Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Another View Firearms do not belong in the hands of teachers, school personnel

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee recently approved Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Sen. Don White, R-41st, of Indiana County.

This bill, which would allow school directors to establish a policy for allowing personnel access to firearms in school buildings or on school grounds, would amend the Public School Code of 1949.

Senate Bill 383, which passed the committee with a 9-3 vote, will now go to the full Senate for final approval.

ANOTHER VIEW Stopping scammers before they steal from you

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CAROL OBANDO-DERSTINE in Opinion

It seems like you can’t look at the news or social media nowadays without reading about email and phone fraud. Scammers will pretend to be just about anybody – utility employees, bank employees, even IRS agents – to try to get hold of your money or your personal information.

It’s enough to make you want to block everyone out. That’s unfortunate, because there are some genuine opportunities out there that can help you save. But sometimes it’s hard to separate them from all the scams and swindles.

Article By: BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

Last month, Controller Steve Barron told Northampton County Council that stronger internal controls are needed over the amount of money spent on travel and related expenses. What bothered him were trips to New Orleans and Las Vegas by human resources staffers, as well as a staggering jump in training for human resources (HR).

Spending there increased from $5,749.35 in 2015 to $56,758.15 in 2016. HR Director Amy Trapp has also spent $800 on a popcorn machine and thousands of dollars for Target gift cards, which are then handed out to some employees.

How the country’s organized

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by JULIA F. SWAN in Opinion

Single women have had impact, feminist author asserts

There has been a dramatic shift in this country in the past couple of decades toward more people being single, and if and when they marry, marrying at a much later age. But when journalist Rebecca Traister began studying this trend, she found there have been large numbers of single women at periods in the past, and they have often had a profound impact on social change.