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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chosen Words

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by The Press in Opinion


I wonder why when God gave us hair, he didn’t take a bit more care.

It seems as though he got confused and got mixed up with what he used!

The heads with lots of hair on top complain it’s too much work to crop,

While balding ones would surely pay to keep the hair some throw away.

The ones with natural curly hair don’t seem to want the curls up there.

Still others have to work and save to get their super-curly wave.

Red heads change their hair to black, then turn around and grow it back.

Another view

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Saying goodbye to the job I love

Sixteen years is a long time. I don’t think I realized just how long until I started cleaning out my office desk.

It’s been 16 years and about nine months since I first came to work for East Penn Publishing, now the Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers.

In a short time, I will step into a life of retirement — a season of my life which I hope will also last a long time.

In anticipation of that final day in the office, I’ve been cleaning out my desk, one file at a time, and I have come across a lot of memories.

Guest View

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Property tax reform referendum to be placed on November ballot

Property taxes continue to be a top concern and an overwhelming burden for many Pennsylvania homeowners.

This onerous tax has jeopardized the American dream of homeownership for countless individuals, especially our seniors who may have paid off their home, but can no longer afford to keep it due to high property taxes.

In the latest effort to address this issue, the state legislature has passed legislation that will allow for a referendum on property tax reform to appear on the ballot during the November general election.

Chosen Words

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Opinion


All I ever see each day is paperwork which comes my way.

Doctor bills and dentists, too, and special deals prepared for you.

Master Card and Visa Card are waiting to be paid;

This stack of papers over here is waiting to be read.

A form for this, a form for that, sign here and here and here.

It’s good that we can write our name, ’cause there’s forms everywhere!

Must write some checks to pay some bills, and write some letters, too.

I can’t forget to write some cards, your birthday’s coming due.

Allentown is more and less than meets the eye

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Knowing I live in downtown Allentown, people have been asking my opinion lately on the fate of the city that is the subject of so much publicity.

As a resident here for more than 50 years, after growing up in the Fogelsville area, I have experienced firsthand the rebirth of the downtown.

It looks great. It feels vibrant. Good stuff is happening here.

Sure I miss Hess’s and all the wonderful downtown stores, and I always will. Thankfully I have my sweet memories because those splendid businesses never are coming back to town.

Editor’s View

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Back to school — bring on the structure

The backpack, tags still on, and shopping bag full of folders, pencils and other supplies, are on the dining room table — next to the list of what’s left to buy.

My McIntosh-scented candle sits idle, yet ready to signal the start of another school year.

Happenings like these may be a part of your household, too — signs we need not only tradition, but also structure, in our families.

Children will head back to classes in the next week or so, a reminder to us parents of the importance of structure, organization and time management.

A playlist for celestial sing-along

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

In the spirit of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and science communicator, from New York City, N.Y., here is a list of favorite songs about celestial events.

They are in no particular order of preference, however, No. 11 was a favorite while preparing this week’s piece about the solar eclipse.

1. “Heavenly,” by Harry Connick Jr.

2. “Walking on the Moon,” by The Police

3. “Stardust,” performed by Nat King Cole

4. “Fly Me to the Moon,” performed by Frank Sinatra

5. “How High the Moon,” performed by Ella Fitzgerald

another View

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

A total, solar eclipse of my heart

Mark Twain fans may recall how a total eclipse helps protagonist Hank Morgan escape death and impress royalty and the magician Merlin when Morgan time travels to sixth century England after a blow to the head in Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King’s Arthur’s Court.”

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse, visible along a path over the continental United States, inspired scientists, baffled wildlife and dazzled star gazers with its celestial show.

letter to the editor

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Woman trains for a cause, walks to church

To the Editor:

In years gone by, it was common for people to walk to their place of worship.

Faith communities were located in residential areas and people would simply walk to their chosen place of worship.

Today, in the age of modern transportation, most everyone takes the car to get to worship.

Except Eileen. Eileen Fruchtl has been walking to worship.

The interesting part is that Eileen lives 7.5 miles one way from her place of worship.

Guest View

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The ‘Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ of the state budget

I think most people have a moment when they think about a scene or title of a favorite movie.

Lately, I can’t help but think the 2017-18 Pennsylvania budget has played out like the title of the Clint Eastwood classic, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

The Good: As a result of a bipartisan appropriations bill that passed overwhelmingly — with nine of the Lehigh Valley’s 11 state representatives voting for it.