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The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American Dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:16 -0400 2014-09-23T17:08:16-04:00 2014-09-23T17:08:17-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Books That Shaped My Life]]> "Reading one book is like eating one potato chip."

Diane Duane

If I could tell Thomas Jefferson something, I would probably let him know that I understand what he meant when he said, "I cannot live without books." Jane Smiley knew something about me also when she said, "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:57:03 -0400 2014-09-23T16:57:03-04:00 2014-09-23T16:57:06-04:00
<![CDATA[Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules]]> 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.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:59:23 -0400 2014-09-19T12:59:23-04:00 2014-09-19T12:59:25-04:00
<![CDATA[PSEA must restore rights of religious objectors]]> 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. Jane, a Chester County resident, explains, "To see the light bulb go on and see them be able to read - it's just really thrilling.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:20:46 -0400 2014-09-19T11:20:46-04:00 2014-09-19T11:20:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Life Lessons from Thomas Jefferson]]> "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson

As a powerful advocate of liberty, Thomas Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. As the third President of the United States (1801-1809), he was a pioneer for freedom of conscience and the right to live a happy, fulfilled life.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:59 -0400 2014-09-18T12:46:59-04:00 2014-09-18T12:47:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act]]> Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on its head.

Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public's hands forever.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:28:31 -0400 2014-09-11T12:28:31-04:00 2014-09-11T12:28:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About it: Watching Trees Grow]]> "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

Minnie Aumonier

I remember the laughter I caused among some community friends when I found myself saying out loud these words: "I like watching trees grow." Even I had to laugh at the sound of it.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:15:22 -0400 2014-09-11T10:15:22-04:00 2014-09-11T10:15:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Clean water is good for business and Pennsylvania's economy]]> It doesn't matter what industry you're talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.

In 2001, the Philadelphia Brewing Company acquired a 38,000 square foot brewery facility on the 2400 block of Frankford Avenue, filling a space that had long been vacant and bringing new life to a changing commercial corridor.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:41:11 -0400 2014-09-02T14:41:11-04:00 2014-09-02T14:41:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Without Fed's flexibilitly, Commonwealth should walk away from Healthy PA]]> The Commonwealth Foundation commends Gov. Corbett for refusing to take the politically expedient route of putting more people into Medicaid without first reforming it. Simply giving more people "coverage" is not the same as giving them "care."

However, the only adequate condition for accepting Medicaid expansion is full state flexibility to reform the Medicaid program.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:32:42 -0400 2014-09-02T14:32:42-04:00 2014-09-02T14:32:44-04:00
<![CDATA[An open letter to Rep. Milne: Expedite Rapps Dam Road bridge repair]]> Dear Mr. Milne,

In light of your recent touting of the transportation bill and what it has done for our region, I would like to call your attention to an urgent local matter that has impacted much of your constituency but has not gotten much attention from Harrisburg.

Regarding the repair of the Rapps Dam Road covered bridge in East Pikeland Township - your office staff advised me that the project to repair the damaged bridge will not be completed until December of this year.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:27 -0400 2014-09-02T14:17:27-04:00 2014-09-02T14:17:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: The Responsibility of Knowledge]]> "Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else."

Ivan Bell

For over thirty years, Jim Maza has been our college attorney. He has been one of the most valued persons who have helped us successfully navigate a host of complex institutional issues.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:59:15 -0400 2014-09-02T13:59:15-04:00 2014-09-02T13:59:17-04:00
<![CDATA[What the CIA is trying to hide]]> Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after Sept. 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, "Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of demons."

Aldous Huxley

"Words matter." With that comment, Jim Maza, my friend and our VFCC college attorney summed up his perspective on the importance of legal documents saying what we intend them to say.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:13:04 -0400 2014-08-28T13:13:04-04:00 2014-08-28T13:13:06-04:00
<![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.

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.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:49:00 -0400 2014-08-18T12:49:00-04:00 2014-08-18T12:49:02-04:00