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
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
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.)
·American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, is looking for people interested in becoming Disaster Action Team Members.
Contact Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at volunteerservices.NEPA@redcross.org.
·Hispanic Center of Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, needs summer volunteers to help with various activities.
Contact Loran Velazquez at 610-868-7800 ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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.
·American Cancer Society, Bethlehem, is looking for volunteers to join in the fight against breast cancer. Contact Lyndsey Cumello, 610-921-2329, Lyndsey.email@example.com.
·Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Bethlehem, needs canteen attendants to help monitor blood donors after their donation by serving snacks and drinks.
Call Naomi Pratt at 610-691-5850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOJ, IRS, NSA step on citizens' rights.
"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.)
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.
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.