• A round of applause

    We frequently use this space to talk about the Freedom of Information Act, especially when local bodies fail to abide by the law that reinforces the public’s right to know. It only seems fair then that when elected officials go out of their way to make sure the letter of the FOIA is followed, we acknowledge and applaud their efforts.

  • What we can afford
  • More Sunshine

    Last week we had an annual observance of open government and the people's right to know what their elected leaders are doing on their behalf in South Carolina known as “Sunshine Week.” It is so called because we all want and deserve to have public business done in public, out in the sunshine for all to see. Unfortunately, at least one local government has made an active effort to draw the shades closed and wall itself off from the warm glow of sunshine and public scrutiny.

  • Rules and consistency

    We don’t expect elected officials to be perfect. Like the people they represent, office holders are human, they are fallible and they make mistakes. What we do expect of them is consistency and adherence to rules…two tenants that have been lacking in the City of Chester’s search for a new administrator.

  • Fuzzy memories

    In the course of normal day-to-day life, things can almost become a blur. If you travel as part of your job, you may not remember what city you were in three Thursdays ago.

    If you frequently deal with the public as part of your profession, it’s doubtful you remember exactly who you talked to or sold something to on Nov. 9, 2012, off the top of your head.

  • Yes*

    When it comes to personal finances, we all have to strike the best balance we can between saving and planning for the future while also addressing our pressing, immediate needs. With this Tuesday’s bond referendum, the Chester County School District is doing the same thing.

  • What do you want?

    Not every question has a clear-cut answer and not every problem has an easy solution. Yes or no and true or false rarely come into play when dealing with major issues.

  • But we repeat ourselves...

    The City of Chester has gotten itself moving in the right direction on several fronts recently…which makes one persistent problem all the more maddening.

  • Breaking the chain

    We’ve sometimes heard that you can judge a society by how it treats senior citizens and children. The point there is that the care and love demonstrated toward those who are often least able to care for themselves is a good barometer of a society’s heart. We think that to some degree, the treatment of animals falls along the same lines.

  • Old and expensive

    There is a distinct difference between something being historic and being old. Just because an item or place has managed to survive the test of time does not mean it has any added value, worth or distinction. In the same way, not every possession is an asset. Just because it is large and has the potential to generate income does not mean it is of value.