Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Election Policy

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

A message to readers,

As we approach the Nov. 5 municipal election, the Bethlehem Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 2 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

GUEST VIEW

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Vote ‘yes’ on victims’ rights guarantees

We’ve watched enough crime dramas to know that those accused of a crime must be given their “Miranda warnings.”

“You have the right to remain silent; whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” etc.

Critics often complain that victims and their families are accorded no similar protections, but that, of course, is an oversimplification.

Nonetheless, when you and other voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania on Nov. 5, you will be asked to approve a constitutional amendment that spells out the rights of crime victims.

another VIEW

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by DEB GALBRAITH in Opinion

Fighting for the 9/11 first responders, volunteers

As we remember the horrific events from Sept. 11, 2001, we cannot ignore the many first responders and volunteers who ran toward the twin towers of the World Trade Center to help those in need.

These heroes have been in the news recently, fighting for the compensation fund to continue to care for those facing serious medical issues as a result of the survivor search and debris removal efforts.

Due to recent legislation, these first responders will get the help they need.

ANOTHER VIEW

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DEB PALMIERI in Opinion

Some thoughts on preventing

Banning the sale of long guns will not stop someone hell-bent on killing large numbers of people in one horrific event.

Most who have committed mass shootings (the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas massacre excluded) are young males in their teens or 20s.

I have no doubt if AK-15s or AK-47s were banned, the mass killings would continue, perhaps on a much larger and deadlier scale.

Take away the guns, and bombs could be next.

Instructions for making bombs are readily available on the Internet, and the components can be purchased easily at local hardware stores.