Bethlehem Press

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Should public funds be spent to repair a church steeple?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

That’s a question Northampton County Council will decide this year. At its Oct. 1 meeting, council voted unanimously to approve 37 grants, funded with table games taxes, for numerous municipal and nonprofit projects. They tabled a 38th grant request for $20,000 to restore the steeple at Easton’s United Church of Christ. Council Solicitor Chris Spadoni has been directed to research whether this proposed gift runs afoul of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Remorseless former Allentown mayor pays stiff price

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

The convicted public official’s playbook calls for the defendant to show remorse and apologize for his or her crimes and misdeeds at sentencing.

Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski did not follow this playbook and now faces a 15-year jail term and a nearly $95,000 restitution fine, which, ironically, is the mayor’s annual salary.

It was shocking, to say the least, to see this once popular Democrat who spearheaded Allentown’s revitalization being led out of a federal courthouse in handcuffs as his wife and daughter looked on in disbelief and cried.