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Monday, October 14, 2019


Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DEB PALMIERI in Opinion

Some thoughts on preventing

Banning the sale of long guns will not stop someone hell-bent on killing large numbers of people in one horrific event.

Most who have committed mass shootings (the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas massacre excluded) are young males in their teens or 20s.

I have no doubt if AK-15s or AK-47s were banned, the mass killings would continue, perhaps on a much larger and deadlier scale.

Take away the guns, and bombs could be next.

Instructions for making bombs are readily available on the Internet, and the components can be purchased easily at local hardware stores.

Wolf seeks to curtail gun violence

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Governor Tom Wolf has signed an order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. The executive order is the result of months of work by the Wolf administration to focus on substantive steps that can be taken to reduce gun violence and make communities safer. Wolf was joined by Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Charles Ramsey, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.

Hey, let’s go to a Joan Baez concert! awakening - Hey ... let’s go to a Joan Baez concert!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by GEORGE TAYLOR BETHLEHEM PRESS EDITOR in Opinion

It must have been a Friday. I’m really not sure. But I am sure it was a counselors’ day off. Richly deserved and greatly appreciated. We were the counselors at Camp Shawnee, near Waymart, Pa., not to be confused with another Shawnee somewhere along the Delaware.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Opinion


“The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America.

The perpetrators of these murders are cowards.

We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths.

While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it’s time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer.

We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.