Five hundred years ago, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a book titled "The Prince." One phrase from that text that remains a paradox today is "the end justifies the means."
In other words, an action can be justified by the intended outcome rather than the action itself.
On Wednesday, March 13, five members of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners exercised the political equivalent of this maxim.
In doing so, they not only diminished the integrity of our office, but also increased the uncertainty of the future cost of water and wastewater treatment in Lehigh County.
To the Editor:
The Emmaus community shares the sadness and grief triggered by the recent tragic house fire.
We support the Emmaus Fire Victims Funeral Fund in memory of the deceased victims. We extend to all the victims' families and friends, and the members of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit church community our sympathy and prayers of care and concern.
It happens every year at my house as the April 15 tax-filing deadline nears. Once my IRS forms are filed, I take the folder with all the supporting receipts, invoices and forms to our home office filing cabinet to store.
Inside this drawer are numerous hanging file folders containing insurance policies, investment documents, automobile titles, loan papers and other documents. Stuffing the new file into what little remaining space there is, I ask myself, "Do I really need all this stuff?" and then, "Should some of this be more securely stored?"
·American Cancer Society Inc. needs volunteers for Daffodil Days fundraiser.
Contact Rosemarie Murphy at 610-921-2329 ext. 3109 or Rosemarie.Murphy@cancer.org.
·Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, is seeking community members to become certified tax preparation volunteers through the IRS supported Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, as well as other volunteers to assist with hospitality functions at free tax sites in Lehigh County.
Contact Nicole Folino at 484-893-1031 or email@example.com.
As I completed this week's Parkland Press pages early Tuesday morning, I had one eye and ear cast in the direction of the television.
Pope Francis was being installed as the new Bishop of Rome; the spiritual leader of some 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide and the head of state of the Vatican.
Such power and authority could easily turn the head of many a man.
Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, however, does not appear to be one of those men.
What's important in this journey we are all on called life?
Is it our job titles and the power and respect attached to our professions, careers and employment pursuits that make a difference?
Or, does the salary we receive, cars we drive and the apartments and homes we live in factor in determining our worth and our happiness?
Recently a friend's father passed away. He was, in more ways than one, a mentor of mine and a father figure.
Pete De Pietro, who spent his entire life in Freemansburg, lived a life for others.
As often as possible, I stop what I am doing on a Saturday evening to watch the latest episode of "Too Cute" on the Animal Planet channel.
Last weekend, I managed to catch the show. I took a break from loading the dishwasher, flopped into the recliner and began viewing a program about three sets of kittens.
Baby animals are indeed too cute as they get into all sorts of mischief and predicaments while exploring their environment and pursuing the quest for independence.
I laughed out loud while reading a query to a syndicated advice columnist.
A woman, who apparently is trying to lose weight, wants a coworker to remove his ever-present candy dish because the woman lacks the willpower to walk on by.
Unable or unwilling to adapt to her workplace surroundings, the misguided woman expects the world to adapt to her.
How ludicrous to demand all temptations be removed from our paths.
What about self-discipline and free will?
While the legal battle over release of public-school employee home addresses has continued to rage in Pennsylvania's appellate courts, another aspect of the home address debate is settled.
In Czech v. County of York, a unanimous panel of the Commonwealth Court clarified the parameters of the Right-to-Know Law's exemption for 911 records and information, holding that the law does not exempt address information from "time response logs."
To the Editor:
I reside in Weisenberg Township. I felt compelled to write this letter after reading articles in both the Morning Call and the Northwestern Press (Feb. 28) regarding Leroy Sorensen's decision to remain in his duly elected position.
As I read the articles, what kept popping into my head was a statement Paul Carpenter made in an article written years ago which was, "Something stinks in Weisenberg but it ain't the manure."
In this case, it should read: "Something stinks at the school board meeting and it ain't the manure."