Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

The price of property tax elimination

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Opinion

The Keystone Research Center today last week a new report that provides the first estimates of the impact of property tax elimination proposals on families in Pennsylvania.

The full report can be downloaded here.

The report finds that, far from providing relief for working families, recent proposals to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania would increase taxes on the middle class while sabotaging the chance to adequately fund Pennsylvania schools for middle- and low-income families.

Guest view

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

No two couples are alike

One winter evening, I dropped in on a friend for a quick visit. A cozy fire glowed in the fireplace as my friend and her husband clad in their flannel jammies cuddled under a blanket on the loveseat. They were watching one of their favorite TV shows together. Mugs of hot chocolate sat on their laps. After some conversation about the weather and our kids, I couldn’t help but comment on the way they were spending the evening. “Do you do this every night?” I asked kind of incredulously.

Another View

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

How altruistic are you?

Every day, someone becomes a victim of a crime. And, then there are those who risk their own lives and safety to help those in need.

When Daniel DeTurck, of Reading, Berks County, saw an Amber Alert Jan. 3 on his phone asking the public’s help to locate an infant abducted by alleged murder suspect Antonio Velazquez-Rupert, DeTurck didn’t hesitate to help.

When DeTurck, a security guard, saw a vehicle matching the description in the Amber Alert, he dialed 911 and took off after the vehicle, with no thought for his own safety or personal situation.

A note of thanks

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

To the kind people who helped my father Nick Perrett get home from the Walmart shopping center on Linden St./191 in Bethlehem PA our family is your debt. He was a little lost, away from the house for many many hours and we did not know where he was. My father asked several people for help and you were the only ones who gave him comfort and assistance. You saw in his eyes he was a little confused, you saw maybe your own parent or loved one in need reflected in his face and you took on the role of the good samaritan.

GUEST VIEW: Area Meals On Wheels directors respond to proposed budget cuts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by JOANN BERGERON NENOW AND PAMELA BECHTEL in Opinion

The first budget blueprint sent to Congress by the president’s administration has caused a great deal of concern and confusion. Many media outlets, for instance, incorrectly reported initially that the government was defunding Meals on Wheels programs.

We received a lot of unexpected attention as a result – and a lot of concern from the people we serve, our dedicated volunteers and the public at large. We need to separate fact from fiction so people understand the ramifications that proposed federal budget cuts could have.