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About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.

No surprise: Civility and trust down nationally since November

The chart below is from “Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down” by Jessica Taylor, NPR.org, July 3, 2017. It would be interesting to have figures for Chester County. It would be a good bet, though, … Continue reading

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Jefferson, Dickens, Tolstoy, and the USA

Yesterday I saw “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” at the Lantern Theater Company in Philadelphia. Playwright Scott Carter, a veteran of over twenty years of working with Bill Maher, has a lot … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the pesticides

Since 2015, with many others, I have been part of the West Chester PA activist group Don’t Spray Me, whose immediate purpose is to cut down on both mosquitoes and the pesticides sprayed to kill them. The Don’t Spray Me … Continue reading

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Presidential angst is not a good basis for national policy

The May 11 Daily Local News provides some strong commentary about the firing of FBI director James Comey. The headline of the AP article “Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder” says a lot. It’s pretty obvious that … Continue reading

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Private Schools and Public Funding

(This is the text of my letter of this title in the Daily Local News, 4/1/17; I would link there except that letters no longer appear at DLN online, but only in the print paper and at epaper.) While he … Continue reading

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PA Senate Bill 3 vs. women’s rights

Can people of all views agree on some facts? No one looks forward to having an abortion; anyone who has had one doesn’t want to have another; and the national abortion rate declined by half between 1981 and 2014 (the … Continue reading

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The HR 610 discussion and my own notes on education

With 45 readers’ comments to date from readers on “H.R. 610 Choices in Education Act: a disaster if it passes in Congress,” I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to post their views. You have contributed a lot … Continue reading

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