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Thursday, January 23, 2014 by The Press in Opinion

Infected email can ruin credit and one's life

Upper Macungie Township Police recently issued an advisory via Nixle from the Maryland Judiciary System warning the public about an email being sent to residents claiming the recipient is involved in a court case.

The email, however, contains a virus that infects the recipient's computer.

According to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team website, unsolicited commercial email or spam is the starting point for many email scams.

The team recommends you can minimize your chances of falling victim to an email scam by:

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 by The Press in Opinion

How do you see the future of family farms?

The average size of a U.S. crop farm has changed little during the past three decades.

However, this seeming stability masks important structural changes in our farm sector: There are growing numbers of very small and very large farms, and declining numbers of mid-sized farms.

In 2011, 1.68 million U.S. farms had an average size of 234 acres, according to our USDA.

However, 80 percent of farms were smaller than this average with just 45 acres.

On the other hand, most cropland was on much larger farms, those with 1,000 acres or more. How can this be?

Edward Snowden: Don't let him pull the snow over your eyes

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by The Press in Opinion

On Jan. 1, 2014, The New York Times asserted Edward Snowden should be given a plea bargain, if not clemency, to reduce the possibility of him receiving more than 30 years in prison for stealing National Security Agency intelligence secrets.

Snowden's actions caused a national and international firestorm and debate on the ability of the NSA to collect intelligence and communications on Americans and national leaders the world over.

Snowden did not, let's repeat, he did not make public the U.S. could collect phone and other communications worldwide.

Schlossberg's bill updates Megan's Law to include Internet

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by MIKE SCHLOSSBURG State representative in Opinion

Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law first became effective in 1996.

The law required convicted sexual predators register on a database held by the state.

The database would be publicly available, insuring a community would know when a convicted sexual predator lived in their neighborhood.

This was 1996, when AOL, Prodigy and CompuServe were the Internet giants.

There was no Facebook, no Twitter, and if you told someone to Google something, they would look at you like you had three heads.


Thursday, January 9, 2014 by by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

Ah, the anxiety of snow days, delayed openings and early dismissals

Nineteen days into winter and, in my school district like others, we have already had four snow days, delayed openings and early dismissals.

For parents with children in school, a level of anxiety exists to have backup plans, especially if you are a working parent with younger children.

For students, these days are awesome.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 by The Press in Opinion

A resolution worth thinking about

The University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology reports, in a survey published a year ago, 45 percent of those surveyed in 2012 said they usually make New Year's resolutions.

Psychologists say people who make specific resolutions for themselves are more likely to attain their goals than people who don't.

According to, the top 10 most popular New Year's resolutions are:

· Drink less alcohol

· Eat healthy food

· Get a better education

· Get a better job

· Get fit

· Lose weight

· Manage debt

· Manage stress

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 by by Stephen Gray Wallace Susquehanna University in Opinion

Up in smoke: Marijuana use rising among American teens

Not that it wasn't predictable, but the federal government, fueled by new Monitoring the Future data collected by the University of Michigan on behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is reporting a rise in the illicit use of marijuana among high school students.


Did we really believe the loosening of restrictions on marijuana sales, possession and use – including those related to "medicinal marijuana" – were to have no effect on those we have worked so hard to protect from the ravages of substance use condition and disorder? Not so much.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 by by KEVIN HAGGERTY State Representative, D-112th in Opinion

Fighting for milk

Our elected representatives in Washington will be tasked to regulate the price of a basic part of many Americans' diet, milk, when they reconvene Jan. 7 to debate the Farm Bill.

A stop-gap measure was passed to keep milk's price artificially depressed until the full bill is passed, but I wonder how much longer we can trust Congress to regulate a basic commodity, especially when the matter becomes intertwined with contentious bills.