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It seems like every day the news is filled with politicians getting caught saying and doing stupid things, things that make us ask ourselves, “What were they thinking?’’It happened again on Thursday, Sept. 20 in downtown Middletown – a … more
This is the place where we try to sway you. The editorial page, the spot where we try to get you to think the way we do. Just about every newspaper has one, and has used it to influence your opinion, though with mixed results. How many people do you … more
Ethanol as government energy policy has been an economic and environmental bust. There’s little debate: It inflates motor fuel prices, while compromising the environment. And that was before this summer’s draught reducing the corn and wheat … more
Harrisburg is broke.  Literally.  So are 26 other cities across the commonwealth that are stuck in the state’s Act 47 program for financially strapped municipalities.  Many enter in—like Pittsburgh—but very few ever get … more
There are many obligations elected officials must meet when serving their constituents. The most basic is to listen and learn exactly what people want from their government, and then make every effort to provide it. more
By Frank Ryan In the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, our founding fathers wrote, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, … more
By Douglas Schoen It’s a testament to how bad the American employment market has gotten that the most recent jobs report was met with applause.The Labor Department’s July jobs figures showed that employers added 163,000 new workers last … more
By Rick BloomingdaleLabor Day is the one holiday on the calendar devoted to honoring and recognizing America’s workers and their families and the value we bring to the prosperity and strength of our nation.That’s pretty much all of us, whether … more
Sound Off – love it or hate it. If items lean your way, then it’s a great read. If parts go against your grain, then the weekly jumble of comments is an abomination. There’s hardly ever any gray area with this part of your community newspaper. … more
Just when it seems as though we’re stumbling through the darkness of the grimness of human existence, the good deeds of which humans are capable shines light upon us. Isn’t that how you felt when you read in last week’s Press And Journal about … more
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