my teammates were killed in Vietnam; Billy had worse luck coming home. When the team got together in later years, we would raise a ceremonial glass and say “A Beer for Billy.” The Rountrees were a decent and...

Extreme Pa. GOP mapping its own demise

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa You’ve probably heard about the old story about the dog who finally caught the car — and didn’t know what to do with it. In Pennsylvania, of late, assume legislative Republicans are the dog grabbing the rear bumper, but one who doesn’t see the reverse lights suddenly turn on. They’ve already moved to take emergency declaration power away...

Letter: Voter fraud is the other ‘Big Lie’

To the Editor I share grave concern with many Americans about the right to vote.   The protection for our democracy that H.R. 1 provides is critical in a time when more than 200 voter suppression legislative actions are being considered by state legislators and some signed into law. The “New York Times” and other national news outlets have exposed the connection between these voter suppression...

We’re winning the war on COVD — but we haven’t won yet

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The announcement that the Centers for Disease Control said that those of us who have been fully vaccinated may now pretty much do without masks everywhere but on public transportation and medical facilities means one thing: We’re winning the war on COVID-19 — but we haven’t won yet. And we may not win for quite some time. In places like Chester...

Letter: Restoring trust in Kennett Twp. government

To The Editor, In the May 18 Democratic primary, I am challenging the incumbent, Whitney Hoffman. The main issue for Democratic voters is which of us will be better able to win in November. From the beginning, my main contention is that Lisa Moore’s $3.2M embezzlement, which occurred on Hoffman’s watch, will make it impossible for Democrats to win if Hoffman is our candidate, so voting for...

A tale of two countries tells us the vaccine works; get your shot if you haven’t yet

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s May and flowers (and pollen, achoo) are blooming everywhere in Chester County. You know what else is blooming: optimism that the worst of the COVID-19 is over in our area and we are working our way past this pandemic. If you want a shot, you pretty much can walk up in a number of locations and get one. About 65% of the adult population of the...

A tale of two countries tells us the vaccine works; get your shot if you haven

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s May and flowers (and pollen, achoo) are blooming everywhere in Chester County. You know what else is blooming: optimism that the worst of the COVID-19 is over in our area and we are working our past this pandemic. If you want a shot, you pretty much can walk up in a number of locations and get one. About 65% of the adult population of the county...

Letter: A vote for Lou Mincarelli

To the Editor, On May 18th, Republicans and Democrats will go to the polls for the primary election. I urge members of both parties to vote for Lou Mincarelli for the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. Yes, you read that correctly. Since judges must be fair and neutral, they may file for both parties’ primaries, so long as they find several hundred voters in each party to vouch for them. Lou...