Today's Opinions

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    “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.”

    That is a portion of the first amendment to the United States Constitution. It is a bedrock principle of any free society and it establishes that government has no authority to police your words and thoughts. It is also one of the most misunderstood rights that all Americans enjoy.

  • Welcome to Chester

    In the past, we’ve used this spot in the newspaper to complain about the lack of candidate attention Chester County has received in recent presidential election cycles. It only seems fair then to thank a candidate for planning a visit here today.

  • "In the public interest"

    What is in “the public interest?” If elected officials are not acting in your best interest or are committing crimes, is that in the public interest? If your tax dollars are being misspent, is that in the public interest? If policies and procedures intended to guide the actions of the elected are not being followed or are being selectively enforced, is that in the public interest?

  • Equitable treatment

    Having governmental entities work together is a key part of actually getting things done. Having everyone treated equitably by the government is a key part of having things done correctly.

  • An idea worth revisiting

    Bigger is not always better. That applies to government, both in terms of how much it undertakes and the number of people that make up a public body.

  • Time for answers
  • See something, say something

    For a long time, law enforcement has made the plea “if you see something, say something.” The premise there is that bad things are rarely done in complete darkness or behind closed doors with no witnesses. Even if they are, people who carry out illegal acts often talk or tell others what they’ve done. To solve crimes and put perpetrators in jail, law enforcement needs people to share information. Right now in Chester County, though, “see something, say something” carries a much wider meaning.

  • Make them pay

    Government offices or departments come in many forms. A sheriff’s department, a fire department or executive branch offices may serve different purposes and have distinct roles, but there is a common thread that runs through them all. They are, first and foremost, supposed to serve the public interest, but they are also supposed to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.