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Stimulus Money To Allow Local Bridge, Road Repairs: Stimu...

I believe that because federal dollars are involved, public bidding and 'prevailing wage' requirements are mandatory both rules established to achieve competitive prices while protecting workers from being paid less than going rates for labor. Also, these projects are indeed shovel-ready and can be done quickly. If the funds were not obligated for these projects and used quickly, they would be lost.  (Feb 23, 2009 | post #43)

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Big salary cuts scheduled at Day-Timers

All of this is part of the national commitment to lower wages so that we are on a competitive level with the global economy. It is what Bush I referred to as 'a new world order.' America is being sold out by its leadership but don't worry, those at the top are getting and keeping theirs. And unions will be busted in the process make no mistake about it. Whatever Obama has promised them to get elected, the unions will be busted. It is our national mission to lower the standards of living for everyone in the country except the top 5% of wealth-holders. Neat huh?  (Feb 22, 2009 | post #87)

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Public has right to hear tapes of meetings

This is a bogus issue. It has no uniform application and is a victory for no one - just a further pretense that the media is fighting for open meetings. Hogwash. If the municipal entity or school board does not tape the meetings, then the question is moot. If people are that interested, why don't they just attend meetings themselves? And if the media is that interested, why don't they send reporters to report on the meetings?  (Feb 22, 2009 | post #2)

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Global warming is the long-term concern

Since religion is not working out as the opiate of the people, leaders have to turn to fantasies such as global warming to create an atmosphere of fear and diversion from genuine problems. Global warming as an issue works because it is a harmless argument (the earth naturally warms and cools over time) that allows the government to make changes and decisions that will keep the population completely confused and distracted. Environmentalists take heart! Soon it will be you that grab the power and wealth. Anyone not willing to hug a tree will be jailed.  (Feb 20, 2009 | post #19)

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PPL comes up with 'pay me later' plan to soften rate hike

How do you store the energy to balance your usage?  (Feb 20, 2009 | post #66)

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Ready or not, Lehigh Valley cities jockey for share of st...

THAT must have been SOME brainstorming session to come up with that list in the three cities! I can just imagine, the giddy bureaucrats, pouring coffee, munching on donuts, working long into the afternoon, each trying to top the other with some gigantic 'wishful' project. Wonder how you set a budget for a project that has no design, no site, and is nothing but an idea? Is there a special dart board for that? Anyone want to wager on how many of these projects do NOT get done. Shovel ready my a*s.  (Feb 15, 2009 | post #7)

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Analyst: 3 Valley closings will cost consumers

The end of civilization as we know it? Perhaps. But I think a more likely outcome is that we will all be living under Muslim rule. Bush loses; Bin Laden wins. It just takes a few more decades after 9/11/01 than he thought. Oh and Jenna Bush will be the fourth wife of a Saudi Prince and bear him many children.  (Jan 17, 2009 | post #8)

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Allentown mayor touts accomplishments

Excellent post. Want to run for Mayor?  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #46)

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Allentown mayor touts accomplishments

My experience with the Mayor - and when he gets together with a small group of Allentown residents and community leaders he is rather personable - is that he DOES have a clue about what needs to be done. My problem with the Mayor is that he doesn't share his insights with the public. He knows some hard decisions have to be made, but he is not honest enough to come right out and say what they are. Rather, he works his agenda with 'visioning' meetings and pretending to listen to the public. What he is really doing is shopping his vision around and convincing people that his is the way to go. I don't have a problem with that, but why not treat your fellow citizens as if they were as intelligent as you? That is my problem with all these folks from New York: they are smarter than anyone local. The must be because they come from New York (or Chicago in the Mayor's case). By treating Allentonians as an other group to be 'sold' a bill of goods does a disservice to both the Mayor and the citizens. He is going to get re-elected because there is no one else who wants the job as bad as he does. And he has some very aggressive supporters. Some of whom he's rewarded with jobs.  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #45)

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Allentown mayor accentuates the positive in annual address

That can't be it. LANTA destroyed Allentown by moving to 6th and Linden Streets.  (Jan 9, 2009 | post #21)

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Allentown pizzeria fined for butchering deer

Has The Morning Call spent enough time on this story already? This paper by making a laughingstock out of individuals like this, makes a joke of the entire community. A 50 dollar fine. And THIS is news? I have an idea, with all the drivel that this paper is printing lately, why don't we get a group together and start punking the paper? Give them stories such as staging a 'discussion' of some whacky idea like finding an alternative to money a few days from now - I'm sure we could get front page coverage! Oh **** , someone already did that. We will have to think harder and come up with something whackier.  (Jan 8, 2009 | post #24)

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United Way slashes budget, salaries to cope with $1M shor...

Over the past decade or so, the United Way stopped giving grants to agencies based upon community need but rather went through a complex process of trying to judge which agencies would be the most productive. This was a 'business' approach to an effort that was meant to be a charitable exercise. Therefore, the agencies that were shrewd enough to figure out the game rules, got the most money. This demoralized many agencies who lost faith in what was supposed to be a one-stop point of funding for a variety of worthy efforts. When the United Way goes back to its roots, I'll start donating to it again.  (Jan 6, 2009 | post #52)

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In 2009, start to make Valley's rail connections real

Nothing that I've read about this issue has said that NJT is hot to bring rail to Allentown, PA. Do you have any source for that information? Is Lehigh County refusing NJT's offer because of funding? How recently has NJT approached the County with this offer? Whom did they speak with?  (Jan 4, 2009 | post #72)

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City pension funds may cost taxpayers

Nice sarcasm!  (Jan 4, 2009 | post #8)

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