• 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.

  • 2008 ELECTION: Final thoughts on jail sales tax

    The biggest issue on the local ballot next week is the 1-cent sales tax to renovate the jail. Here are some things to consider:

    FACT: The jail is in bad shape. Something has to be done at least to get it up to fire codes. The jail needs a sprinkler system to come into compliance with fire codes or the State Fire Marshal will close the jail next August.

    FACT: It’s not an idle threat. The state has closed county jails in the past.

    The repairs must happen. The only question then is how do we pay for them?

  • Do you own this county, country?

    We are biased toward your participation in your government. We really don’t care if you wear a donkey or an elephant button. We report on what your government does, so you can be empowered to act.

    People do complain about government. A lot of times it happens when they do not have the facts, when they just heard from a friend, whose boss told him about something.

  • A clean election

    We try to do our best to keep you up on what is going on in our local elections.

    People need information in order to make informed decisions. But we are at the tail end of a big media market that booms at us from Charlotte.

    Sometimes the things that happen up there aren’t the same as the things that happen here. The laws are different.

  • Debt gets worse

    We know we don’t have the wisdom to provide an answer to the tough financial news that keeps hammering us, almost daily now.

    Answers are few and the “solution” trotted out, after a brief rebellion by some in the U.S. House of Representatives, isn’t a guaranteed cure by any stretch of the imagination.

    There are no financial borders anymore, and the teetering of our economy is threatening to do harm to the worldwide economy.

    Rescue plan, bailout. Whatever you call it, realize what is really going on.

  • Newspapers fill vital role, as do readers

    We thank you for reading this commentary each week. Not just because we value newspaper readers and subscribers, but also because, through your seemingly small act, you help preserve democracy.

    Amid all the derisive commentary about “The Media” (as though there weren’t thousands of independent news outlets) — how untrustworthy it is, how unfair, how sensational, how biased — it’s easy to forget exactly just how important your newspaper truly is.

  • Smoke 'em if you've got 'em?

    What an innocent, old-fashioned phrase that now seems to be. But it won’t be true. Not much longer, at least at Chester County facilities.

    The county has given final approval to an ordinance that bans smoking in county facilities. Bans it for everybody. It’s not a policy for county workers, as was suggested by one county resident who heard about the ban. No, it’s an ordinance.

    It doesn’t ban smoking everywhere in Chester County. That would be a ludicrous invasion against personal liberties.