There was a time, during the Middle Ages in Europe, that the vocation of becoming a Roman Catholic priest — whether a genuine calling of God or just a career move — was something similar to becoming a doctor or lawyer today. Not only would it be of benefit to the called, but to his family al…

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Attorneys were in federal court last week representing an El Salvador woman and her daughter to protect her against deportation when they suddenly learned that the family had been awakened during the night, hustled onto a waiting aircraft and were already airborne and on their way back to Ce…

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At the genesis of last year’s Shamokin high school football campaign, my broadcast partner over the last seven seasons at the Black Diamond Sports Network, the very Maddenesque Corey Houser, informed me that we were on the cusp of what would be referred to from there on out as “Hyno-Eve.”

On May 30, 1783, the Pennsylvania Evening Post and Daily Advertiser published its first daily edition, becoming the first daily newspaper not only in Pennsylvania, but in our young nation. Today, more than 200 daily and weekly newspapers across the commonwealth carry on the ideals of not onl…

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior of President Donald Trump himself, who has repeate…

John Arway is leaving his post as executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, so the Legislature is ready to move forward on a bill to increase the agency’s funding.

• Cheers to the inspiring “Rock the Complex” benefit Saturday night in which some 400 people came out to support 1997 Mount Carmel Area graduate Steve Anoia in his fight against ALS. The Royersford husband and father of two was touched by the overwhelming outpouring of support from classmate…

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around our current political situation. My president issues a litany of lies and personal attacks on a daily basis and is rewarded with high approval ratings from members of his party. How did we get to a place where truth and decorum no longer matter?

What Daniel Shayesteh was before he became an apologist for Christianity drew an overflow crowd to the distinguished Himmelreich Library in Lewisburg. It isn’t too often that someone who was a radical Muslim aligned with the Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement that in 1979 was instrumental i…

The stunning allegations of sexual abuse of minors against 72 priests or seminarians from the Diocese of Harrisburg over the past 70-some years is difficult to fathom, especially for the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church.

As long as everything checks out with state and federal permits, we encourage the Coal Township Board of Commissioners to approve a conditional use of land zoning application that will allow Gaudenzia to operate a state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment center at the Northumberland County …

The politically correct culture that has swallowed Western Civilization whole will leave no books, or pages in those books, unturned. As mentioned last week, writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series of books is now too offensive for contemporary America’s sensitivit…

For more than 143 years, the words on our Statue of Liberty have promised, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. ... ”

The unfortunate and surprising news for Dr. Sanjay Sen’s patients back in April was also bad news for Shamokin’s Redevelopment Authority (RDA).

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

For the last several weeks, global and American audiences have been confronted by the heart wrenching plight of Central American refugees crossing the US-Mexico border in search of safety and shelter, only to be forcibly separated from their children and placed in detention centers. The cond…

In spite of our contentious news cycle and stretching from the advent of the “Super Friends” and through the Super Bowls to the cacophony of cable television and the internet, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” remained relevant.

Friday’s revelation that the landmark grand jury report on clergy child sexual abuse identifies more than 300 “predator priests” in six of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses further justifies the need for its release.

There’s more anticipation than usual for the 2018 high school football season locally, primarily because it’s the first year for Super Bowl Champion Henry Hynoski as head coach of the Shamokin Area Indians. Hyno’s status as a former fullback for the New York Giants is enough to merit extra i…

“Young man, sarcasm isn’t comedy,” crackled the timeworn gent with the hooded eyes who moved about with the grace of a broken shopping cart. Make no mistake, this gravel-voiced Machiavellian with the gimp was indeed the genre’s gatekeeper.

Wherever President Trump goes he seems to leave a mangled trail of unwarranted destruction and debris behind him.

Whether or not state House Bill 2025 becomes law — we hope it will — Pennsylvania school districts should comply with the proposed law’s intent of having all school buildings’ water tested for presence of lead, a neurotoxin interferes with children’s ability to learn and develop.

For five decades, the leftist trifecta of Democrats, Hollywood and academia have enjoyed the fruits of rule-by-judiciary concerning the nation’s most celebrated social issues. Realizing that this half-century campaign could be coming to a close, they, in turn, are treating this upcoming Supr…

You’re a proud Republican, but first you’re an American public servant elected to represent all the people of Pennsylvania and defend our Constitution. In fact, you took an oath.

For most of Gov. Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, and school funding being held hostage. Two unbalanced budgets drew a lawsuit that’s still making its way …

Although it is hard to avoid fixating on the day-to-day of the Trump administration, much of the world is already asking, “What comes next?” It seems to me that a lot of President Donald Trump’s policies, especially abroad, are likely to last longer than his critics wish to admit.

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

America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year — from Parkland Florida to Annapolis, Maryland. Despite this national carnage, nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation.

Paying your fair share seems, well, fair. But not according to the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled public employees benefiting from union protections no longer need to pay union dues. This decision significantly undermines the strength of unions and the ability for the…

At the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, conservatives were on the menu, but only as take out as White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave by the owner.

We’re pleased to hear of settlement of the lawsuit filed by former Shamokin Mayor William Milbrand against two police officers, and especially pleased city officials had no hesitation in reporting to us — and, thereby, the public — the amount for which it was settled.

As we anticipate the nation’s 242nd birthday and in order to capture a contemporary snapshot of the American zeitgeist, I decided to collect a series of headlines over a one month period. In less than half the allotted time, the picture that developed was more of an Orwellian novel than Tocq…

The story of Angelica, a 31-year-old Guatemalan mother who has applied for asylum here in America, is truly heartbreaking. She has not seen her eight-year-old daughter since early May when Border Patrol agents wrenched them apart in Arizona. She doesn’t know where her daughter is, and Angeli…

In April at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., I stood beneath a two-story thick glass plate on which the names of more than 2,000 journalists were etched, each having lost their lives while doing the very thing they lived for — reporting the news.

U.S. politics was fractured and its system of government under stress even before Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday that he’d retire from the Supreme Court at the end of July. The announcement promises new extremes of partisan rancor, in Washington and beyond, as President Donald Tru…

By the account of unions and their supporters, the Supreme Court struck a massive blow to public-sector unions Wednesday that will hobble them politically. Fortunately for them, the evidence is to the contrary.

After 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is stepping down. He was for the past decade or so the “swing vote” — the justice whose vote was up for grabs and to whom litigators often pitched their arguments. His opinions, his critics said, were erratic, quirky and so narr…

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