Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
Heidelberg Twp Supervisor
My only campaign strategy was to put out a dozen or so signs indicating my intent three days before the election.
I mailed nothing and handed out nothing at the polling place.
I believe my actions over the years would have demonstrated my dedication, commitment and service to my community.
I have served on committees and am currently serving as an auditor for the township.
I am committed and dedicated to continually work for the public good of my community.
I was somewhat alarmed when I woke up last Wednesday morning and read the election results for the local races covered by the Catasauqua Press.
Voters had let a longtime Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman go.
And in Hanover Township Lehigh County, not one, but two township council members who had served, uncontested, for many years, were gone.
North Catasauqua voters also ousted two public servants from their borough council.
Was there a conspiracy afoot by political parties to clean house?
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There are whispers and sighs
When an American dies
Especially in service to our country
Does the world get a little bit colder?
Well I think that's true
But between me and you
I know that somewhere
An American is crying
It's a mother who remembers
Changing her son's diapers
A father remembers his daughter's first prom
Grandmothers and Grandfathers remembering
How it was when they were both young
And the brothers and sisters
Who are now missing
A part of them that always seemed there
In recent weeks, lawmakers in Harrisburg have debated several competing attempts to reform the archaic and unfair school property tax system that has existed in Pennsylvania since the 1830s.
This critical issue deserves our undivided attention since it is the only tax that has the power to leave a person homeless.
One major concern raised by both the supporters and the opponents of property tax elimination is the issue of rapidly rising school district costs, especially health care costs.
When the father of a church member died last month, the family honored his memory in a wonderful way.
His children decided to give away his belongings rather than try to sell anything.
"You only get pennies on the dollar at a yard sale," his daughter said, explaining why the family did not want to expend time and effort on a sale.
"Besides," she continued, "so many of his neighbors are low income and can use the furniture. That would have made my dad happy."
When politicians assert American exceptionalism, what do they mean? With an attempt to not infuse politics into an answer, consider the following.
One explanation of American exceptionalism lies in the fact American society is based on specific philosophies and ideals regarding the nature of man and government.
By the time you read this, the Nov. 5 election will be over.
Votes will be tallied and new mayors, council members, supervisors, school board members, county commissioners and county executives will have been chosen.
Voters will also have decided on future funding of the Parkland and Salisbury Township libraries.
There could be close races, some write-in votes may still remain to be counted and a recount or two might be requested.
Of course, the winners will not be officially announced for a couple weeks.