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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

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.

Electric choice flimflam suggested in a special forum hosted by state Sen. Lisa Boscola 3/29/2014
By Friday, despite the rain, there finally was happy news for the Lehigh Valley area from the National Weather Service, which said temperatures in coming days would reach the 60s and would not drop into freezing territory at all — just like spring.

Fracking activist must be subdued, says drilling company 3/28/2014
Vera Scroggins, you are hereby charged with conspiracy to commit free speech. How do you plead?

Snow days flexibility provided in PA legislation 3/25/2014
In the Lehigh Valley — which, to some people, seems downright subtropical — this week's weather forecast was a shock.