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EDDIE COSTIK: Orangeade and the kindness of Mr. Roksandic

  I bought a gallon of orangeade yesterday. At Turkey Hill. Got home, took a swig right from the jug, male pig that I am. Couldn’t wait for a glass. I was immediately transported to my summer days of the early 1960s. Summers … more

Mike Folmer: Openness and union contracts

  Openness, transparency and accountability are key elements of my “Promise to Pennsylvania” – and words that sometimes echo through the halls of the Capitol. However, these words apparently have no meaning when it comes to … more

EDDIE COSTIK: Savoring the candy, and memories, from Derricks

George Bernard Shaw once quipped, “Youth is wasted on the young.” I was born and raised in “Our Town” – Middletown. For the most part, I lived and worked here my entire life. It’s not what I expected. It just happened. Most things in … more

M&H Railroad gets state funds for track project

As a result of the transportation funding legislation (Act 89 of 2013) signed into law last year, Gov. Tom Corbett recently announced 39 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain nearly 34,000 jobs across Pennsylvania. These projects … more

I'm through playing nice – it's time to speak up

A short time ago, I wrote a column about the hostility and animosity in Middletown. I didn’t think it would have much impact – just one column by one person. But I guess I thought – hoped – that something might kick in and make sense to … more

A walk through Cuenca: Happiness, and no bugs

I just realized: We have been here for 18 months. This city, Cuenca, is really an interesting and beautiful place.   It is an old city in Ecuador that was founded in 1557 and has four rivers flowing through it. There are many small … more

MIKE FOLMER: WHAT WOULD THE BRITISH DO? REFORM, REFORM, REFORM

Does this sound familiar: excessive taxes, government officials not following laws, and lack of due process? How to address these issues? In June 1215, the English reaction to such problems caused by King John resulted in the signing of the … more

BENJAMIN KAPENSTEIN: WANT A BETTER MIDDLETOWN? LET'S WORK TOGETHER

     The future of Middletown looks bright. As a newly-elected member of the Middletown Borough Council and as a resident of this town, I say to you confidently that I am very excited for our future.      … more

The U.S. is No. 1, you say? Yep – in all the wrong ways

The biggest question I hear from many sources about relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador has to be, “Why would you leave the No. 1 country in the world and move to Ecuador?”   I have been asked that by friends, relatives, tourists, print … more

Having a nice time: Wish you were here?

I’ll bet you are SO happy to finally see weather that is fit for human habitation. I followed the horrific winter of ice, snow, storm after storm, and temperatures that plunged more than Amy Adams’ neckline on the central Pennsylvania television … more
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