• More Sunshine

    For several years, we’ve used this space to call for more openness in local government and to criticize the lack of movement in that direction. It seems only fair then to laud the one local government entity that believes in the public’s right to know and that is making access to information much easier.

  • He loved Chester

    Rarely does an obituary truly tell the story of a person’s life. Dates, next of kin, church affiliation, jobs held and awards won can give a tiny snapshot, but they don’t demonstrate character, they don’t convey personality and they don’t paint a full picture of who someone is. That’s impossible to do with words on a page…or, it is in most cases.

  • Following your own rules

    There are rules and laws that all of us have to live by. A society needs order to function, so we willingly operate under a system where we’ve empowered elected officials to set certain rules, empowered law enforcement to make sure citizens abide by them and empowered a court system to punish those who don’t. Citizens aren’t the only ones who have rules they must live by, though.

  • A worthwhile project

    Ember Church isn't just building a house, it is helping build opportunities.

  • The right price

    Wanting something and being able to afford it are obviously two very different things. There's a reason everybody doesn't live in a mansion and drive a sports car.

  • Easy access

    One year ago, Chester County Council discussed the possibility of putting all expenditures online for the public to easily peruse. Unfortunately, the idea doesn't seem to have gone much further than just those discussions.

  • Beware of study committees

    Among our least favorite terms in state government and politics are “economic development” and “workforce development.” The first is almost always code for tax favors, loans and grants – that is, government money – handed over to private companies. The second usually signifies government programs designed to train workers for private companies – designed, that is, to do for private companies what they should be doing for themselves.

  • You choose

    Effective government isn't just about the who, it's about the how.

  • Every dollar matters
  • Showing your work

    Occasionally, students taking a test aren't just asked to provide the correct answers to questions, they have to show their work. That proves that they fully understand the process and procedure for reaching the correct conclusion and didn't just make a blind guess.