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Let’s move tree-lighting, Santa back to Hoffer: Editorial

We were happy to see that Middletown borough’s Christmas tree lighting and opening of the new Santa Claus house went off without a hitch Nov. 30. But based partly on our recent editorial …
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From financial standpoint, borough must look at police options: Kevin Zartman

Editor’s note: The following is the transcript of a letter written to Middletown Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter. Nov. 20, 2019 Ken: I feel that the time is right for me to draft this …

‘Religious kooks’ fill Trump White House: James Haught

Back in 2003, in a top-secret international phone call, President George W. Bush urged French President Jacques Chirac to join America in invading Iraq on grounds that Christian nations must thwart …

It’s time to end the U.S. military draft, once and for all: Rivera Sun

We may be months away from ending the U.S. military draft, once and for all. After a court ruled that the male-only draft was unconstitutional, a Congress-appointed commission has been studying …

Epstein suicide meme is a reflection on nation’s elite: James Miller

A friend recently asked me, “Why has Jeffrey Epstein become the Harambe of 2019?” It’s a good question. There’s been a spike in “Epstein didn’t kill …

Protect taxpayers and fix Pennsylvania's brain drain: Steve Bloom

It’s a lovely family reunion. Dad and Mom — now Grandpa and Grandma — sit facing their kids, and their kids’ kids, reminiscing about old times and laughing about the trials of …

Wine fest in Moldova, and random thoughts about Middletown: Ed O'Connor

Pop the champagne! Open the caviar! The black, not the red, please. I celebrated two anniversaries in October. First was my (our) 14th wedding anniversary. Olga and I were married in Chisinau …
Letters

We need information about care for children at border: Letter to the Editor

I was 16 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And I remember the events leading up to it. Even though I was only a teenager, I heard talk of Adolf Hitler persecuting the Jews, …

Middletown Swim Club offers thanks to community: Letter to the Editor

The last day of the 2019 season at the Middletown Swim Club was Sunday, Aug. 25. Emotions run wild as we write this, and the first one that comes to mind is sadness. The closing of the pool …

How much more Trump must we be forced to tolerate?: Letter to the Editor

Make no bones about it, Donald Trump’s presidency should be assigned to the dustbin of history! Trump’s bones, indeed his skeleton, have already made history. Due to “bone …

Pennsylvania parole system needs review after deaths: Letter to the Editor

The Pennsylvania General Assembly must hold hearings to determine the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s parole system after an Associated Press report recently found six homicides allegedly …

Londonderry Township has stood in the way regarding efforts at 230 Diner: Letter to the Editor

My name is Helen Haggag. I am the wife of Essam Haggag that has owned the former 230 Diner since the year 1999. I would just like to say that the only truth in the article dated June 5 seems to …

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Here are ways to develop Middletown’s economy; PSU should play role: Letter to the Editor

How can Middletown develop its economy? During a recent borough meeting, council members pondered this question. Some suggested they “fight the blight” by restoring dilapidated and …

We are fortunate TMI will be shutting down: Letter to the Editor

Dream of the time when citizens know we live with truth and justice in a safe and secure energy future. I do. Together, I believe we’re committed to clean air and water, protecting our …

Penn State students need to work on positive impact for area: Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to a recent letter in the Press & Journal about borough zoning restrictions from Kenneth Gatten III, vice president of the Student Government Association of Penn State …

Public forums aimed at fight vs. drug use: Letter to the Editor

In the Community Calendar printed in the March 27 Press & Journal, April 20 is listed as “Pot Smokers Day.” As a sponsor of the monthly calendar and county commissioner who …