Every now and then, we hear from people who are less than pleased to see their names in the newspaper. This almost always involves the police news, but sometimes other news stories as well.

Being a small newspaper in a small community, we are very, very aware of the potential impact of printing someone's name in what can be perceived as a negative light. Sometimes there's no perceiving about it...the light is about as negative as it can get. Other times, it is left up to the reader to interpret and decide.


The last Bellevue Council meeting was disturbing on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin to comment.

The personal attacks on applicants for both volunteer and paid positions with the borough were...I can't even think of a word to describe how inappropriate they were. After 30-plus years of Bellevue Council meetings, I'm not often surprised by much that goes on there. But these attacks were so nasty and so unnecessary...let's just say that Bellevue government reached a new low at this meeting.


If you read the obituaries section in this week's issue of The Citizen, you will find two names that seem to have nothing in common except a connection to Avalon. On closer inspection, however, you will find the stories of two lives that had a tremendous impact on the world around each of them.

The first is Bernie Sewak. He was a teacher at Avalon High School. I never met Bernie, but I heard his name quite often. Decades after he taught his last class, he remained involved in his students' lives, in the community, and in life itself.


For a party that is supposed to stand for smaller and less intrusive government, the Republicans in Harrisburg are getting awfully involved in my personal life these days.

I could go on and on about exactly how this is occurring, but for today I will focus on one such new law -- the one that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls before being allowed to cast a vote.


Bellevue officials have spent most of the past month drowning in the issue of how to manage the Memorial Park swimming pool this year.

Some officials say that the pool is safer and better run with a professional pool management company. The other side denies that, and says running the pool in-house takes a lot fewer tax dollars.


Just about every time we get the news these days, there is a story about bullying. Children are committing suicide, homicide, being scarred for life by the bullies they encounter at the grade school and high school levels.

I do not remember more than one or two incidents from my childhood that could be described as bullying. For the most part, everyone got along. There were squabbles, but not many physical fights that I recall. The biggest bully I ran into actually was my fifth grade teacher, who did things that would get her arrested today.


I'm having a hard time understanding the reluctance of some members of Bellevue Council to approve the fifth year of a farmers market. One of the key aspects of promoting and marketing Bellevue's main street business district is bringing in events that will in turn bring in people, some of whom might otherwise never visit Bellevue, and many of whom will patronize local businesses while shopping at the farmers market.


I know I don't have to convince most of our readers of the need to adopt rescued animals, but in the space of a few hours this weekend I have talked with two different people who have dogs they purchased from breeders.


My favorite TV show has returned to ABC -- "What would you do?"

This show sets up scenarios, using actors, that present innocent bystanders with what essentially are moral dilemmas. Most people know what they SHOULD do, but the show explores why some people just don't do it.

For instance, one of last night's scenarios involved people in a restaurant who observed someone stealing another patron's laptop computer. The responses ran the gamut, from people who did nothing, to people who chased down the culprit.