By State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd
Special to The Press
Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed privatization of state liquor stores is another example of governance by ideology, not reality.
Liquor sales generate $500 million worth of yearly state revenue. But, at a time when the state budget is already thin on revenue, this governor seeks to divest an important asset and set the stage for increased school taxes.
In an attempt to sell his plan, Corbett proposes to make education the beneficiary of proceeds from the sale of liquor stores.
On Jan. 22, Alburtis began mourning the loss of another luminary in the borough when Paul Seigfried Jr. passed away at age 79.
Seigfried was born in Alburtis, grew up and married Barbara (Epting) and remained a lifetime resident of Alburtis. He was called "Siggie" by fellow firefighters and friends.
He was an Army veteran, Alburtis firefighter and currently Alburtis Borough's Emergency Management Agency coordinator, but Seigfried's life of dedication to others does not end there.
U.S. Constitution Amendment II: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
The Founding Fathers of this country lived under the tyranny of the monarchy of King George III of England.
The social and political changes in the 13 colonies leading to the American War of Independence, (1775-1782) put an end to that autocratic rule.
Emmaus resident, Nathan Brown, 35, announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the Board of Lehigh County Commissioners in District 5.
Brown has been married to his wife, Liz, for 12 years and has two daughters, Hailee and Bethany.
Brown's full-time employment is as a life safety equipment installer and project manager for government entities, commercial and industrial buildings.
As a proud community servant, Brown has served on Emmaus Borough Council for the past six years and is chair of Community Relations and Development.
Borough resident Gary Cordner is announcing his intention to run for mayor of Macungie.
Cordner has lived in the borough for five years with his wife AnnMarie and daughter Lera.
He is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University and serves on the Borough's Civil Service Commission. He was Macungie's Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator from 2010 to 2012 and served on the Vestry at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Trexlertown 2009 to 2012, including senior warden in 2012.
Ron Eichenberg, current president of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners, announces he will seek re-election in the 2013 election.
He and his wife Bea have lived in Lower Macungie for 29 years. His daughter Gwenn, son-in-law and two granddaughters live nearby in South Whitehall.
Pulitzer Prize Journalist Thomas Hylton spoke at the Macungie Institute recently about smart growth in communities.
Hylton described how towns were originally built with houses close together, stores within walking distance, doctor's offices, libraries and other community services all within the same area. The 1800s led to trolleys, trains and bikes making the travel time less. These methods were the way to get around until the 1940s when the automobile became the transportation of choice.
To the Editor:
The new Plan B is the result of the Friends organization holding Mr. Jaindl's and the commissioners "feet to the fire." The appellants have quietly pursued the legal channels available to them as citizens in an attempt to protect their property. There is nothing "personal' about that as Attorney Zator claimed.
The Pennsylvania House achieved many important legislative goals last session, such as promoting more job growth across Pennsylvania and investing more money in public education. However, the state still faces many challenges and some of the most pressing issues remain unresolved. With the 2013-2014 session now underway, it is time for us to start tackling these issues.