|Jul 27, 2017

Town hall was not a ‘death trap’

LETTERS: Health care facilities are understaffed |Oct 21, 2015

This is a story about the sad plight of most of the health care workers in this country who get very little respect, are underpaid, not enough benefits and they are stressed out because those who are in charge refuse to hire more workers.

|Aug 3, 2015

I have a few questions after attending the Phoenixville Borough Council committee meetings on Tuesday, July 28. First, I have to ask, whose idea was it to do away with regular committee meetings? This new format is terrible.

Readers’ Views: Borough council should give Firebird Festival another chance |Jul 12, 2015

Last year, after vandals torched the namesake icon of the Phoenixville Firebird Festival the night before its scheduled burning, the playing surface at Friendship Field was trampled—but the spirit of a community soared.

Construction entrance to ELC site should be moved |Apr 2, 2015

After considerable research and “digging” yesterday, I discovered some troubling information that was not shared with the surrounding residents relating to the first construction step of the Early Learning Center project.

Former Pennsylvania House Hotel residents need community’s help |Dec 26, 2014

I was so saddened after reading the article on the Pennsylvania House shut down by code enforcement.

With Pennsylvania House shut down, housing for the needy is desperately needed |Dec 19, 2014

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.

Vote to dissolve Rec Board silences community voices |Nov 26, 2014

This past October, Phoenixville Borough Council voted 7-1 to repeal a borough ordinance that established the formation of the Recreation Board; none of the members voting in favor of the motion had ever attended a Recreation Board meeting or knew what the board does.

Rosetta Mission could provide valuable and inspiring classroom lesson |Nov 7, 2014

To the editor: My grandson is a student in 5th grade. I wanted to offer a suggestion as to a teaching topic that I think teachers and students alike would find incredibly interesting and engaging.

Warren Kampf — Actions speak louder than words |Nov 3, 2014

As with any election season, we hear politicians making a lot of claims. State Rep. Warren Kampf has been actively distancing himself from Gov. Corbett and trying to paint himself as a moderate and independent voice.

Warren Kampf - Not just politics as usual |Oct 28, 2014

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.

Warren Kampf is running scared |Oct 28, 2014

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.

Kampf making the tough choices that will help secure our children’s future |Oct 28, 2014

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.

Kampf has earned the right to continue representing 157th |Oct 28, 2014

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.

Kampf has improved communication with constituents |Oct 28, 2014

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.

Phoenixville voting precinct relocation indefensible |Oct 7, 2014

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.

Phoenixville mayor explains veto of parking rules |Sep 19, 2014

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.

An open letter to Rep. Milne: Expedite Rapps Dam Road bridge repair |Sep 2, 2014

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.

Investing in Pre-K will help reduce crime |Jul 31, 2014

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.

Searching for a long-lost friend from Denmark |Jul 22, 2014

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

Paycheck protection would establish fairness for taxpayers |Jun 19, 2014

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.

Current state pension reform proposal a poor alternative |Jun 17, 2014

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.

Unions’ revisionist history doesn’t change need for pension reform |Jun 12, 2014

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.

Organizations pushing for PSERS reform are same ones that caused crisis |Jun 3, 2014

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.

Advance notice could prevent voting day runaround |May 21, 2014

To the Editor: As a resident of Phoenixville West-2 region, I went over to vote Tuesday at the Phoenixville Middle School. There were no political signs posted on the lawn or people standing out front handing out literature, so I knew something was amiss.

Thank you to Sen. Toomey for helping companies grow and stay competitive |May 14, 2014

To the editor: I wanted to write to thank Sen. Toomey for visiting Spring City Electrical Manufacturing to discuss the issues of importance to our business a few weeks ago. I also wanted to correct some misinformation propagated in recent letters published by this publication.

Sen. Toomey’s voting record does not match his rhetoric |May 6, 2014

To the editor: I recently read an Inquirer article that detailed Sen. Pat Toomey’s visit to the Spring City Electrical Manufacturing Company in Chester County. I was very surprised that the Senator talked about a bill that will allow companies to make tax deductions for the first half a million dollars they spend on equipment costs.

Government union dues really do end up in campaigns |May 6, 2014

To the editor: I do not blame the retired teacher who penned Commonwealth Foundation Has it Wrong on PSEA Dues Spending, May 1, 2014, for believing government unions do not spend dues on political advocacy.

Commonwealth Foundation has it wrong on PSEA dues spending |Apr 30, 2014

To the editor: The Commonwealth Foundation’s recent diatribe on union contributions to political causes was a bit confusing. The politically skewed organization specifically mentioned the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s ability to use members’ dues to subsidize political spending.

Sen. Toomey continues to show no care for those struggling |Apr 25, 2014

To the editor: Senator Toomey’s latest vote against the reinstatement of emergency unemployment benefits was no surprise to me.

Increased funding for autism research needed now |Apr 2, 2014

To the editor: In the latest report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of children identified with autism is now 1 in 68. Many of us either have a family member with autism or know someone who has a loved one with autism.

Meadowbrook location already too congested to build two schools |Mar 24, 2014

To the editor: Should the Phoenixville Area School District build two schools on the Meadowbrook Golf Course? This location is one of the worst if for no other reason than that it is one of the most congested areas in Schuylkill Township.

Is LERTA really good for Phoenixville? |Mar 17, 2014

To the editor: Have you heard that we have a LERTA here in Phoenixville? A LERTA is a local economic revitalization tax assistance program. It is supposedly developed to help promote the rehabilitation of existing commercial buildings which are in need of repair.

Sen. Toomey once again fails to live up to his word |Mar 11, 2014

To the editor: I am finding it hard to understand why some Republican members of Congress who voted for the shutdown and who promised to give up their paychecks have reneged on that promise. Among them Senator Pat Toomey, who has once again disappointed many of his constituents by failing to live up to his word.

District officials need to prioritize student safety in inclement weather |Mar 4, 2014

To the editor: As we all know, this has been a brutal, snowy winter during which transportation has been hindered and events canceled due to extreme weather. It is with this in mind that I call to judgment the decision to keep school open on two February days in spite of particularly hazardous road conditions.

School Board’s plans for Meadowbrook will disrupt neighborhood |Feb 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: This letter was also sent to School Board President Josh Gould. His response is printed below, with his permission.

Thank you to Rep. Kampf for help during the storm |Feb 24, 2014

To the editor: During the big snow storm last week, my neighborhood (Valley Forge Mountain) was devastated. Huge trees fell in the road, taking down power lines and phone/internet for five days.

There’s no fairness for individuals under Obamacare |Oct 24, 2013

I truly believe the ‘Individual Mandate’ needs to be delayed with health companies laying off Medicare doctors in droves. For instance United Health Care just fired thousands of Medicare Advantage doctors and I recently received a letter from Aetna Medicare that as of Jan.

Tea Party is wrong to target Obamacare |Oct 15, 2013

The Tea Party war on Obamacare is a smokescreen covering subsidies and tax forgiveness for large corporations and the super rich and ignoring all the money being wasted on endless war and gold-plated weapons.

School administrators are grossly overpaid |Jul 18, 2013

The Spring-Ford School Board has approved a raise for the current superintendent to bring his salary up to $175,032.