Last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed and Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 44, which establishes the Safe2Say Something program in each of the more than 500 school districts in Pennsylvania.
The explanation and training involved with this program began in mid-January, and the goal is to have every district on board within the next several months.
The program is already paying dividends. On Jan. 17, Hazleton police say that a 14-year-old student was apprehended after threatening gun violence at the district’s elementary-middle school.
To the Editor:
Years ago, before I knew what the buildings even were, I remember driving past the former Allentown State Hospital and doing a double take.
I pulled onto the campus and took a walk. The stately grounds and handsome buildings were stunning. A character and quality that doesn’t get built anymore. The hospital is now slated for demolition.
Many area residents are outraged that a Lehigh County mother is suing Dorney Park in South Whitehall Township and its parent company, Cedar Fair of Sandusky, Ohio, for $150,000 because she said her daughter was unduly frightened and traumatized at the park’s Halloween Haunt in 2017.
They see it as an illegitimate attempt at a money grab from a deep-pocketed corporation
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.
Just like clockwork, Pennsylvania legislators received a 1.6 percent pay adjustment on Dec. 1, raising their base salaries about $1,600 to $88,610. Our legislators are the second highest paid in the nation at the moment, next only to California, but that might change, depending on what happens in New York state.
The salary of legislators in leadership positions, such as Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, increased to $118,796.
The reported schism in the national Women’s March Organization got a lot of play recently.
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.
by dana grubb