Thirty-five years ago, my husband and I attended a weekend retreat for engaged couples, a prerequisite for getting married in our church. A total of 23 couples participated in the event at a cozy sanctuary in the woods. Veteran married couples led the weekend’s activities, which included lecture, discussion, couple reflection time and worship.
When the retreat commenced on that Friday, we were introduced to a decorated box with an opening on top. We were encouraged to jot down and submit topics for discussion over wine and cheese the next evening.
Did you know: Food insecurity exists in every county in America? Fifty million Americans struggle to put food on the table? More than one in five children are at risk of hunger (for African-American and Latino children, the number is one in three)? And more than 52 percent of Whitehall-Coplay School District students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch?
On Feb. 14, a very disturbed and well-armed Nikolas Cruz, 19, walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., slaughtered 17 people, injured a dozen more and calmly walked out with the crowd of terrified, fleeing students.
He was captured after purchasing a drink at a Subway inside a Walmart store and sitting for awhile at a McDonald’s.
According to published reports, Cruz, whom the Florida Department of Children and Families in Broward County says has a history of autism, ADHD and depression, also has a violent history.
Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated with their ways to steal money or personal information.
An article, “Grandparent Scam Suspect Arrested, Others Sought,” on the WFMZ TV-69 website reported on a Bethlehem man awaiting extradition to Virginia after allegedly participating in a multi-state scam.
The article states Johnnie Vincente allegedly was in possession of an envelope containing $10,000 in currency from a senior citizen in Minnesota when he was stopped attempting to pick up a FedEx package using a fake ID.
I recently printed my statement from Social Security to see my projected benefits after reading comments on Facebook that the fund has been “tapped twice” and there probably won’t be any money for me when I’m ready to retire.
The saying, “You can’t believe everything you read on Facebook” is partially true in this case.
The years 2020 and 2034 seem to be important dates in the life of Social Security. Those are the years the funds may be in question with a projected deficit.
To the Editor:
Here we go again. The Northampton Area School District has announced the annual “preliminary” school property tax increase. Sure, it’s 3.9 percent now, but it will be lower when approved. I’ll bet it will be about 2.9 percent since that is the state “limit” without our input, and we will be told that the district did us a favor by lowering the original tax increase.
To the Editor:
On Nov. 21, 2017, I was involved in a minor car collision at Seventh and Lehigh Streets in Hokendauqua. Immediately, two young men and a young woman came to check me and the other driver for injuries. They assisted us both in moving our cars off to the side of the road safely.
As the other driver and I waited for the police to arrive, the three young adults left when they were certain we were not injured. At this time, a fourth young woman came by, stated she was an EMT and also asked if either of us was injured.
On Jan. 23, Naomi Parker Fraley died. She was 96.
Who was Fraley? And why is her passing worth your attention?
Fraley, it must be noted, is the real “Rosie the Riveter.”
And “Rosie” is a genuine American cultural icon.
When I was a young child, I was sexually assaulted by a family member.
When I was a young teenager, I was sexually assaulted and harassed by a classmate.
And when I was a young adult, I encountered street harassment more times than I can count on one hand.
So when the #metoo movement started to catch fire on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, I joined in and reposted the hashtag and message, too.
How’s the New Year’s resolution coming along?
Not so great, you say?
You’re not alone.
This is about the time the frustration sets in and the giving up begins, according to researchers.
Approximately 50 percent of the population makes a resolution to start the new year. Jan. 1 signifies a new beginning. We start the year with super hero-sized powers to do things differently than the year before. There’s a special kind of energy that comes with a chance for change.