• 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.

  • Take the money

    If you find yourself in dire financial straits, a $10,000 gift would be hard to turn down. Maybe your pride would get in the way, maybe you wouldn’t want to feel like you owed the giver something, but on pure need, you would want the money and would probably take it.

  • Spoke too soon?

    Just because something happens once or carries on for a short time doesn’t mean it will always be the norm going forward.

  • No interference

    There is an old saying that “a camel is a horse designed by a committee” which is a funny way of saying that too much conflicting input into any situation tends to mess things up.

  • Careful what you wish for

    Public officials should never vote on matters that present a possible conflict of interests. They should also never invite the public to challenge them legally once they've done so, but both happened on Monday night at Chester City Council.

  • Written rules

    Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Candice Lively said something recently during the course of a trial we covered that stuck with us. She noted that the truth doesn’t change, but a lie often does. Her point, obviously, is that it is easy to remember things as they actually happened and relay them to someone, whereas a story you concoct in your mind, one not based on actual events, is not. We think that general theory has applications outside the courtroom.

  • Time for action on zoning

    In the midst of the confusion and arguments over a proposed zoning special exception in the City of Chester, we think an important point was missed.

  • 13,000 reasons

    Recently, we’ve taken a great deal of time to discuss the state’s Freedom of Information Act, particularly as it pertains to executive sessions. Proof of the matter’s importance played out in a nearby courtroom recently.

  • Getting smaller, Part II
  • Getting smaller?

    There is an old saying that too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the soup. The implication, obviously, is that more isn't always better. Sometimes, having more people offer more input does not improve the end result. Each cook can be expertly trained and very successful on their own, but when paired with eight other cooks, there can be arguments about ingredients and cook time...maybe egos and personalities start to clash and end up getting in the way.