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 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:50:15 -0400 60 <![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.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:44:56 -0400 2014-07-22T11:44:56-04:00 2014-07-22T11:45:01-04:00
<![CDATA[Paycheck protection would establish fairness for taxpayers]]> Most people would agree that tax dollars should not be used to collect the political money of private organizations, effectively forcing taxpayers to subsidize organizations that don't share their values.

Yet, this is exactly what's happening in Pennsylvania.

Currently, state and local governments use taxpayer resources to collect union dues and PAC money (which can be given directly to candidates) for select government unions, the only organizations afforded this political privilege.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:30:44 -0400 2014-06-19T14:30:44-04:00 2014-06-19T14:30:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Current state pension reform proposal a poor alternative]]> To the editor:

The recent editorial by the Commonwealth Foundations would have us believe the "free market" system holds the key to reforming the state pension system.

The foundation advocates a system along the lines of a 401(k) plan. Such a plan would be significantly at the mercy of the ups, downs and whims of the stock market.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:31:39 -0400 2014-06-17T11:31:39-04:00 2014-06-17T11:31:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Unions' revisionist history doesn't change need for pension reform]]> To the editor:

A recent letter from Jay Galambos (June 3) makes the absurd claim that the Commonwealth Foundation and "right wing lobbyists" created the state pension crisis by supporting reduced payments into pension plans.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:23:45 -0400 2014-06-12T17:23:45-04:00 2014-06-12T17:23:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Organizations pushing for PSERS reform are same ones that caused crisis]]> To the editor:

The Commonwealth Foundation's most recent editorial about the state's pension crisis was an interesting take on a problem that ultra right wing organizations like the Foundation helped to create.

The Pennsylvania state pension program was actuarially sound when it was designed.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:44:46 -0400 2014-06-03T11:44:46-04:00 2014-06-03T11:44:50-04:00