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I have tried over the last four years to be respectful of my constituents and my colleagues. I have restrained myself from commenting on many posts and Facebook discussions that I found … more
The King of Cable has been defenestrated. After much fanfare, Bill O’Reilly has been tipped off his throne at the cable news giant Fox News. The irascible host of the eponymous “Factor,” … more
{jcomments on}It was a privilege for me to attend a Life Celebration for Don Foreman, a former detective for the Middletown Police Department who passed away on Tuesday, July 2.   Years ago, Don took me under his wing – back when the … more
Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law … more
In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun: “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” The reply was, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa … more
  I read Matthew Krajsa’s letter to the editor posted on pressandjournal.com on Monday. Mr. Krajsa references my letter to the Middletown Area School District community detailing … more
Now that Pennsylvania is about to get a new attorney general, perhaps the state will finally take responsibility for curbing abuses at the $12.3 billion Hershey Trust.  The resignation last week of Kathleen Kane, hours after she was … more
Dec. 12 was the fifth anniversary of our extended vacation in Cuenca, Ecuador, South America. After returning from a three-week October visit to Olga’s former home of Chisinau, Moldova, in … 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
For most of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, … more
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