Parkland Press

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Letter to The Editor

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

Writers question need for library referendum

To the Editor:

On the Nov. 6 election ballot there will be a referendum to raise the tax from 0.1 mills to 0.2978 mills, a 198-percent increase that is identified strictly for the Parkland Library.

This increased rate will continue until a date not later than July 1, 2035, at which time the rate will adjust to 0.1895 mills, a 90-percent increase from the current 0.1 mills.

Based on my recollection, the current rate of 0.1 mills generates an estimated $625,000 annually.

Chosen Words

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Sublime summer's end in Opinion

Setting sun shimmering on the bay

Multi-configured clouds

Frame this glorious scene

Scent of sea engulfs my senses

As gulls ride the thermals heavenward

A fitting climax to an

all too insular summer

Devoid of supernal inspiration

by nature's handiwork

Ah, how the muse performs

Her song of bliss

enlivened by this scene

Reveling in joy at summer's end

As the sun sets in the west

Yet another summer passes

I am transfixed by this

sublime summer's end.

D.J. Hausman-Hill


Another View

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Opinion

Be prepared before disaster strikes

September is not only the time when many children return to school, it is also National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's efforts to encourage Americans to prepare for any emergency or natural disaster.

Residents in the Lehigh Valley experienced first hand in 2011 how disasters can strike at anytime.

Many residents and workers in the Valley were sent out into yards and parking lots at 1:50 p.m. Aug. 23, 2011, when tremors from a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Va. shook homes and office buildings.

Letter to the Editor Writer says tickets were stolen in Miss Kempton Fair contest

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

To The Editor:

I am writing in response to the controversy over the Kempton Fair queen.

In a previous letter to the editor (The Press, Aug. 29) there were some details that need to be clarified.

The first issue I would like to address is it states "One of the contestants was unhappy with the results and allegedly started a campaign to discredit the winner." This is so untrue.

It was never to discredit the winner. The issue was two of the contestants' people's choice ticket containers were broken into and tickets were stolen.

Guest View

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by JOHN BERRY Special to The Press in Opinion

Are you considering a pick-your-own experience?

Recently, the popularity of P-Y-O family outings has increased.

It is no wonder. We can enjoy not only the fruits and vegetables we may harvest, but we also get to experience some time on a real farm.

We are fortunate each month brings the availability of a different fruit or vegetable.

What is available for us to pick varies on location, varieties planted and weather conditions, so always call the farm so you don't miss the products you are after or the times they are available to pick.

Guest View

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by RYAN MACKENZIE State Rep. R-134th in Opinion

House advances bills to aid veterans and service members

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a long overdue medal to a combat veteran from World War II.

Pvt. Bernard Winzer should have been recognized decades ago for heroic actions he took during Black Devil's Assault on Dec. 3, 1943.

Unfortunately, due to an oversight, his valor would go unnoticed by officials until last spring.

At that time, a staffer from U.S. Sen.Pat Toomey's office discovered Winzer was owed a Bronze Star.

After much hard work, Toomey secured the Bronze Star Award for the now 90-year-old man.

Martin Luther King's Dream and the Declaration of Independence

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by DR. MICHAEL COULTER Special to The Press in Opinion

Aug. 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history.

All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the speech, where King speaks of a dream of an America without legal discrimination or racial prejudice.

But the first part of that speech, wherein King speaks of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, is not as well-known but deserves to be.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

·America on Wheels, Allentown, has several volunteer needs.

Contact Liz Hahn at 610-432-4200 ext. 10 or fund_development@americaonwheels. org.

·Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage corridor, Easton, is looking for volunteers to help make apple butter at Historic Lock 44 in Freemansburg during the last week of September and first week of October.

Contact Dennis Scholl at 610-923-3548 ext. 225 or

Editor's view

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

A matter of dreams, character and peace

CBS News special correspondent James Brown re-cently interviewed 76-year-old former University of Iowa basketball coach George Raveling on an episode of CBS Sunday Morning.

In the interview, Raveling said he was visiting his best friend Warren Wilson and family 50 years ago in Wilmington, Del.

Raveling said at Wilson's father's urging, they made plans to attend the March in Washington for Jobs and Freedom Aug. 28, 1963.

They arrived the night before and were recruited as volunteers.