The guy who tells lies every day has been saying since 2015 that a flood of criminals, drug dealers and rapists have been coming into our country from south of the border like a swarm of stupid “animals.”

President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is not fit to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Moreover, the Senate should not allow any vote for a lifetime appointment when the nominee has not been fully vetted or when the president is under investigation.

Taking the position that everyone deserves a second chance, the Southern Columbia Area School board last week made a bold step in hiring Pete Long as its new varsity boys basketball coach.

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If watching segments of the four-day chaotic marathon of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wasn’t enough, enter Christine Blasey Ford, a registered Democrat, Bernie Sanders supporter and psychology professor at Palo Alto University, who claimed that she wa…

To the editor: My response to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s editorial, “Real-ID is real overdue,” is that Real-ID is a real sham.

To the editor: As a truck driver, I travel the East Coast daily and have had personal experiences in various cities and states. I see the direction this country is going in through my experiences.

Justification offered by the seven members of the Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Sewer Authority for why they have spent an average of $1,145 on five meals over the past 2 1/2 years falls well short of satisfying the public.

To the editor: The situation regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault that occurred more than 30 years ago is a “he said-she said” scenario. However, it certainly warrants investigation and discussion prior to the Republicans rushing throu…

I never liked the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again. “The implication was that we’d entered some dystopian era in which America was unexceptional, unpleasant and diminished. Watching the red-hatted #MAGA folk cheer at Donald Trump’s rallies angered me, because the passionate elders a…

“The youth use of e-cigs is rising very sharply,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Wednesday, as he issued the federal government’s most forceful warning yet that these electronic nicotine-delivery devices are hooking a generation of teenagers. He promised that “…

If the lack of an external enemy since the end of the Cold War has made America weak and feckless, as some argue, then can the rise of China give America a newfound vigor and sense of purpose? Probably not.

To the editor: This is in response to Walter Lutz’s Letter to the Editor regarding expenditures of the Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Sewer Authority.

It’s only taken 13 years, but Pennsylvania is finally starting to pre-qualify people for a new enhanced identification card.

It’s a good bet that most Americans are familiar with and look forward to the one national holiday in September that has more to do with wrapping up the summer — although unofficially — than it has to do with celebrating labor.

By the time the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson got his chance to speak, Aretha Franklin’s eight-hour home-going service was nearly half over. But Jackson’s message loomed large over the day. Jackson said sorrowfully, “We have long lines to celebrate death and short lines for voting.” He added, “If yo…

Cheers to the Secretary of Labor and Industry, Jerry Oleksiak, for his visit to the area CareerLink in Sunbury to learn the efforts of hiring local workers. It’s good to see government officials tuning in to the smaller scale of their decisions by visiting communities like ours.

Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly n…

Immunity from prosecution for those reporting a drug overdose is the law in 40 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Simply stated, if you act in good faith in calling 911 to help someone in danger, you won’t face criminal charges for simple possession of drugs or paraphernalia.

In nation after nation, and diocese after diocese, the Roman Catholic Church’s clerical sex-abuse crisis has struck with devastating force, a decades-long scandal as pervasive as it is poisonous. Countless lives have been damaged and ruined, especially those of victims who were children when…

Pennsylvania is holding a U.S. Senate race this year (if you hadn’t heard, you are apparently not alone). Rep. Lou Barletta (R) is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D).

I tried to pay attention to what Judge Brett Kavanaugh was saying during the hearings last week. For anyone as addicted to the Supreme Court as I am, a nomination hearing is more exciting than the return of Halley’s Comet, and only slightly more common. This was one of the major reasons that…

Colleges that have banned hard alcohol say the step has helped combat some of the most pernicious effects of campus drinking. They report less consumption, fewer alcohol-induced medical transports, hospitalizations and arrests, as well as a decrease in binge drinking and other high-risk beha…

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving along the Beltway to a Falls Church, Va., office building when a radio announcer said a plane had flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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

To the editor: I want to present some information about the Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Sewer Authority that I believe is total nonsense.

Those developing safety and security protocols couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago the ways in which drugs and other contraband can be smuggled into prisons today.

With the National Football League (NFL) season getting underway, more women referees will matriculate to the league due to the continuing success of official Sarah Thomas. The 45 year-old Mississippi native and mother of three got her break three seasons ago and made the most of it. The NFL …

My hometown is a community still longing for the old days. Like in many coal towns, the people of Shamokin seem to have an unusual fascination with coal mining, romanticizing about an industry that caused irreparable harm on our people and community. Perhaps with so many decades between then…

To the editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 28, The News-Item reported on the front page, “Kurtz’s lawyer splits; defendant failed to make payment.”

To the editor: In a letter to the editor on Sept. 1, Karl Kort wondered why President Donald Trump is hatefully attacked on a daily basis. Well, Karl, it’s your lucky day, because I have the answer.

To the editor: The other week, The News-Item ran an AP article which attempted to claim that the current sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church may not have occurred if there were Catholic priestesses. For the sake of full disclosure, I am neither a priest nor a Catholic. I am, ho…

To the editor: When George W. Bush used the term “compassionate conservatives” in his first term in office, the question was asked, why would a political party have to consider putting “compassionate” before its name? Now, in the time of Trump, compassion needs a new introduction.