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, 25 Jan 2015 05:16:40 -0500 60 <![CDATA[On Inauguration Day, campaign rhetoric meets governing reality for Wolf]]> We congratulate Tom Wolf on becoming Governor of Pennsylvania. Today is the day where campaign rhetoric meets governing reality -- simple math will challenge the unaffordable promises that Governor Wolf made on the campaign trail. Gov. Wolf will face the reality that you can grow the government or you can grow the economy, but you can't grow both.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:14:51 -0500 2015-01-22T15:14:51-05:00 2015-01-22T15:14:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk]]> Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates jobs.

Environmentalists warn that tar sands crude oil has three times the global warming potential of conventional crude.

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:14:47 -0500 2015-01-22T15:14:47-05:00 2015-01-22T15:14:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Where I'm From, Part II]]> "Life can be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

-- Soren Kierkegaard

Last week I stepped back into my childhood by sharing on the topic "Where I'm From - Part I." This week I will share my journey through my adult years.

I am from a college in Missouri where this farm boy met my city girl sweetheart who later became my wife.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:45:51 -0500 2015-01-20T16:45:51-05:00 2015-01-20T16:45:51-05:00
<![CDATA[Commissioner Farrell: Opportunities in Chester County increasing in 2015]]> The citizens of Chester County have a myriad of opportunities as we begin 2015 and close out a successful 2014.

As the newly elected chair of the Chester County Commissioners, I'm looking forward to making sure we meet the goals we've set in our strategic plan that will enhance our already excellent quality of life in the county.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:52:45 -0500 2015-01-14T13:52:45-05:00 2015-01-14T13:52:45-05:00
<![CDATA[Sen. Dinniman: Thank you for your thoughts]]> I would like to thank all who have reached out to me, my wife and my daughter after the recent loss of our beloved family dog Henry. Your letters, cards, e-mails and social media posts truly helped us cope with this new painful void in our home.

For nine years, Henry announced when guests (or the UPS truck) arrived, joined us for relaxing evenings on the family couch and stayed up with me into the wee hours as I caught up on paperwork.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:18:26 -0500 2015-01-14T13:18:26-05:00 2015-01-14T13:18:26-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Where I'm From, Part I]]> "Remember, you are the expert on you. No one else sees the world as you do; no one else has your material to draw from."

-- George Ella Lyon

"All of us has a from. And today I will tell you about my from." With those words my dear friend, Dr. H. Robert Rhoden, began his never-to-be-forgotten Chapel message here at the University of Valley Forge.

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:18:24 -0500 2015-01-14T13:18:24-05:00 2015-01-14T13:18:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Truth and Reconciliation process could help stem racial friction]]> The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process -- starting in Ferguson, Missouri -- that can get to the roots of a long history of racial trauma and open the way for healing.

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:03:51 -0500 2015-01-08T11:03:51-05:00 2015-01-08T11:03:52-05:00
<![CDATA[Tom Wolf's multi-million dollar conflict of interest]]> Governor-elect Tom Wolf has come out of the gate leading a charge for ethics reform in government, but his own glaring conflict of interest leaves a cloud over his high-minded efforts.

Wolf has asked his transition team to sign an ethics pledge in an attempt to prevent conflicts of interest within his administration.

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:03:47 -0500 2015-01-08T11:03:47-05:00 2015-01-08T11:03:49-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals]]> "In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia."

-- Anonymous

Goals matter. Just about anything we do that is worthwhile requires a goal. Whether we are going to New York City or planting a garden or earning a university degree, it is virtually impossible to see the Big Apple or eat our own vegetables or turn the tassel without first having a goal.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:58:12 -0500 2015-01-06T18:58:12-05:00 2015-01-06T18:58:14-05:00
<![CDATA[Think About It: New Year... New Beginnings]]> "And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."

--Meister Eckhart

There is just something wonderful about the start of a new year. Whatever good things happened last year, we cannot expect that they will happen again this year. Whatever we would have done differently last year, we actually have the opportunity to do them differently this year.

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:47:00 -0500 2014-12-30T00:47:00-05:00 2014-12-30T00:47:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Boost business by raising the minimum wage]]> As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I'm happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I'd like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide.

Last spring, my business partner, Frank Uible, and I raised the minimum wage in our restaurants to $10.

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 00:46:47 -0500 2014-12-30T00:46:47-05:00 2014-12-30T00:46:49-05:00
<![CDATA[Former Pennsylvania House Hotel residents need community's help]]> I was so saddened after reading the article on the Pennsylvania House shut down by code enforcement.

With the colder weather upon us and especially during the holidays, I hope the good people of our community will come together to help out in any way they can.

The firebird was saved and went on as planned because of the great people of Phoenixville.

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:16:36 -0500 2014-12-26T11:16:36-05:00 2014-12-26T11:16:37-05:00
<![CDATA[With Pennsylvania House shut down, housing for the needy is desperately needed]]> The Pennsylvania House could be a proud Phoenixville landmark. Located on High Street in what is referred to as "the North Side," it has slowly morphed from a boarding house offering inexpensive rooms to those in need, to the kind of place that is barely inhabitable.

Local code enforcement made it official last week.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:31:11 -0500 2014-12-19T19:31:11-05:00 2014-12-19T19:31:13-05:00
<![CDATA[We can't let our leaders ignore climate change]]> In mid-November, President Obama struck an historic deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in which both countries pledged to substantially reduce their greenhouse emissions over the next decade.

While crucial details need to be worked out, this is still a great step forward. We need bold action now if we hope to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change and leave behind a planet where future generations can enjoy the same quality of life that we have now.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:03:01 -0500 2014-12-18T20:03:01-05:00 2014-12-18T20:03:03-05:00
<![CDATA[Paid Family Leave: An employee benefit that benefits employers as well]]> The holiday season can be a time of great joy. But for many working parents, the holidays are also a stark reminder of how tenuous their employment and benefits are.

When you have paid time off, spending time with family is joyous, but what if you were forced to take time off to care for yourself or a family member?

By one estimate, 23 percent of Americans have either lost a job or been threatened with the loss of their job for taking time off to care for themselves or another family member.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:16:27 -0500 2014-12-18T19:16:27-05:00 2014-12-18T19:16:29-05:00