Opinion

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Cleaning tips to protect your valuables |Jul 17, 2014

I met a client during an in-home appraisal evaluation session who had raised six sons in a house with a pristine, fragile and very valuable collection of antique glassware. Her ability to have boys share a house with fragile stemware prompted me to share my tips for protecting your valuables.

Think About It: Stop and Smell the Roses |Jul 16, 2014

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”

Here’s one fix for our imperfect marketplace: paid leave |Jul 16, 2014

As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:

Improving chemical safety: A baby step in the right direction |Jul 16, 2014

In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals.

Think About It: The Fatherhood Cycle |Jul 7, 2014

“Lately all my friends are worried that they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.”

Improve FOIA to give everyday Americans better access to documents |Jul 2, 2014

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune’s Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings.

Think About It: Abraham Lincoln and the Medal of Honor |Jul 1, 2014

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: The National Setpember 11 Memorial & Museum |Jun 30, 2014

Like many others, I lost friends on Sept. 11, 2001. As a museum professional and historian dedicated to the study of objects and their role in culture, I am pleased to highlight the September 11 Memorial and its new museum that recalls that historic day.

It’s time to give college graduates a future with real freedom - freedom from debt |Jun 23, 2014

The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” (S.

Think About It: 10 Tips for Summer Health |Jun 23, 2014

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Venus discovered |Jun 23, 2014

Venus is more than a celestial body. Venus is one of the most popular Classical figures in the history of art.

Paycheck protection would establish fairness for taxpayers |Jun 19, 2014

Most people would agree that tax dollars should not be used to collect the political money of private organizations, effectively forcing taxpayers to subsidize organizations that don’t share their values.

Think About It: Getting Out of Town, Part 2 |Jun 17, 2014

“To travel is to live.” Hans Christian Anderson

Current state pension reform proposal a poor alternative |Jun 17, 2014

To the editor: The recent editorial by the Commonwealth Foundations would have us believe the “free market” system holds the key to reforming the state pension system.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Riding Shotgun - Wells Fargo memorabilia |Jun 17, 2014

When a youngster runs toward his Mom’s car and calls out “I’m riding shotgun” to his little brother, everybody knows they are calling dibs on the passenger seat. But, in fact, that child is referencing the longstanding history of one of America’s best known brands and companies associated with the taming of the Wild West.

Pension crisis could hurt other vital programs and industries |Jun 17, 2014

As lawmakers in Harrisburg get serious about crafting a new state budget with a June 30 deadline approaching, they have an opportunity to also take action to address the top financial problem facing the Commonwealth — the escalating state pension crisis.

A look back at the Spring-Ford Class of 2014 |Jun 17, 2014

Having been a Spring-Ford student all of my life, it feels surreal to ‘suddenly’ be considered an alum.

A pharmacy’s tax tricks could make you sick |Jun 12, 2014

One of America’s best known stores may soon decide that it’s no longer American. If it does, you will pay the price and feel real sick about it.

Think About It: Getting Out of Town, Part 1 |Jun 12, 2014

“Travel makes one modest; you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Unions’ revisionist history doesn’t change need for pension reform |Jun 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter from Jay Galambos (June 3) makes the absurd claim that the Commonwealth Foundation and “right wing lobbyists” created the state pension crisis by supporting reduced payments into pension plans.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Collectibles for Dad |Jun 9, 2014

My dad is a 92-year-old World War II veteran, a former professional athlete and my hero.

Some needed financial relief for students |Jun 6, 2014

Students graduating from American colleges are under a crushing burden of debt. This is true even when the students attend public colleges. America, alone among industrial countries, throws its students to the wolves when they graduate, especially if they are in debt.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Tips for home organizing |Jun 4, 2014

Recently, an audience member presented me with a list of some of the tips that I shared during an appraisal show that I presented.

Organizations pushing for PSERS reform are same ones that caused crisis |Jun 3, 2014

To the editor: The Commonwealth Foundation’s most recent editorial about the state’s pension crisis was an interesting take on a problem that ultra right wing organizations like the Foundation helped to create.

Think About It: On Taking Offence |Jun 3, 2014

“Four-letter words have always offended me. I cringe at hearing them. Can’t, don’t and won’t are the worst.”

Think About It: In Spite of It All |May 29, 2014

“A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you.”

Pension reform benefits teachers, taxpayers |May 29, 2014

Standard & Poor’s recently issued a stern warning that they would lower Pennsylvania’s bond rating—making it more expensive for the state to borrow money—unless they “adopt meaningful pension reform.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What actually IS an appraisal? |May 27, 2014

The concept of an appraisal seems simple enough, yet many people confuse an appraisal with an asking price or a purchase offer.

