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Save our lands; save our towns

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Opinion

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.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

'Friends' continue to object to Lower Macungie development

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.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by State rep. RYAN MACKENZIE, R-134TH Special to The Press in Opinion

House aims to tackle key legislative goals in Pennsylvania in 2013-14

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.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK Special to The Press in Opinion

Don't judge a life by its obituary

I read an obituary in a newspaper last night. It took me all of four seconds.

Just 12 words long, this final tribute, so to speak, listed only the man's name, age, most recent town of residence and date of death.

It told us nothing about the person.

Whenever I see one of those tiny obits, especially on a page with others that take up an entire column or two, I feel sad.

Although the little obits at the bottom of the page may be sparse, they speak volumes.

Perhaps they tell us no one cared enough about the deceased to pay him or her proper tribute.

VOLUNTEER opportunities

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Bethlehem, is looking for office volunteers to help with data entry and mailings. Contact Lyndsey Cumello at 610-921-2329 or lyndsey.cumello@cancer.org.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem, needs persons willing to deliver meals to homebound clients living in the Slate Belt area. Contact Janet Soos at 610-691-1030 or janets@mealsonwheelspa.org.

Editor's View

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

ASPCA commercials tug at the heart and the purse strings

Animal cruelty, unfortunately, exists but a number of organizations are bringing the issue to the forefront and available to assist when needed.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen the ASPCA commercials on television spotlighting abused animals and asking for your monetary assistance in continuing their work.

The familiar song by Sarah McLachlan, "In the Arms of the Angel," is just one of the songs on an ASPCA commercial; you know what the commercial is about if you hear that song playing.

editor's view

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

Teenagers finding new ways to get high

Alcohol is still the preferred substance for teens, according to Jennifer Britland with the Center for Humanistic Change, in Bethlehem.

Britland led a drug-trend training program recently for middle and high school personnel from Lower Macungie, Easton, Northwestern, Whitehall, Parkland, Freedom and the High School for the Performing Arts along with Lehigh University students and health care individuals.

The purpose of the training was to alert attendees to the trending drugs, recognize the signs and symptoms and learn the strategies to assist those with these problems.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Guns do not kill people – people kill people

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Murder originates straight from the heart not from a weapon. From the heart comes the inspiration to kill, maim, torture, etc. In the heart is anger, hate, jealousy, greed, coveting, and selfishness. Kind, honest and loving people don't let these things control them.

Murder can be carried out by someone using a rock, vehicle, baseball bat, water, plastic bag, poison, etc., etc. etc. There is always a weapon or method available when someone wants to hurt or kill. Guns are just one method. Murder was happening thousands of years before the invention of the gun.