Tuesday, March 26, 2013
BioMed Realty currently has a large proposed project before Radnor Township.
Tuesday, March 26
As some of the residents of Radnor are aware, the Township is studying the possibility of having a new sports facility constructed in the Township (skating rink, jogging track, weight room, etc.), that would be a “public private partnership” between the Township and Comcast-Spectacor as the operator. The Township Board of Commissioners has determined to commission a study on the project at an anticipated cost of $50,000. On March 18, 2013, the resolution (2013-26, attached for reference) authorizing that study came to a vote. The resolution provided that the $50,000 cost of the study would not be paid for by the Township, but would be paid for from a gift to the Township. Just prior to the vote, it was announced that the gift would be…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A piece by the Republican candidate for the Second Ward commissioner seat.
Wednesday, March 20
They say that “all politics is local.” My view is that Radnor, like any community works best when we treat others as we would expect to be treated. That means helping out when your neighbor needs a hand, and being more than fair when it is warranted. Similarly, our Board of Commissioners works best when the skills of each participant complement each other. My candidacy brings expertise tax law and municipal finance to the Board of Commissioners. With Kevin Higgins departure from the Board, I bring knowledge and experience to lead the Township to a better, more stable financial condition, and potentially improved credit rating. I’m the candidate who’ll be best able to address the Township’s unfunded accrued actuarial pension …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Other Post Employment Benefits are facing virtually all governments at every level in America.
Thursday, January 31
Many people have been following the financial and budget discussions surrounding OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) in Radnor, which mirror similar discussions facing virtually all governments at every level in America. While the numbers sound incredibly large -- even scary -- it is important to contextualize the issue and the discussion and avoid being misled by alarmist hyperbole. Before I go any further I want to assure you that I do take this matter seriously, as reflected by my votes on action the Township has taken thus far. That being said, OPEB is not “the end of the world” issue that some people would have you believe. Our Citizens Audit Revue and Financial Advisory Committee (CARFAC) has determined that the we have unfunded …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
"The citizens of Radnor should be the driving force, not developers," a St. Davids resident writes.
To the editor: I was surprised last July when Radnor township sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Willows looking for a partner to develop it. First, it was the middle of the summer and many people were away and didn’t hear about the RFP, and, second, the park is owned for the benefit of the citizens of Radnor township and any substantial change in its use should be developed by them. When I first heard that the township was going to shutter the mansion a year and a half ago, I suggested that the League of Women Voters (LWV) hold a symposium to develop a vision of possible uses. That would be a level playing field where ordinary citizens could suggest a wish list of uses; perhaps a citizens’ advisory committee could take all the …
Monday, June 4, 2012
State Representative Joe Hackett writes, "650 people living out-of-state and collecting benefits at the expense of Pennsylvania taxpayers may only be the tip of the iceberg."
Monday, June 4, 2012
State Representative Joe Hackett represents Radnor voters in Ward 3, Ward 6 and the first precinct of Ward 4. Below is an editorial submitted to Radnor Patch by Hackett. Prior to becoming a police officer, I worked as a federal operative uncovering fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars related to public benefits. Since that early experience investigating and uncovering fraud in public assistance, this is an issue that has always been a top priority for me. Many people have been hard hit by the current economy, and welfare fraud deprives taxpayer dollars from going to the people that are truly in need. As the legislature works to develop a balanced budget without raising taxes, fraud in the welfare system means less money is available for …
Monday, December 12, 2011
A reader questions a fundraising recipient.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Let me see if I get this right: Main Liners are donating $400,000 to help out doctors, who are among the highest paid people in America, with annual incomes seven times the national average? A lot of doctors work hand in hand with pharmaceutical companies, prescribing expensive medications as if they were candy. Other doctors perform needless operations, providing their hospital with a steady stream of guests for their $5,000 a night rooms. Still more doctors are part owners of MRI machines and other overused toys—creating a clear conflict of interest. And a lot of doctors happily bill Medicare for procedures that are about as necessary as a daily haircut. Aren’t these the so-called ‘Job-Creators’ that Republicans like to lecture us about…