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dwayne roberson December 4, 2013 at 07:34 am
I don't have any info on events, but you could report the School Board to the PASD Stop BullyingRead More hotline on the PASD website.
David Greene December 4, 2013 at 10:05 am
Did you mention building a new high school too! Do we really need that expense? Have we made theRead More most of 21st century technology that allows distance learning? If the school is overcrowded students at the high school level could certainly do most of their learning at home, the library or some other location. Online teaching is more than a possibility it is how the world opperates. They could just come in for laboratory classes or other activities where they need to meet together, maybe one or two days a week. Even the Tech school, where most of the learning is hands, would benefit from this. We don't need to continue a 19th century model of having students sent to a separate building to listen to teachers.
Lisa Longo December 4, 2013 at 10:12 am
21st century learning models are evolving, but as a parent who allowed her student to try the onlineRead More classes, we found them lacking in the depth students get from class discussions and interactions. If there are ways to improve, I agree it could be useful for some classes and some students, but we have to help students transition. I am an advocate for longer class times and longer school days, even a longer school year, at the high school level, our students will benefit from more discussion and experiential lessons. Online learning is a good supplement, but I believe students do best in a classroom with great teachers and interacting with each other.
Jane December 4, 2013 at 05:42 pm
Phoenixville, and it's schools, are great. Eminent domain is thievery. The school board is cold,Read More callous, and uncaring to this family. If they can not have it...they steal it. What a lesson to teach our children. Bullies.
DJ2 December 6, 2013 at 05:46 am
If the owners think the property is worth $8 million, then tax it at $8 million.
harryfinster November 10, 2013 at 12:16 am
is lisa longo your real name it sounds like a comic book character
Lisa Longo November 12, 2013 at 01:43 pm
I know right? One of my teachers use to sing my name when she took attendance. I think it is theRead More alliteration.
melissa August 16, 2013 at 10:49 am
Lori--while I agree school district matters. It matters b/c those school districts have differentRead More socio-economic values. If we had say a blue ribbon school in the heart of West Philly--would they send more kids to college? I'm not really sure. I'm saying the quality of a school district ALONE without considering the values of a family/neighborhood is lacking context.
Lisa Longo August 22, 2013 at 04:06 pm
Melissa, thank you for the comment, that is a true point, we do need to recognize socio-economicRead More factors.
harryfinster September 20, 2013 at 09:43 pm
if a founding father ever visited phoenixville high school it would make him sick to see how hisRead More vision failed
Lisa Longo June 10, 2013 at 07:15 pm
Paul, you are welcome and I appreciate your comments. My goal is to bring awareness of issues andRead More share my thoughts on the process, from budgets to policy, I think we will do better with more input and transparency. Thanks again, Lisa
Lisa Longo June 10, 2013 at 07:16 pm
Chris, you are welcome, and I do think PSERS is going to have to be a big part of future strategicRead More planning. I actually started my career in finance doing pension accounting so have some knowledge of funding pensions, but have a lot to learn on the school district and state level issues. Best, Lisa
harry finster June 11, 2013 at 02:06 am
philadelphia has such high standards,you can be proud that you are better than them,gee maybe youRead More should compare phoenixville tosyria ,bet youve got them beat too,
Lisa Longo June 4, 2013 at 12:15 am
Ed, let's hope we can work on bringing respectful discourse into the debate, that is my focus, andRead More as you may have seen on my Facebook page, I think it is contagious. I don't allow either side to be rude to the other. As a matter of fact, during the RNC I was very angry when people started all the jokes and memes about Governor Christie and his weight, I actally told many people to please not post something that was not only mean-spirited but totally irrelevant in my opinion. We have to be equally respectful, sometimes even more so, sometimes even when it is hardest to be so, I think that is when it is most important.
Lisa Longo June 4, 2013 at 12:16 am
I am going to with my camera and write down addresses.
Lisa Longo June 4, 2013 at 12:17 am
Erin, thank you. I truly appreciate your comment and look foward to learning what your concerns andRead More questions are for our community, specifially, how they impact the school district and where we differ and where we agree.
Lisa Longo May 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm
I agree, school board is no place for party. I am running as a parent and concerned citizen, not forRead More party politics. I write about both local and national issues, but am well aware that we have to keep our focus local for school board and agree that we have to keep our policies focused on what is best for our community and I welcome local input and look forward to meeting with voters. To accomplish that I will be hosting monthly community forums to meet with members of the community and want to hear what is important and learn what questions people have. I hope you will join in at one and look forward to your questions.
Lisa Longo May 28, 2013 at 02:28 am
I haven't read this, thanks, sounds like it will be interesting.
Average Citizen May 28, 2013 at 03:41 pm
I hope you are right Ms. Longo. While I don't have time to attend your meetings, I will continue toRead More read your blogs with interest. PS- excuse the typos in my last reply. Damn I-Phone.
