As we approach the May 21 Municipal Primary Election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office was the May 1 edition.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
The 2019 municipal primary is May 21.
This is a true grassroots election.
Many of the names on the ballot are your neighbors, friends and even relatives.
You, the voters, will decide on the candidates who will move on to the November election to serve as township supervisors and commissioners, borough council members, school board directors, county commissioners and judges.
They will serve in office, anywhere from four to 10 years and make decisions that will directly affect you, your children and your community.
Years ago, while shopping at a Walmart on Memorial Day weekend, an older gentleman wearing a veteran’s cap, held out his hand offering to sell me a bright red fabric flower.
I averted my eyes and shuffled past him. “Just someone else looking for a handout,” I thought to myself.
Driving home my conscience began to toy with me. I remembered my grandfather walking me along a downtown sidewalk in the late 1940s. We came upon a veteran offering a similar red paper flower and grandfather produced a coin and bought me one from the vet.