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 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:04:15 -0400 60 <![CDATA[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.

Have you seen this ad? It claims Tom Wolf's Fresh Start plan is going to "triple" taxes on the middle class -- a statement that has been directly refuted and proven absolutely wrong.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:17:32 -0400 2014-10-30T17:17:32-04:00 2014-10-30T17:17:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: On Being Thankful]]> "Gratitude can turn common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."

-- William Arthur Ward

When our children were small, we often played the "I'm thankful for…" game as we traveled in the car. We encouraged them to finish the sentence "I'm thankful for…" with anything and everything they could think of for which they were thankful.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:42:04 -0400 2014-10-30T15:42:04-04:00 2014-10-30T15:42:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Welcome to your new paper]]> You may notice that the paper in your hands is a little different.

Welcome to your new newspaper! We hope you enjoy it.

We are very excited to present to you the redesigned Phoenix Reporter & Item.

More than just a pretty face, at its core, the redesign is meant to make the newspaper more useful to you.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:24:12 -0400 2014-10-29T16:24:12-04:00 2014-10-29T16:24:28-04:00
<![CDATA[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.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:33:02 -0400 2014-10-28T10:33:02-04:00 2014-10-28T10:33:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Pleasures of Imagination]]> "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

--Albert Einstein

In 1862, Victor Hugo published "Les Miserables," one of the greatest novels in the 19th century and what Upton Sinclair described as "one of the half-dozen greatest novels in the world." The story, which takes place during 1815 and 1832, depicts the lives and interactions of several characters, but the focus is on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:32:28 -0400 2014-10-28T10:32:28-04:00 2014-10-28T10:32:31-04:00
<![CDATA[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.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:52:24 -0400 2014-10-28T09:52:24-04:00 2014-10-28T09:52:25-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Where in the world did that come from?]]> "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey

Today I would like to take you on a linguistic journey back to the origin of some of our most familiar sayings. Since we regularly use them, the link to how they got started is probably unknown to most of us.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:49:17 -0400 2014-10-28T09:49:17-04:00 2014-10-28T09:49:20-04:00
<![CDATA[Warren Kampf is running scared]]> 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. This reveals a candidate with as much character as leadership ability. By taking the high road, Moskowitz shows a will to bring respect and dignity to this campaign.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:18 -0400 2014-10-28T09:47:18-04:00 2014-10-28T09:47:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Warren Kampf - Not just politics as usual]]> 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. The narrative goes something like this: self-interested politicians, bought and sold by lobbyists, perpetuate a rigged system in which special interests always win.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:47:15 -0400 2014-10-28T09:47:15-04:00 2014-10-28T09:47:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Kampf has earned the right to continue representing 157th]]> 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.

Most people who are following this race are familiar with Warren's theme: "He's Our Representative." This theme resonates with me, because I know it is true.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:43:30 -0400 2014-10-28T09:43:30-04:00 2014-10-28T09:43:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Kampf has improved communication with constituents]]> 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. The very well-written and informative online updates are a wealth of information, anything from neighborhood road closures and repaving schedules to senior expos and local shredder events.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:43:28 -0400 2014-10-28T09:43:28-04:00 2014-10-28T09:43:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Kampf making the tough choices that will help secure our children's future]]> 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.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:43:24 -0400 2014-10-28T09:43:24-04:00 2014-10-28T09:43:26-04:00
<![CDATA[New look coming to The Phoenix Reporter & Item]]> We are very excited to reveal our new papers!

The Phoenix, Reporter & Item unveils a new look starting Oct. 19.

An extreme makeover of sorts, you will find your newspaper has a new look and feel that is cleaner and more modern and sophisticated through the use of photos, color, quote boxes and more.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:02:50 -0400 2014-10-10T13:02:50-04:00 2014-10-10T13:02:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Mystery of the Fortune Cookie]]> "Confucius say: if you think you're going to sum up your entire life on this little piece of paper, you're crazy."

Fortune Cookie Quote

Just about every time Evie and I go out for Chinese food and our meal is over, we are brought our bill, and on a small tray are two fortune cookies.

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:49:21 -0400 2014-10-09T11:49:21-04:00 2014-10-09T11:49:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville voting precinct relocation indefensible]]> 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. This act is a violation of the due process rights and the right to vote for elected officials by the citizens of the 157th.

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:42:39 -0400 2014-10-07T11:42:39-04:00 2014-10-07T11:42:41-04:00