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The Black Friday Blues — tax inversion and holiday shopping

By Frank Clemente Courtesy of the American Forum |


  • Opinion

    A smarter system for funding students

    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. If the only solution they offered was the exact same car but for more money — would you take it?

    By James Paul Courtesy of the Commonwealth Foundation |

  • Opinion

    Phoenixville Police Department needs to grow to meet new demands

    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.

    By Michael J. Speck Mayor, Borough of Phoenixville |

  • Opinion

    While Church debates, gay Catholics caught in limbo

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

    By Joey Pugh Guest Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Don’t blame retailers for cyber-criminals

    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. Just ask the J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. accountholders, upwards of 80 million of them, who had their customer data compromised in a massive breach this summer,...

    By Brian A. Rider Guest Columnist |

  • Columns

    Think About It: What’s the Temp?

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

    By Don Meyer, Ph.D. Columnist |

  • Letters

    Warren Kampf — Actions speak louder than words

    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.


  • Opinion

    Fact checking Corbett’s latest campaign ad

    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.

    By Lisa Longo Guest Columnist |

  • Columns

    Think About It: On Being Thankful

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

    By Don Meyer, Ph.D. Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Casey Kasem’s end-of-life nightmare is lesson for millions of Americans

    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. It also demonstrates the urgency to reform the system so millions of baby boomers and their aging parents do not experience a similar nightmare.

    By Daniel Wilson and Sean Crowley Courtesy of The American Forum |

  • Opinion

    Stop the Breaches: Merchants need to be held accountable for data hacks

    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. The Identity Theft Resource Center estimates over 500 data security breaches have occurred this year, exposing more than 75 million data records.

    By Patrick Conway President & CEO, Pennsylvania Credit Union Association |

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