To recuse or not to recuse, that is the question |May 22, 2014

I just watched the borough council meeting from last week, and I suggest everyone watch it to see our council in action. The portion of the meeting I am commenting on is about 79 minutes in.

Think About It: To Be Honest With You |May 22, 2014

“Make yourself an honest man, and then you will be sure there is one rascal less in the world.”

Advance notice could prevent voting day runaround |May 21, 2014

To the Editor: As a resident of Phoenixville West-2 region, I went over to vote Tuesday at the Phoenixville Middle School. There were no political signs posted on the lawn or people standing out front handing out literature, so I knew something was amiss.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Lladró — The Spanish collectible |May 19, 2014

Lladró was founded by the three Lladró brothers, Juan, José and Vicente, in 1953. The founders formed the family company in the village of Almácera, Spain, near Valencia. After more than 50 years, the Lladró family remains at the helm of the world famous pottery manufacturing firm.

Geothermal the way to go for new PASD buildings |May 19, 2014

The Phoenixville Area School District is exploring the cost-benefit of building the proposed new Early Learning Center and Elementary School with a geothermal energy system rather than a “standard” HVAC system.

Geothermal the way to go for new PASD buildings |May 19, 2014

The Phoenixville Area School District is exploring the cost-benefit of building the proposed new Early Learning Center and Elementary School with a geothermal energy system rather than a “standard” HVAC system.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Easy art terms |May 16, 2014

The art world can be a mysterious one. If you learn a little bit about the various media and materials used, you can take some of the mystery out of collecting art. Here are some easy art terms to aid the novice:

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Easy art terms |May 16, 2014

The art world can be a mysterious one. If you learn a little bit about the various media and materials used, you can take some of the mystery out of collecting art. Here are some easy art terms to aid the novice:

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: French Impressionist painting discovered |May 14, 2014

On my national appraisal show tour every year, I appraise approximately 20,000 art and antique objects that people bring to me at large public events and during private in-home client appraisal appointments.

Think About It: The Value of the Dinner Table |May 14, 2014

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Thank you to Sen. Toomey for helping companies grow and stay competitive |May 14, 2014

To the editor: I wanted to write to thank Sen. Toomey for visiting Spring City Electrical Manufacturing to discuss the issues of importance to our business a few weeks ago. I also wanted to correct some misinformation propagated in recent letters published by this publication.

Sen. Toomey’s voting record does not match his rhetoric |May 6, 2014

To the editor: I recently read an Inquirer article that detailed Sen. Pat Toomey’s visit to the Spring City Electrical Manufacturing Company in Chester County. I was very surprised that the Senator talked about a bill that will allow companies to make tax deductions for the first half a million dollars they spend on equipment costs.

Government union dues really do end up in campaigns |May 6, 2014

To the editor: I do not blame the retired teacher who penned Commonwealth Foundation Has it Wrong on PSEA Dues Spending, May 1, 2014, for believing government unions do not spend dues on political advocacy.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: French Impressionist painting discovered |May 5, 2014

On my national appraisal show tour every year, I appraise approximately 20,000 art and antique objects that people bring to me at large public events and during private in-home client appraisal appointments.

Movement building and challenging mass incarceration |May 2, 2014

I recently received a poem, “The New Jim Crows,” from an unlikely source: North Carolina Public Defender Danny Spiegel.

Think About It: My Most Cherished Possessions |May 1, 2014

“My most cherished possessions are my grandma’s letters and my vintage Martha Washington cookbook.”

Commonwealth Foundation has it wrong on PSEA dues spending |Apr 30, 2014

To the editor: The Commonwealth Foundation’s recent diatribe on union contributions to political causes was a bit confusing. The politically skewed organization specifically mentioned the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s ability to use members’ dues to subsidize political spending.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Baby antiques |Apr 30, 2014

With Mother’s Day upon us, I wanted to seize this opportunity to review some of art history’s rarely discussed baby antiques.

Dialogue isn’t just for screenplays |Apr 30, 2014

From the moment I started writing The Suspect, I saw how the film wanted, needed to look. My producing partner and wife Mary Jo believed in that vision.

Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori: Antiquing lessons from a catch phrase |Apr 25, 2014

Many years ago, I learned that in order to make information stick in the minds of my university students, you had to give them an easy way to remember that information. My catch phrases that I used in lecture halls on world class university campuses became my trademark just as they are now.

Think About It: The Low Maintenance Garden |Apr 25, 2014

“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.”

Sen. Toomey continues to show no care for those struggling |Apr 25, 2014

To the editor: Senator Toomey’s latest vote against the reinstatement of emergency unemployment benefits was no surprise to me.