"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902), written in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887.
Author George Orwell may only have been off by a mere 29 years in titling his book "1984." Recent revelations show the leaders of this once Democratic Republic have crossed the line pushing this country toward dystopia.
Usually, my columns have to do with raising children. This topic strikes home quite easily with me from both a personal and a professional perspective.
I spend my days turning research into practical information for everyday family life and my evenings in the laboratory of my own home. More often than not, the family venue supports every last bit of the research findings ... for better or worse.
This month I am going to travel to the opposite end of the spectrum and address an issue facing the older population.
A few weeks ago, I ran into a retired couple I had not seen for at least two years.
Residents of Ohio, they try to visit the Lehigh Valley annually for the Bach music festival in Bethlehem.
The husband has roots here, so when he and his wife are in the area they tend relatives' graves and place flowering plants at each family member's tombstone.
As we chatted, they mentioned an eagerly-anticipated upcoming monthlong journey to Norway and Germany, homelands of their ancestors.
I grew up in the sleepy canal town of Freemansburg, on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
I have fond memories of my childhood. Many of the children and teenagers knew each other and spent hours on end in the summer playing on the sidewalks, in the streets and in the surrounding small fields.
We spent summer days fishing down at the canal. We would gather together on one another's front porches throughout the day and into the evening, and talk about life and dream about the future.
Our parents knew each of us and they treated us like we were part of their family.
To the Editor:
Catasauqua's FL-Smidth project concept was really simple.
We need a fire station. We need a police station. We need an emergency management station. We need a fire police station. We need a borough hall – and we need to put these services in the best location possible at an affordable price.
Usually, when I watch the evening news on television, the broadcast about the day's events do not bother me.
However, news of a tragic event, either nationally or locally, upsets me.
Last week, when I watched a broadcast about a man bragging about brutally murdering British soldier Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, on the streets of London, England, I became angry.
The man, covered in blood, waved around a meat clever and knife and bragged about murdering a soldier in broad daylight on a public street.
More than 6,500 unfunded mandates have been imposed on Pennsylvania's local governments over the past 30 years.
Township officials, tired of seeing millions of tax dollars wasted every year, came together recently to urge state lawmakers to change the system so that municipalities can put that money to better use, namely to improve roads and other infrastructure.
Journalists are yet again under attack.
The most recent attack is from the United States Justice Department, which seized cellphone records of Associated Press reporters and editors in the process of investigating what it calls a national security leak.
Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt has called the seizure of records "unconstitutional."