Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Speak up and save lives

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed and Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 44, which establishes the Safe2Say Something program in each of the more than 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.

The explanation and training involved with this program began in mid-January, and the goal is to have every district on board within the next several months.

The program is already paying dividends. On Jan. 17, Hazleton police say that a 14-year-old student was apprehended after threatening gun violence at the district’s elementary-middle school.

Dorney Park lawsuit: Wait until all the facts are in

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Many area residents are outraged that a Lehigh County mother is suing Dorney Park in South Whitehall Township and its parent company, Cedar Fair of Sandusky, Ohio, for $150,000 because she said her daughter was unduly frightened and traumatized at the park’s Halloween Haunt in 2017.

They see it as an illegitimate attempt at a money grab from a deep-pocketed corporation

Another View

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Have we seen the last government shutdown over the border wall?

For 35 days, we Americans watched as President Donald Trump shut down the federal government and was at an impasse with the U.S. House and Senate over $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

This partial shutdown, which affected federal agencies including the Transportation Security Administration, Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, law enforcement agencies, and parks and museums, left 380,000 federal employees furloughed and 420,000 employees working without pay.

lawmakers, other officials get automatic pay bump

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Just like clockwork, Pennsylvania legislators received a 1.6 percent pay adjustment on Dec. 1, raising their base salaries about $1,600 to $88,610. Our legislators are the second highest paid in the nation at the moment, next only to California, but that might change, depending on what happens in New York state.

The salary of legislators in leadership positions, such as Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, increased to $118,796.