As we approach the May 15 General Primary Election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and 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 running for office is this April 12 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
The brave daffodils are long peeking through the frozen ground. Although bent over, as if weeping, they remain defiant, blooming bright yellow despite nighttime and early-morning below-freezing temperatures.
Patches of short, blue flowers cover the ground where the grass has dared not to grow.
Twigs and branches lay scattered across the back yard, ripped from the trees during damaging winds that marked this past winter.
Ever since the 1700s, most political offices in the United States have been held by men at both the state and federal levels.
However, all across America today, Americans are seeing a surge of women running for political offices.
Just recently, actress Cynthia Nixon announced she is running for New York governor.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University website, approximately 708 women have filed to run in 2018, for U.S. Congress or in statewide elections.
To the Editor:
As a farmer’s daughter and a local elected official, I am writing to you about the issues of warehouses, farmland preservation and zoning.
When properties are zoned, their use has to conform to the zoning. If some farmland is zoned that allows warehouses, then that is what can be built. If a township would try to change the zoning on that property to stop a proposed warehouse, the township could get sued and lose in court for what is called spot zoning — and the taxpayers would pay the bill.
I have been busy making a list and checking it twice. And thrice.
No, I am not trying to get an absurdly early start to Christmas. I am trying to decide what new plants to add to my many containers and small backyard plots.
My recent visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show put me in the mood, as it always does, for working in the garden, and plant and seed catalogs have been filling my mailbox for months, enticing me with gorgeous photos and bargain prices.
Admittedly, small-space gardening is a challenge.
Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a phenomenon many of us have never seen before is occurring before our eyes.
Students have become empowered and have successfully rallied peers, parents and grandparents to help find a solution to school shootings.
As a retired teacher and a former U.S. Army officer, I’d like to weigh in on the subject of arming teachers.
Let’s set aside the idea that schools ought to be welcoming, nurturing places with an atmosphere of warmth and encouragement.
Let’s take the best-case scenario — which is definitely not the case. We have all the teachers voluntarily armed and all well trained in both marksmanship vis-à-vis a moving target and the use of deadly force.
In the aftermath of tragic events, I tend to feel very helpless and small. Even though my every day is jam-packed with activities that serve to improve the quality of life for others, I feel as if I somehow failed. It sounds a bit ridiculous because I could never directly make a difference for every single person out there, especially those who live far away and have no connection to me. Yet, I tend to think globally and wonder what I could have done to create a different outcome.
To the Editor:
I am a member of Troop 43. The reason I am writing to you is about the problem of making factories or warehouses on our farmland.
In my opinion, this is a bad choice because they will replace farm homes and farmland. The people removed from their homes had to work hard to keep the farm going. If we keep this up, most of the farmland in the country will be gone.
It’s been a big week in space, so to speak.
An American astronaut was found to have altered his genes through space travel. The science and space savvy the world over celebrated the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet. And a luminary scientist left us for worlds unknown.
Not that earthbound news did not keep headline readers and writers busy.