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The Morning Call

bailout bill defeated in house

Before this vote, I had planned to vote for Charlie Dent. Now Sam Bennett gets my vote, even though she's unqualified. Dent is willing to let our entire economy tank for partisan political gain. Sick.  (Sep 29, 2008 | post #144)

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Valley could be more bike-friendly

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe rail lines do not own the land over which their tracks run; they only have right of way on that land, which reverts back to the government if they abandon the line. Hence "rail-to-trai l" conversions.  (May 5, 2008 | post #30)

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IF YOU GO Saving St. Michael's

Go to Google Maps and enter "1000 E. 4th St., Bethlehem, PA". If you switch to satellite view, you can clearly see the cemetery. It's at the corner of 4th and State streets.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #10)

The Morning Call

Obama reaches the Lehigh Valley first -- Government, Cent...

As of about 2 hours ago, there were still a few tickets for this event available at the Obama campaign office on Main Street in Bethlehem. Sorry I don't have the time to run over and snatch them up -- this will be an exciting event! I hope that C-SPAN will be there to record it.  (Mar 31, 2008 | post #59)

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Moravians find their roots as seminary marks 200th year -...

Congratulations, Paul Peucker! Yet another treasure uncovered in the Moravian Archives. This institution is one of the most underappreciated resources in the country, if not the world. Paul is doing great work making more of that resource available to researchers. I'm sure we'll be hearing of other historical revelations in the future.  (Oct 3, 2007 | post #3)

The Morning Call

Working in this kennel sounds hazardous -- themorningcall...

I wish I hadn't redden this. I mispell Pennsylvania all the time. Typing too fast, I guess.  (Aug 29, 2007 | post #1)

The Morning Call

Rodale contracts out work affecting about 20 staffers -- ...

1. Don't worry, Rodale prefers to hire people who can spell. 2. I get paid as much (or more) per hour at Rodale as I got working for Manhattan publishers, for the same work. Without the four-hour round-trip commute. And in much nicer offices. 3. "Bob's legacy" is his family. And I have to believe they are the best judge of what he would have wanted, even if I sometimes don't agree with it. As, despite your insulting comments, I frequently don't. I simply prefer to take my grievances directly to my boss instead of venting in a public forum. Guess that makes me a "kiss **** ." Sorry.  (Aug 28, 2007 | post #11)

The Morning Call

Rodale contracts out work affecting about 20 staffers -- ...

If you knew anything about me, you'd know how silly the above comment is. And if Quad is so lousy, why are Best Life and Men's Health using them for color? Maybe it's because Quad would never tell a customer "I can't work on your color right now; I'm too busy doing another magazine." That tends to happen when you terminate too many of your prepress staff. (And I happen to know for a FACT that more than one current in-house customer has been unhappy with the color.) Yes, the NY offices house other departments besides advertising and marketing. I was trying to give basic information to someone who I assumed knew nothing about the company, not someone who was "fact-checkin g" my response. Rodale has a "presence " in NY for certain brands, such as Best Life, because they are for a sophisticated urban audience and need to establish a profile there. Not only that, but to attract top talent to Emmaus is next to impossible. Also scheduling photo shoots with NY photographers from Emmaus is just silly. Do you think celebrities are going to take the Bieber bus to Emmaus to be photographed? Just as Rodale has a "presence " in NY, it will always have a "presence " in Emmaus. The day Organic Gardening is published out of NY will be the day hell freezes over. And I think the Rodales would indeed drink Kool-Aid before they would stop publication of OG. BTW--I love all of you employees trashing the company and the family that's supplying your paychecks...and using the company computer server to do it. Takes cajones.  (Aug 27, 2007 | post #9)

The Morning Call

Cemetery is a disgrace -- themorningcall.com

General Harry Trexler, for one.  (Aug 23, 2007 | post #9)

