Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

EDITOR’S VIEW

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

It’s a matter of trust

I am having a hard time watching television these days, and I suspect many are in the same situation. The Hallmark Channel has now become my “go to” station.

To me, it seems we have lost our sense of trust, decency, manners and security.

Recently, this is just some of what we have been exposed to:

•A comedian holding an inappropriate image of our president

•People physically removed from planes, because of overbooking

•Concert-goers, travelers and people attempting to enjoy their lives hurt or killed by ISIS

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.