Our president has made some highly publicized tweets about freshmen Congresswomen Cortez, Thaub, Omar and Pressely. They are far left progressive women of color, with strong ties to identity politics and victimhood of minority groups and probably owe their election to the Justice Democrats P…

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His portfolio of editorial cartoons in hand, Burris Jenkins Jr. arrived for a job interview at The New York American one day in 1931, and mistakenly got off the elevator at the wrong floor. He found himself in the sports department of the rival Evening Journal, where he was hired on the spot…

Property tax bills have arrived in homeowners’ mailboxes, and for many, this year’s sticker shock has gone up despite an increase in state funding for schools and despite local school boards weighing program cuts. Some area districts avoided tax increases by depleting reserve funds. That squ…

Every action undertaken or proposed by the Trump administration seems to be subject to challenge. The resistance movement appears capable of tying everything up in legal knots, while complaining that nothing is being accomplished as a complicit federal judiciary goes along.

I taught in colleges and universities for many years. From time to time I enjoy a little quiz.

Congress is once again facing a looming crisis over the debt ceiling, as it did two years ago, and six years ago, and eight years ago, and . . . you get the idea. Instead of staging these tedious fights every few years, Congress has a far better option for dealing with the debt ceiling: Elim…

To the editor: At the eastern part of Coal Township is a quaint little village called Berry’s. Over the years, it was the most sought after and the most neglected. It all began when the Luke Fidler Colliery dumped coal dirt at the southern part of the village.

To the editor: After attending Monday night’s Shamokin City Council meeting, I am truly disgusted in the actions during the meeting of the mayor and city council. During the meeting, citizens were cut off by the mayor, jokes were made by council, the city administrator and the mayor as it re…

To the editor: I wish I could remember the words of advice I heard from my classmates at either my high school or college commencement addresses. I think the speakers likely told us how we had been prepared to face the challenges we will face in the years ahead.

From time to time we get contacted by readers who feel someone has been wronged, and to be perfectly honest, a vast majority of the time it turns out to be a situation that is better left to the police or court system and not the local newspaper.

Much of the debate about college today focuses on tuition and mounting student debt, with Democratic presidential candidates even raising the possibility of forgiving all student loans. Not enough attention is paid to risk. Spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on four years of coll…

With House Democrats planning a vote this week on a bill more than doubling the federal minimum wage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has weighed in with a timely estimate of the potential benefits — and costs.

Given that President Donald Trump would like to exile members of Congress who strike him as a little too alien, it may not come as a surprise that he is prepared to take extraordinary steps to send actual foreign asylum seekers packing. Still, the administration caught most of the world by s…

Ross Perot was not a large man: barely 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and maybe 150 pounds. But he was a giant.

A few years ago, I wrote a column about Malala Yousafzai, around the time the young Pakistani activist was shot in the head by the Taliban. She was targeted for death simply because she wanted to help give girls the same educational opportunities as boys.

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

1969 was a half century ago and yet, when that historical year comes up in conversation, those Miracle Mets always lead off. After being 100-to-1 underdogs, the New York Mets finally came of age and went on to win the World Series that October.

Donald Trump recently became the first acting U.S. president to cross the Demilitarized Zone separating North Korea from the South for a photo op with Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s leader had previously been lambasted by Trump for his nuclear ambitions. North Korea’s attempts at nuclear capabil…

Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of legislation that would have made good on his promise to help counties purchase new voting machines is unfortunate. And it’s troubling that one of the two reasons he gave for doing so borders between hard to believe and hyperpartisan.

Donald Trump was visibly green with envy two years ago in Paris as he watched the flags flying and the troops marching down the Champs-Elysées, famous in song and story. He wanted a big parade, too!

While Democrats wade through a marathon of intra-party debates, the national punditocracy is increasingly asking two urgent questions about the impending 2020 presidential contest: Can President Trump win Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin again? And can he win a second term without those …

The best word I can think of to describe our 17th cruise in Kulpmont was “wow.” Over 200 vehicles and over 50 motorcyclists participated. The big surprise was the number of cycles that showed up in our first Fun Run. We anticipate many more next year.

With a revolving door suddenly on the secretary of defense’s office and anti-Iran warmonger John Bolton firmly ensconced at the president’s ear as national security adviser, Congress must assert itself at the front end of any potential military conflict with Iran.

I feared that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing might get eclipsed by other celebrations (the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the 10th anniversary of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s latest girlfriend learning to tie her shoes, …

Back in 2000, the presidential election was tight and much attention was focused on who better related to the public. Al Gore was viewed as an automaton, the product of reverse taxidermy who had to be hosed down every spring with Thompson’s Water Sealant. He needed a strobe light at press co…

Kim Darroch learned the hard way what it’s like to be on the receiving end of Donald Trump’s grim Twitter feed. He should take solace in the fact that he lost his job for telling the truth.

Isn’t it true that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and that the left, having had absolute power, absolutely wants it back, which leads to their pushing untruths that support their reelection? My answer is yes, which is sad and highly unfortunate.

When a woman keeps talking over a man who refuses to listen and is trying to interrupt her, that is at most an annoyance and a breach of courtesy. If the woman and the man happen to be in a romantic or familial relationship, it is also grounds for some flowers and a nice dinner. It does not …

Independence Day used to be a happy day when all Americans put aside their partisan differences and came together to celebrate the miraculous birth of the United States of America.