This is the week that was…weird, but not in a fun way

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Well, it’s been a week. Between the sheer joy of dealing with hackers who briefly locked me out of these sites (thankfully, I was able to quickly recover things and build a digital moat around the server — which hopefully will defend it better) the emergence of a new COVID variant and Dr. Memet Oz declaring his candidacy for U.S. Senate, it’s been...

Despite everything, there is still much to be thankful for

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa In these wildly challenging times, it is easy to forget all that we still have to be thankful for this holiday. I know we’re all tired of the pandemic — it has been a long nearly two years, frustrating and for too many fraught with so much beyond our control. We’re either angered or detached from the current climate of political division. And yes,...

Not both sides: one party needs to up its game, the other is likely terminally broken

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa I’m sure by now you are tired of breathless media takes on what the 2021 elections mean and will mean for 2022. The truth is, though, that both parties in Chester County have issues — granted, one much, much more drastic than the other — and a lot of atmospheric issues (the economy, COVID) will probably drive results more than anything. While the...

Op/Ed: Keep Chester County moving forward

By Charlotte Valyo, Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee Charlotte Valyo While Congressional and Presidential elections usually get the most attention and the highest voter turnout, local elections are where voters can truly have the most impact on their communities. These elections have traditionally been defined by local issues — roads, schools, land preservation, and local taxes, yet...

Letter: Before you go to polls, please read this!

To the Editor, The Republican Committee of Chester County (RCCC) has violated their own bylaws in attempting to overturn the will of over 2,900 Republican Voters.  This past May, Mr. Chris McCune won the Republican Primary for West Chester Area School District (WCASD) Region 3 Director by a wide margin.  This is why you will find his name on the official ballot as a Republican. One reason Chester...

Op/Ed: It’s time to set things right

By Dr. Gordon Eck, Chairman, Republican Committee of Chester County Dr. Gordon Eck Thomas Jefferson said, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” In recent weeks and months, there has been an ever-increasing awareness that things have gone...

Letter: Politicization of school boards should concern everyone

To The Editor, The rapid politicization of school boards should be of concern to all stakeholders. There are good and valid reasons that school board members should adopt a non-partisan stance in their duties.  The only agenda a school board candidate should have is the continued educational progress of our students, the continued prudent use of taxpayer money and community resources, and the health...

Letter: WCASD voters beware

To the Editor, Who should we trust when voting on Tuesday, November 2nd?  If you cannot trust your own political party and its leadership, who can you trust to be truthful, well-intentioned, and sincere when it comes to the students, teachers, and staff within the West Chester Area School District? Last May, I had the unique opportunity to support a Republican school board candidate for re-election...

Letter: Why this life-long Democrat is supporting Republican Geoffrey Gamble for Kennett Township Supervisor

To The Editor, I’ve been an active Democrat since JFK ran for President. More recently I worked to elect all three Democratic Kennett Township Supervisors, and then helped to implement their agenda by serving for almost five years as the Township’s Director of Sustainable Development. So why am I now voting for Republican Geoff Gamble rather than sticking with Democrat Whitney Hoffman? To be frank,...

Don’t let anyone tell you differently, your vote matters

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa There’s a temptation to throw up one’s arms and say “it is hopeless. There is nothing I can do.” I fear a lot of people may have that point of view when it comes to voting on Nov. 2. Fatigued from so much bad news, frustration and acting out by a small number of people, I understand why people would just want to ignore all of this, watch Netflix...