Op/Ed: Remembering those we lost defending freedom

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By Steve Barrar, State Representative (R-160) Rep. Steve Barrar (R-160) listens as Rep. Mark Gillen (R-128) explains the updates that would be made to Soldiers’ Grove to honor the heroes who sacrificed their lives defending our country as a result of House Bill 1484. Soon, we will be recognizing another Memorial Day. In the past year, we have lost more men and women as they defended the greatest...

Letter From The Editor: Shiny and new!

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Dear Readers, You may have noticed a few changes here at The Times in the last few days: a bit of a more contemporary look and — finally — proper compatibility with tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. While we’re always looking to evolve and improve — and already have made a few tweaks to the new design based on your input — this is the first major site renovation since the...

Letter: Dinniman, Wolf have failed our schools

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To The Editor: Governor Wolf and Senator Dinniman failed students, teachers and taxpayers this past week.  House Bill 805 would ensure that the best teachers are protected from layoffs and not simply the ones who are there the longest.  Rather than working to improve our education system and provide real accountability, Wolf and Dinniman opposed this legislation to protect the interests of a...

Finding good borne out of a profound loss

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Memorial 5K for Jacinda Miller keeps her legacy alive By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times This past Sunday, I had the honor of wearing two hats at the Chester County Half-Marathon and Memorial 5K – volunteer and journalist. Jacinda Miller was my friend. We were neighbors and birthday buddies, our sons went to school together, we saw each other every day at the bus stop, we also carpooled...

Grab a No. 2 pencil and underline this: the Keystones are unfair

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While the legislature fiddles, teachers and students suffer By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The good news is that the kids got to sleep in a bit on a school day. And while it’s becoming increasingly clear that our teens don’t get enough sleep — and a movement to delay the start time in Chester County high schools is slowly gaining momentum — that my twins, freshmen at Unionville High...

Op/Ed: Community health centers betray pro-life trust

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Congressman claims federal funds used to pay for abortions By Joe Pitts, U.S. Rep., 16th District U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-16) There are 237 Community Health Center sites in Pennsylvania. Their umbrella organization, the National Association of Community Health Centers, declares that their mission is to serve over 23 million people at more than 9,000 sites to address the widespread lack of access...

The Times’ 2016 primary endorsements

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Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., voting expecting to be busier than normal By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times By now, you may be a bit tired of “feeling the Bern” or how “huge” this primary election is going to be, but the fact of the matter is that on Tuesday, the voters of Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to vote in the most meaningful primary election in decades — with but major party...

Op/Ed: Help cure cancer; we all have a role to play

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The fight against cancer is one everybody should join By Kris Toomey The author, left, her daughter Bridget center and Kris’s mother, Beverly Duncan. HELP CURE CANCER. I used to think that was a job description far above my abilities. Now, I believe that is a job description anyone can fill. When a family member, or someone you care about, receives a cancer diagnosis, a common response is...

On endorsements and superdelegates: let the people decide

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I don’t need elected officials to tell me who to vote for By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times I try to be appreciative of elected officials and the work they do.  And I wouldn’t want their jobs, not for the money and perks, not for the fame and glory. But right now I’m annoyed. Officials elected by vote of all the people of the state should, in my view, once elected, continue...

Letter: The State of the 158th

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To The Editor, There has been a lot of misinformation going around about the contested primary election to replace retiring Representative Chris Ross in the 158th District. Endorsed candidate Lenny Rivera withdrew from the race on March 26 due to a dispute over the procedure to collect petition signatures. Lenny was a good candidate but he wanted to avoid the distraction this issue would cause...