The fact-challenged whiners are winning on COVID, and we’re all going to lose

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Well, ready or not, we’re reopening. Tomorrow, restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, it looks like the college football leagues that initially cancelled will now try to play and there is increasing pressure for local school districts to resume in-person instruction. Now, understand, these moves aren’t based on science or that...

Op/Ed: Inequitable public schooling in a nation of equality

Zack Zahlaway, Special to The Times Zack Zahlaway In a nation built on the principle that all people are created equal, how is it acceptable for certain children to receive more school funding based on their location and family’s income than other children? The fact of the matter is that this hypocritical truth plagues public school systems, especially in Pennsylvania. In a research report done...

Despite good motivations, county’s antibody test plan was an expensive screw up

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa There are times you hate to be right, and this is one of them. Way back in May, I questioned the decision by Chester County Health to use untested and likely inaccurate antibody testing (https://chescotimes.com/?p=31851) — and to use it only on a limited population, those with symptoms. I argued that broad diagnostic testing and contact tracing...

Letter: Chesco legislators standing against polluters

To The Editor, As we near election day, voting for those whose first priority is our health and environment is extremely important for our future. Unfortunately, most Pennsylvania state legislators are severely lacking in their duty to address one of the most threatening crises facing us: climate change. Pennsylvania is the fourth biggest carbon dioxide emitter in the United States, and the recent...

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...

Trump is a racist; if you support him, are you?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The truth has a mighty power to bring itself to the forefront, making it impossible to ignore. The shootings in Wisconsin this week again shone a light on what might be the mightiest truth in our country right now: we still have a racism problem. As in too many of us white folks are pretty freakin’ racist. Still. Still. Here in Chester County, one...

Op/Ed: When democracy dies

By Lisa Longo, Special to The Times Lisa Longo Democracy fails when the few are permitted to hijack the concerns of the many. When elections become referendums on personalities and political parties are used as weapons against advocates and activists. When any party becomes a tactical weapon for special interest it loses all ability to speak for, or to, the people. We are at a pivotal point. We...

Letter: Democrats must condemn violence during protests

To The Editor, In his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden said “my father taught us that silence was complicity,” apparently not realizing that this statement applies to those in his party today.  Barely a word of condemnation or even of recognition has been uttered over the last several months by Democrats in Congress or by those at the DNC as cities throughout our country...

Roadtrip shows why we’re losing the fight against COVID-19

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The great thing about a road trip is seeing how amazing America can be. In a pandemic, though, one also sees how foolish, ignorant and careless some Americans can be. A few thoughts from voluntary quarantine (beyond the fact that sleeping on the couch in my home office/detention cell is not super comfortable). My daughter is a sophomore (and a half...

The Post Office thing is worse than you know, and you need to pay attention

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa POCATELLO, ID — Donald J. Trump doesn’t want you to vote this fall. Why? He knows unless turnout is awful, he’ll lose and lose badly. He figures if he stops vote by mail — although he’s voting that way — people won’t want to risk standing in long lines at their polling place during a pandemic so he and his appointed troll Postmaster...