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Paul Carpenter
Columnist
My Role

Columnist -- Opinion columns run three times a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and focus on state and local issues.
My Biography

DOB 10/1/1938 in Buffalo, N.Y. Married to Yoshiko Yogi, a native of Japan, since 1958; three children and seven grandchildren. Grew up in the Buffalo area and in San Diego, Calif., until finishing high school in Eden, N.Y.; then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In the Air Force, became a nuclear weapons technician in the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (formerly known as the Manhattan Project) and later became the editor of various base newspapers in Japan and Oklahoma; honorably discharged in 1965. Attended various colleges and universities, including the University of Maryland, while in the military, but no degree. Worked at various small newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; worked for The Associated press (1972 to 1980) at Philadelphia and then Harrisburg; was one of several AP staffers assigned to cover the Accident at Three Mile Island, and eventually became the AP's chief reporter for TMI; became an investigative reporter at the AP; hired in 1980 as an investigative reporter for The Pottsville, Pa., Republican newspaper, winning two national awards; eventually became The Republican's acting managing editor; hired by The Morning Call in 1986 as bureau chief in Lehighton, Pa.; have been a full-time columnist at The Morning Call since 1989.
My Interests

Professionally, often focus on legal and constitutional issues, and play a pronounced adversarial role when dealing with power structures; one hostile critic called me a "cantankerous libertarian," a characterization I embrace.

Personally, raced motorcycles (motocross) for three years while in my 30s; played amateur ice hockey, starting in my early 40s and continuing until I was in my mid-50s; raced bicycles, both road and track (fixed gear, no brakes), in my 40s and 50s; ski; continue to ride bicycles recreationally; now own and ride two road motorcycles, including trips to the Southwest.
My Recent Articles

Aggressive driving can be caused by road hogs, but there is little focus on them 4/24/2014
Aggressive driving is a disturbing thing, and when the police determine who forced other motorists to drive that way, they should crack down ferociously.

Why don't the brave KKK members rally in Allentown? 4/22/2014
There was a startling news item this week from Fairview Township, northern York County, where a gallant "neighborhood watch" has come to the rescue of the residents of Ridge Road.

New Easter Sunday sermon: The rich get richer 4/19/2014
During his final journey to Jerusalem, Jesus said: "And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

Liberty High School lockdown hysteria plays into the hands of hoaxers 4/17/2014
There was no danger, except for threat of emotional trauma inflicted on hundreds of young people and the total waste of a four-hour chunk of their precious time.

Fitness club demise represents the loss of a true Lehigh Valley treasure 4/15/2014
It's not business, to paraphrase Michael Corleone. It's strictly personal.