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Will possible changes to electric rates, providers hit your wallet?: Editorial

If you read the Jan. 3 edition of the Press & Journal, you likely saw a pair of stories by our Dan Miller involving a lawsuit over electricity providers and potential state regulations involving …
Columnists

Is the United States divided and thriving, split yet splendid?: James Miller

The word “decadence” is bandied about often these days, and with just cause. It is well accepted that we live in decadent times. Those on the left fret about income inequality, as it, …

Newspapers would be threatened by tariff; speak to your representative: Mark Cohen

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the …

Time for a system change: Empower Pennsylvanians in poverty through work: Elizabeth Stelle

How do you end generational poverty? In Pennsylvania, this question isn’t just central to the well-being of tens of thousands of families, it’s also key to restoring Rust Belt …

Nuclear industry provides diversity, reliability in Pennsylvania's energy portfolio: Ryan Aument

The energy industry is one of the most important sectors of Pennsylvania’s economy, and it is critical that we do all that we can to ensure a diverse set of highly reliable energy sources in …

President Trump needs to move from politics to economy, infrastructure: Paul Heise

Donald Trump has been with us as president for a year. That is enough time for us to take the measure of the man we put in charge of our politics. Up to this point it has been all politics and …

First-year reflections — Government gridlock isn’t always bad: Tom Mehaffie

I have been serving the residents of the 106th District for a year now, and so often I hear, “Why can’t you just get things done in Harrisburg.” While it may seem like historically …
Letters

Workers’ groups must fight to stay strong against 'king': Letter to the Editor

My ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War as a private and I also served same rank. Two of his genes were passed onto me. We will not bow to a king. The king’s new tax plan will open the …

Government needs to play strong role in stopping drug smuggling: Letter to the Editor

I read the column “A way to fight drugs — make it less profitable to traffic opioids” by John Cassara and Nathan Proctor that was published Nov. 15. In my opinion I strongly …

Closure of TMI would have major downsides: Letter to the Editor

I’d like to offer a few thoughts after reading David Williams’ column of Nov. 7 (“States shouldn’t bail out nuclear power plants”). If Three Mile Island or one of …

Trump tax changes would hurt those with families: Letter to the Editor

Your “personal and dependent exemptions” are being eliminated under President Donald Trump’s tax plan.  Last year, you got $4,050 for each person in your household including …

Congratulations to the Blue Raiders boys soccer team: Letter to the Editor

Congratulations to the Middletown Area High School boy’s soccer team, coach Brian Keyser and his staff for a winning season. It was great to pick up the Middletown Press & Journal and …

Don’t hike taxes on middle class: Letter to the Editor

Dear Sen. Pat Toomey: How are you going to pay for the tax cuts? Please do not raise taxes on the middle class. Many of us in the middle class make heavy use of the deduction for state and …

Banner actions show lack of patriotism by borough officials: Letter to the Editor

I write in support of our military, the men and women who have bravely fought and continue to fight for our country’s freedom. I usually do not get involved with politics because I do not have …

Address issue with political boundaries: Letter to the Editor

Middletown has experienced gerrymandering, and this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. It is a citizen issue, regarding the manner in which Pennsylvania political boundaries are …

Editorial was wrong — UPS bad deal for Lower Swatara Township: Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Press & Journal editorial “UPS hub solid addition for township” dated Sept. 6. The editorial cites plans of UPS planning to construct a near 1 …

Don’t replace Kids Kastle completely; keep the wood: Letter to the Editor

I read where money is being raised to maintain and refurbish the Kids Kastle.  I was recently in Hershey near the swimming pool and library where their wooden structures have been completely …