Opinion

Think About It: You Know You are Old If... |Mar 4, 2015

One of hardest things to understand is what it means to be old. I am beginning to realize what Bernard Baruch meant when he said, “To me, old age is always ten years older than I am.”

Gov. Tom Wolf inviting conversation: Who’s up to task? |Mar 4, 2015

We’ve heard a lot of state budget addresses over the years, stretching back to Gov. Dick Thornburgh. They’ve been fairly predictable, as have been the default responses of the opposite party (one party’s “investments” are another’s “taxes” or “giveaways”).

EDITORIAL: Pa. Legislature sitting on $161M of taxpayer money |Feb 27, 2015

You have to give Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature points for chutzpah.

Think About It: Addicted to Snow |Feb 27, 2015

“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”

Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy efficiency, funding for low-income schools |Feb 25, 2015

One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs.

Wolf’s so-called ‘moratorium’ on death penalty holds no water in Pa. courts |Feb 20, 2015

Governor Wolf did not impose a “moratorium” on Pennsylvania’s death penalty.

Pa. government should do less so we can do more |Feb 20, 2015

Prosperity or ruin? In theory, it’s a simple choice with an obvious answer. But in practice, complicating factors make the decision anything but easy.

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 18, 2015

Last week I shared six “Thoughts on Leadership - Part I.” Today I would like to share six more.

Dusting off the Church Committee an option for overhauling oversight |Feb 12, 2015

“It is not often that nations learn from the past, even rarer that they draw the correct conclusions from it.”

Think About It: Thoughts on Leadership, Part I |Feb 12, 2015

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.”

The real ‘dark money’ in Pennsylvania politics |Feb 12, 2015

January marked the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. FEC decision, which lifted many restrictions on corporate spending in politics.

Long-term problems are big opportunities for change in Pennsylvania |Feb 4, 2015

Pennsylvania added nearly two dozen new lawmakers in November, and there’s a new face in the Governor’s Mansion. Indeed, that face will look very new, as Tom Wolf is the first Pennsylvania governor with a beard in more than a century.

A free and open internet makes an innovative and competitive economy |Feb 4, 2015

If you’re reading this online, thank net neutrality.

Think About It: The Prophetic Fire of Ida B. Wells |Feb 4, 2015

“None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.”

Citizens United will stifle business innovation |Jan 29, 2015

Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects.

EDITORIAL: Pa. needs a strong shield law for journalists |Jan 29, 2015

Apparently, shooting the messenger is much more appealing to a statewide grand jury than actually investigating how the information was leaked in the first place.

Think About It: Before I Go Blind |Jan 29, 2015

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

On Inauguration Day, campaign rhetoric meets governing reality for Wolf |Jan 22, 2015

We congratulate Tom Wolf on becoming Governor of Pennsylvania. Today is the day where campaign rhetoric meets governing reality — simple math will challenge the unaffordable promises that Governor Wolf made on the campaign trail.

Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk |Jan 22, 2015

Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs.

Think About It: Where I’m From, Part II |Jan 20, 2015

“Life can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Commissioner Farrell: Opportunities in Chester County increasing in 2015 |Jan 14, 2015

The citizens of Chester County have a myriad of opportunities as we begin 2015 and close out a successful 2014.

Sen. Dinniman: Thank you for your thoughts |Jan 14, 2015

I would like to thank all who have reached out to me, my wife and my daughter after the recent loss of our beloved family dog Henry. Your letters, cards, e-mails and social media posts truly helped us cope with this new painful void in our home.

Think About It: Where I’m From, Part I |Jan 14, 2015

“Remember, you are the expert on you. No one else sees the world as you do; no one else has your material to draw from.”

Tom Wolf’s multi-million dollar conflict of interest |Jan 8, 2015

Governor-elect Tom Wolf has come out of the gate leading a charge for ethics reform in government, but his own glaring conflict of interest leaves a cloud over his high-minded efforts.

Truth and Reconciliation process could help stem racial friction |Jan 8, 2015

The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process — starting in Ferguson, Missouri — that can get to the roots of a long history of racial trauma and open the way for healing.

Think About It: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals |Jan 6, 2015

“In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”

Boost business by raising the minimum wage |Dec 30, 2014

As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide.

