Opinion

The truth about genetically modified foods |Jun 9, 2016

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through genetic engineering, which merges and alters DNA from different species, creating different types of foods not found in nature.

There’s a lot to be excited about in Kennett Square |Jun 7, 2016

The adage “you can never please everyone” is especially true in Kennett Square

Kennett Run another reason Kennett Square is prospering |May 19, 2016

This is all you need to know about the Kennett Run: In the past 26 years, nearly $600,000 has been donated to local charities.

We must protect best teachers from layoffs |May 19, 2016

Editor: Governor Wolf and Senator Dinniman failed students, teachers and taxpayers this past week. House Bill 805 would ensure that the best teachers are protected from layoffs and not simply the ones who are there the longest.

Texting a person you know is driving? You could be in a heap of trouble |May 10, 2016

People acting together in a Criminal Conspiracy can be held equally culpable regardless of who drives the getaway car and who pulls the trigger killing the bank security guard. The same can be true in a joint act resulting in Personal Injury.

Ten years later, remembering the great Barbaro |May 9, 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years.

Why is the adjuster calling after an auto accident? |May 4, 2016

If you have been injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania that was caused by the other driver’s negligence, it’s almost certain that the car insurance adjuster for the other driver will call you.

Garage Youth Center deserves an apology from Kennett Council |May 3, 2016

“This is technically graffiti and only council can allow graffiti.”

OUR VIEW: Let the beer flow in Kennett Square! |Apr 27, 2016

So, the mayor of Kennett Square has gone on record publicly saying he doesn’t mind if people refer to Kennett Square as a beer town.

Tom Brady Deflategate suspension upheld by appeals court |Apr 27, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the decision of the lower court and reinstated the four game suspension of New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady arising out of the Deflategate scandal.

Apologies for gridlock in Chadds Ford Saturday |Apr 18, 2016

Editor: What was planned to be a beautiful unique spring event offering treasures, antiques and a beautiful spring day setting of food and music turned into a very very unexpected amount of attendance, traffic issue and regrettable impact to the community.

Kennett Y should not be a scapegoat for Kennett Square’s fiscal crisis |Mar 28, 2016

Editor: I read Mr. Talamonti’s letter to the editor referencing the YMCA with interest. His main point seems to be that the Kennett Y does not adequately contribute to the community, although he manages to deviate to several other marginally related subjects.

Kennett Paper’s Tilda provides valuable service to community |Mar 25, 2016

Editor: I read with disgust the short article in “Unionville in the News” of the March 24 edition of The Kennett Paper about someone who objected to Tilda Tally-ho’s story on the NRA banquet and yet the writer did not give his/her name ‘pretending’ a fear of people with guns.

The YMCA is bleeding Kennett Square dry |Mar 21, 2016

Editor: First off, I would like to thank Mr. McNew for acknowledging my First Amendment Rights. I want to set the record straight. For years I have proposed a $1.00 per month per membership amusement tax on the Y and any other entertainment type venue operating in Kennett Square.

Erin Andrews verdict highlights negligence law applicable to hotels |Mar 18, 2016

The jury in the Erin Andrews negligence case against Marriott Hotels has just rendered its verdict, finding Marriott negligent and responsible for Erin Andrew’s injuries arising out of the peep hole video and awarding compensatory damages of $55 Million.

Kennett YMCA contributes far more than its ‘fair share’ |Mar 15, 2016

Editor: I love the First Amendment.

Should Kennett Square ask Y members to help fund its budget? |Mar 8, 2016

A few weeks ago at a town hall meeting in Kennett Square, one resident proposed that borough officials charge all members of the Kennett Area YMCA $1 per month for the privilege of using facilities within the borough.

A fews ideas to save some money in Unionville |Mar 3, 2016

Editor: As promised a few weeks ago, I am now proposing cost savings that could be useful to the Unionville-Chadds Ford budgets, now and in the near future.

Staying out of trouble in the smartphone world |Feb 29, 2016

A phone used to be just a phone – not now. It’s a phone, camera, video camera, tape recorder, calculator and a mini computer. All of these features make life easier, no doubt. However, some of the features, if used irresponsibly, can get you into big trouble.

