• Welcome to Chester

    In the past, we’ve used this spot in the newspaper to complain about the lack of candidate attention Chester County has received in recent presidential election cycles. It only seems fair then to thank a candidate for planning a visit here today.

  • "In the public interest"

    What is in “the public interest?” If elected officials are not acting in your best interest or are committing crimes, is that in the public interest? If your tax dollars are being misspent, is that in the public interest? If policies and procedures intended to guide the actions of the elected are not being followed or are being selectively enforced, is that in the public interest?

  • Equitable treatment

    Having governmental entities work together is a key part of actually getting things done. Having everyone treated equitably by the government is a key part of having things done correctly.

  • An idea worth revisiting

    Bigger is not always better. That applies to government, both in terms of how much it undertakes and the number of people that make up a public body.

  • Time for answers
  • See something, say something

    For a long time, law enforcement has made the plea “if you see something, say something.” The premise there is that bad things are rarely done in complete darkness or behind closed doors with no witnesses. Even if they are, people who carry out illegal acts often talk or tell others what they’ve done. To solve crimes and put perpetrators in jail, law enforcement needs people to share information. Right now in Chester County, though, “see something, say something” carries a much wider meaning.

  • Make them pay

    Government offices or departments come in many forms. A sheriff’s department, a fire department or executive branch offices may serve different purposes and have distinct roles, but there is a common thread that runs through them all. They are, first and foremost, supposed to serve the public interest, but they are also supposed to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

  • A welcome change

    We frequently use this space to advocate for open government, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and to call out local governmental entities that run afoul of both. It is important to remind the public and those elected to serve them that the FOIA is not a set of suggestions or recommendations about how to operate…it is the law, one that needs to be adhered to and abided by as strictly as any other law. We also think it is important, though, to acknowledge when elected officials or full public bodies make efforts to be especially open to the public.

  • Serving the public

    One elected official can’t compel another to do anything. One government office can’t dictate how another spends money or conducts its business. Since the ultimate goal of all elected officials is to operate efficiently and serve the electorate, however, they should at least be willing to communicate and collaborate with one another whenever possible.

  • Painful choices

    As the City of Chester begins its budgeting process for the coming fiscal year, we’re reminded of the old adage “if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”