"... Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came ... You wanna be where everybody knows your name ..." ("Cheers" theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)
There once was a time in this country when a man's word was his bond and children were told by their parents not to bring shame upon the family name.
Doors were left unlocked and youngsters played outside freely and unsupervised.
Pennsylvania voters not required to show photo ID when voting.
In 1907, Samuel Adams wrote about the right to vote.
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. "
When State Rep. Daryl Metcalf, R-12th, Butler County, decided to introduce legislation to require voter identification in March 2011, the ability to vote in Pennsylvania came into question.
Who are the voters in the Lehigh Valley the candidates will attempt to appeal to until Nov. 6?
Whether your political affiliation is associated with the color red or blue, we all share one common desire: we want the candidate we vote for to represent our interests and the well-being of America.
Today, the political discourse among elected officials and those running for public office is contentious and rancorous.
And, that is coupled with an unsteady and unpredictable economy each of us wrestle with daily.
What do you appreciate most about newspapers?
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 built for you, where people work to supply information that matters to you, from the details of that crash you passed by Tuesday to biographies of the candidates for your school board to notices of what's on sale at your local supermarket.
·America on Wheels, Allentown, needs volunteers to assist in museum's gift shop to help customers with merchandise, handle register, and take admissions from visitors.
Contact Amy Gunshannon at 610-432-4200 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Camelot for Children, Emmaus, has monthly activities Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons for teens and children and needs volunteers to help.
Call Cassie Kemmere at 610-791-5683 or email@example.com.
On Oct. 2, the state House unanimously passed legislation authorizing tax credits for emergency responders in an effort to boost participation and support existing volunteers.
House Bill 142 now belongs to the state Senate.
The number of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in our communities is unfortunately dwindling.
This legislation will hopefully serve as an incentive to individuals considering volunteering, in addition to providing a well-deserved financial break for those already serving our communities.
Home fires can happen any time and spread in just minutes, claiming the lives and property of those affected.
During the week of Oct. 7-13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, are encouraging individuals and families to have a fire escape plan.
People can protect their homes and loved ones from emergencies by making their homes safe now and throughout the year.
To the Editor:
As a recent high school graduate, I'm told to prepare for my future: study hard, find an internship, make connections and pursue your dreams.
This isn't always easy, especially in a world where so many look out for only themselves. I've been fortunate, however, to meet Ryan Mackenzie.
We hear about Ryan's work to reform government and help constituents, but these only begin to show the kind of person we have as our state representative.