To the Editor:
My name is David Boyko and I am the emergency management coordinator for the Borough of Macungie.
First, it is necessary to thank all the emergency responders fire, police, ambulance and borough crew many who altered their schedules to serve their community during the recent natural disaster. This also includes their spouses and families who made sacrifices.
In the aftermath of Sandy, comes "storm chasers," aka rip-off repair people, who descend on areas after a natural disaster looking to scam those in need of home repairs.
Homeowners facing major repairs following Hurricane Sandy should be on alert for scam artists hoping to prey on older adults. AARP Pennsylvania wants to alert people about common contractor scams during a time when members may be most vulnerable.
I spent Sunday at a fund-raiser for the family of a 2012 North-ampton Area High School grad who died recently from brain cancer.
The benefit raised money to help the family of Alec Ferullo, a 2012 Northampton Area High School graduate who died Oct. 8. His parents had to take unpaid leaves of absence from their jobs in order to care for him during his last few months.
As I watched people buy raffle tickets, baked goods and souvenirs, I couldn't help but think how soon Thanksgiving will be here – and then Christmas and New Year's.
This past Sunday, we paid tribute to nearly 22 million veterans in the United States. Recognizing those who donned the uniform of one of our military branches, we think of the veterans from the Greatest Generation who served with tremendous courage during World War II; the young Soldiers and Marines sent to Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s; and the men and women who have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fight against global terror.
With the tumult and ballyhoo of the current election cycle behind us, let's look to the future with a keen eye toward our past.
Our veterans stood tall when the threats of fascism, communism and terrorism threatened our security.
Their blind and unyielding dedication to defending democracy and freedom has continually helped preserve all we hold dear as American citizens.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, has halted 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 was Oct. 11.
Letters to the Editor, written by members of the community in support of a candidate, needed to have been received at Lehigh Valley Press no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 19.
Johanna S. Billings
The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, for people needing to leave their home during the weather events related to Sandy. A second shelter was opened at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown.
I don't know about you, but the amount of information presented during the presidential and vice presidential debates this year sometimes left my head spinning.
While I found it easy, as each debate concluded, to determine which candidate had presented himself most admirably, knowing how to interpret the purported "facts" presented was a challenge with which I needed some help.
The candidates spent weeks preparing for these debates, carefully crafting ways of presenting their viewpoints that would read well to their target audiences.
Do you have enough information to make
an educated decision
on election day?