Next Monday, May 27, we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day dedicated to all those men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Also to those buried here or abroad, those in veterans hospitals, and the many who are now civilians. This time last year the sound of gunfire, the boom of cannons thundered across countries. Nothing has changed. Only the names of some countries. In my column last year, I asked if we could give our men and women the gift of silence. The silence...
A summer reading program for adults, "Groundbreaking Reads," will be held at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main Street, Emmaus.
From June 3 to July 30, adults are invited to dig here for buried treasure.
Another component of summer reading for adults is something that could be labeled "blind date with a book." Staring June 3, there will be a selection of books ready to check out, wrapped in plain brown or white paper with a brief description on the front. You are asked to be...
Journalists are yet again under attack.
The most recent attack is from the United States Justice Department, which seized cell phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors in the process of investigating what it calls a national security leak.
Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt has called the seizure of records "unconstitutional."
In a May 19 AP article on the seizure of records, "Pruitt pointed to a May 7, 2012, story that...
To the Editor:
Mark Graham's May 9 Letter to the Editor in response to Deb Palmieri's May 1 editorial motivated me to go back and look again at Ms. Palmieri's writing to recall more clearly the content.
What I found was an editorial openly patriotic, which Mr. Graham apparently considers being racist and bigoted, and which was not against all Muslims but instead mentioned Muslim extremists who did indeed plan and execute attacks within our country. Just as we do not blame all...
PRESS PHOTO BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
The McElhaneys check out furniture for comfort at the Market on the Triangle event, sponsored by Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley, held May 11. Pictured are Charlene, Stacey Bilan, Jeff Jr., and Jeff Sr.
Republicans Percy H. Dougherty and Scott Aquila, and Democrat Susan Ellis Wild are candidates for the District 2 seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.
The District 2 commissioner represents voters in the borough of Alburtis, and Lower Macungie, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships.
What is the most important issue in this election and why?
Percy H. Dougherty
Dougherty, a resident of Shepherd Hills, Lower Macungie Township, is a retired Kutztown...
Lehigh County voters will choose a Republican candidate and a Democrat candidate in the May 21 primary to run in November. The Lehigh County Executive is a 4-year term.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: "What is the most important issue in this election and why?"
Dean Browning (R)
"We need to truly balance the county's budget and eliminate the deficit and we need to do that without raising taxes. Lehigh County government has to live within its means...
As we approach the May 21 primary election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, has halted 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 was the April 24 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
Letters to the Editor,...
Voters will be asked to vote for three candidates for a 4-year term for each. Candidates running for this term on council include Republicans Steven R. Hill, John J. Aleszczyk and Democrat Kathleen Raines. Candidates for a 2-year term include Republican Sherryann M. Oels and Democrats Katey DeIaco and David E. Lehr for which residents are asked to choose two.