If you have ever loved and lost a pet, you will understand my family’s hesitation in getting another pet.
I’ve written about my pets before — a 16-1/2-year-old Old English Sheepdog and an indoor shelter cat we had for more than 16 years. Both pets died recently within six months of each other. We have been in mourning.
My editorials in the past have been about understanding the responsibilities of pet ownership before acquiring a pet for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
There are many working poor people living right here in Whitehall and Coplay. Sad as it is, this is virtually everywhere in the United States today. Let me try to explain what is happening.
Pennsylvania’s state minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. This is the same as the current federal minimum wage rate. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Pennsylvania with limited exceptions, including tipped employees, some student workers and other exempt occupations.
The Pennsylvania minimum wage was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $0.10 from $7.15 to $7.25.
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Northampton Area School District has decided to replace Lehigh Elementary School with a new building complex.
While I don’t know the details, I will accept the fact there is a need for some kind of improvement and/or maintenance upgrades. But is that because things might have been neglected for too long? It does seem odd that the price of renovations is so close to the price of new construction. Usually, renovation costs are much less than new construction costs.
President Donald Trump recently proclaimed November 2017 as National Veterans and Military Families Month.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is the time American people nationally thank veterans for their courage, sacrifices and years of service.
Trump’s proclamation begins: “During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we honor the significant contributions made by American service members, their families and their loved ones.
Voters in Pennsylvania will decide Nov. 7 whether to pay less money for their school (or county or municipal) real estate taxes.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Who would vote “no” to paying less money in taxes?
When did purple become a Halloween color? And, for that matter, what about green?
Purple may be the harder to pinpoint. But green? The easy answer is when Halloween became such big business.
According to statistics from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics released in September, U.S. residents are expected to spend a record-breaking $9.1 billion on Halloween this year.
And that total is up a little over 8 percent from 2016 when sales touched $8.3 billion, also a record.
Talk to any woman you know, and there’s a good chance she has used birth control medication at some point in her life.
In fact, according to a December 2014 Center for Disease Control and Prevention article on a National Survey of Family Growth study, 2011-13, “61.7 percent of the 60.9 million women aged 15-44 in the United States were currently using contraception.”
Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 400 injured Oct. 2 when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on attendees of an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas. In the days since, we’ve read about or heard from survivors of the attack, who detailed the chaos and confusion during those moments.
Thousands were at this sold-out three-day concert, Route 91 Harvest Festival, which featured country music stars like Eric Church and Sam Hunt. Jason Aldean was on stage when the gunfire erupted. He is said to have called the scene “beyond horrific.”
Many of us look at the sell-by date on food products in the store or in our home pantries and throw out foods that have passed these dates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for all food in the United States, has published food safety information about dates for consumers to understand. This is from its report.
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