In Kennett Square, beer is a top priority |Feb 22, 2016

Editor: Serving Beer seems to be the number one priority for this town anymore. I for one think enough is enough, and I am sure I am not the only one that feels that way. Closing down one of our main streets to dispense beer is bad enough, but doing it on a Sunday afternoon is even worse.

Poe’s message of kindness should be practiced by all |Jan 26, 2016

What a beautiful message delivered by Elder Jerry F. Poe at the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY Breakfast last week in Kennett Square.

So many caring people in our community |Dec 21, 2015

Boasting a median household income of $62,295, Chester County is ranked as the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania and the 24th richest in the nation.

A place to find really good news |Dec 20, 2015

Do you ever feel as if the events in our world are spinning out of control? Do you ever feel as is our world is like looking into one of those distorted mirrors, in a circus fun house where nothing is as it should be? Do you ever feel as if our world has changed so that what used to be up is now down and what was down is now up? Where what used to be right is now considered wrong and what used to be wrong today is considered right? When you listen to the radio, watch TV, and read the newspaper, do you wonder why there isn’t more good news? Whatever happened to common sense? It sure does seem like the inmates are running the asylum.

Distracted driving: What you can do about it |Dec 10, 2015

Each year thousands of people die and are needlessly injured because of distracted driving, not just limited to texting while driving, Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a driver’s attention from the road including texting; talking on a hand-held cell phone, Bluetooth or hands-free talk on a cell phone; reading maps; operating a navigation system; surfing the web; watching a video; operating climate controls or audio systems; eating or drinking; talking to passengers; or applying makeup.

Let’s keep schools safe with a zero tolerance policy |Nov 9, 2015

Next week, Unionville Chadds Ford School District will host a community conversation on school safety. The meeting is important because it comes on the heels of two very public incidents in which weapons were discovered on district property.

Kennett candidate who filed for bankruptcy explains why |Oct 30, 2015

Editor In response to Whitney Hoffman’s publication of events from of my past:

Hoffman: Kennett candidate had filed for bankruptcy |Oct 29, 2015

Ted Moxon, Candidate for Kennett Township Supervisor has stated in all of his candidate literature that he is a business owner with 25 years experience, numerous employees, and millions of dollars in revenue.

Kennett book bags: We live in a fabulous community |Sep 15, 2015

Over the last couple months, several times we’ve reached out through this newspaper and other media channels to the community requesting assistance for our annual Book Bag drive. In these calls for help, we shared that through the first of August, your response for this year’s drive was considerably less than in previous years.

OUR VIEW: Community pitches in for two great projects |Aug 18, 2015

It certainly is wonderful when the community unites behind a really good cause and helps to make it a reality.

Ray Stackhouse: Being in “Shape” is Relative; Being Fit for Duty is not |Aug 18, 2015

In this time of fitness fads and trends, I submit to you that in the business of firefighting, there is no room for confusing what is and what is not fit for duty.

OUR VIEW: Beer garden in Kennett is a good idea |Aug 4, 2015

It looks as if yet another beer venue is coming to Kennett Square.

OUR VIEW: Kennett Square must not withhold library funding |Jul 10, 2015

On Monday, July 20, Kennett Square borough council will vote on whether it will withhold funds from The Kennett Public Library. On July 6, in a letter to council, Mayor Matt Fetick asked council to consider this request.

Library official urges support at council meeting |Jul 9, 2015

Editor: The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library would like to thank the many members of our community who have come out in overwhelming positive support for the Library and our staff and who are surprised and dismayed by Kennett Borough Mayor Matt Fetick’s recent statement urging Borough Council to vote to withhold funding from the Library at their upcoming July 20th 7 pm meeting due to “his lack of faith in the current Board to lead the Library into the future.

New initiative will help local Latinos |Jul 6, 2015

The population of Hispanics in Chester County is growing by unprecedented numbers. In Chester County, nearly 7 percent are Hispanic, and that number grows by the day.

