RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: website: all stories The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:32:51 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Think About It: Learning Something New]]> For quite some time now I have known about the famous song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen," which was released in 2013. Whether it was Idina Menzel singing the Oscar-winning song or it was a host of imitations of little girls on YouTube, most of us have heard it over and over.

I knew about that song and I knew it was important in that movie, which now is the highest grossing animated film of all time and one of Disney's top franchises, but what I didn't know was where that song fit in the movie and what was really being "let go.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:59:01 -0400 2015-04-23T13:59:01-04:00 2015-04-23T13:59:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's budget has unintended consequences]]> Kermit Bell is worried about his 90-year-old mother, Louise.

Like many seniors, Louise Bell sold her house when she moved to a Palmyra nursing home and lives on a fixed income. But if the proposed sales tax expansion contained in Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal becomes law, her nursing home costs will jump by $3,000 -- essentially adding a 13th month to her annual bill.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:58:29 -0400 2015-04-23T13:58:29-04:00 2015-04-23T13:58:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Hydrogen fuel cells are the future of renewable energy storage]]> In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day.

In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:45:47 -0400 2015-04-23T13:45:47-04:00 2015-04-23T13:45:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf's homecare order a money grab, puts personal care choice at risk]]> For the past 25 years, Don Lambrecht and David Smith have teamed up to allow Dave, a homebound quadriplegic, to lead a productive and fulfilling life -- and they've formed a close friendship in the process. But earlier this year, a little-known When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That's how equal partnerships work.

Today, you know the Fishers' company as Gap Inc. Following Doris and Don's lead, the company continues to pay the women and men who work there dollar for dollar for the same day's work -- from sales associate to senior executive and every level in between.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:42:44 -0400 2015-04-17T10:42:44-04:00 2015-04-17T10:42:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Just Did It]]> Robert H. Schuller was a force. When he died recently at 88 years of age, I felt as though I had lost a friend. Although I never shook his hand, his influence in my life was profound.

His leadership journey really took a huge step forward in 1955 when he began a church in a drive-in movie theater in Garden Grove, California.

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:19:28 -0400 2015-04-17T02:19:28-04:00 2015-04-17T02:19:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Guest Column: Say thanks to your township supervisors]]> You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring.

They're your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in mind: to build a better community for you, your family and your neighbors.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:34:34 -0400 2015-04-10T11:34:34-04:00 2015-04-10T11:34:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Wal-Mart's small wage increase not enough for employees, taxpayers]]> You don't need a Wal-Mart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company's recently announced boost in worker wages: it's not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, and therefore not enough to get American taxpayers off the hook for subsidizing the giant retailer's low-wage payroll.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:23:07 -0400 2015-04-10T11:23:07-04:00 2015-04-10T11:23:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Charter school bill rejects $136M in savings, could raise property taxes]]> Students and taxpayers have much at stake as charter school reform is debated in Harrisburg. Unfortunately, a bill House Republicans passed recently (H.B. 530) would not deliver for our kids or taxpayers. That's why it passed on party lines, without enough votes to survive a potential veto from new Democratic Gov.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:46:03 -0400 2015-04-02T18:46:03-04:00 2015-04-02T18:46:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Construction entrance to ELC site should be moved]]> After considerable research and "digging" yesterday, I discovered some troubling information that was not shared with the surrounding residents relating to the first construction step of the Early Learning Center project. Unfortunately, lack of transparency continues.

As Phoenixville Area School District officials are obviously aware, the designated Pothouse Road construction entrance to the former Meadow Brook Golf Club property is less than 170 ft.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:27:19 -0400 2015-04-02T18:27:19-04:00 2015-04-02T18:27:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Our Love of Animals]]> When you grow up on a farm, you have an inborn love for animals. Whether it was the cows and chickens, hogs and geese, horse and pony, sheep, cat or dog, from the start of the day to the end of the day we were around those animals. To this day I still love the smell of the barn.

But it is one thing to have animals as part of your livelihood and another thing to have them as pets.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:17 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Wolf negotiates billions with unions who gave him millions]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's
first executive order banned gifts for executive branch employees in order to eliminate conflicts of interest between those in power and anyone "seeking to obtain business from or has financial relations with the commonwealth.

]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:59:10 -0400 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00 2015-03-26T16:59:10-04:00 <![CDATA[Wolf's budget could save Pennsylvania]]> Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal presents a clear vision for the future of our state and dares us to be great in the spirit of President John Kennedy who said that "a rising tide lifts all boats."

There will be some who will try to derail this budget by picking away at the pieces of the plan to protect their own "special interests.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:17:37 -0400 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00 2015-03-26T16:17:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Pa. should make cyber charter school funding reform a priority]]> Schools that teach. A very basic concept, yet one that has more complicated layers -- with one layer costing about $426 million annually.

Gov. Tom Wolf's budget included a new $1 billion cumulative investment in education as well as a four-year commitment of $2 billion in new money for basic education, special education and Pre-K.

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:44:41 -0400 2015-03-19T14:44:41-04:00 2015-03-19T14:45:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Taxpayers deserve a fair trade with school property tax elimination]]> Many local football fans have watched their favorite NFL team make numerous trades and acquisitions over the past two weeks. Some of those trades leave fans scratching their heads and wondering what the front office is doing to help the team get to the Super Bowl.

Two weeks ago, I heard a similar reaction from local residents to Gov.

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:21:26 -0400 2015-03-19T14:21:26-04:00 2015-03-19T14:21:26-04:00