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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

It’s a matter of trust

I am having a hard time watching television these days, and I suspect many are in the same situation. The Hallmark Channel has now become my “go to” station.

To me, it seems we have lost our sense of trust, decency, manners and security.

Recently, this is just some of what we have been exposed to:

• A comedian holding an inappropriate image of our president

• People physically removed from planes, because of overbooking

• Concert-goers, travelers and people attempting to enjoy their lives hurt or killed by ISIS

Letter to the editor

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

It’s not a paucity of voters; it’s a disregard by politicians for voters

To the Editor:

The recent Guest View by Bill Leiner Jr. concerning the paucity of voters emphasizes the arrogance and disregard politicians hold for citizens. Over half of our hard-earned dollars go to support politicians’ insatiable need to buy votes. If two family members are working, one of you is a government slave.

What do you get for your mandatory contribution?


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

A black day for many music fans and their parents

Dear reader:

Here we are again.

Eleven months ago, headlines blared the horrific news of dozens killed in the Pulse nightclub while enjoying a night out and the senseless murder of singer and reality show contestant Christina Grimmie, shot while signing autographs and chatting with fans after a performance, crimes happening within days of each other in Florida.

In an editorial around that time (“The future of the future was now,” June 15, 2016), I tried to call attention to the futures of so many young people cut short.

Christina Grimmie was 22.

Life’s burdens need not defeat us


I get the same feeling when I hear cliché phrases meant to encourage or sympathize.

Recently, I heard a woman tell an acquaintance who had just lost her 11-year-old son, “God never gives us more burdens than we can bear.”

The bereaved mother became irate.

“I disagree. This is much more than I can handle,” she retorted.

She was probably right. I have seen many people burdened with horrible problems far too heavy for one person’s shoulders.

And that’s the key, according to a friend who is battling cancer for the third time.

Another view

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

A home away from home

This is my first Another View column since coming back to Pennsylvania from Florida. No, it wasn’t a vacation. My husband and I adopted a beautiful baby boy, Benjamin, who was born March 21 — three weeks early.

We had been in the general adoption process for about a year and had waited around six and a half months to be matched with a birth mother. Two days before Christmas, we got “the call” from our caseworker that a woman who viewed our adoption profile thought we were the ones. On March 21, he was born 10:10 p.m., and we flew down early in the morning to meet our greatest joy.

Letter to the editor:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

We should have one organization: Scouting

To the Editor:

Many years ago, when I was a Scoutmaster of a troop, I could not get any help. So I asked if I could have some willing Den mothers from the Cub Scout pack to help with the Boy Scout troop.

I was told that Boy Scouts was for men and boys only.

Well, after a few years, we all know how that turned out. With the way so many in America feel about equality, I think we should just have Scouting — boys and girls together learning the same skills for the most part.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Paucity of candidates is disappointing

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.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Beware the results of unsecured technological advancements

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.

Summer breakfast program set to begin June 19

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

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.