Marcus Hook mayor James Schiliro is bringing the heat, or so he thinks. No matter if an investigation is launched or what they may conclude, I don't believe Chester voters care either way.
Chester's political history is so ripe with political vice that these allegations brought up by Mayor Schiliro are petty in comparison. And, more importantly, Chester folks are well aware of how Kirkland flexes his political muscle and they have accepted it for 20 years.
If Schiliro wants to be the next St. Rep, he will need the communities outside of Chester to vote in large numbers to overcome the Kirkland Chester base. Yet, Kirkland's base would rather have a Chester face in that office than any outsider.
We love the Across Colors Cultural Festival and Tyra Starr is a tremendous host and performer. We wish we could see more of her but Chester just doesn't have a live performance venue to put our talent on display. Shame on Chester.
The Chester Fine Arts Center is the only place in Chester where budding performance artist can receive training in voice and instruments. It's a nice place to rent for parties or a mid-size banquet. My only wish is that it would have become the new Caroso's Music and been more open and accessible for people from in and out of the community for music lessons and instrument purchases.
Starr Associates does business-to-business work so we don't know what's going on there.
And if Community Baptist Church is doing something wrong, you'd think it would have come up long before now.
Needless to say, most politicians would probably steer clear of involving family members in their political influence so they don't bring attention to themselves on ethics violations, but in a city like Chester where residents have seen it occur for so many generations, they have given Kirkland a pass.
Could he be doing more for his legislative district? Probably so. Is he causing atrocious harm to the Chester community? Probably not. Are there questions of ethics? Probably so. Does it change Chester's opinion of him? Probably not.
In my opinion, the Schiliro charges have only fired up Kirkland's base to make sure they come out and vote him in once again.