Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It’s back to school, so bring on the structure

Monday, September 25, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The backpack, tags still on, and shopping bag full of folders, pencils and other supplies, are on the dining room table — next to the list of what’s left to buy.

My McIntosh- scented candle sits idle, yet ready to signal the start of another school year.

Happenings like these may be a part of your household, too — signs that we need not only tradition, but also structure, in our families. Children will head back to classes in the next week or so, a reminder to us parents of the importance of structure, organization and time management.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Gift ban still too loose

So now we have a gift ban ordinance in the City of Bethlehem that doesn’t ban all gifts, because of a number of exemptions. Perhaps the biggest of the loopholes is the one that allows an unlimited number of gifts of tickets to public events. Tickets to the public events at the Sands Casino cost from $38 to $225, with the street value of tickets to sold-out events ranging up to $600. At an average of $105 per ticket, one ticket per month or two tickets every other month would amount to over $5,000 in an election cycle.

ANOTHER view

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

Equifax: Life will never be the same

Are you worried a complete stranger has your personal information?

It is very possible you are one of 143 million U.S. consumers to have had your birthday, Social Security number, driver’s license number, address and other personal information stolen from Equifax Inc.

I am “potentially” one of those consumers, according to the Equifax website.

Guest view

Monday, September 11, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The final bell rings

Although the radiation doctor said the side effects would ramp up as treatments progressed, I raised my head and shoulders and pushed forward to the finish line.

My final radiation treatment was Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. After six weeks of receiving treatments, Monday through Friday, I can officially say I am finished with this stage of cancer treatment.

My final day consisted of a tradition shared by all who complete their course of cancer treatment: I rang a bell signifying the end of radiation.

Editor’s VieW Back to school — bring on the structure

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The backpack, tags still on, and shopping bag full of folders, pencils and other supplies, are on the dining room table — next to the list of what’s left to buy.

My McIntosh- scented candle sits idle, yet ready to signal the start of another school year.

Happenings like these may be a part of your household, too — signs that we need not only tradition, but also structure, in our families. Children will head back to classes in the next week or so, a reminder to us parents of the importance of structure, organization and time management.

Guest View Property tax reform referendum to be placed on November ballot

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Property taxes continue to be a top concern and an overwhelming burden for many Pennsylvania homeowners.

This onerous tax has jeopardized the American dream of home ownership for countless individuals, especially our seniors who may have paid off their home, but can no longer afford to keep it due to high property taxes.

In the latest effort to address this issue, the state legislature has passed legislation that will allow for a referendum on property tax reform to appear on the ballot during the November general election.