Lisa Longo May 22, 2013 at 01:53 pm
Another anonymous poster posting lies. I did not have a business in KoP mall, we were asked to putRead More some of our merchandise in a store there, as well as two other locations, one in New Hope and one in Narberth. After almost a year of trying to juggle 3 locations as well as my consulting business and other responsibilities both at home and in the community, I decided to shut down all 3. The Earth Mart concept needs to be a stand alone and complete operation that includes staff who can answer questions and provide information on products. For someone with the fake name "realist" you don't seem to know much of the reality of what happened, and in general, I find people who post anonymously are often more likely to share incorrect information or further misunderstanding. If and when I reopen Earth Mart if will be in a location that suits our overall business plan, which won an award. The reality of the situation is we were trying something very new, a business model that was as much about consumer education as it was about sales. Sometimes when you try something new it does not work, which is sad, and I understand it is difficult for people without any background or context to understand.
Ed Roper May 22, 2013 at 01:54 pm
Better to have tried and failed, than to never have tried at all. WTF have you done with your lifeRead More besides being a pathetic troll?
Lisa Longo May 22, 2013 at 01:56 pm
jk, I personally believe that voting is very important and that our voice needs to be heard, atRead More every level. I will be organizing time to meet with voters and answer questions, I am thinking a monthly coffee time on Saturdays and an evening event as well. I will be posting more info when we set dates and have a location. I hope you will stop and discuss your concerns and I can give you my perspective.
Lisa Longo January 25, 2013 at 03:48 pm
Mr. Kocher, I understand you disagree, but the facts are, this is math, the result of trickle-downRead More theory is absolutely mathematically to move the tax burden to the middle class and working poor disproportionately. You can disagree, but you cannot say it is wrong. That is mathematically impossible. As to the solutions, there are many, and by running for school board I hope to explore them with the community, by hosting community roundtable discussions, and hearing all sides, including yours. We have to understand the mathematics before we can deal with our issues. Thank you for our comments, and I assure you, I will be reviewing them in detail. Regards, Lisa
John Q. Public January 26, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Whichever political party cuts spending AND uses the savings to reduce my taxes has my gratitude.
Liberty Belle January 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Both parties are a problem. Term limits and new blood would fix a lot of the problems . The men andRead More women there presently are relics and need to go. Spending has to end. More than half of the Government needs to be slashed.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm
In summary, politicians confiscating more private wealth = problems solved. From Mesopotamia toRead More BHO, governments have devoured their citizen's wealth, and none more successfully than ours.
Brian Peppel January 22, 2013 at 07:31 pm
Lisa, you wrote - " “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” mean we invest inRead More education, infrastructure, environmental protections and actual energy independence by converting to renewable energy" um, really? You read such things into a constitution? The full quote is "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Life refers to peoples right to live, Liberty means individuals have control over their own actions and are not dictated to by a government and pursuit of Happiness means we should be unimpinged by government while we go about our lives. I could go on and on about sooo many places you miss the mark in this article. I will agree about running for office, contacting your elected representatives, etc.
Brian Peppel January 22, 2013 at 09:28 pm
Sorry, Declaration of Independence. I wish you could edit comments on the patch! lol
John Wolf December 19, 2012 at 12:10 am
Cigaretts have been taxed almost to eradication, so might gun ammunition. The medical bills andRead More funeral expenses in the Aurora masacre exceeded $5.3 million. The distribution after hospital bills was on average of $5000 per victem. If gun liability insurance were required of gun owners at higher rates for automatic and high powered rifles. To imagine someone to look into the face of a 6 year old and pull the triger 20 times is un beliveable. Just as un beliveabe is to be more concerned over protection of the protection of assualt weapons. This carnage has to stop.
John Q. Public December 22, 2012 at 01:34 am
Far more people are killed each year with knives, than semi-auto rifles. Last year, 1,694 wereRead More killed by knives, and 323 by rifles - of all types, bolt, black power, and semi-auto. BTW, the medical costs associated with knife injuries exceeds that caused by rifles - of all types. I don't know how many rifles were 'assault,' but it was less than the 323.
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Paul G. Celentano November 2, 2012 at 02:29 am
Dear Lisa, Several points: You still have not cited your sources. Two houses? Hmmmm. Yes, theRead More government is to provide services for the common good (roads, defense, courts, etc.) But Birth control? Come on, really? BTW, I do not need nor do I want Viagra and much less would I expect taxpayers to pay for it. And as for my, as you put it, "concern" about your uterus, I am simply stating that taxpayers being forced to pay for your contraception is a ludicrous policy. And finally, I am not. as you claim, changing the conversation. I am merely illustrating that you argue against yourself and hence your argument is the essence of a rant. Just getting back from a nine hour phone bank shift with the disabled senior citizen I drove there and back with my 3 cylinder car... Paul "Four Cylinders Good, Three Cylinders Better" Celentano
Hous bin farteen November 2, 2012 at 02:53 am
Obama's reverend is racist and so is the man who inaugurated him.Read More http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2012/11/01/report-obama-inauguration-preacher-says-america-is-going-to-hell-in-a-hand-basket/ The paper reports that Lowery apparently told parishioners in the crowd that he is back to believing that all white people will not get into heaven because of what’s been happening during the campaign. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySM63ES8t4U&NR=1&feature=endscreen "white folks greed" Obama and Reverend Wright....too close for comfort.
