Monthly Archives: September 2012

Smedley Darlington Butler of West Chester

One of West Chester’s most famous natives, born and raised in the Borough, was Smedley Darlington Butler, descended from local Quakers on both sides and schooled by Quakers. Ironically, his fame is due to his military career. Short version: he … Continue reading

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Happy National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. See more here. There is a voter registration drive all day today, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Sykes Union, West Chester University, and others around the county and state. We all … Continue reading

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Interview with Bret Binder, candidate for PA House district 156

In the past few weeks I interviewed PA House district 156 Democratic challenger Bret Binder and incumbent Republican representative Dan Truitt (in that order).  I am grateful to both of them for their time and willingness to be interviewed in … Continue reading

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Interview with Rep. Dan Truitt, incumbent, PA House district 156

In the past few weeks I interviewed PA House district 156 Democratic challenger Bret Binder and incumbent Republican representative Dan Truitt (in that order). I am grateful to both of them for their time and willingness to be interviewed in … Continue reading

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Burning up workers

When a society undergoes disasters, it can learn and change, or not. Our society isn’t so good a changing, at least not for the better, any more. Last year, I learned that the movement to honor “International Women’s Day” (every … Continue reading

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Hens in West Chester: Why not?

A few months ago I happened to be at a Borough Council meeting where permitting hens in the Borough was discussed. The measure got sent to committee for further talk and elaboration. I see hens are on the PZBID committee’s … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Flies and US political life

William Golding’s 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies–which I just reread–depicts boys stranded without adults on a tropical island. The boys prove far less marked by civilization than the prototypical fictional strandee Robinson Crusoe, and far less skilled at … Continue reading

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The medieval wing of the Republican party

As a former specialist in the Middle Ages, I thought I was moving on in time by becoming an observer of the contemporary political scene. Ironically, medieval training now becomes relevant, as it turns out that Rep. Todd Akin and … Continue reading

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A few things Paul Ryan forgot to say

In his VP acceptance speech, Paul Ryan blamed president Obama for a whole list of things. But he forgot a few: The recent rise in gas prices is Obama’s fault, because he should have induced the oil companies to drill … Continue reading

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