Opinion

Think About It: On Being Thankful |Oct 30, 2014

“Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Fact checking Corbett’s latest campaign ad |Oct 30, 2014

Seeing yet another negative ad from the campaign of Tom Corbett, I decided to fact check this one, because it told me it was “critical to pay attention.” I paid attention, took notes and critically checked the claims and who made them.

Welcome to your new paper |Oct 29, 2014

You may notice that the paper in your hands is a little different.

Think About It: The Pleasures of Imagination |Oct 28, 2014

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Stop the Breaches: Merchants need to be held accountable for data hacks |Oct 28, 2014

If you shopped at Target, Home Depot or Neiman Marcus, or if you had dinner or dessert at Jimmy John’s, P.F. Chang’s or Dairy Queen, you were also likely a victim of a data breach in 2014.

Kampf has improved communication with constituents |Oct 28, 2014

Warren Kampf is really hitting his stride. Over the last two years, I’ve noticed a real difference in communication with my state representative and my community, because I opted to sign up for Warren Kampf’s legislative updates online.

Kampf making the tough choices that will help secure our children’s future |Oct 28, 2014

Sadly in government today, most politicians are only looking for solutions that sound good in campaign ads and work best for two-year election cycles. While Pennsylvania has numerous problems that will affect generations to come, not many seem to be looking out for my young family and those of us who will have to deal with — tomorrow — the consequences of the misguided decisions made today.

Kampf has earned the right to continue representing 157th |Oct 28, 2014

I am a homeowner in downtown Phoenixville and am writing to express my support for Warren Kampf in his bid for reelection as state representative for the 157th District.

Warren Kampf is running scared |Oct 28, 2014

Marian Moskowitz, candidate for state representative in the 157th district, is running a clean campaign. The publicity she releases is truthful and verifiable. And she refuses to engage in negative or misleading advertising.

Warren Kampf - Not just politics as usual |Oct 28, 2014

It’s easy to be cynical about politics. As a recent Conestoga graduate and current University of Pennsylvania student, I’ve noticed that the prevailing political opinion among my generation is one marked with pessimism and resignation.

Casey Kasem’s end-of-life nightmare is lesson for millions of Americans |Oct 28, 2014

The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem’s family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates the challenges and importance of end-of-life planning.

Think About it: Where in the world did that come from? |Oct 28, 2014

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

New look coming to The Phoenix Reporter & Item |Oct 10, 2014

We are very excited to reveal our new papers!

Think About It: The Mystery of the Fortune Cookie |Oct 9, 2014

“Confucius say: if you think you’re going to sum up your entire life on this little piece of paper, you’re crazy.”

Phoenixville voting precinct relocation indefensible |Oct 7, 2014

Last week, the Republican appointees of the Chester County Elections Board unilaterally decided to relocate Precinct 477 (Phoenixville West 1) from the 157th to the 155th Pennsylvania House District.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Buying tips for travelers |Oct 6, 2014

As an expert appraiser, people often ask me what items are worth. When I travel, people ask me what is a good buy and how to spot a bargain. Here are some quick tips about negotiating when traveling abroad:

Celebrating America’s wilderness 50 years later |Oct 3, 2014

“When are you going to take your family to Disney World?”

Think About It: In Praise of Leisure |Oct 3, 2014

“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.”

Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life |Sep 23, 2014

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

Take a walk in the shoes of minimum wage workers |Sep 23, 2014

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.

Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules |Sep 19, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the regularly scheduled borough council meeting, the council voted to approve an ordinance amending chapter 15 “Motor Vehicles and Traffic, part 4, General Parking Regulations, Section 15-406 Handicapped Parking Zones, and Section 15-411, Parking Prohibited on Portions of Certain Highways During Street Sweeping Hours from March 1 to December 31,” of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Phoenixville.

PSEA must restore rights of religious objectors |Sep 19, 2014

Jane Ladley knew in high school that she had a passion to help children learn to read. Her passion turned into her profession, and for 25 years Jane taught in Pennsylvania public schools, working with children with learning and behavioral difficulties.

Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson |Sep 18, 2014

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

Think About it: Watching Trees Grow |Sep 11, 2014

“There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act |Sep 11, 2014

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on its head.

Clean water is good for business and Pennsylvania’s economy |Sep 2, 2014

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.

An open letter to Rep. Milne: Expedite Rapps Dam Road bridge repair |Sep 2, 2014

Dear Mr. Milne, In light of your recent touting of the transportation bill and what it has done for our region, I would like to call your attention to an urgent local matter that has impacted much of your constituency but has not gotten much attention from Harrisburg.

Without Fed’s flexibilitly, Commonwealth should walk away from Healthy PA |Sep 2, 2014

The Commonwealth Foundation commends Gov. Corbett for refusing to take the politically expedient route of putting more people into Medicaid without first reforming it. Simply giving more people “coverage” is not the same as giving them “care.

Think About It: The Responsibility of Knowledge |Sep 2, 2014

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.”

What the CIA is trying to hide |Aug 28, 2014

Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after Sept. 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria,

Think About It: The sneeze that caused an uproar |Aug 28, 2014

“Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons.”

Falling through the cracks in Obamacare |Aug 22, 2014

Mark Ferkler is a Delaware County resident in his mid-thirties. He’s healthy, gainfully employed and now, thanks to Obamacare, is newly uninsured. Yes, you read that right — uninsured.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What you need to know to start stamp collecting |Aug 18, 2014

The process of stamp collecting is nearly as old as the stamp itself.

We need housing finance reform now |Aug 15, 2014

Across the political spectrum, there is near unanimous agreement that the current housing finance system, in which Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other agencies are guaranteeing or insuring nearly 90 percent of all home loans, is unsustainable.

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Technology changing the antiques world |Aug 11, 2014

Technology has helped many people get the information they need in short order. When it comes to learning the value of antiques and obtaining appraisals, more and more people are finding that expert advice by searching online.

Think About It: The Culture of Whatever |Aug 11, 2014

“The mystery of human existence is not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”

Open Government Initiative: Litmus test for Obama on whistleblowers |Aug 6, 2014

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign.

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Downsizing tips |Aug 5, 2014

Overwhelming is the best word to describe the feelings, fears and finality of downsizing. While I help people through this difficult process on a regular basis during my in-home appraisal appointments and video chat appraisals with clients all over the country, most people are both excited to move on to a new phase in life and terrified about how to actually get there.

Think About It: The Story of Two Old Men |Aug 5, 2014

“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy

Investing in Pre-K will help reduce crime |Jul 31, 2014

To the editor: The passage of the 2014-15 state budget included an important funding increase for future crime prevention – a $10 million increase for PA Pre-K Counts.

Think About It: You, Me and Fireflies |Jul 30, 2014

“There are two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori: Losing money at your yard sale |Jul 30, 2014

When it comes to learning how to spot a treasure, the first thing you have to learn is where to look.

Budget shields taxpayers, but challenges remain |Jul 25, 2014

A contentious budget season has officially ended after Governor Corbett signed a $29 billion appropriations bill into law. But is it fiscally responsible? And what’s holding up reforms on the major issues, like pension reform, facing taxpayers across the state?

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Yard sale dos and don’ts |Jul 22, 2014

Have you ever spent a Saturday morning going to yard sales? Here are some tips for making the most of your yard sale shopping spree.

Think About It: The Meaning of Tears |Jul 22, 2014

“Tears have always been easier to shed than to explain.”

Searching for a long-lost friend from Denmark |Jul 22, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to you from Denmark on behalf of my 82-year-old mother, Kirsten Laigaard.

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.

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: 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: