It’s encouraging to learn that officials from Coal Township and Northumberland County are engaged, even if indirectly, about a possible settlement to the lawsuit filed by the county 11 months ago regarding the township’s construction permit fees for the new county jail.
The Trump administration has now served notice that, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it, the United States will no longer “bury our head in the sand”about Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 pact that eliminated an entire class of nuclear-armed missiles.
Sometimes government does a useful thing for a bad reason. That’s a rough summary of the Dec. 4 report just issued by the Trump administration’s Task Force on the United States Postal System. The origins of the report lie in President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks on Amazon last spring, for…
I’ve been thinking about President Trump’s situation, and its parallels with what Richard Nixon did in the infamous Watergate scandal 45 years ago.
Crime and punishment have a complicated relationship, as many states have come to learn. From 2010 to 2015, 31 states experienced tandem declines in crime rates and incarceration rates. In the 10 states with the largest reductions in imprisonment, crime rates dropped by an average of 14.4 pe…
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook documents that provide an intriguing glimpse inside the company — and obliterate any remaining notions of its chief executive officer as an innocent babe in the woods.
A devout believer reacting to the latest in a year of head-scratching and heart-wrenching moments from the Catholic Church said this: “It’s the most hypocritical hierarchy in the world.”
The tremors that continue to drive a seismic shift in Western civilization where one’s gender is now considered “fluid and changeable” continue unabated. Piggy backing off such a twisted and abnormal philosophy comes a 69-year-old Dutch businessman who claims that if you can change your gend…
The International Labor Organization estimates that worldwide, nearly 25 million children and adults of all ages and backgrounds are victims of human trafficking, including forced labor and sex trafficking. Every government in the world has a moral obligation to do all in its power to stop t…
Our state lawmakers, judges and executive branch officials are getting another pay raise. It’s automatic based on a law enacted — by our state legislators — based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Shamokin Area School District taxpayers seemed OK, though not thrilled, with the original arrangement of having now-former-Superintendent James Zack stay on as “transition administrator” for an extra seven months when his replacement, Chris Venna, began duties back on July 1.
Have we seen high tide for Republicans in Pennsylvania?
To the editor: The yuletide season is once again upon us with all the hustle and bustle of the mad shoppers. I for one didn’t participate in the frenzy of Black Friday like millions did in America and I never will.
News about a summer holiday tradition put a damper on Thanksgiving this year: Shamokin’s annual fireworks display can no longer be shot off from the Glen Burn culm bank.
The United States Council of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual conference is held every November in Baltimore and is on no one’s radar.
How much do you hate America?
Shamokin’s annual Downtown Christmas, created and organized by the Northumberland County Council for the Arts, is next Saturday. One week after that, Mount Carmel Downtown Inc. begins its new “Christmas on Oak” holiday celebration. In Trevorton, Kulpmont, Sunbury, Elysburg and other local co…
“The world is a very dangerous place!”
The world seems a bit more selfish and hateful with each passing year. We can probably blame that, at least lately, on politics.
It is said that from the worst of circumstances, good can still prevail.
We’d all like a “better” internet in terms of privacy, politeness, taste and safety. And who would oppose eliminating false or misleading information from social media sites, or preventing online bullying and such?
It’s long-awaited and great news that the old Shroyer dress factory that takes up a full city block in Shamokin will begin coming down this week.
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.
U.S. Catholic bishops gathered Monday in Baltimore to start their three-day national assembly, intent on addressing the clergy sex abuse crisis.
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.
In a far-reaching special report last Sunday, journalists from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Globe found that the leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church are far better at covering up child sexual abuse than stopping it.
Elections have consequences. But sometimes those consequences are neither clear nor obvious. Tuesday was such an election.
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.”
For many, it’s a dreadful notice: We’ve been called to jury duty.
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.
Among conservatives, Tom Wolf’s tenure as governor is filled with enough potholes to bury a half-dozen blind donkeys.
It was for just six hours on one day, but Shamokin had the look and feel — and sound — of a true tourist community on Saturday.
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.
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.
Ronald P. McElwee had a powerhouse group of character witnesses at his sentencing Tuesday in Northumberland County Court, and it apparently paid off. Judge Hugh Jones did not sentence the former Shamokin Area School Board president to any jail time for an assault last year that involved a Taser.
Every October before an election, both Democrats and Republicans ramp up fear-based campaigns. The Halloween season isn’t only for telling supernatural stories and conjuring macabre imagery, it’s also for frightening voters as a strategy for getting out the vote. The phenomenon even has a na…
Do you trust Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s cross-examiners with America’s future?
When I was younger and teaching at several American universities, I never put much stock in analogies to household checkbook balancing as a way to explain the federal budget.
At a campaign rally Thursday for Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, President Donald Trump praised the Republican lawmaker for body-slamming a newspaper reporter in May 2017. ...
On election night, election analysts try to make sense of the results, put them in some sort of context, and describe whatever patterns and forces have produced electoral outcomes.
The excitement level is higher than usual for the annual Coal Bucket football game between Shamokin Area and Mount Carmel Area set for Friday at the Silver Bowl in Mount Carmel.
I write you from the year 2018 as we receive yet another dire warning of horrific events to come on our increasingly warming planet. Because of our failure to act, your very future is in jeopardy. I apologize for our generation’s lack of will to take responsibility and shield you from the pe…
The 2016 presidential election has been over for nearly two years, yet many Democrats, especially those in the party’s leadership, remain furious over Republican control of the presidency and Congress.
- Clausi sues Shamokin Patrolman Nathan Rhodes, Joseph Leschinskie
- Shamokin man charged with rape
- Shamokin man arrested for alleged pure fentanyl delivery
- Sharon M. Megosh
- Coroner: Woman found dead in Turkey Hill bathroom of suspected drug overdose
- Naloxone gone in one hour
- OLOL board member retains lawyer for fired teacher
- Lee E. Morgan
- Carlisle woman killed in Dauphin County crash
- AOAA gets $25,000 grant