As newspaper executives struggle over whether the news should be digital first, tablet first, SMS first or print first, readers know exactly what they want their local newspaper to be – community first.
Reading a newspaper is not like reading a novel, a magazine, a history book, poetry, prose or any other type of literature.
Newspapers are not about what has happened in the past, what is happening someplace else or what happens in an author's imagination.
Newspapers are about us.
As we approach the Nov. 5 municipal election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua 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 will be edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
I am a library geek.
The evidence is clear. Check my wallet and you will find cards for Emmaus Public Library, covered with stickers permitting access to the Allentown Public Library system and "Access Pennsylvania," an online carte-blanche of sorts for libraries throughout the state. I have a card, expired, for Cressman Library at Cedar Crest College and, the prize of the collection, an ACCESS card to the New York Public Library: The Research Libraries.
Millions of college students around the country are now experiencing their first time away from home with total freedom.
These students are taking on not only the challenge of achieving a strong grade point average, but also facing hurdles their parents did not have, especially the cost of the education they are acquiring.
In a recent speech at the University of Buffalo, President Barack Obama addressed the soaring cost of a college diploma while acknowledging the importance of higher education.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, many teenagers will be behind the wheel visiting family and friends … and often copying the driving behavior of their parents.
But, is that a good thing? Not necessarily.
New research from SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance reveals an alarming example of "do what I say, not what I do" when it comes to distracted and dangerous driving.
Dawn and her husband Kirk were eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child. Dawn was six and a half months into her pregnancy and everything had been going smoothly. She had experienced some unusual swelling the week before, but she was told not to worry about it. In short, she was like most expecting mothers in Pennsylvania, who give birth to nearly 150,000 babies each year.
But that was about to change.
Pennsylvania has the fifth largest state-maintained road system in the nation, which includes 32,000 bridges and 120,000 miles of road.
Unfortunately, over the years our transportation infrastructure has slowly fallen into disrepair and projects are not proceeding as quickly as we would like.
Much of this has been caused by several years of a depressed economy that led to tight transportation budgets, coupled with rising construction costs and a decrease in revenue from the gas tax, mostly due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.
Except for the urban areas in the Lehigh Valley, when 911 is dialed, it is volunteer, not paid firefighters who respond.
Although called "firefighters," the men and women who serve the suburban and rural areas of the Valley are often tasked with more than fighting fires.
The majority of their emergency responses tend to be for motor vehicle accidents, especially with Interstate 78, and major transportation routes, such as routes 309 and 100 running through their coverage areas.
To the Editor:
As a member of Service Academy Graduates Against The War, I oppose the Obama government's plan to bomb Syria. Its use of chemical weapons remains highly speculative.
Aside from proof that chemical weapons were indeed used, which no one disputes, there is little evidence that indicates the Syrian government did so.
Logic alone would indicate that it did not.
We fear that self-serving evidence combined with expedient reasoning will lead to yet another immoral campaign of death and destruction.
Beat the war drums and huddle America together, here we go again.
The past two weeks President Barrack Obama has been busy presenting his case for a military invasion of Syria.
His spattering of public appearances and speeches and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently voting 10-7 to grant the president limited authority to use military force puts us one step closer to potentially placing our young men and women and our reputation as a country in harm's way.