RSS Feed from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The latest news from The Phoenix Reporter and Item: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com website: all stories http://www.phoenixvillenews.com The Phoenix Reporter and Item Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Falling through the cracks in Obamacare]]> 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.

Despite the president's promise to lower insurance costs, as Mark found out, the Affordable Care Act often isn't affordable at all.

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:52:47 -0400 2014-08-22T12:52:47-04:00 2014-08-22T12:52:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: What you need to know to start stamp collecting]]> The process of stamp collecting is nearly as old as the stamp itself.

There have been documented cases of meetings of stamp collectors taking place as early as 1841 and advertisements placed by like-minded individuals who enjoyed stamp collecting in the mid-1800s.

The first government-issued stamp was introduced in 1840 in Great Britain.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:49:00 -0400 2014-08-18T12:49:00-04:00 2014-08-18T12:49:02-04:00
<![CDATA[We need housing finance reform now]]> 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.

Competitive mortgage, rates affordable home prices and pent-up demand should be spurring a robust housing market, but tight credit conditions stemming from a flawed housing finance system are hurting the housing and economic recovery.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:03:17 -0400 2014-08-15T15:03:17-04:00 2014-08-15T15:03:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Technology changing the antiques world]]> 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. At my office, we have seen a significant increase in clients who are using our mobile app to send me a picture of an object that they want to bid on during an auction, buy at a yard sale or quickly get appraised so they can negotiate with an antiques dealer.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:09:34 -0400 2014-08-11T22:09:34-04:00 2014-08-11T22:09:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Culture of Whatever]]> "The mystery of human existence is not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for."

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

About a year ago I was shocked to read the story of the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane as he was jogging down a tree-lined street about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City in Duncan, Oklahoma.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:29:42 -0400 2014-08-11T21:29:42-04:00 2014-08-11T21:29:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Open Government Initiative: Litmus test for Obama on whistleblowers]]> 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. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail - whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:33:37 -0400 2014-08-06T14:33:37-04:00 2014-08-06T14:33:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Story of Two Old Men]]> "If you want to be happy, be."

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy wrote a simple story about two Russian peasants, Efim and Elisha, who set out on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Efim had twice served as village elder, and when he left office above 60 years of age, his finances were in good order.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:26:40 -0400 2014-08-05T15:26:40-04:00 2014-08-05T15:26:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Downsizing tips]]> 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.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:57:29 -0400 2014-08-05T14:57:29-04:00 2014-08-05T14:57:34-04:00
<![CDATA[Investing in Pre-K will help reduce crime]]> 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.

What does Pre-K have to do with crime prevention?

Considering that approximately 70 percent of our nation's state prison population failed to receive a high school diploma, education is a pivotal factor between incarceration and productive citizenship.

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:48:56 -0400 2014-07-31T23:48:56-04:00 2014-07-31T23:49:00-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques with Dr. Lori: Losing money at your yard sale]]> When it comes to learning how to spot a treasure, the first thing you have to learn is where to look.

My real gift comes from my years of experience in museums and universities, knowing how to identify and spot the real valuable stuff. In my experience, the most common places where valuable antique treasures are hiding are at yard sales and inside people's homes.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:31:34 -0400 2014-07-30T11:31:34-04:00 2014-07-30T11:31:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: You, Me and Fireflies]]> "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."

Albert Einstein

I have always been fascinated by fireflies. I remember running through the yard as a child trying to catch them. Since they fly rather slowly and broadcast where they are by their intermittent light, the task was not too difficult, even for little hands.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:20:03 -0400 2014-07-30T11:20:03-04:00 2014-07-30T11:20:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Budget shields taxpayers, but challenges remain]]> 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?

Let's start with the positive.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:02:46 -0400 2014-07-25T15:02:46-04:00 2014-07-25T15:02:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Meaning of Tears]]> "Tears have always been easier to shed than to explain."

Marty Rubin

Frederick Buechner said, "Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are but, more often than not, God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and is summoning you to where, if your soul is to be saved, you should go to next.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:54:45 -0400 2014-07-22T11:54:45-04:00 2014-07-22T11:54:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Searching for a long-lost friend from Denmark]]> To the editor:

I am writing to you from Denmark on behalf of my 82-year-old mother, Kirsten Laigaard.

My mother lives in a nursing home close to Copenhagen. She has lived there since 2007, when a stroke put an end to an active senior life. The days pass by watching television, sitting outside on her terrace when the weather allows, and getting visits from her children, family and friends.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:44:56 -0400 2014-07-22T11:44:56-04:00 2014-07-22T11:45:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori: Yard sale dos and don'ts]]> 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.

Don't forget the cash

Yard sales are not like a quick trip to the convenience store. You will need more than just your keys, cell phone and credit card. You will need coins, money in small denominations/small bills and an open mind in order to take home the best from a yard sale.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:19:28 -0400 2014-07-22T11:19:28-04:00 2014-07-22T11:19:33-04:00