Yes, Virginia, there is a US Congress but…

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 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 us any presents or do anything […]

Op/Ed: Vote No on Tuesday

Read all you need to know about why to vote NO on the ballot question on the back of Tuesday’s ballot, in an op-ed by Lisa Longo, Member, the Phoenixville School Board and Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times at The Times of Chester County, Nov 6th, 2017

Who enforces the electoral rules?

By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County Three years ago, a candidate for the 158th district seat in the PA House withdrew from the race more than a month after the deadline to be replaced on the ballot. The court let a replacement candidate get on the ballot anyhow. Now a candidate for West […]

H.R. 610 Choices in Education Act: a disaster if it passes in Congress

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, February 16, 2017 A pro-education rally at 21 West Market St. in West Chester tomorrow Friday Feb. 17, 11:30a.m. to 12 p.m., is specifically directed against House Bill 610, which was introduced in Washington last month. The bill’s own short description does not do justice to […]

Was BuzzFeed right to publish alleged Trump dossier?

By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, Jan 13th, 2017 If those allegations weren’t news before January 10, they sure are now. The post that contains the download to the full 35-page version of the allegations was viewed over 5,000,000 times in its first 3 days online. (The 2-page executive summary has not been […]

“Rep. Costello, do your job!”

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 6/29/16 “Rep. Costello, do your job!” was the first of several chants by the 25 people assembled under his office window on West Market St. on June 27. Then, it was on to “Background checks now!” and “No guns for terrorists!” And “What did Congress do […]

The President and the Price of Gas

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 11/2/14 In February 2012, Newt Gingrich pledged that if elected president he would reduce the gas price to $2.50 a gallon. Not to be outdone, his Republican colleague and intended presidential candidate Michele Bachmann had already promised in August 2011 that she would bring us $2 […]