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:

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.