Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Good news, bad news to start the new year

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Calling General Grant, Calling General Grant. As of Jan. 6, you need a $50 bill (featuring a portrait of President and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant) from your wallet to pay for your trip from end to end on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it now costs $50.40 for the trip from Neshaminy Falls, the easternmost interchange in Pennsylvania, to Warrendale, the westernmost just before the Ohio border.

If you have E-ZPass, it’s a lot cheaper — $36.20.

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

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.

ANOTHER VIEW: ALLENTOWN STATE HOSPITAL

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

Project needs a serious developer

Let’s say you wanted to buy 200 acres from someone. You’re willing to pay $2.57 million. Let’s say the Seller is willing but tells you it must first spend $15 million to knock down all the buildings located there. What’s more, the Seller is going to give you three years to get a few investors to join you. During that time, it is spending $2.2 million a year to maintain the buildings it wants to knock down. You’d say that Seller is nuts and belongs in a state hospital. That Seller, unfortunately, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

AAA East Central

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Taking multiple medications can increase crash risk for older drivers

Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Currently, a record 42 million adults aged 65 and older are driving, which is expected to increase substantially over the next decade and may make them the largest driving population.

AAA encourages older drivers to ask their doctors and pharmacists as many questions as necessary to ensure they understand why they need the medications prescribed to them, and how they can affect their driving.