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“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
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
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
You have to hand it to the nuclear industry for socializing costs and privatizing profits. Last year, lobbyists for operators of dirty, deadbeat old reactors won massive public subsidies — bailouts … more
“They’re back!!” That’s what we used to say when we lived in East Lansing, Michigan, and about 40,000 students would return to attend classes at Michigan State University … more
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently struck down some of the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing statutes because they did not require the commonwealth to prove the elements triggering the … more
In Lewis Carroll’s classic wonderland tale, Alice famously asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want … more
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
When historians look back upon 2016, they’ll designate it the year of death. No year in recent memory gave us so many gravestones. Countless celebrities, musicians, artists, and athletes left us in 2016. The list is long, but here’s a … more
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
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