My last Another View opinion piece was published Feb. 5 and 6 in The Press newspapers. The headline — “Coronavirus is not what you should be worried about in U.S.”
I was wrong.
I never thought our country would see the troubles it currently is having.
The actions being taken to combat COVID-19 is disrupting every part of American lives — work, education, places of worship, hospitals, businesses for leisurely activities, family and friend gatherings and more.
There’s a saying, We plan, and God laughs.
News of COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, creeping ever closer to our neighborhoods has brought much anxiety to our lives. Add to that the cancellations of community activities, some of which we rely on to bring happiness and a sense of calm.
Daily we find ourselves looking for ways to keep our loved ones safe.
This requires some planning. But for so many, this planning can be overwhelming — even seemingly impossible.
As we approach the April 28 primary election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt 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 running for office is the April 2 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.”
We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days.
As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.”
In journalism, the reference to sunshine takes on an equally important meaning. Each year in March, news media organizations across the country celebrate Sunshine Week.
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland and his fabled expulsion of the snakes from the country.
Once upon a time, the day was celebrated with church services and simple parties. When Irish immigrants came to America, they used the day to mark their heritage with big celebrations. Now, the holiday features parades, parties and all things green.
The large celebrations have even spread back to the holiday’s home country of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, are well known and well attended.
Well, the roof started leaking the day of the heavy rain at the end of January.
If it wasn’t for stepping in the puddle on the bedroom floor, I would not have looked up to see the telltale water marks on the ceiling.
That meant a trip up the stairs to the attic.
However, before being able to do that, I had to remove the bins full of clothes and Christmas decorations that didn’t quite make it all the way up to the attic and were precariously stacked on the steps.
Everyday, people are scammed for their money or personal information.
Scammers will go to any length, such as using regular mail, email, the telephone and social media to prey on people’s fears and heartstrings to con them.
After receiving a voice mail last Friday stating a lawsuit had been filed against me for tax fraud from a phone number I didn’t recognize, I began researching the number on the Internet.
The phone number, it turns out, is connected to an IRS tax scam.
“American Dirt” is the latest controversy sweeping the nation.
As if we don’t have enough controversy.
This controversy is about a new novel written by Jeanine Cummins and published by Flatiron Books.
This is a piece of fiction.
The story is about Lydia Quizano Pérez, who lives in Acapulco, Mexico, with her husband, a journalist, and their 8-year-old son. She runs a bookstore.
As the drug cartels take over the city, Lydia’s husband writes a tell-all profile of the newest drug cartel leader.
Early this year, a buzz was emanating from Las Vegas having little to do with high-voltage light displays, dancers dressed in crystal-bedazzled costumes or shiny quarters spilling from slot machines.
NEON debuted at CES 2020, the annual global consumer electronics show held in January. NEON, funded by a lab in the Samsung technology behemoth, is described as an “artificial human” on its webpage, neon.life, and by tech industry watcher C/NET as “a new species of life from humans,” according to the vision of NEON CEO Pranav Mistry.