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Our public parks shouldn’t be closed for private events: Editorial

We don’t object to the borough of Middletown bringing in money from the use of our parks. After all, residents and nonresidents can rent out parts of Hoffer Park right now. According to the …
Columnists

We all see benefits from research: Susannah Gal

I know I’ve talked about research in a variety of ways previously. I’m talking about research again in this column because we are celebrating Research Week at Penn State Harrisburg from …

Pennsylvania needs to sspend more on senior care: Adam Marles

Following years of Medicaid funding cuts from state government, not-for-profit nursing home providers across Pennsylvania are being forced to make incredibly difficult decisions. Can we hire more …

If we don’t trust in reality, it’s impossible to trust in each other: James E. Miller

“You can’t trust anybody or anything anymore.” Johnny Whitmire’s lament, equal parts helpless and hopeless, was shared with The Atlantic back in 2012. During the febrile …

A tale of the Kingdom of Middle and the lost $1.l million: Ed O'Connor

Once upon a time there was a tidy sum of money in the Kingdom of Middle. Then somebody discovered that it was missing. But wait. The aristocrats had no idea what happened to the paltry sum of …

Family dynamics keep things fun, with a little tension now and then: Susannah Gal

Families … you’ve got to love them, right? Well, maybe ... I grew up in a large (by today’s standards) family with five kids. In birth order, there was my older sister, then my …

Nuclear power is in a struggle just to survive: John LaForge

Donald Trump says “America will never be a socialist country.” Too late. We already have socialism for the rich, with the nuclear power industry as a prime example. On a level …
Letters

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 …

Here’s why PSU Harrisburg students should not be kept at arm’s length: Letter to the Editor

In a recent Press & Journal letter to the editor by Middletown resident Larry Smith, he defends what he says are the Middletown Borough Council’s “zoning restrictions ... aimed …

Borough of Steelton doesn’t condone use of marijuana: Letter to the Editor

This is in regard to the April calendar printed in the March 27 issue. The borough of Steelton periodically sponsors the monthly calendar as we did for April. The calendar lists Saturday, April 20, …

Borough zoning regulations aimed at PSU students are necessary: Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to recent articles in the Press & Journal about borough zoning restrictions and their unpopularity with Penn State Harrisburg students, specifically statements quoted …

Legalizing marijuana would be a bad move for state; it's a dangerous drug: Letter to the Editor

Editor’s note: The following originally was written as a presentation for Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s marijuana legalization “listening tour” in Mechanicsburg last week. …

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 …