To the Editor:
It's a sad day when pettiness denies a committed citizen an appointment to a Lower Macungie Township volunteer service committee.
Ron Beitler has excellent leadership skills and would be a fine addition to any township committee. It seems the big egos of the majority of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners are easily pricked. They exhibit disdain for anyone who disagrees with their actions. Actions that have been consistently questionable.
Often while I am working, I have the television on and if it is a Sunday night, I will usually be listening to "60 Minutes."
One recent episode on homelessness caused me to stop working and watch the entire segment from start to finish.
The interviewer spotlighted three families who were homeless in Florida. One family consisted of a young unemployed father and his two children who lived in a box truck.
His wife, the children's mother, had died and the father was unable to find a job in the construction industry.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the 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 is Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
When you wake up in the dead of night to the smell of smoke in the house; when you're in a vehicle accident and are trapped in the car or when you're in a flooded area and need rescuing, it's our local firefighters who risk their safety to ensure yours.
My birthday will be here soon. I will celebrate it by doing absolutely nothing.
I have jokingly dubbed my birthday "National Do Nothing Productive Day." It's not celebrated nationally but it should be. It's not that I think my birthday is worthy of becoming a holiday, but rather that I believe modern life has become overscheduled, making it necessary to actively seek time to do nothing.
The man didn't trust me. He told me so.
"It's not just that I don't trust you. I don't trust nobody," he declared.
I was trying to buy gasoline and wanted to fill my tank to capacity in order to track gas mileage. Thus, I had no idea what the cost would be until the tank was full.
He insisted I pay first.
Even after trying to show him my driver's license and registration and telling him I wrote for the newspapers just down the street, he wouldn't budge.
I wasn't used to that way of doing business. And I surely wasn't used to being treated with suspicion.
·Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Bethlehem, is open Sundays for blood donors at the Bethlehem site and volunteers are needed to serve as canteen attendants.
Contact Naomi Pratt at 610-691-5850 or npratt@ hcsc.org.
·Downtown Bethlehem Association has volunteer opportunities for the Bethlehem Fashion Event Sept. 22.
Contact Kasara McLaughlin at 610-577-6962 or email@example.com.