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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.

It’s time for edible wild plants

This is a good time to be getting outdoors, not only because of the mostly warming weather, but because it takes our minds off the cares of the world. This is also a good time to study up on edible … Continue reading

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Covid-19 brings out underlying weaknesses in US society

Crises bring out strengths and weaknesses in a society; and coronavirus certainly proves the rule. China’s obsessive centralization made doctors and local government officials afraid to reveal the truth, leading to dangerous delays in diagnosis and countermeasures. Italy’s famed fragmentation … Continue reading

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What we need to know about true health care costs

Health care, along with environment and the economy, is at the top of the list of voters’ concerns. I’d like to see the candidates speak about such issues more holistically. It’s hard to put a value, whether monetary or societal, … Continue reading

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Impeachments past and present

Even though “all politics is local,” we do have impeachment hearings going on. The US Constitution says that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction … Continue reading

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First they came for the…

A reference to this famed quotation with “children” in the blank came to me today, a reference to the Trump administration’s announced intent to confine undocumented immigrant families indefinitely, thus reneging on the prior agreement that, in a 2015 court … Continue reading

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Freedom from Fear… of guns

Is America’s “romance with guns” finally over? Who could feel romantic about an instrument of mass destruction? Democrats want to pass new laws; and Republicans, for the most part, don’t. Follow the money, as they say. The career totals chart … Continue reading

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Which sort of Republican are they?

The current extreme-right Republican party owes its origins to the Tea Party movement that first manifested itself ten years ago in actions against taxes and government spending. In Chester County it grew out of earlier groups opposing the peace movement … Continue reading

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