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Fixing up blighted properties is key: Editorial

Blighted properties — eyesores if you want to be blunt — are not good for the communities that surround them. Fortunately, several prominent ones in our communities are being …
Columnists

Your favorite expat finds a new home ... and it’s not back in Pennsylvania: Ed O'Connor

Almost two years later and once again I find myself in Eastern Europe — specifically, Chisinau, the capitol of Moldova. For my devotees who have been following my travels, wanderings, antics …

Pennsylvania budget can build on tax reform boom: Tirzah Duren

State lawmakers are heading into budget negotiations with wages rising, record low unemployment, and state revenues surpassing projections — an economic windfall largely due to federal tax …

Going back to teaching biology a tough choice, but right for me: Susannah Gal

What’s in a name or a title? Sometimes a lot! I was born Susannah Gal (no middle name). As a young girl and even in college, I was known as Susie (spelled like this, not Suzy or Susy or any …

With Trump, May in doldrums, now what happens?: James Miller

With less than two years to complete his first term, Donald Trump’s presidency is effectively over. There will be no major legislative accomplishments before the next election. Anything Trump …

Eliminate property taxes to fund schools in Pennsylvania: Mike Folmer

I’m proud to stand with Sen. David Argall and other Senate colleagues in supporting Senate Bill 76 to eliminate school property taxes because I believe no tax should have the power to leave you …

Rolling back Clean Water Act would be devastating: Nancy Stoner

For nearly 50 years, the federal Clean Water Act’s definition of which water bodies are protected from pollution has enabled states and local communities to safeguard our nation’s rivers, …
Letters

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 …

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 …