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Editorials

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Who are you the champion of, really? You claim to be the champion of women.

However, you tried to viciously destroy and ruin the reputations of the women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by your husband, Bill Clinton.

You claim to be the champion of the African-American community. However, under the Obama administration in the past eight years, their wages went down and black youth unemployment is a staggering 56 percent.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

What an honor for the A.J. Baddick family (parents Joe and Ann) to have the bridge in Jim Thorpe named after their son. It was to be a historic day for the family, to have their hero and our town’s hero to receive such a great honor.

The work on the bridge, done by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Myers construction company, is both breathtaking and beautiful. Unfortunately, someone dropped the ball.

So I think I will fill in the gaps with things that didn’t happen.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The recent proclamation by the archbishop of the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Diocese that divorced and remarried Catholics and some others must not have sexual intimacy has set off another shock wave through the community.

No similar edicts have been issued in the Allentown Diocese by its bishop, the Most Rev. John O. Barres, or by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, bishop of the Scranton diocese, which includes Monroe County parishes, and it is not certain whether any will.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

There is no question that the elephant herd in the room is public pensions. By some estimates, the state needs about $6 billion to fully fund the pension system, which has fallen further and further into debt.

State legislators have anguished session after session and wrangled over how to fix this major problem, which, by the way, is of their own making, but, so far, no workable solution has been found.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Heading into the November elections, there will be no shortage of political candidates wrapping themselves in patriotism and expressing their love of country.

But judging from the mood of the electorate during the primary elections, disgruntled Americans will be looking for more substance than photo ops and political spin from the candidates. Wearing a flag pin makes for a good visual, but hopefully, voters will be gauging their candidates on the issues.

It should concern us, however, when our flag is disrespected.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

In your household budget, you make decisions on how much money you can spend based on how much money you have. Makes perfect sense, because you can’t spend what you don’t have.

In government, though, as the Pennsylvania General Assembly just showed us last week, members passed a 2016-17 spending plan without passing an accompanying revenue plan.

Legislators are, in effect saying, “Here’s what we want to spend, but we’ll worry about where the money comes from later.”

Saturday, July 2, 2016

It is my opinion that the media and American people should stop placing blame during tragic events and instead support those affected by the event.

I believe it is mean and hurtful, and does no good in most cases. If you were the parents of the child who was killed by an alligator in Disney World, the last thing you would need is to be blamed for the whole incident and the death of your child.

In my opinion, it would be much more helpful to be nice and supportive to the parents and other affected people.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

To the editor,

The wind turbine project proposed for the Bethlehem Authority watershed is not a “crisis” and will not “have a dramatic impact upon (the) lives” of area residents. The turbines, located more than a half-mile from homes, will not “shadow” any homes, and their sound is required to be less than 45 decibels at any home (falling rain is 50 decibels). It will use 150 acres of Bethlehem’s forest (not 300) and will endanger fewer birds than do domestic cats or glass windows.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I would like to submit a complaint to the editor on the deplorable fact that we are not part of the statewide black fly abatement program. It is quite easy to see from the Department of Environmental Protection map of participating counties that we are an island of nonparticipation.