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Free speech has limits, and it’s no license for violent actions: Editorial

“For a while people were worried about the ‘knock-out game’ when that was going around a couple of years ago,” attorney Matt Menges said at a recent concealed-carry firearms training event, …
Columnists

Leftist violence vs. Trump-aligned groups worrisome: James Miller

The chaos that descended upon the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has widened the already gaping tear in our national discourse. What was supposed to be a rally to protest …

Storm sewer systems are designed to ‘fail’: Shirley Clark

When it rains, stormwater will go two places. First it will try to infiltrate into the soil to replenish the groundwater. However, if the rainfall rate is higher than the infiltration rate, flows …

Feds don’t know best when regarding property rights: Mike Folmer

Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings that allow law enforcement to take possession of the property of certain persons suspected of crime. Drug arrests are the most common examples of seizures: …

President Trump’s obsession with loyalty is horrible for the country: Paul Heise

Thank the Almighty that there are still a few good men and women who are loyal to the Constitution. Loyalty is serious. It is a commitment to a person, a cause or an idea even when it contradicts …

With Donald Trump and mercantilism, our political and economic liberties are at stake: Paul Heise

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson called for political freedom in the Declaration of Independence. In that same year, and in support of that political freedom, Adam Smith called for economic freedom and an …

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to bail out the nuclear industry: David Williams

Lawmakers are forcing taxpayers to go nuclear. Now that nuclear energy is becoming less competitive nationwide, lawmakers are responding by using Americans’ hard-earned dollars to bail out …
Letters

Highspire Historical Society needs funds to fix Wilson House: Letter to the Editor

Forty years ago, the Highspire Historical Society purchased the Wilson House from the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority. The members at that time thought it important to preserve this …

Show your support to help keep TMI open: Letter to the Editor

This spring, the owners of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station announced that it will close in 2019 unless Pennsylvania lawmakers pass needed policy reform. As fire chief for the …

Why does borough pay solicitor so much?: Letter to the Editor

On Dec. 31, 2012, the contract with the Middletown Borough Police Association employed by Middletown Borough ended. Contract negotiations had already started but eventually ended and were taken to …

Recalling reason for LGBT Pride Month, right here in Middletown: Letter to the Editor

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month was celebrated in June because of the Stonewall Riot that took place at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village part of Manhattan in New …

Why is Lower Dauphin trying to cut librarians?: Letter to the Editor

In an interview with abc27 on May 17, The Lower Dauphin School District director of community relations claimed, “You do the best with the resources you have before you go back to the taxpayers and …

Banners are a great honor for veterans: Letter to the Editor

What’s a great way to start my day? Taking my father, William Thompson, to breakfast at Kuppy’s and we turn the corner in Middletown and there is his Hometown Hero Banner front and center. …

Veterans Affairs — just facts, no hyperbole: Letter to the Editor

The fact is that most of the people in the Department of Veterans Affairs are ethical and competent. The remainder of this opinion piece is not meant to criticize them. By definition reform …

Crematory editorial misses numerous key points: Letter to the Editor

The following paragraphs contain responses and questions to the Press & Journal’s criticisms of Middletown residents’ opposition to the Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home’s plan to install and …

Thanks for making military banners a success in borough: Letter to the Editor

We are quickly approaching Memorial Day, a patriotic holiday signifying importance to the American people. This is a time when we honor our brave men and women who bore the ultimate sacrifice for …

Press & Journal’s Miller one of best columnists around: Letter to the Editor

James Miller did it again with his article “Trump better learn from Obamacare replacement" in the April 5 issue. I read many newspapers, including the Harrisburg paper, Lancaster paper, USA …