Op/Ed: Parents should be concerned about moves to oust school board members

By Charlotte Valyo, Chair Chester County Democratic Committee Charlotte Valyo Every parent in Chester County should be concerned by the latest effort from the far right to take control of local elected offices outside the process of fair and open elections. The latest example is the petition filed in Judge William P. Mahon’s Court of Common Pleas by 10 residents bent on ousting West Chester School...

Move to remove WCASD board members is an attack on democracy

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Court of Common Pleas Judge William P. Mahon vacated his order Friday removing five members of the West Chester Area School District Board of Education — but the case and the possibility that duly-elected public officials could be removed from office remains a possibility. So for now, Sue Tiernan, Joyce Chester, Kate Shaw, Karen Herrmann and Daryl Durnel...

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...

Let’s not blame local officials for playing it safe in the Age of COVID

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa By rights, we should be enjoying the start of a new school year — bragging on our kids, showing off their new clothes and school gear. In a normal year, we should talking about which high school football teams in the Ches-Mont are early break outs and which programs look to be struggling. We should, as usual, bemoan the length and stupidity of the election...