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As the old adage goes, women belong in the house … and the senate. That’s especially according to this past election, in which we not only broke the glass ceiling, we broke the record in the number of female candidates elected to state legislatures and Congress. And, nearly a century after t…

Democrats regained the House of Representatives, but Republicans were able to increase their seats in the Senate, suggesting that Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings resisted a second Democratic blue wave.

To the editor: I have been fairly quiet about some of the drama going around Kulpmont, but I’d like to take time to give you my thoughts on a few issues.

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

President Trump, his family, and more than a few of his appointees have used his presidency to enrich themselves, spending taxpayer dollars for their own benefit, accepting sweetheart deals from foreigners and harnessing the power of the federal government on behalf of their own businesses a…

For military veterans, the term “mustang” transcends the longstanding, traditional boundaries from chevrons and hash marks to bars, oak leaves, eagles and in some cases, stars.

To the Editor: The Rick K. and the Allnighters show held on Sunday, Oct. 14, by the Kulpmont Cruise Association at the Mount Carmel Area High School, was an outstanding performance. Rick K. and the band were amazed with the auditorium because they were able to use their entire lighting syste…

H.L. Mencken, the late journalist and critic of American culture and politics, once noted: “For every complex problem, there’s a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”

To the Editor: It was a true pleasure to be in downtown Shamokin last Saturday afternoon. The air was alive with the low rumble of off-road vehicles and the high spirits of riders, volunteers and members of the community. The enthusiasm of the hundreds of riders was obvious as they rode smil…

The cost of prescription medication has been an increasing burden to many Americans, and despite the Affordable Care Act, its partial dismantling and constant static from both political parties, there has been little relief.

Just a few days ago in this space, we noted how recognizing the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in defense of our free country should serve as motivation for the right — the duty — to vote.

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

Among conservatives, Tom Wolf’s tenure as governor is filled with enough potholes to bury a half-dozen blind donkeys.

Valley residents may not realize how much our community benefits from federally funded health care services. In fact, so many lives are touched by these programs that cuts could severely impact the quality of care for those in need.

All 203 Pennsylvania House seats and half of the 50 Senate seats are on Tuesday’s ballot. Who will occupy the governor’s office is also at stake.

To the editor: Trump supporters ignore, or willingly accept, or are unaware of the many lies Trump tells. Most of his supporters watch Fox News and never hear anything negative about this president. The purpose of a free press is to check and balance all branches of government, which include…

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” is one of Yogi Berra’s best-known quotes. It’s succinct, witty and captures a universal truth, universally ignored in an age of pollsters, pundits and other would be prognosticators willing to share their crystal balls with us.