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Loud few don’t speak for all on PSU students: Kapenstein letter

Posted 3/15/17

I hear all of the time about how Middletown needs to accept Penn State Harrisburg and its students as a part of our community. Many people, including myself, believe it will play a big part in …

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Loud few don’t speak for all on PSU students: Kapenstein letter

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I hear all of the time about how Middletown needs to accept Penn State Harrisburg and its students as a part of our community. Many people, including myself, believe it will play a big part in determining the future trajectory of this town.
Having a university with the reputation of Penn State directly in our backyard is an advantage that many neighboring towns envy. The university has students from all different cultures and walks of life that bring new and innovative ideas to our area. They come because they’re looking for a top level education while experiencing small-town college life.
These students will be the leaders of tomorrow and play a key role in the future success of our community and nation as a whole.
The reason for my letter to the editor is to express my opinion loudly and clearly that I do not and will not tolerate any hate or discrimination of these students who are living and frequenting our community. I have now received multiple complaints about the general perception of international students by our residents.
I will not name names and will not specifically mention what I’ve heard, but instead will say that all residents need to be accepting of other ethnicities and religions in our community. Having new ideas and new cultural beliefs flowing through our town is something that we should be proud of, not speak out against.
I, for one, would like to welcome all students, regardless of their gender, race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
Let it be understood that discrimination of any type has no place in Middletown.

Ben Kapenstein
Middletown Borough Council president

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