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Police talks over; will you pay for MPD officers?: Editorial

We really aren’t surprised that talks between the borough of Middletown and Lower Swatara Township over police services ended without any agreement. The topic seems to pop up from time to time, …
Columnists

Nobody benefits when DEP’s budget is cut: Joseph Otis Minott

As I watched Patrick McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to become secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection last month, I was struck by the number of senators who were concerned …

Verify First Act will protect our tax dollars: Lou Barletta

No business would give a refund without first verifying a receipt. Our government should be held to the same standard. Yet, under current law, the Treasury Department pays health care tax credits to …

Step up to plate, sign pledge to end gender violence: Kevin Kulp

In the past 10 years, I’ve watched all sorts of fans come through our gates at FNB Field. Of course, we have our Senators and Washington National fans. But, as we all know, there are plenty of …

Milestones can include cows and bells; what are yours?: Susannah Gal

What milestones have been important in your life? For me, there have been lots of them. A milestone is defined as a stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place, …

Trumpcare and its clear examples of gender bias must be stopped: Laura Finley

Although the American Health Care Act of 2017 is rife with problems, one of the most disturbing is its shocking gender bias. But why should we be shocked that the AHCA, or “Trumpcare,” privileges …

Fix democracy and end partisan gerrymandering: Carol Nechemias and Robert Naeye

Are you tired of endless political gridlock? Disappointed in uncontested elections? Frustrated that you can’t throw the bums out? Gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative districts to …
Letters

Why is Lower Dauphin trying to cut librarians?: Letter to the Editor

In an interview with abc27 on May 17, The Lower Dauphin School District director of community relations claimed, “You do the best with the resources you have before you go back to the taxpayers and …

Banners are a great honor for veterans: Letter to the Editor

What’s a great way to start my day? Taking my father, William Thompson, to breakfast at Kuppy’s and we turn the corner in Middletown and there is his Hometown Hero Banner front and center. …

Veterans Affairs — just facts, no hyperbole: Letter to the Editor

The fact is that most of the people in the Department of Veterans Affairs are ethical and competent. The remainder of this opinion piece is not meant to criticize them. By definition reform …

Crematory editorial misses numerous key points: Letter to the Editor

The following paragraphs contain responses and questions to the Press & Journal’s criticisms of Middletown residents’ opposition to the Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home’s plan to install and …

Thanks for making military banners a success in borough: Letter to the Editor

We are quickly approaching Memorial Day, a patriotic holiday signifying importance to the American people. This is a time when we honor our brave men and women who bore the ultimate sacrifice for …

Press & Journal’s Miller one of best columnists around: Letter to the Editor

James Miller did it again with his article “Trump better learn from Obamacare replacement" in the April 5 issue. I read many newspapers, including the Harrisburg paper, Lancaster paper, USA …

Dilapidated house on the square in Middletown is a treasure: Letter

I read with great interest Dan Miller’s article on blighted property in the Jan. 11 Press & Journal.  One of the properties up for repair (or razing) is “the dilapidated yellow …

Trump is your president, too, so better get used to it: Letter

The general election was in November 2016. The Electoral College cast its vote in December 2016. Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States of America in January …

Give permits to park for apartment residents: Reader View

Why does Middletown borough refuse to give parking permits to the residents of Middletown Interfaith Apartments at 107 Mill St.? Yes, the apartments do have parking spaces. Unfortunately, we only …

The ill-effects of TMI linger almost 40 years later: Reader View

I find it interesting that an article about Three Mile Island, 38 years later, was on the front page of the March 5 Sunday Patriot-News. Then on the front page of the Opinion section of the …