• Now that that's over and done

    We want to weigh in on the Presidential Preference Primaries we've endured for, well, ever.

    We could talk about how holding these primaries put us on the national stage, perhaps again helped the Republican Party pick its nominee, helped clarify the Democratic field, perhaps picked a president. We could talk about how fun it was for all those other towns to have candidates pass through, how cool it was to see three, four major debates held here.

    All that is important.

  • ' the fierce urgency of now'

    We find those words amidst the speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. He called it "The Dream." It's now a dream shared by many.

    King ended his speech in rousing fashion, detailing his hopes for a society free of the sin of racial bigotry. He ended by looking forward. But in his speech, he did the important thing of looking back. As America's forefathers did when they wrote the Declaration of Independence, King pointed out the wrongs suffered by black men and women at the hands of slavery.

  • We need info, and gobs of it: Help us 'Discover Chester'

    We are working on the latest edition of Discover Chester County, a publication we take pride in producing.

    Every year the book is packed with information on just about everything -- from churches to health care, from history to industry, from service organizations to schools.

  • Owners may change, but the song remains

    We are borrowing some lines and some of the general thoughts from one of our companion newspapers in Landmark Communications, the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C.

    It ran an editorial called, "Our commitment to you," on Saturday.

  • Needed reminder

    We belive in open government and freedom of information. We aren't such strict adherents that we believe there is never an occasion for discussion that can be carried out behind closed doors, but the simple fact is, more often than not, closed door meetings are overused and unnecessary and they can get governments into more trouble than they are actually worth.

  • Work is delayed

    We are a bit dismayed that the minute something starts to get done to clean this town up, a complaint stops it.

    What's worse is that the complaint is valid.

    Chester County has been trying for about a year to tear down dilapidated houses and structures that are unused, unlivable or unusable. Some are probably dangerous to nearby residents.

    In October, we reported on the county's efforts. It planned to take down 11 buildings. It published a list of those structures, by addresses. When no further information was gathered from the owners, the county began its work.


    What was the top story of 2007 in Chester County?

    Make no mistake, Chester County is the newsiest county in Dixie.

    We've got plenty to look back on and take pride in, and some things that give us a little shock to recall.

    And that was just last week.

    A whole year of a newsy town like this? Wow.

    We've been going through last year's stories and picked out 10 that stood out most to us.

  • Wondering why?

    What another sad day not only for Chester County and its people, but for its many, many pets.

    We are again saddened to know the county has lost its second veterinarian in recent months. Dr. Crack Anderson died suddenly two weeks ago. Crack was popular with his clients, beloved by many here, and a local boy to the core. He was a "crack" jet fighter pilot in his day, with many a story. Crack served his community on state boards. We still have people writing us, mourning his passing.

  • On impact fees

    We ran a story two weeks ago about Chester County Council's decision to look into impact fees.

    The story drew a response from a local real estate agent, a Realtor who is a member of some groups that oppose such fees.

    Her point was an interesting one. We don't have the development in Chester County right now -- not enough to creates an "impact" on government services, particularly our schools.

  • Van for veterans needs drivers now

    As we wrote in October, there are more than 63,000 miles on the Disabled American Veterans van since a couple of local guys drove it back from Detroit, when it was brand new in 2003.

    The van has logged almost all those miles in one worthy purpose -- getting veterans to and from necessary appointments, mostly medical, usually in Columbia.

    The dire need is here for the local DAV chapter because the three guys who have regularly driven the van have all had quadruple bypass surgeries, said Wade Stroud, head of one local veterans group.