“Star Trek Into Darkness”

            It is commonly accepted that of the original “Star Trek” movie series, 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is about ten times better than 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. Applying the same logic to J.J. Abrams’s reboot of the franchise, “Star Trek Into Darkness” should be ten times better than 2009’s “Star Trek”. Now I really […]


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‘Our Money’s Worth’

‘Verde’ Apartments OK’d

With a major $1.6 million overhaul of Hummelstown’s water system about to begin along East Main Street, United Wa­ter Company will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on June 3 in the Hummelstown Fire Hall to brief residents on plans. Seventy customers along Main Street and Walton Avenue, from Water Street to Cameron Street, will be affected by the […]


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The War After The War

Sun Country Veteran Fought

World War II veteran Gene Alexander, 88, certainly ap­preciates the value of freedom. Born into a first-generation Jewish family, Alexander jumped at the opportunity to help free Jews from concentra­tion camps in 1946 after the fall of Nazi Germany. “I felt like I owed something to the people in the con­centration camp,” Alexander said. “I am on a beach in […]

Rebels Sweep Derry

Primary Winners

They didn’t have pinwheels. And they didn’t have a platform. But what the “anti-establishment slate” got were the votes, sweeping the Republican and Democratic prima­ry election contests for four seats on the Derry Township school board, setting the stage for an uncontested general election in November. All four candidates on the unofficial rebel slate – Heidi Eby, Julie Neal, Jay […]

Letters to the Editor

Before we get started, it’s time for our annual note especially for moms and dads of college grads … More than 600 Sun Country students graduate from college each spring. Most colleges send us lists of their local grads, and we work hard to get those lists into the paper as promptly as possible. But there simply isn’t enough room […]

Payne’s Report

April began with three weeks of session days and com­mittee meetings in Harrisburg. The House of Representa­tives sent a total of 51 bills to the Senate and we addressed topics ranging from conversion to natural gas vehicle fleets, child protection, unemployment compensation fraud to in­heritance tax reform. The committees on which I serve advanced six bills to the full House […]

From Where I Sit

It’s been a busy week, but before going into details, wanted to add my salute and a fond farewell to Governor George M. Leader, who left us on Thursday, May 9, at the ripe old age of 95. I won’t repeat the details of his career and life, except to say he did a fine job as the youngest governor […]

I Don’t Know

“It’s the consensus of the current Opinion Desk that an endorsement in this contest was critical.” Patriot-News Opinion Editor John Micek, May 16, writing about the Harrisburg mayoral race In the run up to this month’s primary elections, several people asked me if The Sun would endorse any candidates. My answer was, is and will be the same as long […]