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Thursday, June 20, 2013 by It Takes a Heart to Get to Heaven in Opinion

It takes a heart to get to heaven

And no matter how you try

You'd better have one all your own

It's not something you can buy.

And this heart must be a special heart

There's certain traits it must possess

It must have inside

the things we treasure most

Like truth and love, with joy

and tenderness.

It can't be hard or dark or cold

It must be alive and vibrant too

It must hold inside

our hopes and dreams

There's much that it must do.

It must yearn for peace

Yet be stout and strong

ANOTHER VIEW

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Opinion

National Football League fans take the hit

The terrorists seem to be winning the war against the American way of life, one catastrophe at a time.

Following the horrible 9-11 attacks, we cued up in airport security lines, having our luggage scanned, packing lotions and shampoos in Ziploc bags and leaving our pocket knives at home.

When a self-proclaimed Al-Qaida operative fashioned a bomb in a shoe and tried to ignite it on a flight, we began removing our shoes for inspection in those airport lines. (I was relieved when, after the thwarted attempt by the "underwear bomber," we were allowed to keep our skivvies on.)

Living the Vintage Years

Thursday, June 20, 2013 by BONNIE LEE STRUNK Special to The Press in Opinion

Quality of life can make or break a community

What qualities should Allentown's next police chief possess?

That interesting question recently was put to city residents by Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who will choose a new top cop in the fall.

My husband and I attended the mayor's information-gathering meeting and were disappointed with the relatively sparse turnout.

The attitude of folks who didn't plan to attend seemed to be, as one neighbor put it: "It makes no difference who's in charge. Nothing will change."

I disagree.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 by PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY Special to The Press in Opinion

Leave fireworks to professionals this Fourth of July

Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are injured from using consumer fireworks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries happen each year.

Of these, nearly half are head-related injuries, with nearly 30 percent of these injuries to the eyes.

One-fourth of fireworks eye injuries result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

June is Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology wants to remind consumers to leave fireworks to professionals.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 by DAVID M. SANKO Special to The Press in Opinion

Townships fight against unfunded mandates

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 municipalities can put that money to better use, namely to improve roads and other infrastructure.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 by STATE SEN. DAVID G. ARGALL, R-29TH Special to The Press in Opinion

Should suspected terrorists receive welfare benefits?

On April 15, our nation lost three innocent individuals, with several more severely injured.

The Boston Marathon bombing was a chilling reminder no day in this great nation should be taken for granted.

The tragedy that unfolded a few months ago brought our nation together to stand strong with Boston.

In the weeks following the horrific events at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Herald printed a story illustrating significant abuses within Massachusetts' welfare system.