“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Before acting, I ponder this phrase taught to me by my mother years ago. If whatever I am about to say or do does not fit the framework of “something nice,” I simply refrain from putting it out to the world. This second look has stopped me from doing a lot of things I know I would have regretted.
“When anger rises, think of the consequences,” Confucius said.
Hoist the balloons for the month of June
Month that you are
those near and far
as countless as stars
From the first to the 30th
We attend each event
Purchase gifts galore
So there’s ample delight
Such a splendid occasion is June
What a sight!
A few weeks ago, I heard a startling statistic that frightened me. During a caregivers class at a local hospital, the facilitator told attendees that 80 percent of caregivers die before their patient does.
Initially, that news sounded unbelievable. Surely, there was some mistake. But the more I thought about that high figure, the more sense it made.
The weekend of May 18-20 was a study in the contrast between love and hate, good vs. evil.
On Friday, hate prevailed as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas, walked into the school’s art complex with a shotgun and a handgun and began shooting at his fellow students.
In the end, 10 people were slaughtered. Another 13 were wounded. Pagourtzis was taken into custody following a shootout with police.
To the Editor:
Imagine living where you’re allowed to vote, but your vote doesn’t count because election outcomes are predetermined by a few powerful party leaders. Russia or Iran may come quickly to mind.
Unfortunately, you don’t have to go that far, as this is the situation in Pennsylvania.
It has been a little over a month since the news broke of the Facebook data breach involving Cambridge Analytica.
At least 87 million Facebook users were impacted.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized, appeared before Congress and went on a social media frenzy noting upcoming changes to the social media giant to ensure the privacy of users going forward.
During Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress, Sen. Orin Hatch asked Zuckerberg if Facebook would always be free.
Zuckerberg responded, “Yes, there will always be a version of Facebook that is free.”
Cambridge Analytica is closing.
In May 2 headlines in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, the firm announced plans to file for bankruptcy and, effectively, shut down.
Cambridge Analytica recently was at the center of a political storm after revelations of its role in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and how big data harvested from social media can be used or misused.
Last week, I found myself performing the very tedious task of reattaching an ear on a ceramic bunny. My cat has an issue with the little figure standing upright, so she takes great pleasure in knocking it on its side. I have no idea why, and usually, I just place the lopsided bunny back on its feet and walk away. But this time, the figurine had fallen to the floor, and the tip of one ear broke off.
I am so excited to announce the expansion of our free Whitehall-Coplay summer breakfast camp to three locations this year. A big thank you goes out to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 835 Third St, Fullerton; Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4331 Main St, Egypt; and Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N. Third St., Coplay.
To the Editor:
Our country needs change. Desperately. Change in Washington, D.C.
The forces of gerrymandering and huge money in politics are stealing away our democracy.
In D.C., we need a U.S. House member who will work daily on issues important to the vast majority. One who will work to preserve Social Security and Medicare. One who will fight for our families, working people and the middle class.