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Dec 29, 2009
The Three Editorials
There is an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished. After having subscripted to The Morning Call for thirty-five years, my penance was to read three editorials, in a row, by our Valley Mayors. In honesty, I only did it for ammunition for this post, I wasn't expecting to learn much from their homilies.
According to Ed Pawlowski, there is a light shining on Allentown. He boasts of no tax increase, but fails to mention that it was only prevented by borrowed money. I wonder if that light refers to those blue surveillance cameras that have failed to provide a sense of security downtown. With the announcement of the Sterling Hotel bar joining its closed neighbors, the vaulted Entertainment District officially died.
John Callahan hawked the development and jobs on the former Steel Property. We all know that the decision on where to place the golden cows, aka Casinos, was a decision far above his pay grade. What he failed to mention, was that Bethlehem's biggest local developer, Lou Pektor, is fighting to keep his company afloat.
Perhaps the most honest assessment was presented by Sal Panto. Although he refers to a promising future, much like the Al Bundy High School Sports Museum he's pitching, he knows their best days are behind them. He admitted that there is not much capital between Easton and Act 47.
In fairness to The Three Amigos, it's their job to put the best possible spin on their respective cities. It's my job to inject some reality.