We tend to think of “federal workers” as those in Washington, D.C., making big money, having too many paid holidays and otherwise living the good life off our tax dollars.

America is in the midst of a worsening security crisis at our southern border. Along with people seeking a better life, every day, drugs, criminals and gang elements illegally enter our country.

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Workers are simply not valued in this country. As a society, we place the corporate CEO on a pedestal while overlooking the contributions of those who work to ensure that company succeeds. It is workers who have executed the industrial and technology revolutions, built our infrastructure, te…

When it comes to abortion, leftists refuse to confront and address the ugly and brutal truth of their sordid convictions. In their callousness, they dismiss the innocent unborn American lives that are aborted as predestined.

Last month, President Trump signed into the law the First Step Act, federal prison reform legislation that was hailed on both sides of the political aisle as the most significant in a generation.

True news: Donald Trump storms out of a White House meeting after he doesn’t get what he wants (billions of dollars for a fake crisis), and tells off congressional Democratic leaders by tweeting, “bye bye.” His cultists duly applaud.

To the editor: Trump shut down the government over the notorious border wall, had his highly respected defense secretary leave with an exceptionally critical resignation letter (but Trump said he actually fired him and he leaves two moths earlier than initially planned). He has ongoing issue…

To the editor: My heart goes out to the Bowers with the God’s Chuckwagon bus. They work very hard trying to do God’s calling. With their medical issues and with very little help, they continue to march forward each and every day.

Free access to naloxone has drawn the lion’s share of attention recently in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, but there are many other developments that are having a positive influence in reversing this epidemic.

As the 116th Congress convenes in Washington this week, one of the more interesting spectacles to take place will be the seating of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

To the editor: I hope we take the first step toward universal health care by allowing people over age 55 to voluntarily become eligible for Medicare, everyone to be able to choose a public option on the Affordable Care Act exchanges and Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies.

Now that he’s entering the US Senate as part of the majority party, Mitt Romney has real power. He also has some real problems with Donald Trump, which the former Massachusetts governor laid out in a buzzy op-ed in The Washington Post on Wednesday that trashed Trump’s handling of the preside…

James “Mad Dog” Mattis was a distinguished U.S. Marine Corps general, who was an exceptional choice by President Trump as Secretary of Defense. When it was announced that Mattis would be resigning in January, the news was met with initial consternation by many conservatives, and understandably so.

I like football and this is the week I get my fill of it. I like the long pass and the big plunge. I like the tactics and the coaching strategies. I like the diversions: the quarterback’s eye to the left before he passes to the right, “flooding the zone,” the double shift.

On the first day of the new year, incoming Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, threw down the gauntlet to President Trump. His very first words in a Post commentary were: “The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December.” He went on to promise: “I will speak out against significant statements or …

Foreign policy was the last thing on voters’ minds in the midterm elections, but as we begin 2020, one thing is clear: President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy — or its progressive cousin, retrenchment — is broadly popular in both parties. Trump’s recent decision to withdraw a…

Are you still looking for a resolution to keep in the new year, something more meaningful than visiting the gym regularly or avoiding saturated fats? Here’s a suggestion. Take a trip down to the Lincoln Memorial, if you’re in the Washington area. At last report it was still open to the publi…

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been severely underfunded for years. This has compromised the department’s ability to protect public health and the environment. Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget should restore needed resources.

The debate triggered by the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was exceptional in part because, by some measures, his case was not unusual. The Washington Post contributing columnist, who was assaulted, suffocated and dismembered by a hit squad in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on …

As the book closes on 2018, there were some particulars along the way that deserved a second look and even perhaps an accolade.

The News-Item will present its annual top 10 news stories of the year in Monday and Tuesday’s editions. You might guess that many are of a tragic or controversial nature.

“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me — and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” — Then-candidate for president Donald Trump.

To the editor: I don’t hate Donald Trump; that is, I wish him no harm. I hope good things happen to him. In fact, I pray that he becomes what he already thinks he is: the greatest president in American history. Honestly.

Marty Reigel, Coal Township Fire Department chaplain, was addressing the “big boots to fill” for his fallen volunteer firefighter colleague, Scott W. Dannheimer, at his funeral on Thursday when he said, “We ask that somewhere along the line someone will stand up and say, ‘I am willing to do …

To the editor: A great organization has passed. The Mount Carmel Elks Lodge 356 had its charter revoked by two grand lodge representatives at a special meeting on Nov. 14. The order to revoke our charter was executed and we are no more.