The suicide of Princeton economist Alan Krueger last weekend is a reminder that self-harm remains an American health crisis and that professional success in no way insulates people from the danger. Krueger, after all, had served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President…

Pennsylvania lawmakers have many more important issues demanding their attention than considering whether Daylight Savings Time, which went into effect last weekend, should in the future be eliminated in the commonwealth.

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As a social experiment I once asked random people on the street what they would do if they won $10 million. One earnest woman said she would buy a new computer. A young man indicated he would pay off his student loan.

To a lot of women, and maybe some men as well, Beto O’Rourke can seem clueless if not self-absorbed. He has made a series of textbook “white privilege” utterances. “I’m just born to be in it,” he told Vanity Fair about his presidential campaign bona fides. His wife is basically raising the k…

This past weekend, Americans were forced to comply with an antiquated practice that continues to frustrate a growing majority of the public: the biannual practice of changing our clocks.

The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news.

The problem is more obvious than half a leech on the sneeze guard of a salad bar: we’re paying much too much attention. Our national obsession with new news concerning the man blundering about the Oval Office has obscured any overview at all. He has the unique ability to blot out the big pic…

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has recently considered legislation regarding the expanded use of convict labor within the commonwealth. While the idea of using prisoners to perform work may be appealing on its face, the impact of such a proposal needs to be carefully considered so that an…

The name Jim Zack has been swirling around Shamokin for the better half of the week, but right now there seems to be a lot more unanswered questions than affirmatives.

Masculinity isn’t noxious or a pathological disorder, but if you read the American Psychological Association’s (APA) latest white paper, you might come away with such a conclusion, provided you didn’t know better.

I had measles when I was a kid. I also had chicken pox and scarlet fever. Thankfully, I escaped polio, which was a crippling scourge of childhood until the arrival of a vaccine in the 1950s.

The massive college admissions scam — where rich and famous people in California are being charged with cheating and paying bribes to get their kids into top colleges — is only the tip of what is said to be a really dirty iceberg.

The manifesto left by the alleged shooter in the horrific mosque attack in New Zealand contained one mention of Donald Trump, in which the man expresses mixed support for our president. “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.”

The Washington Post reports: “The Justice Department on Tuesday charged 50 people — including two television stars — with participating in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme that enabled privileged students with lackluster grades to attend prestigious colleges and universities.

Outrage can be a powerful motivator. Tale after tale of people hamstrung by astronomical medical bills they didn’t see coming have put lawmakers from both parties on a joint mission to repair the problem.

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us — which means it’s time for retailers, and too many other Americans, to perpetuate the “drunken Irishman” stereotype.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s renewed proposal for an increase in the state minimum wage, which seemed dead on arrival at the time of his 2019-20 budget address on Feb. 6, might actually still be breathing, as a result of limited “life support” being provided by legislative Republicans.

After the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last year, it really shouldn’t be a struggle to condemn anti-Semitism. In fact, after the Holocaust, there shouldn’t be any heavy moral lifting at all. It’s a self-evident principle that hatred of Jews is anathema and strikes at …

Evidently, President Donald Trump is still toying with the idea of imposing steep tariffs on cars and automotive parts. In a White House brimming with bad economic ideas, this would be the worst one yet.

It’s time for Pennsylvania to truly act as a commonwealth promoting the common good of all its workers and empowering its residents to thrive. For too long, the corporate-sponsored narrative in Harrisburg has held our communities back, and everyday Pennsylvanians struggle under the burden of…

The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

Of all the issues orbiting throughout our political universe, there is none more substantive, none more important than ending abortion and the mere thought of this has leftists terrified. After all, their foremost secular “sacrament” is abortion on demand.

In all the sadness and horror of the Trump administration’s crackdown on border crossings, more than 4,500 complaints about sexual abuse of the immigrant children captured at our southern border have emerged.

You’re more likely to see a unicorn walking down Michigan Avenue than roving bands of street thugs wearing “Make America Great Again” hats in Democratic-dominated Chicago.

Donald Trump is remarkably cheerful for a man sitting in the smoking ruins of his presidency. He promised to get tough with China and end our trade imbalance. This week, the Department of Commerce reports our trade deficit is $621 billion, much higher than the level that existed during the O…

While India and Pakistan seem to have stopped bombing one another, the causes behind the cross-border tensions aren’t going away any time soon. The two nations are nuclear-armed; have large conventional armed forces; have had four serious wars since they became independent in 1947; and have …

The Senate has just confirmed Allison Jones Rushing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. As with many of the Trump administration’s nominations, it was decided by a straight party vote (53-44). Democrats opposed her nomination for lots of reasons, as HuffPost reports:

Over the last few weeks throughout my campaign for Shamokin City Council, I’ve gotten the pleasure, or displeasure if you will, of speaking to mothers and fathers who had to bury a child. I’ve also spoken to aunts, uncles and grandparents who are now raising children because one or both pare…

News of a fresh threat to children exploded on social media last week. Local TV stations, police departments and school officials began warning parents about Momo, a grinning, bug-eyed monster said to appear unexpectedly in children’s YouTube videos and instruct young viewers to engage in in…