• Be careful

    Before you associate yourself or family with any outside person or entity, you hopefully check out their background thoroughly. If you are taking your child to a babysitter or signing them up to play a sport or pursue any other activity, you want to know who is running things and what their history is. That isn't being suspicious, it's just being careful and thorough.

  • Sunshine week

    Chester County has a brand new supervisor in Shane Stuart, who says he is focused on government being open and accountable. His first full week on the job coincides with Sunshine Week, an annual observance of open government and the people's right to know what their government is doing. We think that intersection of stated good intentions and celebrating government transparency presents a great opportunity.

  • Do better

    People often speak of American government as being a democracy. Actually it isn't, we have a representative republic. Voters elect people who they think best represent their viewpoints and beliefs. The elected not only represent you in terms of hopefully voting the way you would, but also by representing you at public functions. In terms of that second meaning, a lot has been left to be desired recently.

  • Bullets

    When speaking of a close friend, folks often say "I'd take a bullet for him." In the course of day-to-day life, though, we don't think a person who'd actually ask you to take a bullet for them is much of a friend at all.

  • Paying the bills

    Paying one set of bills doesn't mean your future is secure and all is well. It means the light and water will stay on for one more month. Illness, employment cutbacks at your place of business and a host of other factors could leave you scrambling to make ends meet in the future.

  • Finishing school
  • More secrecy

    We've often heard that justice is blind. What we didn't realize is that justices apparently are as well.

  • Good and bad


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    We don't necessarily endorse the idea of selling alcohol on Sunday but we do like people having the ability to make their own choices and government entities finding revenue sources that don't involve higher taxation.

  • The Dark Ages

    The most crucial element of open, honest government is daylight that lets us all see in. Unfortunately, the S.C. Supreme Court has now made it awfully easy for elected officials to draw the shades and work outside of public view.

  • Revisiting tax limits

    We noticed at a City of Chester budget workshop Monday an oft-discussed topic of municipalities and counties. An inability to raises taxes.