As a student of politics, longtime community volunteer and former borough council member, mayor, county commissioner at-large and current school director, it was disturbing to review a local 2017 Lehigh County May primary voters guide. Despite the apparent enthusiasm, especially on the Democratic side, resulting from the 2016 general election outcome, the number of unfilled local candidate positions in both parties is surprising and disappointing.
Many things in life are like a double-edged sword.
A mother’s love can be warm and nurturing. That same “love” can be smothering and controlling.
Fathers and others who coach youth sports teams can draw out the best from young players, or they can be overbearing tyrants more interested in winning than teaching skills that can be used throughout life.
Water and fire are necessary for life. They also can be devastating and deadly.
When school lets out in June, those students who rely on the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch program provided by school districts really do need our community’s help to alleviate childhood hunger throughout the summer. You have all seen the billboards and ads from Feeding America’s No Kid Hungry program, which reports that one in five kids go hungry over the summer.
That is true right here in Whitehall and Coplay.
The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee recently approved Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Sen. Don White, R-41st, of Indiana County.
This bill, which would allow school directors to establish a policy for allowing personnel access to firearms in school buildings or on school grounds, would amend the Public School Code of 1949.
Senate Bill 383, which passed the committee with a 9-3 vote, will now go to the full Senate for final approval.
To the Editor:
The municipal primary is approaching on May 16, in which we will select a new commissioner. If you want the best for the future of Lehigh County, there is only one choice: Amy Zanelli.
Zanelli believes in protecting Lehigh County’s most valuable asset: its people. She has a proven track record of community advocacy and engagement that she will bring to the commissioner position for Lehigh County residents from toddler to elder.
I recently read the story of 15-year-old Sydney Ireland, of New York, who had petitioned the Boy Scouts of America to allow girls into the organization.
Sydney had attended Cub Scouts with her brother “unofficially” since she was very young. She was not able to earn any of the recognition or badges her older brother earned because she is female.
Her brother is now an Eagle Scout.
According to news reports, Sydney went as far as she could with Cub Scouts, later joined the South African Scouts and then achieved the highest rank with the Canadian Scouts.
As we approach the May 16 municipal primary election, the Catasauqua Press, Northampton Press and Whitehall-Coplay 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 is the April 20 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
I recently attended the 2017 Anti-Hunger Conference in Washington, D.C., which was presented by Feeding America (No Kid Hungry) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). More than 1,300 people attended, including food banks, faith-based groups, educators, USDA representatives, attorneys, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA representatives, plus many more people who work to feed Americans daily. It was a real eye opener.
FRAC was very strong on the upcoming farm bill legislation. The following is taken from a handout given at the conference on SNAP, one of the programs cited to be cut.
I wonder how the vast majority of President Donald Trump voters and supporters feel about his first couple of months in the White House.
I’ve been pondering such, as the major campaign promises and policy initiatives he confidently said would become a reality, have not materialized — at least not yet.
I admit, I did not vote for Trump. However, after he was elected, I told myself and a select few friends, perhaps we should give him a chance.
“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” — Herbert Hoover
I’ve only gone fishing three times in my life. The opening day of trout season in the Lehigh Valley Saturday got me to thinking, though, about the attraction and significance of the sport.
I only recall going fishing with my father one time. We were on a family vacation, and he took four of us, ranging in age from about 5 to 10, to fish along a creek bank. I was 9.