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Changes keep coming along Route 230, and it’s exciting: Editorial

What will the stretch of Route 230 between the Airport Connector road and Nissley Street look like in five years? How will it affect residents of Middletown and Lower Swatara Township? The …
Columnists

The fine print on pipelines isn’t scary: Robert Bradley

Have you heard? Transporting oil through pipelines is a threat to humanity! The many accidents highlighted in the press speak for themselves. Except that pipeline accidents are rare — and many …

Designing a solution to our productivity crisis: Dick Resch

America is mired in a productivity crisis. According to the most recent government data, American workers’ productivity over the last decade has grown at less than half the annual rate it did …

Stupid Americans don’t know Fourth of July history: Ed O'Connor

A belated Happy July 4th holiday! Of course, all you history buffs know the reason for the celebration and day off, right? Well, I will not let the cat out of the bag in case you are a little fuzzy …

Raising minimum wage is a strong tool for economic revitalization: John Traynor

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is stuck in the past and that’s bad for business. Set at $7.25 an hour since 2009, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is lower than all six of our neighboring …

Democrats play Charlie Brown to GOP’s Lucy: James Miller

Political upstart Jon Ossoff just lost the most expensive U.S. House race in history to local Republican Party player Karen Handel. In the deep-red 6th District of Georgia, Democrats were hoping …

Learn from last year’s Pennsylvania budget mistakes: Bob Dick

Here we go again. It’s early summer and the state budget debate is reaching a crisis point. But before you dismiss the proceedings as political theater, consider this: The deals hashed out in …
Letters

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 …

Dilapidated house on the square in Middletown is a treasure: Letter

I read with great interest Dan Miller’s article on blighted property in the Jan. 11 Press & Journal.  One of the properties up for repair (or razing) is “the dilapidated yellow …

Trump is your president, too, so better get used to it: Letter

The general election was in November 2016. The Electoral College cast its vote in December 2016. Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States of America in January …

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 …