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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.

Why it’s colder here—because it’s warmer there

Sometimes attractive paradoxes don’t add up, but the one in the above title does! I noticed in “To Explain All This Cold, Take a Look At the Arctic” by Henry Fountain in the Jan. 4 New York Times (the online … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, there is a US Congress but…

December 25, 2017 Dear Virginia and friends, It has come to our attention that you may be wondering if there is a United States Congress. “Why,” some of you are asking, “Should we believe in you when you don’t bring … Continue reading

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“The Wisdom To Survive”

About 70 people gathered on Thursday evening December 7 to view “The Wisdom to Survive,” the final film of the fall in the West Chester University Environmental Sustainability Film Series in memory of Graham Hudgings. The hour-long documentary at WCU’s … Continue reading

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Traveler’s Evening Song

Just feeling meditative, as the weather declines, days get shorter, and even younger people fall away from us. J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), Wanderers Nachtlied, II Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, über allen Wipfeln spürest du kaum einen Hauch: die … Continue reading

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Now what do I do with those political signs and wickets?

Winners exult, losers lament, and all of us wonder what to do with our growing collection of political signs and their metal support rods (AKA wickets). They were so important to sway voters’ minds… maybe… and now?? If your candidate … Continue reading

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Interview with Bret Binder

I had a chance last week to interview Bret Binder, an East Bradford attorney who is running for the position of Magisterial District Judge in West Bradford, East Bradford, and West Chester wards 3, 6, and 7. Why are you … Continue reading

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Moby-Dick and American democracy

Way back in high school, I had English teachers who were as obsessed with Moby-Dick as was Captain Ahab with the great white whale. Rereading it now, I see a lot of things I missed before, like Herman Melville’s rhetorical … Continue reading

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