A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing children learn a plethora of critical life skills in less than an hour’s time. I spent part of my morning volunteering at the summer breakfast camp in Coplay.
Here are the facts as we know them as of this past weekend:
There was another shooting – the 250th of the year.
Aug. 4: Dayton, Ohio –mass shooting in historic district, nine dead, 27 injured.
Aug. 3: El Paso, Texas – mass shooting in Walmart, 22 dead, 24 injured.
Aug. 2: Pomfred, Md. – domestic shooting, three dead, one injured.
Aug. 2: Suffolk, Va. – multiple crime scenes, two dead, three injured.
Mass shootings in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archives include:
January – 28 mass shootings, 50 killed, 86 wounded.
To the Editor:
We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who came to our assistance after our SUV was hit by a truck at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Cedar Crest Boulevard July 26.
Immediately people came to try to help us but our SUV was on its side and we were trapped.
“The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton are the latest, horrific examples of the violent scourge that is gripping America.
“The perpetrators of these murders are cowards.
“We must do more to keep guns out of the hands of psychopaths.
“While no law will end mass shootings entirely, it’s time for Congress to act to help keep our communities safer.
“We should start by passing bipartisan proposals such as my legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks to all commercial firearm sales.
“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America. We’re praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night. Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.
“We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks. We can make communities safer. We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance. We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling.
“We cannot accept this violence as normal.
“We must act.”
It’s Sunday afternoon, and my phone has already rung a handful of times.
It could be Microsoft, alerting me that my software license has expired.
Or PECO, suggesting I stay on the line to talk to a representative about lowering my energy bill.
Or a credit card company, stressing that my credit is fine but I might be able to lower my interest rate.
Or the federal government, advising me that I owe income taxes and a warrant has been issued for my arrest.
It’s maddening, right?
I am the summer intern for the Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers. I am 19 years old and entering my sophomore year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This summer has been an exciting one.
Obtaining my driver’s license, securing an internship and seeing my brother graduate from an Ivy League university, which has not only caused him stress for four grueling academic years, but physical pain as his studies at Cornell University once forced an ulcer to burn through the wall of his stomach and allow digestive juices to leak into his abdominal cavity.
In the era of the dominance of digital media, the vitality and viability of print media can often seem to be teetering.
In its examination of print media in the United States, database company Statista projected the revenue in the newspaper publishing industry would decrease to $27 billion by 2020, down from $33.59 billion in 2011.
News junkies and others who want to stay informed are likely to check in with favorite news websites or television news outlets rather than wait for the morning or next edition of their newspaper of choice to get the latest information.
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
These are the famous words spoken by Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut who was the first person to walk on the moon. Armstrong was also an engineer, a pilot and a college professor.
After the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong said his microphone didn’t pick up the word “a,” so what he actually said was, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
To the Editor:
July 4 used to mean celebrating our freedom, family picnics and beautiful fireworks. Now, all it is, is loud bangs, booms, aggravation and being a prisoner in our own home.
Even if “you” wanted to have a picnic, you can’t because of someone setting off the loud fireworks. The M80s, half sticks are deafening!
The holiday lasts for too many days! The fourth does not mean the same as it has in the past because of ignorant people.