Letters to the Editor

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local candidates, just like Trump, can use social media for change



Nowhere have hard-working women and men been forgotten like in Pennsylvania,  especially Shamokin. Call me biased because I have lived here most of my life, and have seen changes through three generations in my 34 years, but I can and will be. For too long, do-nothing, self-serving local party bosses and elected officials have squashed the voice of rank-and-file Republicans. Being a Republican […]

Postmaster offers reminders for Dog Bite Prevention Week



To the editor: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week April 8-14. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind customers of the importance of controlling your dogs. Although we have not experienced a dog bite incident in Mount Carmel over the last year, we’ve had several incidents where my letter carriers have been attacked, backed into a […]

Act of kindness by nurse, officer brings patient to tears



To the editor: This act of kindness, compassion and caring should not go unnoticed. Upon returning home from the emergency room at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, I heard a knock on my front door. I debated answering due to the excruciating pain that I would endure to stand up, walk over and open it. I decided to answer after hearing what […]

Use of coal refuse can do more harm than good for environment



To the editor: Coal refuse power plants could not be less critical to Pennsylvania’s energy grid. Pennsylvania’s 14 waste-coal power plants collectively generate an absolute maximum of 1,402 megawatts of electricity, less than an average individual coal plant. In 2015, Pennsylvania exported 44 percent of the electricity it generated from standard coal and coal-refuse power plants. This power isn’t “critical to […]

Cup holders and gun racks



To the editor: It came like an epiphany as I was viewing a TV morning show that was highlighting new crossovers and vans. The commentator, a national sales spokesperson, was going from one shiny new product to another and emphasizing how many cup holders (that’s right, cup holders) each model had. Like, 2, 4, 6, 8 — the more the better […]

‘Good news’ of Good Friday



God doesn’t will, wish or want anyone to perish and be separated from Him forever. He wants everyone to know Him personally and live with Him eternally. The “good news” of Good Friday is God sent His Son into this world so that the way to Heaven would be open and available to all of us. But the fact is, […]

Deal with the menace from within



To the editor: Back in the early days of the Cold War, I remember reading about the “Red Menace.” While the atom bomb was a terrifying threat, a likely takeover by communism would not come by invasion but come from within our country itself. Russia would turn people against each other, destroy or weaken our institutions and sow general mistrust of […]


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