• No more black eyes

    Someone asked us a good question the other day. When exactly did heated arguments stop ending with a black eye or bloody nose and start ending with a gunshot wound?
    You'll notice on the front page of the News & Reporter today that there are two stories about murder trials, one about an arrest in a murder and another about an arrest in a pair of shootings. We don't like loading up on violence, mayhem and gunplay, but news is news, whether it reflects positively on Chester or not.

  • Open up debates

    Incumbent 5th District Congressman John Spratt and his November opponent, Mick Mulvaney, had a debate last night. Unless you were actually in attendance, though, you didn't actually see or hear any of it.
    According to various reports, Spratt requested that no audio or video recording of the event be allowed. Mulvaney went along with the request, though he said he didn't like it. Newspaper coverage was allowed, but no recording.

  • Board makes good move

    You are familiar with the old three “R”s of education, that being reading, writing and arithmetic. Chester's school district is trying to eliminate a different “R”, that being repeat offenders.
    When Chester County’s children return to school this month, they will do so with an additional layer of security.
    At a meeting earlier this month, the Chester County School Board voted to run two separate checks on every teacher, substitute teacher, coach, chaperon, custodian and anyone else who may come in contact with children.

  • It's not really Christmas

    More and more these days, people get in as much trouble for what they say as what they do. Awkward jokes, off-handed comments and general poor choices of words fly at light speed across the internet and 24-hour cable outlets leaving the public figure who made the clumsy remark to apologize, spin, back-pedal and duck for cover. Sometimes people say things that are legitimately offensive and other times they are just the victim of political correctness run amok, but anyone in the public eye should know by now to be extra careful about what they say.

  • Spratt v. Mulvaney, what do you think?

    If you judge the level of interest in a political race by the number of letters to the editor we receive, there are obviously a lot of people paying attention to the race between incumbent John Spratt and challenger Mick Mulvaney for the Fifth District Congressional seat.

  • The cost of not getting an education

    The 2010-'11 school year is about to begin in Chester County and as it does we have a word of advice for every child set to start classes.
    Finish what you start.
    We know it's difficult for students to go from the laid-back free time that summer vacation provides to the regimented grind of classes, tests, homework and book reports, but we also know that it is necessary. We know students can't afford to waste a second.

  • Thankful still

    We know some in our community might be more worried, maybe even scared, at this time of the year.

    Times are tough, all around. There’s no escaping it. It seems to get tougher every week.

    We’ve looked back and had this theme in our editorials at this time of the year, each year. Despite all that’s bad, we find that there are still things for which we should be thankful.

  • Only here

    We have been told from early, early on that the United States of America is the land of opportunity. We were told as children and we teach our children that anything is possible in this country.

    We even tell our children that if they are smart enough, care enough and work hard enough, they can, someday, perhaps grow up to be President of the United States.

    Other elections have proven it, somewhat. A Georgia peanut farmer, Jimmy Carter, grew up to be president of the United States.

  • Kerr should resign from school board

    We are not going to question whether Kerr has the necessary background to be City Administrator of Chester. City Council was unanimous in selecting him.

    But we have a concern too big to ignore.

    Kerr will be running the city, day to day. That will be his job. He will report to the Mayor and City Council. He also currently serves as the county’s at-large school trustee. He’s willing to step down if he is told he must but it’s clear he hopes to stay on.

  • Hits keep coming

    We have taken some comfort, albeit small, in the fact that Chester County’s job situation “can’t get much worse.

    We tell ourselves that because our local economy was for so long dependent upon textile manufacturing, and most of our textile jobs have gone away with the closures of several former Springs Industries plants and a couple of other companies.

    But we reported last month on another manufacturing plant, Schlegel, which had been in the county for decades, and is shuttering its doors soon.