Think About It: New Year... New Beginnings |Dec 30, 2014

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

Former Pennsylvania House Hotel residents need community’s help |Dec 26, 2014

I was so saddened after reading the article on the Pennsylvania House shut down by code enforcement.

With Pennsylvania House shut down, housing for the needy is desperately needed |Dec 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania House could be a proud Phoenixville landmark. Located on High Street in what is referred to as “the North Side,” it has slowly morphed from a boarding house offering inexpensive rooms to those in need, to the kind of place that is barely inhabitable.

Think About It: A Cup of Christmas Tea |Dec 18, 2014

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

Paid Family Leave: An employee benefit that benefits employers as well |Dec 18, 2014

The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment and benefits are.

We can’t let our leaders ignore climate change |Dec 18, 2014

In mid-November, President Obama struck an historic deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in which both countries pledged to substantially reduce their greenhouse emissions over the next decade.

From ashes of firebird vandalism, Phoenixville provides example to other communities |Dec 13, 2014

Last Saturday, I woke up to a phone call at 7:30 in the morning from photographer and Phoenixville area staple Barry Taglieber.

Zogby: Time for Wolf to end the ‘blame game’ and govern |Dec 10, 2014

No amount of feigned astonishment at a pending $1.9 billion budget deficit will erase the fact that this situation has existed for years and will only worsen without needed reforms.

Think About It: The Good Old Days |Dec 10, 2014

“We get so soon old and so late smart.”

DIY Fame: Phoenixville should invest in its burgeoning music scene |Dec 10, 2014

I’ve been hanging around Phoenixville for over 10 years and living here for a month, and if there’s one thing that defines the town, it’s music.

Reporter Frank Otto sums up life in the news business |Dec 9, 2014

Journalism is the only life I’ve known as an adult. I started at the Delaware County Daily Times as a full-time intern when I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2011. Just a few months after that summertime internship ended, I found myself at 24 N.

Teachers’ Unions: The common roadblock to reform |Dec 9, 2014

From Philadelphia to York to the Pittsburgh suburbs, parents and taxpayers are looking to improve public education without breaking the bank. But there’s a common roadblock standing in their way: Teachers’ unions are consigning students to some of the worst-performing schools in the state — all to retain their iron grip on power.

Voters call for clarity: IRS should listen |Dec 9, 2014

Nonprofit political activity is at a crossroads. Nonprofits have come under criticism from some on the left for spending too much dark money to influence politics, while some on the right critique the IRS for subjecting certain groups applying for nonprofit status to increased scrutiny based on their names.

Think About It: Celebrating Christmas Traditions |Dec 2, 2014

“Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought the first one was.”

The Black Friday Blues — tax inversion and holiday shopping |Nov 26, 2014

Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on “Black Friday” for spectacular deals. What they don’t know is that the best bargains have already been taken — not by other shoppers, but by some of America’s largest corporations.

Think About It: Nibbled to Death by Ducks |Nov 26, 2014

Did you know that ducks do not have teeth? They do, however, have small grooves inside their bills to help them chew their food.

Vote to dissolve Rec Board silences community voices |Nov 26, 2014

This past October, Phoenixville Borough Council voted 7-1 to repeal a borough ordinance that established the formation of the Recreation Board; none of the members voting in favor of the motion had ever attended a Recreation Board meeting or knew what the board does.

Revictimization Relief Act a way for victims to have their day in court |Nov 19, 2014

As with so much else surrounding Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Revictimization Relief Act has been distorted to suit the needs of an egocentric killer and his deluded followers.

Think About It: Geeks and Geezers in Action |Nov 19, 2014

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

A smarter system for funding students |Nov 19, 2014

Imagine writing a large check for a new car and finding out a year later that it fails safety tests, won’t pass inspection and needs thousands in repairs. You’d probably be demanding answers from the dealership.

Chester County benefits from China partnership |Nov 13, 2014

Chester County citizens and businesses will greatly benefit from the establishment of a partnership between the county and China. We have just returned from a nine-day Sino-American Regional Business Development & Cultural Exchange Summit that centered in the Yongchuan District (Chongqing Province), the county’s sister community in China.

Phoenixville Police Department needs to grow to meet new demands |Nov 13, 2014

There has been much debate over whether or not the Phoenixville Police Department needs to grow in order to meet the demands of our ever changing and expanding borough.

Think About It: Reading an Upside-Down Map |Nov 12, 2014

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.”