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Slicing the pie

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by JULIA SWAN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Opinion

Tough challenges face whoever is elected president Nov. 6, Muhlenberg College Professor Michele Deegan said during a lecture at Kirkland Village Oct. 17. Her talk, "The American Election Reality – Challenges Facing the Presidential Winner" was a preview of the 38th annual Great Decisions lecture series, which begins in February.

"If the debt gets bigger, we have to squeeze other programs."

"Do we decrease spending? Where? Where do we increase revenue?"

These are some of the issues the newly elected president will face, Deegan said.

Analysis: Can Judge Smith break legal logjam?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Opinion

Dewberry Avenue and Center Street in Bethlehem, located near Bethlehem Catholic HS, is gridlocked. But it's not the traffic. Developer Abe Atiyeh, Bethlehem zoning and planning officials and numerous angry residents have created legal traffic jams over Atiyeh's seemingly Quixotic quest to establish a drug and alcohol treatment center somewhere ... anywhere ... in that vicinity. Northampton County judges are now involved. Though they have the power to send someone to his death, it's by no means clear that they can resolve the legal war between the forces of Abe Atiyeh and Bethlehem.

National Newspaper Week: Your newspaper will be there for you

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by The Press in Opinion

A simple statement, but let's break it down a bit.

Your newspaper … That's right, all yours, assembled just for you, tailored to where you live, emphasizing the things that affect you, keeping track of the people and players in your community. Your newspaper is put together by people in a newsroom that was built for you, where people work to supply information that matters to you, from the details of that crash you passed by on Tuesday to biographies of the candidates for your school board to notices of what's on sale at your local supermarket.

This Week in Bethlehem History Bethlehem's five and dimes

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by by Karen M. Samuels in Opinion

By 1920, F.W. Woolworth Company had prominent stores on both Third Street and Main streets. By 1940, rivals arrived on the scene, such as Grand F & W, McCrory, Milgreen, G. C. Murphy Co. and Pulley's 5 & 10. Three of these stores were demolished, in the 1970s through 1980s, for urban improvement projects. Milgreen at 25 West Broad became a failed mall. Milgreen was named after the owner, Milton Greenburg. The site of Murphy's at 119 East Third St. became the Rite-Aid strip mall and Pulley's at 1903 West Broad is a parking lot today.

A Lehigh River discovery

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by JASON REHM Special to the Bethlehem Press in Opinion

When the thermometer hit the 90s this summer, it was quite common for the tired and heat-weary to seek respite in the cool waters of the Lehigh River.

Vu Nyugen, 34, of Bethlehem made it a regular routine. In fact, he's swum in the river countless times over the years. But for Nyugen, it was a recent dip that he won't soon forget, for it was then that he made his discovery.

While he was wading in the river opposite Sand Island, something caught Nyugen's eye.

This Week in Bethlehem History: Packer Ave. churches

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church in Opinion

Although there was a Methodist church on the north side of Bethlehem, Methodists living in South Bethlehem longed for a church closer to home. In 1891, John Fritz, the superintendent of the Bethlehem Iron Works, offered funds to the group to build a church at the corner of Packer and Montclair avenues. His donation covered the entire cost of the church and served to honor his parents, George and Mary Fritz. Architect A. W. Leh was hired to design their church in Gothic Revival style and to include an auditorium, the only church of its kind in South Bethlehem.