• Fort Lawn deserves kudos

    It is unfortunate that the senior program in Fort Lawn, which provides hot meals and activities, will soon be discontinued. Luckily, seniors in Fort Lawn will have options.

  • Play nice

    There is nothing wrong with a citizen asking a tough question of a government official. In fact, we think that is healthy and necessary. When public money is being spent or a decision is made that impacts people's lives, citizens should not only feel free ask about it, they should expect an answer.
    There is a difference between asking a question and shouting an insult.

  • Jumping to conclusions

    The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona congresswoman, on Saturday was a horrible tragedy. What it has turned into, unfortunately but predictably, is a political football.

  • Animal shelter getting upgrade

    Work as been ongoing at the Chester County Detention Center for some time. This week, right next door, work is taking place at the Chester County Animal Shelter and it isn't costing anyone in Chester a dime.

  • Brown out

    Several years ago, the City of Chester underwent a lengthy process to find just the right person to be its new police chief.
    A citizens group what put together to determine what citizens wanted in a chief. There were several rounds of tests and analysis and when it was all over, the city determined it had the man it wanted right under its nose. Mike Brown, who had been with the department for years, was elevated to chief.

  • Let them eat cake

    Based only on its name, the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, sounds like a wonderful idea. Who, after all, could possibly be against children that are healthy and hunger-free? As usual, though, when it comes to anything involving the federal government, from the "Patriot Act" to the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", you really have to go beyond the name and into the details.

  • Getting in the spirit

    We think too many folks jump the gun on starting the Christmas season. It seems like the minute the last trick-or-treater collects his last Tootsie Roll, it's Christmas time. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving seem to get short shrift in the rush for radio stations to start playing Christmas music and stores to start their Christmas sales.
    Chester is getting Christmas off to an early start as well, but in a good way.

  • A hard habit to break

    Ever try to give up a long-held, bad habit? A number of forces (addiction, psychology, peer pressure) end up working against you. We suspect that will be the case for Washington lawmakers who are vowing to give up earmark spending.
    Spending is certainly out of control at the federal level and having the folks who decide how money is spent curtail the check-writing will be like you trying to kick a five-pack-a-day cigarette habit. At this point it's so the norm that it will be hard to scale back. At least now some of them seem willing to try.

  • Here's your sign

    Signs on the road serve a number of purposes. Some tell you what street you are on, others alert you to stop, let you know you are near a school or remind you that deer or cows frequently cross in that spot. For some people, those signs also serve as target practice and a form of cheap entertainment.

  • Make informed decisions

    We've got it pretty easy.
    Nobody will shoot at you or threaten you or turn you away next week because of your skin color or gender. Voting in America is as easy as driving to a church, community center or government building, standing in a short line and pushing a few buttons.
    Curbside voting is available for the elderly or disabled and early or absentee voting can be done by those who will be out of town on election day or just want to bypass a possible long line on Tuesday.