This past week many of us were glued to the television, Internet and radio as we followed the Boston Marathon bombing and the recent apprehension of two suspects.
These events have caused me to ask of myself how and why man desires to harm other humans.
Thomas Hobbes argued in "Leviathan" man in a state of nature was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."
There is no question about it, more than 300 years later, man still has a predilection for nastiness and a sick bent to harm his fellow man, by word and deed.
PRESS PHOTO BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
The Emmaus Arts Commission recently displayed art created during the SnowBlast event in February at Lee Gribbons Restaurant. ABOVE: Richard Farmer discusses the artwork with EAC President Teri Sorg McManamon, Angela Faidley and Linda Waddell.
William F. Mosser III, 83, of Emmaus, died March 27, 2013. He was the husband of Midge (Goodhart) Mosser. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William F. and Anna (Shankweiler) Mosser.
He was the CEO of Thermoplastic Valves, Inc. He attended Muhlenberg College.
A Christian and active churchman, he was a charter member of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus and a former president of the Lutheran Laity Movement.
On April 6, members of the Jefferson Elementary Schoo Drama Club entertained friends and family with two performances of "Abracadabra Aladdan."
As we approach the May 21 primary election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials will be the April 24 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
St. Timothy's Church, Ott St., Allentown, is having its annual inside garage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27.
Bring household goods, books, jewelry to the church in advance of the sale.
Clothing, computers or televisions will not be accepted.
Patricia A. Panfile, 88, of Macungie, died April 19, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of the late C. Thomas Panfile, who died May 10, 1979. Born in Stowe, she was a daughter of the late Dorastus and Mary Alice (Heck) Mauger.
She grew up during the depression, worked in a sewing factory as a seamstress and enjoyed her life as a homemaker, caring for her children.
Mary Theresa Segilia, 80, of Emmaus, died April 20, 2013, at her home. She was the wife of the late Russell N. Segilia who died Feb. 14, 2011. Born in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Ludwig and Mary (Rossi) Menghini.
She was a registered nurse for many years working in various hospitals and employed by Drs. Backenstoe and Kratzer in Emmaus.
She retired from Rodale Press where she was a supervisor of the Rodale Fulfillment Center.
She was a co-founder of The Way To Emmaus bookstore.
Francis G. Baumann, 77, of Emmaus, died April 18, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Lois E. (Hein) Baumann. They celebrated 52 years of marriage. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Francis A. and Alice M. (Diehl) Baumann.
He was employed by PennDOT for 32 years until retiring.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY, Bethlehem is looking for someone who loves to walk and would like to lead their weekly walking club. Must be able to lead a team of walkers on a 2.5 mile, hour long walk through the neighborhood around the main house. Contact Becky Morgan at 610-861-7555 or email@example.com.