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’Tis the season for thieves to make off with your packages: Editorial

We fully support shopping local this holiday season. Heck, the Press & Journal is a local business. We realize how vital it is to buy local. But we know that even if you do a great job of …
Columnists

Who are your heroes? Help them tell their stories: Susannah Gal

Who has been a hero in my life? Merriam-Webster has several definitions of a hero including “a person admired for achievements and noble qualities.” All kinds of people have …

Tax reform is necessary, but this is absurd: Paul Heise

America, as an idea and as a political reality, faces a daunting list of self-created political and economic problems. The idea of building a nation based on individual rights and …

Trump must have approval to move against North Korea: Michael Eisenscher

On Aug. 8, Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” He ordered the Pentagon to prepare for all military options. In the interim, he has …

A new country to call home for Eddy the Expat?: Ed O'Connor

After 7,859 miles and 29 hours, the landing gear deployed and the plane came to a halt at Chisinau International Airport in Moldova, Eastern Europe.  Chisinau, the country’s capitol, …

A way to fight drugs — make it less profitable to traffic opioids: John Cassara, Nathan Proctor

The president will now declare what many of us experience first hand, that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Frankly, with as many as 59,000 deaths in 2016, there doesn’t seem to …

States shouldn’t bail out nuclear power plants: David Williams

  More than half of America’s nuclear power plants face a financial crisis. Collectively, these plants lose nearly $3 billion a year. They haven’t been able to compete with power …
Letters

Trump tax changes would hurt those with families: Letter to the Editor

Your “personal and dependent exemptions” are being eliminated under President Donald Trump’s tax plan.  Last year, you got $4,050 for each person in your household including …

Congratulations to the Blue Raiders boys soccer team: Letter to the Editor

Congratulations to the Middletown Area High School boy’s soccer team, coach Brian Keyser and his staff for a winning season. It was great to pick up the Middletown Press & Journal and …

Don’t hike taxes on middle class: Letter to the Editor

Dear Sen. Pat Toomey: How are you going to pay for the tax cuts? Please do not raise taxes on the middle class. Many of us in the middle class make heavy use of the deduction for state and …

Banner actions show lack of patriotism by borough officials: Letter to the Editor

I write in support of our military, the men and women who have bravely fought and continue to fight for our country’s freedom. I usually do not get involved with politics because I do not have …

Address issue with political boundaries: Letter to the Editor

Middletown has experienced gerrymandering, and this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. It is a citizen issue, regarding the manner in which Pennsylvania political boundaries are …

Editorial was wrong — UPS bad deal for Lower Swatara Township: Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Press & Journal editorial “UPS hub solid addition for township” dated Sept. 6. The editorial cites plans of UPS planning to construct a near 1 …

Don’t replace Kids Kastle completely; keep the wood: Letter to the Editor

I read where money is being raised to maintain and refurbish the Kids Kastle.  I was recently in Hershey near the swimming pool and library where their wooden structures have been completely …

Racism is racism, and too many recent comparisons don’t make sense: Letter to the Editor

The news cycle spins so fast that it’s difficult to contemplate one event before the next one crowds out the latter from our minds.  James Miller’s piece in last week’s …

Highspire Historical Society needs funds to fix Wilson House: Letter to the Editor

Forty years ago, the Highspire Historical Society purchased the Wilson House from the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority. The members at that time thought it important to preserve this …

Show your support to help keep TMI open: Letter to the Editor

This spring, the owners of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station announced that it will close in 2019 unless Pennsylvania lawmakers pass needed policy reform. As fire chief for the …