Opinion

Need to hold solicitors accountable when they give poor legal advice



To the editor: Here we are 4 1/2 months into 2018 and we have another municipality in question of a potential Sunshine Law violation, this time Ralpho Township. Earlier in the year, we had Shamokin and Sunbury accused of the same, which was taking votes behind closed doors. Here’s where the “catch” comes in. The pattern that generally happens in […]

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Iron irony The effects of Trump’s tariffs get better, Mr. Bomboy. Trump’s tariffs hit tractor and other machinery parts as well. I don’t know how Trump can claim to be a friend of the farmer when his own policy will force farmers to pay more to keep their equipment running. The irony is that Mr. Bomboy, in other instances, supports […]

We must stop gerrymandering



 Fair Districts PA, a grassroots organization in Pennsylvania, has been hard at work for more than two years trying to pass legislation to end the partisan-controlled drawing of voting districts called gerrymandering. This process is an abuse of our political process whereby politicians are choosing their voters instead of the voters choosing the politicians. It weakens the power of every […]

Should we lower the voting age to 16?



According to NBC News, the majority of the Washington, D.C. council as well as the mayor and the “Washington Post” are pushing a bill that would make the District of Columbia the first place in the nation to allow people as young as 16 to vote in federal elections (including presidential races). A growing number of cities and states are […]

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The working hour How is it possible that anyone can work 40 hours and have an ACCESS card? Poles apart If we want positive change in our country, please consider voting for candidates who are proven or are willing to work across the aisle. For 28 years, I have voted for one party. This November, that will change, and I […]

Tap into alumni experience to help youth succeed



The active and organized Shamokin Area Alumni Association in 2015 sent letters to scholarship winners from over the years asking for “selfies” of themselves and what they are doing with their lives.  Thirty-nine people responded, and some of the “selfies” were extremely impressive: • A psychologist who was listed by the Institute of Scientific Information as one of the world’s most-cited […]

Great support for Mahoney concert



To the editor: We would like to thank The News-Item for its great publicity before and after our Mahoney Brothers show on April 7.  Our fan base was widespread. People came from various parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and even as far away as Maryland. What makes me feel great is when these people, even from outside our coal […]

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WW III Thanks, Donnie, for bombing Syria. Thank you for starting World War III. You and the rest of the Republicans and Democrats who voted for any kind of intervention in Syria. Hello from the gutter As Michael Cohen crimes unfold, the sleaze factor of Trump’s life becomes known to the investigators. Will we ever be able to climb out of […]

Unholy alliances



Facebook rejected a Holy Week advertisement from the Franciscan University of Steubenville that featured the San Damiano Cross, an iconic image that has been around for nearly a thousand years. Facebook has since apologized, stating, “sometimes we make mistakes.” These so-called “mistakes” are intensifying. Facebook changed its algorithms in January, harming countless sites that promote emerging journalistic talent that counters […]

The Trump tariffs and Pennsylvania farmers



I live in rural Pennsylvania. In the summer, as I drive along its two-lane roads, I see field after field of soybeans and, beyond them, tall green rows of corn reaching almost to the sky. Pennsylvania farmers grow more than 25 million bushels of soybeans on 590,000 acres. We’re not one of the nation’s top 10 soybean producers, but 25 […]


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