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The annual state budget process got underway last week when Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his 2017-18 spending plan before a joint session of the General Assembly.  What the governor laid out is only the first step in the lengthy budget process. … 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
Does this sound familiar: excessive taxes, government officials not following laws, and lack of due process? How to address these issues? In June 1215, the English reaction to such problems caused by King John resulted in the signing of the … more
The opioid addiction crisis is a problem that has no geographic, religious, racial, socio-economic or partisan boundaries.  It has claimed thousands of lives statewide in the last few years, including many lives of our friends and loved … more
Back in 1980s, I can remember going into the Elks Theatre as a teenager and sitting in the back row with my friends to watch movies and thinking, “This is great. We have our own theater in our town.” In 2010, I can remember taking our son to … more
What’s a college town? Well, the pure definition of course is some place that has a college in it.  While Middletown has a college in it, Penn State Harrisburg, this is a relatively new relationship compared to some, so it doesn’t yet … more
“Why can’t we all just get along?” I know I used this quote in a previous blog or column that I wrote awhile back and I really didn’t want to use it again, but Rodney King’s plaintive question is still the best comment on divisiveness that … more
     The future of Middletown looks bright. As a newly-elected member of the Middletown Borough Council and as a resident of this town, I say to you confidently that I am very excited for our future.      … more
  Obviously, with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had, winter has been a bit rough this year. For many, counting down the days until spring gets here has become an obsession.   For scholastic sports fans whose teams … more
Job prospects for today’s college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelors-degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year. But few are actually prepared for employment. Even though nine in 10 recent college grads believe … more
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