Op/Ed: The importance of a good deed

By Chris Pielli, Special to The Times Chris Pielli Why do people run for political office?  Ideally, it should be to serve the public and put the public’s interest above all other interests, including your own.   I think of Sophocles’ famous quote –“To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.”  I have always tried to keep this in mind.  As a veteran, I have served my country....

Op/Ed: Government run healthcare won’t improve care and won’t save money

By Guy Ciarrocchi, President & CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry Guy Ciarrocchi Healthcare for the overwhelming majority of Americans is very good.  However, some costs are too high and for some healthcare is not accessible. So, this is the challenge for thoughtful policy-makers.  The question is how to make good healthcare accessible to everyone.  The answer must...

D.C. pols may have big impact on local 2019 election

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Today at 4 p.m., in Washington, D.C., there will be a meeting that may well decide the fate of the county elections in Chester County — not to mention thousands of similar elections nationwide. The Democratic House Caucus will meet this afternoon to decide whether of not to move for a formal Impeachment Inquiry of Donald Trump. How that meeting goes will have a giant...

Today, we are all an imaginary cow

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Somewhere out there is an imaginary digital cow being sued by a sitting member of Congress and he/she/it is fighting to keep our First Amendment rights, well, rights. @devincow is one of a number of Twitter accounts that exist to mock U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Cal.), the former head of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. To be sure, few in American politics deserve...

In defense of a good man who made a mistake: Bill Scott

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times There are things that make you shake your head, others that prompt a facepalm and a last category that leaves you saying “what the hell?” or words to that effect. Put the idiocy going on in West Chester right now in the latter category. For those of you who missed it, long-time Borough Council Member Bill Scott used the word “negro” in a discussion with an...

Letter: Energy efficiency for natural gas

To The Editor, Natural gas has numerous benefits in Pennsylvania — it’s plentiful, incredibly efficient, and provides cost-savings to consumers. But there is one advantage that doesn’t garner much media attention: Natural gas is environmentally friendly. In fact, natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, and the industry continues to develop more innovative ways to reduce...

Op/Ed: Seize the day on gun reform

By Kristine Howard, State Representative, 167th District Kristine Howard I have thought for many days about what to say about the latest incidents of mass shootings. I have expressed my sadness in a previous social media post about a prior incident. Saying the same thing again seems as pointless as thoughts and prayers. This is a complex topic, with different causes requiring different solutions. There...

Some common sense legislation could reduce gun violence, but don’t hold your breath

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Well, here we are again. Another (well, two, actually) mass shooting with dozens dead. And yes, there are some ancillary issues, such as a growing White Nationalist movement inspired by the most racist president since Andrew Johnson (which is saying something if you think about Woodrow Wilson) — and while that whole issue, revealing a growing racist streak in the...

Rep. Houlahan: It’s time to start the impeachment inquiry

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times You may or may not have heard much about the testimony of former FBI Director and Special Counsel Robert Mueller this past week before Congress. While many in the media seem fixated on the optics — Mueller wasn’t showy, and demurred on answering a number of questions — for those who paid attention (and read his 400-page plus report), it is increasingly evident...

Sunday Quiz: Are you a damn, dirty Socialist?

Created by the Crack Quiz Team at The Times of Chester County (Pa.), Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved. No reproduction without express, written permission. In order to help the right thinking citizens of Chester County, we wanted to offer this helpful quiz to find out if you are a victim of creeping socialism or a good upstanding American Capitalist. For each “Yes,” give yourself one point....