Do you think identification should be required to vote?
Catasauqua police department responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of criminal mischief brought officers to the 400 block of Bath Avenue.
· Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Second Street.
· Officers responded to a request for a protection-from-abuse order in the 200 block of North 14th Street.
· A dispute between neighbors brought police to the 200 block of Wood Street.
· Officers were called to the D&D Market, 252 Race St., to investigate a report of retail theft.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials was Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
In 1907, Samuel Adams wrote about the right to vote.
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
When State Rep. Daryl Metcalf, R-12th, Butler County, decided to introduce legislation to require voter identification in March 2011, the ability to vote in Pennsylvania came into question.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
· Zumba classes – 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night, Faith Lutheran Church, Hokendauqua. Information: Tara at 610-440-2344.
Woman cited for harassment
Coplay Police on Monday reported Debbie Huber of South Fourth St., Allentown, was cited for harassment following a disturbance on Oct. 17 in the 200 block of South Second Street in the borough.
Police said they observed four people standing outside, one who said a man had a gun. Police searched the individual but no weapon was found, police said.
Police were told the four people got into an argument. Huber is alleged to have struck another person with her cane, causing a bruise, police said.
Pedestrian struck by vehicle
The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a request for vigilance in the 400 block of Keystone Avenue.
· A disturbance brought police to the unit block of Maryland Street.
· Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on MacArthur Road.
· A report of a theft brought officers to the 3000 block of Ringer Road.
· A report of suspicious activity brought police to the 1300 block of North 14th Street.
· Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of Fairmount Avenue.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of criminal mischief brought police to the 700 block of Chapel Street.
· Officers assisted the Catasauqua police department in the 800 block of Race Street.
· Officers assisted a citizen in the 1000 block of Washington Street.
· A report of a suspicious vehicle brought police to the 1200 block of Eighth Street.
· Police responded to a burglar alarm in the 600 block of Willow Drive.
"...Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came ... You wanna be where everybody knows your name..." ("Cheers" theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)
There once was a time in this country when a man's word was his bond and children were told by their parents not to bring shame upon the family name.
Doors were left unlocked and youngsters played outside freely and unsupervised.
The Northampton Press placed first in the "publications regularly edited by entrant" category in the 2012 National Federation of Press Women communications contest.
"A publisher of mine once told me, 'I'd rather be a strong weekly than a weak daily,'" wrote one of the contest judges. "The Northampton Press is a strong weekly with solid editing, writing, photography and design content going on with a clear sense of purpose. It is a newspaper that seeks to keep pushing on its coverage and for its community. Nice! Keep up the good work."