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Council votes to hire law firms taken in private raise concerns: Editorial

On March 13, 2017, Middletown Borough Council went into executive session to “discuss potential litigation and no action was taken.” That is according to the official minutes of the …
Columnists

Corporate tax cuts not trickling down to workers: Frank Clemente

Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt and …

‘Feel the Bern’? That’s a road to catastrophe: Ed O'Connor

Hello, gang. How’s everything at your end? Things are going well here. Thanks for asking. Well, let me modify that a bit. There are now more people on the street here than ever before, …

A new low in the war on fracking: Robert Bradley

Rolling Stone just dropped a bombshell — or so it claims in its article, “The Harms of Fracking: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer.” Dig into …

Pennsylvania boater fights against state incursions on privacy: Sara Rose

On a pleasant May evening in 2016, Fred Karash and four friends were enjoying a boat trip on Lake Erie when, without warning, they were stopped by law enforcement officers and detained for more than …

Rebuilding Pennsylvania’s rural infrastructure: Curt Coccodrilli

Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, …

State Civil Service Commission in dire need of modernization: Mike Folmer

The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, recently held a public hearing on legislation introduced by Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Glenshaw, and me to modernize the Pennsylvania Civil Service …
Letters

PSU student’s cars, not students themselves, are issue: Letter to the Editor

The following comments are in response to both an article and an editorial in the May 16 Press & Journal with respect to parking problems resulting from college students in rental properties, and …

Let citizens help draw district boundaries: Letter to the Editor

Is the plumbing working right related to the pipes of Pennsylvania democracy? It took awhile (three election cycles, 2012, 2014 and 2016) to show the evidence of a legal term called …

Middletown Area School District leadership silences students on walkout: Letter to the Editor

  As a parent of Middletown Area School District students, I received the March 7 National School Walkout letter from the superintendent, Dr. Lori Suski. While I appreciate the …

Get safer schools by design: Letter to the Editor

The recent school shooting in Florida continues an unsettling trend of assaults on students in their neighborhood schools. While the debate will continue at the national level on proposals for arming …

Column on death row inmates’ rights a joke: Letter to the Editor

I’m writing in regards to the Jan. 31 column “Pa. death row like torture for its inmates” by Witold Walczak, legal director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. What a joke. Let me …

Pennsylvania doesn’t need politicians making legislative districts: Letter to the editor

Article 2, Section 16 of Pennsylvania’s Constitution says in part that legislative districts “shall be composed of compact and contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as …

Three Mile Island bailout? Not on the backs of Pennsylvania taxpayers: Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to the Jan. 24 guest column in the Press & Journal titled “Closing Three Mile Island would hurt education, communities” by Steelton-Highspire School …

From the Vault article involved grandfather, safe: Letter to the Editor

My wife was reading the Dec. 27 P&J and then she said, “OMG!” The old news article that you printed on the From the Vault page about a robbery of $26,000 was my grandfather’s …

Workers’ groups must fight to stay strong against 'king': Letter to the Editor

My ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War as a private and I also served same rank. Two of his genes were passed onto me. We will not bow to a king. The king’s new tax plan will open the …

Government needs to play strong role in stopping drug smuggling: Letter to the Editor

I read the column “A way to fight drugs — make it less profitable to traffic opioids” by John Cassara and Nathan Proctor that was published Nov. 15. In my opinion I strongly …