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Editor’s View

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

National Fire Prevention Week

I cannot think of a better week than this to emphasize the need for volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania — especially in the communities in which we live.

National Fire Prevention Week, celebrated this year Oct. 6-12, was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which more than 250 people died, some 100,000 were left homeless and more than 17,400 buildings burned.

The fire began Oct. 8 when, according to legend, Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicked over an oil lamp. The blaze continued well into the next day.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Local news starts with us

Newspapers have been the foundation of real news for more than 300 years. While the delivery of the product has transitioned from black ink on newsprint, to the Internet, to smartphone applications and social media outlets, no other industry is as firmly rooted in the foundation of our nation, or our communities, as the free press.

Newspapers in Pennsylvania play a vital role in your everyday life.

Interested in what is going on at city hall, school board and township meetings or the Capitol in Harrisburg?

Guest View

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Lehigh County commissioner opposes budget overtaxing

For the second consecutive year, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has delivered a budget with a tax increase to the county board of commissioners.

Last year, a 4.1-percent tax increase was proposed, with the administration stating it wasn’t necessary for 2019.

This year, the administration proposed a 5.5-percent tax increase based on its five-year financial forecast, and again an increase in this amount is not necessary to fulfill the county’s responsibility to the community in 2020.

What is going on?


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Lunch shaming has no place in school

There is a new trend these days across the United States called lunch shaming, where unpaid lunch bills in school districts are making the news.

In July, the Wyoming Valley West School District, in Luzerne County, threatened to have children placed in foster care if their parents didn’t pay an outstanding lunch debt of $22,476.

Todd Carmichael, the CEO and co-founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters, offered to pay the debt. The school board president refused.

Carmichael sent a letter to the district.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Vote ‘yes’ on victims’ rights guarantees

We have watched enough crime dramas to know that those accused of a crime must be given their “Miranda warnings.”

“You have the right to remain silent; whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” etc.

Critics often complain that victims and their families are accorded no similar protections, but that, of course, is an oversimplification.

Nonetheless, when you and other voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania Nov. 5, you will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment that spells out the rights of crime victims.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Forty-two years ago Sept. 18, a remarkable photo was taken.

On Sept. 18, 1977, Voyager 1 captured Earth and the moon in the same photo shot by a spacecraft from deep space.

Voyager 1, launched 13 days earlier from Cape Canaveral, Fla., was en route to the outer reaches of the solar system with the particular mission of glimpsing Jupiter and Saturn, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This was not the first shot of the neighboring pair.

Election Policy

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

A message

As we approach the Nov. 5 Municipal 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 or about those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 3 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

‘The Name Game’ 2019

To the Editor:

Some folks reading this will remember the 1965 hit by Shirley Ellis, titled “The Name Game.” Well, Rock-Lehigh Valley LLC is playing its own version of the ’60s hit.

Having been denied a request to have 155 acres of land in East Allen Township rezoned to light industrial business park for a future warehouse, Rock-Lehigh Valley has taken a new approach to its quest.

In filing an appeal, it now has identified the proposed structure as a logistics center.

Warehouse or logistics center — what’s the difference? There is none.

Another View

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Our girlfriends bring something special to our lives

Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz.

Lorelai Gilmore and Sookie St. James.

Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes.

Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux and Sophia Petrillo.

Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson and Poussey Washington.

Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone.

Monica Geller, Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay.

Rhoda Morgenstern and Mary Richards.