Opinion

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.”

Rosetta Mission could provide valuable and inspiring classroom lesson |Nov 7, 2014

To the editor: My grandson is a student in 5th grade. I wanted to offer a suggestion as to a teaching topic that I think teachers and students alike would find incredibly interesting and engaging.

Don’t blame retailers for cyber-criminals |Nov 6, 2014

If it hasn’t happened to you, it’s probably happened to someone you know. Far too many Americans are falling victim to cyber-criminals. The personal information so essential to every aspect of our lives — from phone numbers to email addresses to bank account numbers — seems to be constantly under siege.

Think About It: What’s the Temp? |Nov 6, 2014

“It doesn’t make a difference what temperature the room is; it’s always room temperature.”

While Church debates, gay Catholics caught in limbo |Nov 6, 2014

When I was a kid, I learned about Limbo from my mother.

Warren Kampf — Actions speak louder than words |Nov 3, 2014

As with any election season, we hear politicians making a lot of claims. State Rep. Warren Kampf has been actively distancing himself from Gov. Corbett and trying to paint himself as a moderate and independent voice.

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.

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.”

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.”