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Chesco D’s and R’s and the Issues

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, August 27, 2015

It seems the Chester County Republican party is starting to worry about Donald Trump.

Whatever resonances the leading R presidential candidate might find in certain other parts of the country, it’s pretty clear that his peculiar combination of the cult of personality and anti-immigrant prejudice won’t play well in Chester County.

A recent email from the Chesco R party is imaginatively entitled “Chester County Republicans! Stop the Out of Touch, Local Democrat Party!” Let’s just see who is out of touch (besides Mr. Trump, of course).

First, let’s note that the email does not reproduce any document as circulated by Chester County Democrats. It actually includes, for unknown reasons, an automatic English translation of a Spanish-language ad plus the original English-language graphic. Not good scholarship; but of course, this is politics.

The “President Trump?” motif, which obviously strikes a local R nerve, has been used in several forms. Here are the text and image as they actually appeared on the CCDC Facebook page, July 30:

Don’t kid yourself: it can happen.
If not Trump, then Bush or Walker.
And with a Republican President, we’ll see the repeal of Obamacare, a 20-week abortion ban, the end of the EPA, and war with Iran.
If we’re going to elect Hillary or Bernie next year, we must start right NOW! The Chester County Democratic Party isn’t waiting… and neither should you. If you’ve got some time, we’ve got important work for you to do… starting TODAY!
Please call us at 610-692-5811 or email Victory2016@chescodems.org to join this historic and crucial movement. Thank you!

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Two letters on gun violence prevention

Daily Local News, 5/10/13

Don’t cloud the mission

It has now been five months since 26 children and women were gunned down in their classrooms in Sandy Hook, and what have we done as a nation to prevent another such event? Nothing, though we have acted to continue to allow criminals and the mentally ill to acquire guns without a background check at a gun show.

Have we gone insane? What has happened to us since 1999 when the NRA supported universal background checks? Mass hysteria and irrational fear is not only possible, but has occurred in the past with otherwise intelligent and productive populations. We humans are fearful creatures, but let’s not let our fear for ourselves cloud our mission as civilized society to protect our young.


Gun raffle is insensitive

CeaseFirePA shares the concerns of many West Chester residents about the sheriff’s decision to raffle off several guns, including a semi-automatic AR 15 assault rifle to raise money for a special department training program. While we acknowledge the raffle is legal and that the winners will undergo background checks … the central piece of effective gun laws … we believe that law enforcement agencies should not actively be seeking to put more guns on our streets.

Many sheriff’s offices and police departments are holding gun buy-backs to get guns off the streets, and we applaud their efforts. We recognize that in these tight economic times, even government agencies are seeking creative ways to raise funds, but we believe the decision to raffle off guns is insensitive to the many victims and survivors of gun violence and counterproductive at a time when our nation is engaged in active debate about how to reduce gun violence, get illegal guns off the street and keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

Executive director of CeaseFirePA

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The AR-15 raffle

by Kurt Jaworski, Facebook, 5/16/13

Regarding the AR-15 raffle here in Chester County…

Help me get my mind around this (from today’s Inquirer): “he (the raffle winner) is so proud of his prize (an AR-15) that he plans to frame it and hang it on his wall.”

I must ask: why would anyone consider this ‘massacre tool of choice’ a proudly displayed art object? Is it possible to disassociate the enabling hardware from its very public history, to appreciate its hard-edged shiny splendor without responding, on some level, to where it’s been? To savor its engineering without dealing with the minds that sought it as the ultimate misanthropic expression?

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6% in poverty in Chesco, Pa.’s wealthiest county

by Laura Catalano, Daily Local News, 5/8/13

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.

That may be a startling statistic. Even more startling: More than 6 percent of the county’s population lives in poverty, and more than 600 of its residents, were counted as homeless on a single night in January. Many more people, confronted with the high cost of living, are struggling to make ends meet.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Glenmoore recently presented a panel discussion on “The Challenges of Poverty in Chester County: Helping Those in Need.” About 50 people attended the discussion, which is the first in a series of planned lectures by the church.

The discussion featured three panelists who deal with poverty in Chester County on a regular basis. They included Patrick Bokovitz, director of the Chester County Department of Community Development; Thomas Burd, executive director of The Clinic in Phoenixville; and Phoebe Kitson-Davis, program manager of Chester County Food Bank Inc.

They revealed some stark truths about the specific challenges faced by the economically disadvantaged living in the midst of prosperity.

Among those challenges, the high cost of housing is perhaps the most significant. The average two-bedroom apartment costs $1,095 per month, according to statistics provided by Kitson-Davis. To pay that, a provider needs an hourly wage of $21.06. Someone earning only $8 an hour would need to work 88 hours per week, just to cover the rent.

When all costs are factored in—health care, child care, food, transportation and taxes—a single parent with one preschooler needs a salary of $51,853, according to “The Self-Sufficiency Standard for PA, 2010-2011,” published by the University of Washington….

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