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The heroin epidemic continues to grow, so what can be done?: Editorial

We are in the middle of an epidemic. Cold, hard facts bear it out. Drug overdose deaths, with heroin leading the way, are killing at a higher rate than ever before. Coroner Graham S. Hetrick …
Columnists

Numbers add up for property tax elimination: Mike Folmer

During my travels throughout the 48th Senate District, I hear a persistent drumbeat: “Eliminate school property taxes.” Not partial elimination or reduced school property taxes — total …

It’s time to end special-interest loophole: Jessica Barnett

Public resources and political activity are like oil and water — they don’t mix.That’s what we’re told, but the truth might surprise you.Because of a legal carveout for …

Without these 3 things being agreed upon, forget about police talks: Richard Brandt

There have been several articles and letters written recently about combining the police departments from Lower Swatara Township and Middletown borough. I would like to add to that discussion. I …

You can contradance right here in Middletown: Susannah Gal

How did you introduce your spouse or significant other to your family? When I brought my now-husband to meet my parents for the first time, my parents organized a dance with a small and friendly …

Decision not to run was agonizing; I hope I served you well: Anne Einhorn

In March 2012, I made the decision to run for borough council. It was not an easy or quick decision; it was in fact a long and complicated process. I weighed the pros and cons, invited opinions and …

Watch out for those ‘temporary’ taxes — they tend to last forever: Sen. Mike Folmer

The 2017-2018 budget process began with the governor’s budget address and has continued with hearings of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. There are certainly no shortages of ideas on …
Letters

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 …

Loud few don’t speak for all on PSU students: Kapenstein letter

I hear all of the time about how Middletown needs to accept Penn State Harrisburg and its students as a part of our community. Many people, including myself, believe it will play a big part in …

Uncle George is out of his coma, can’t take 2017

My mother’s much younger brother George was in a terrible accident on Jan. 11, 1992 while working at a construction project.  When Uncle George was put into the medically induced coma, he never came out of it. Many things have happened in …

Press And Journal article was misleading on police meeting

In recent months, I have not been very active on social media, but I feel that I must address an issue that has greatly upset me in the last few days. First, I will give some background information …

KAPENSTEIN LETTER: Press And Journal article was misleading on police meeting

In recent months, I have not been very active on social media, but I feel that I must address an issue that has greatly upset me in the last few days. First, I will give some background information about the topic at hand. As many in the borough …

READER VIEW: Don’t judge all PSU students by the actions of a few

I was pleased to read the positive picture Susannah Gal portrayed of Middletown’s metamorphosis into a college town in her column on the Viewpoints page Jan. 11. Though one Sound Off comment chooses to highlight an egregious crime by two …

Potential sushi restaurant owner should be lauded: Reader View

Howard Dong (right) presents his plan for an Asian restaurant in the Smuller House Bed & Breakfast to the audience attending a Dec. 21 meeting of the Middletown Historical Restoration Commission. At left is borough codes and zoning officer …

Blue Raiders football was a season to remember

I want to take this time and thank the Middletown football team on a great season. What you have accomplished will never be forgotten in our community ... what you showed on the field every Friday night and Saturdays. You showed the hard …

Whatever it takes: Thanks to you from Blue Raiders football coach

Whatever it takes. This statement became the overall slogan for the 2016 Blue Raiders Football Team: “Whatever it takes!”  Thirty-five years ago, I remember running down the alley behind the visitors’ side of the stadium to get …