The Morning Call

Border isn't 'militarized' -- themorningcall.com

It is the drug dealers who have "militarized " our border. I have a relative who works in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, on the Arizona-Mexico border. The drug dealers, enraged that the U.S. installed a vehicle barrier along the border, are now travelling in armored vehicles with more deadly weaponry than the park's protection rangers. One of these rangers was murdered a few years ago. The illegals have gone so far as to build ramps to get over the vehicle barrier. Though the barrier has drastically reduced illegal border crossings, most of the park has had to be closed to the public (we own it, remember?) because it is too dangerous to enter. Next time someone tells you marijuana is "harmless, " tell them to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at night.  (Aug 20, 2007 | post #5)

The Morning Call

Apple's on the way

Boy, are you living in a bubble... http://blogs.cnet. com/8301-13506_1-9 758856-17.html If you weren't using an inferior product, you wouldn't feel the need to ridicule its only competitor.  (Aug 20, 2007 | post #31)

The Morning Call

Rodale contracts out work affecting about 20 staffers -- ...

I'm no apologist for Rodale. The company has been making some unfortunate decisions lately, some of which have affected me personally. But let's be fair and get our facts straight: 1. Rodale's CEO is Stephen Pleshette Murphy, not " **** ." 2. The company has had rental space in New York for decades. It is used mostly by advertising and marketing personnel. It would make no economic sense for the company to move everyone there, given the exponentially higher overhead there compared with Emmaus. Besides, why would Maria build a beautiful new home if she wasn't planning on staying here? 3. More than one department within the company has been unsatisfied with the imaging work done by the current imaging staff. Quad will undoubtedly raise the quality bar. 4. Bob Rodale's vision is not dead--in fact, the message of prevention and wellness is reaching millions more people now than when he was alive. Would Al Gore have approached Rodale to publish his book if it was the company it was in 1990? I don't think so. I think even Bob's father, J.I., would be proud. He was, after all, a shrewd businessman as well as a visionary. One thing about this announcement that makes we wonder: How is the company going to get around Labor Department regulations prohibiting contractors from working on-site? Will they lease the whole building to Quad? Otherwise, sounds like a violation to me.  (Aug 16, 2007 | post #2)

The Morning Call

Police discover $100,000 worth of drugs, arrest two -- th...

I wish the Morning Call would not place a dollar value on these noxious substances. It only encourages people to associate drug dealing with "easy money." What if, instead, they described a drug stash in terms of how many people could potentially become addicted by it: "Allentown police officers investigating a report of suspicious activity...discove red enough cocaine and ecstasy pills to turn XX # of young people into drug addicts."  (Aug 14, 2007 | post #6)

Emmaus, PA

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Somebody took her negativity pill today... Seriously, check out the MCall forum called "Bath, PA Dump," and you'll see what happens to a borough when it stops caring about making itself attractive so that people want to live and work and start businesses there. So what if "businesses come in & out of the triangle all the time." Businesses come in and out of every shopping district all the time. Just look at Whitehall for example. One wouldn't consider that township hostile to retailing. But who'd want to live there (at least the southern part)? I'm glad the Borough is freshening up the Triangle. I live a block off the Triangle, and I hesitate to cross Chestnut Street at certain times of the day because I'd take my life in my hands. The improvements are going to make the whole block easier to navigate on foot. When people feel it's safe to walk, they get out of their cars. When they get out of their cars, they might actually walk into a store, and it might actually stay open! As for the tree: I would definitely place myself in the "tree-hugger " camp, but if you take a good hard objective look at the poor plant you realize that it's hardly the best spokestree for its species. It has a double trunk and leans to one side. And it blocks the view from one side of the Triangle to the other. The new locust trees on the perimeter will definitely be a better fit. Look at photos of the Triangle from the 1940s and you'll see that there was a nice fountain on that spot back then. So, no, the tree wasn't there "forever. " And the bigger it gets, the more dangerous and expensive it will be to remove. Christmas celebrations will survive and thrive without the tree!  (Aug 14, 2007 | post #4)

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