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.

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.

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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 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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:

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

The Trump administration’s latest idea to lower prescription drug prices is to eliminate the rebates that drug companies pay to the pharmacy benefit managers that stand between the manufacturers and their final customers. This is easily the most radical change to the American drug-pricing sy…

For most of human history, actors have been associated with carnies, grifters and even prostitutes. In ancient Rome, actors were often slaves. Enter Jussie Smollett, an exasperated, black, gay actor who professed that while strolling through the mean streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. during a bru…

PennLive’s annual scorecard highlighting a growing number of state government employees earning six figures frustrated some readers because they couldn’t readily identify a problem or a villain.

“Your goal is to get a zero refund at the end of the year.” That quote stood out to us in Hawkes’ story. It’s from Amanda Taraborelli of Manada Tax Service in East Hempfield Township.

Seriously, this is so obvious it can be frustrating when it seems necessary to point it out: If you are a politician or hold a position of public trust, you shouldn’t accept gifts or freebies — pretty much of any sort — from people with whom your job involves doing business.

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One of my neighbors has been keeping bees for more than 40 years. He says the temperature inside his beehives right now is above 90 degrees, with the bees’ body warmth and buzzing wings keeping the thermostat up and the air flowing. They’re eating the honey they made on their busy days last year.

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Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey uncorked the “Green New Deal,” which is the latest scheme by Democrats to sink the American economy, while drowning the nation’s taxpayers.

The Supreme Court last week suspended a Louisiana abortion law, the justices’ first significant action in an abortion case since the appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. What does the decision portend for the future of Roe v. Wade in particular and reproductive rights in general?

A baby born today has a sun in Aquarius and a moon in Taurus.

President Trump is threatening to shut down the government again, or worse yet, declare a national emergency to build a border wall that our country doesn’t need. It’s an abuse of power. It’s a reckless use of precious taxpayer dollars when so many other real crises exist.

Anchored in our human DNA is the compelling temptation to “play god” that seems to be just too irresistible for many on our third rock from the sun. After all, Eve was once easily sold on it and humans have been struggling with the results ever since.

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In New York, one out of every three pregnancies ends in abortion and now under the recently passed Reproductive Health Act, it is lawful to kill a fully-formed baby up until birth. New York has rendered human life subjective, while expanding abortion to post-birth infanticide.

The Atlantic magazine during the past week named the Trump administration’s forcible yanking of children out of the arms of their parents at our southern border the number one “unthinkable moment” of Donald Trump’s first two years in office.

I’m pleased to join with Senate colleagues to propose bipartisan election changes — beginning with three state constitutional amendments: Absentee ballots, poll workers and judicial retention elections.

Anyone who can succinctly define “Home Rule” without consulting an expert is to be commended. It’s not a well-known or easily explained term.

The list of guest speakers over the 100-year history of the Mount Carmel high school football banquet is a mini who’s who of college and professional football players. Here’s just a sampling:

With a few staff members having read all 55 entries in this year’s It Can Wait essay contest, published in Saturday’s News-Item, we can’t help but have gotten the message: Don’t text and drive, and avoid any type of distracted driving.

n Having worked in radio news, their copy creed has always been straightforward: clear, concise and correct. Their standard news story is usually four sentences saturated with the who, what, when, why and how.

Cheers to Shamokin Police Department Cpl. Jarod Scandle and Patrolman Scott Weaver, and Kulpmont police Chief Nathan Foust and Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Michael Pitcavage, for putting out residential fires in both Shamokin and Kulpmont, respectively. The first fire, at 2 p.m. Wednesday…

We’d all like to see J.C. Penney or an equivalent retailer move back into our downtowns, but, considering many of these former giants are more apt to be closing than opening a store these days, it’s nothing we should count on.

Some years ago, the worldwide McDonald’s conglomerate persuaded schools in the Deep South — especially in Mississippi, if memory serves — to cook up hamburgers and french fries as school lunches.

As the 116th Congress settles in, if you believe we are entering a new era of legislative headway, think again.

Tom Marino may have very good personal reasons for abandoning his job as a congressman, but his abrupt resignation just weeks into his fifth term is a slap in the face to his constituents.