New law could discourage volunteers |Jun 23, 2015

On April 20, 1999, 15 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School by two deranged students with a gun. On Oct. 2, 2006, five girls, aged 6 to 13, were killed in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County by a 32-year-old milk truck driver.

There are more Del Bittle’s in our community than we realize |Jun 5, 2015

A few weeks ago, East Marlborough supervisors received a request, at a public meeting, to pay $240 for the meals of 20 first responders at the Third Annual Thank You Party, scheduled for later this year.

Keith Knauss stalling U-CF teacher negotiations |May 18, 2015

Editor: In a recent Unionville Chadds-Ford Board meeting, Director Keith Knauss advocated for stalling the negotiations process so that the contract with UCF teachers expires and goes into status quo.

Unionville clarifies its stance with teachers |Apr 17, 2015

Editor’s Note: The folowing was issued as a follow-up to negotiations between the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board of directors and the teachers’ union. This statement is also posted on the district’s web site:

Kennett Square officials must manage growth responsibly |Apr 14, 2015

In case you haven’t noticed, Kennett Square is in the midst of an economic boom.

Atlanta educators stuck between two bad choices |Apr 9, 2015

Last week 11 Atlanta, Georgia, teachers, administrators and test coordinators were taken to jail in handcuffs after having been convicted of racketeering. These individuals, who faced the same penalties as the folks who carry out organized crime, could be in jail for up to 20 years.

Joan Holliday a deserving recipient of chamber award |Mar 27, 2015

The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet where it names an outstanding citizen of the year is a signature event held each spring. Since 1968, a notable person from the community gets the award and the recognition that goes with it.

Kennett Library should address programs instead of name |Mar 24, 2015

The public outcry against the name change of the Bayard Taylor Library is merely the surface reaction to questions about the future of this old and formerly revered local institution.

Is Unionville-Chadds Ford School District going backward? |Mar 16, 2015

Editor: Unionville-Chadds ford High School is ranked 7th in Pennsylvania and is a top 500 school nationally, according to US News and World Reports. More than 50 percent of UCF students take AP courses and more than 92% of students score proficient on benchmark exams.

The key to a better night’s sleep |Mar 12, 2015

Do you ever find that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get comfortable sleeping? Perhaps you have bought countless sleep aids and you still find that you are waking up with a stiff neck, lower back pain, numbness in your hands or legs, headaches, or even sinus congestion? Since we spend close to a third of our lives sleeping, and another ten percent of our lives lying in bed, that is a staggering number of time not to feel comfortable.

The reason behind the library name change |Mar 3, 2015

The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library (KPL) recently made a big decision, two decisions in fact. The first decision, made last year, was to build a new library on property the library already owns at Waywood Road, .

Empty Bowls the latest successful fundraiser |Mar 3, 2015

There are many great fundraisers staged in southern Chester County. It’s no wonder, considering nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts.

It’s on the House: Be sure to test your home for dangerous levels of radon |Feb 26, 2015

Last month we explored the five tips to prepare for a pre-listing home inspection: be honest and upfront, clean your gutters, clear access to attics and crawlspaces, check lightbulbs and have your appliances in working order.

Great Outdoors: The countdown to spring is on |Feb 26, 2015

It may not feel like it, but many great things are just around the corner. We are just about two weeks away from daylight savings time and then our evenings will be longer and brighter. Another two weeks after that it will officially be spring.

Are holidays losing their meaning? |Feb 26, 2015

It wasn’t heresy, and there was surely no malice intended. But the announcement that two local churches were engaged in delivering what they called “drive thru ashes” last week was definitely in bad taste and demeaned the spirit of the day known as Ash Wednesday.

From the Ground Up: And the award goes to. ... |Feb 25, 2015

Had enough of bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snow, sleet and black ice? Happily, the Philadelphia Flower Show is scheduled to burst into bloom in just over a week. Without getting on a plane, you’ll be able to transport yourself to a place full of color and light and the heady aromas of fresh-turned soil and flowers in bloom.