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Peter Calcara: We face a pension crisis now

Pennsylvania’s pension systems are at a crisis point. Not at some point in the future. Right now. more

Publisher's Voice: You have a right to know

“A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.” – James MadisonOver the past year, Middletown residents have voiced frustration over the scant … more

Editor's Voice: Police need the power to issue emergency alerts

The Nixle alert system is a good tool for police to warn residents of an emergency by e-mail or text messages, or to reassure them that an emergency no longer exists.Middletown’s police department has used it in the past, but didn’t on Aug. 19 … more

Paul Heise: The fall of the WASP elite has thrown us into chaos

The white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant (WASP) elite that governed our country since its founding has collapsed. The social and political structure of our country is in chaos, with no replacement elite in sight. This change is strange for how little it … more

Publisher's Voice: They think we're idiots

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

Editor's Voice: Are our borough leaders capable of governing?

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

Robert Bradley: Transportation's big tech fail

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

Matthew Brouillette: Why cities fail

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

Publisher's Voice: Get out of your easy chair and do something

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

Is secession inevitable for our divided nation?

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
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