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.
What was your reaction to the retaliatory missile attack by the United States against a Syrian air base?
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.
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.
How concerned are you about the President’s proposed budget cuts affecting organizations like PBS-39?
Despite less than a day’s notice, over 400 people braved a downpour and crammed into Hanover Township Community Center March 31 for a town hall with Congressman Charlie Dent (R-15th). The crowd was so huge for the hastily arranged meeting that parking had to be diverted to a nearby church.
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.
One evening in early February this year, while I was driving over the Hill-to-Hill Bridge with a right turn onto the Main Street ramp, a huge bare tree on the left appeared to be covered with huge black leaves. Not until I was past the tree was it apparent the leaves were actually crows. Why do crows roost in Bethlehem and what keeps them here at night?
Pennsylvania has two main public access laws: the Sunshine Act, which requires agencies to hold public meetings, and the Right to Know Law, which guarantees public access to many government records. Each law works well in some circumstances, but both need improvements for more government transparency. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association has long advocated for amendments to these laws to make government more open and accountable.