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What will help inspire you to random acts of kindness?: Editorial

There are good and giving people all around us. When you get depressed or distracted by national politics, or even local flareups, or when you hear of random acts of violence in central …
Columnists

Gov. Wolf's budget rhetoric meets reality: Nathan Benefield

Last year, nearly 50 of our neighbors fled Pennsylvania every day. They moved to growing states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina, seeking opportunity. Meanwhile, we literally can’t …

Pelosi's green-energy dreams don’t persuade Putin: Merrill Matthews

Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have made it clear they want to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, even as countries that could pose a serious threat to U.S. security …

As we mark President Lincoln’s birthday, heed his words of insight: Mike Folmer

In these times of extreme rhetoric and deep political divisions, consider the words of President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday we celebrated Feb. 12: “Folks are usually about as happy as they …

Working together can help our state troopers: David Kennedy

Pennsylvania state troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and …

We should be thankful to have a local paper: Susannah Gal

This is the month for recognizing those you love or appreciate. This month, I am appreciating our local newspaper, the Press & Journal, in my column. This month I wanted to recognize how much …

We have failed to to communicate importance of addressing stormwater runoff: Harry Campbell

On behalf of the conservation community, I extend my sincerest apologies. Collectively we have failed you, the public, on communicating what science has shown us: that our stormwater …
Letters

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is today: Letter to the Editor

Every day, thousands of law enforcement officers across the country leave their families and loved ones at home while they faithfully protect the communities they serve. Every law enforcement …

Paper puts ethics, truth before greed: Letter to the Editor

I am writing in reference to David Buffington’s Reader View printed Nov. 14, “I’m not going to help you put the Press & Journal out of business.”  How amazing and …

Taliban- evangelical comparison not meant to be offensive: Letter to the Editor

I wrote the column published in the Press & Journal published Nov. 7 (“Are evangelicals the American Taliban?”) to which Jerry T. Cowan of Middletown replied in the Nov. 21 edition …

Nuclear bailouts undermine energy independence: Letter to the Editor

The nuclear industry is well-financed and heavily subsidized by the federal government. Nuclear has shed its radioactive wardrobe and proclaimed it is now clean and green. The industry, despite its …

Don’t use taxpayer dollars to bully free press, former council president says: Letter to the Editor

When I was Middletown Borough Council president from 2012 to 2016, there were times I strongly disagreed with the newspaper’s coverage of the borough. Those disagreements have been well …

Evangelicals are far from being American Taliban; they are respectful of life: Letter to the Editor

Bob Topper’s tirade on evangelicals’ position on abortion on last week’s Viewpoints page (“Are evangelicals the American Taliban?”) calls for a response from one of …

‘I’m not going to help you put the Press & Journal out of business’: Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following open letter to Middletown Borough Council was published in the Nov. 8 edition of The Sun newspaper and is being reprinted here with permission. Dear council …

Don’t make Three Mile Island a ‘politically favored’ plant: Letter to the Editor

This is in response to Steve Letavic’s column on Oct. 24, “Legislature, take action to save TMI.” First of all, this is not an attack on Mr. Letavic. I simply want to add my …

Middletown needs to pass ordinance so that LGBTQ residents are protected: Letter to the Editor

We are writing in gratitude and speaking to the hesitation regarding the proposed action to protect the rights of the LGBTQ population here in Middletown. As a married, lesbian couple, who own …

George Scott too liberal to be in Congress: Letter to the Editor

George Scott is not right for the 10th Congressional District, and will not be getting my support in November. Here’s why: While he claims to be politically moderate, he is a traditional …