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Experience with Ecuador's national health care system was a big mess

When we first arrived in Cuenca in 2012, we were advised by gringos that the prudent thing to do was to get health insurance. Ed O'Connor Being new, we took their recommendation and opted for coverage. The cost for both of us was $187 monthly … more

Street home was a great fit — for us and our piano

So what made us pick our house at 207 N. Spring St.?Susannah Gal Well, there are lots of things that helped us to decide on this house, not the least of which was our 7-foot grand piano. That’s a hefty piece of furniture that not only needs to … more

Rep. John Payne: Thank you for a wonderful 14 years in House

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks for your encouragement and support during my 14 years in office. I truly appreciate the great opportunity I have had serving the people of the 106th Legislative District. It has been an … more

I will happily admit it: I was wrong about Trump’s election chances

When a man is wrong, he admits it. Anything less is cowardly. That said, I admit I called the presidential election wrong. Here in the pages of the Press And Journal, I predicted Hillary Clinton would emerge victorious. I did multiple times, in … more

When it comes to spending money, Elks Theatre is a want, not a need

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

Middletown is a wonderful place to live: Look at all it has to offer

I love to walk! Especially in the morning before most people are out of bed. That’s one of the reasons I love that I’m living in Middletown.  I think some of my love of walking came from the times I’ve lived in Europe with my family, … more

It’s time for civility again in America

The “historic” election of 2016 is over. I use these quotation marks only because in truth every election is historic, every new president makes history, every new Congress will leave its mark on us as a country and as individuals. As we move … more

Here’s a star-spangled teen from Middletown of which to be proud

It was a typical morning here in my studio in early July when an incoming email caught my attention. It was from Middletown’s school superintendent, Dr. Lori Suski.  We were overdue to get together to discuss the Pathways Program the … more

Long walks, art and concert-going fill the time in beautiful Eduador

Hi, gang! How are things in the Town of Middle? And thank you for asking … everything is hunky-dory here in Cuenca (you can research the derivation of hunky-dory if interested). As usual, there are all kinds of things to do here in the city. … more

Donald Trump isn’t perfect, but he’s just the medicine the U.S. needs

Two summers ago, I wrote a laudatory piece for the Press And Journal on Donald Trump and his then-ascendant campaign. I praised his tenacity to speak directly to the everyman, infuriating media elites who discourse in meaningless verbiage.  … more
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