Wayne Zimmerman November 2, 2012 at 02:29 pm
Lisa, Lisa, Lisa, My dear you have been imbibing too much on the Democratic Kool Aid. I do hopeRead More that you will sober up eventually, perhaps before election day!
Realist October 25, 2012 at 11:51 am
Lisa Which one is for the public group page? Li Longo or Lisa Longo? Thanks for the invite but yourRead More columns here and public rants are enough comic relief.
Realist October 25, 2012 at 11:53 am
It’s really sad that you used this tragedy as soapbox for your political and personal views.
Lisa Longo October 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm
It's even sadder to see people hide behind profile names and who can't stand up and make statementsRead More under their real name. No it is not sad to say that this and other tragedies may be linked to socio-economic issues and that it is time for a conversation on this and other issues. What is sad is that so few people are willing to have those difficulit conversations.
Bill Star October 25, 2012 at 01:45 pm
Lisa, you are brilliant. I've seen these type of articles before and they usually are way too longRead More with a bunch of psycho babble thrown in. You are directly on point. As to your "And who gains the most by keeping it?", A good freind of mine always says, whether we are discussing history or current events "Follow the money". In one word Greed.
Lisa Longo October 25, 2012 at 08:18 pm
Thank you Bill, I thought this one was important to write and I appreciate your taking the time toRead More share you comment.
. October 22, 2012 at 03:02 pm
Romney has never really "worked". He is the son of a rich and powerful man who openedRead More every door for him and eventually left him with millions. To his credit, Romney used what he was given and grew his wealth even more but I feel the vast majority of Americans given the same resources and opportunities could do the same thing. Romney has been running for President non stop for the last 5+ years, basically re-inventing himself in the process. I agree with Isaac Brown. I haven't always been thrilled with Obama but the Republican choice is so repugnant I am left with no choice but to stay the course and hope Obama has learned from his first term mistakes.
. October 22, 2012 at 03:06 pm
Kristen, sorry but it is the Romney/ Ryan tax plan that will hurt the middle class. He plans onRead More cutting the mortgage interest deduction which will cost the average homeowner THOUSANDS a year. Let your pure hate for our President go and instead get yourself informed. You are letting your hate lead you to vote against your own interests.
Lisa Longo October 22, 2012 at 03:12 pm
Thanks Isaac, I do try to give the reasons and facts on why I am supporting our President, to askRead More the questions that bother me.
Lisa Longo October 19, 2012 at 01:54 pm
Thank you Cliff, I hope after this election we can all insist our Congress work together and stopRead More the partisan bickering. I hope to continue a monthly potluck and discussion group, and will make sure to post info, it's been the last Sunday of the month at Reeves Park, but too cold to do that now, so looking for new location. Leading up to next year's local elections, I'd really like to have conversations on "What Matters Most", and how we work together to make Phoenixville a better, stronger and more cooperative Borough for us all. Thank you again for your kind words.
Jeremy Dalton October 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Excellent article and discussion! Thanks!
Jay Beckerman October 20, 2012 at 12:58 am
David Stockman (Reagan's OMB director) has analyzed Romney's claim to business acumen, and to sayRead More the least Romney comes off as unqualified and pernicious. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/14/david-stockman-mitt-romney-and-the-bain-drain.html
Bill Poll October 19, 2012 at 12:11 am
Barak's motto is even simpler I am responsible for YOU! Which begs the question - how are youRead More doing?
Lisa Longo October 19, 2012 at 01:15 am
So glad you asked, I'll be posting my response, look for my next blog.
Lisa Longo October 19, 2012 at 01:52 am
http://phoenixville.patch.com/blog_posts/are-we-better-off-than-we-were-four-years-ago
PLD220 September 24, 2012 at 02:59 pm
What does the Arab spring have to do with Romney's tax returns?
MA September 24, 2012 at 03:47 pm
PLD220, its a wonderful tax system! Don't you love it? Don't you understand sarcasm? .... andRead More it wasn't created by 'the wealthy' it was created by your representatives in Congress on your behalf to fund the social programs that you want.
MA September 24, 2012 at 03:50 pm
And again... why do you care? He paid what was legally owed. If you think the system isn't fair,Read More talk to your congressman. The president cannot change tax law.