To the editor: Trump has recently announced his intention to develop and introduce a “patriotic education” and “pro-America curriculum” in our school systems. This will certainly create issues and concerns among educators who have valued academic freedom and an “open inquiry” perspective — a…

To the editor: I read an article in Saturday’s News-Item written by a John Peeler, entitled, “Everyone’s problem, even the rich.” Let me begin by saying, I’m not rich. I’ve basically done OK. I came from what may be considered a poor family, but average for our area. My family before me neve…

To the editor: Kudos to the members of FLAGS (Future Leaders and Achievers of Greater Shamokin) for initiating a positive attitude in our area.

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To the editor: I recommend that you contact your county election director. I recently spoke with Caleb Shaffer, Northumberland County assistant director. Mr. Shaffer was very helpful and clearly highly capable and knowledgeable.

To the editor: Donald Trump said he would not touch Social Security or Medicare when he ran for president in 2016. I guess he needs to make up for massive tax cuts to rich people and corporations.

To the editor: What’s that bad about voting in our counties’ polling places while following all the CDC guidelines? We go to Walmart, grocery stores, bars, small events, etc., with precautions.

To the editor: In the last 6 months in the United States, over 177,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 during this “once in a hundred year” pandemic. With the new academic year already underway and schools open for weeks now in parts of the country, already in the south and mid-west, student…

I am a lifelong Republican and resident of the Susquehanna Valley. I was honored to be the Republican nominee for Congress in the former Pa.-6 Congressional District and I am proud to have served as chairman of the Northumberland County Republican Committee. Since casting my first vote in 1988, I do not recall an election more important than this one. And, as difficult as it may be for some members of our party to understand, in this election, it is important that we do NOT re-elect Donald Trump. I certainly respect the opinions of those who may disagree with me, but for those Republicans, independents or others who are unsure, uncomfortable or unhappy with the status quo, please know that you are not alone.

To the editor: The Kulpmont Cruise Association completed another successful weekend. The oldies musical show, at the Mount Carmel Town Park, attracted hundreds of spectators who danced and sang with Memory Lane, the local popular music group, on Saturday evening.

To the editor: Republicans are proud to wave the flag to show how patriotic they are and how much they love our country. Their belief in God, the Constitution, law and order, right to life, personal responsibility and other positive attributes are commendable. The problem is that they believ…

To the editor: On Dec. 29, 2019, my son, Michael Anthony Paczkoski Jr., lost his life to an overdose of meth laced with Fentanyl. It was the worst day of my life when I learned of his death. Many offered their condolences. Unfortunately, many of those comforting me had also lost loved ones t…

To the editor: I would like to offer congratulations to the new Bamse Coffee that recently opened up in Shamokin — a friend was kind enough to send me The News-Item clipping from Aug. 12, and though I am always in support of local business, to find it was housed in my home church of Holy Tri…

To the editor: The emergency powers granted to governors and other officials simply circumvent the rules of law. Over the past 6 months we have seen chaotic edicts by government officials — local, state and national mandates and regulations. Some of these proclamations are issued with good i…

To the editor: We all know the old saying: “Some things never change.” That particular adage can be aptly applied to Shamokin Area school Board Member Rosalie Smoogen, who never seems to tire of doling out misinformation, half-truths, and generating controversy at every possible opportunity.

To the editor: People who oppose Trump, and that includes a number of former influential Republicans, cannot understand how Trump supporters ignore his words and deeds that show what kind of person he is. One reason for the blind support of his followers is that they watch exclusively Fox ni…

To the editor: I was not going to do it. I was going to keep my mouth shut and enjoy a peaceful life. I was not going to engage in any more letter writing, but I just can’t keep my mouth shut when I’m ticked off.

To the editor: Anyone who has ever thrown a party knows how many little, but essential, details go into the planning, preparation, and implementation. The Fourth of July celebration in Shamokin was no exception to that process. None of this would have been possible without the time, hard wor…

To the editor: My comments are in reference to the article in the Shamokin News-Item on Thursday, June 25, 2020, regarding the Shamokin Area School Board meeting on Tuesday evening, June 23. The News-Item referenced the cyber/charter schools’ cost to our district, which is a burden for our d…

To the editor: A recent email made the rounds about a Facebook post that claimed that the media are responsible for racial violence. The media reported a number of incidents involving the death of Blacks for no other reason than for the color of their skin. A video widely circulated by the m…

To the editor: My political comments and letters do not reflect “hatred.” I was raised Roman Catholic, attended Catholic schools for 12 years and have always strived to live by the teaching of my faith. My membership and leadership with the Knights of Columbus is an extension of my faith. Ye…

To the editor: After serving our country for 25 years in places like Korea, Vietnam, Germany, I always rejoiced at coming home to a very special country. Sometimes soldiers of my generation were not received well, but that did not convince us that our country was evil, that our foundations a…

To the editor: Denial — a frank and straightforward description of what we see and hear in Washington, D.C., and what is wrong with the Trump presidency,

Let us take a clear look at POTUS reelect-ability because as we approach the 2020 national elections it’s time to get real. If you view the American political landscape through:

To the editor: Ruthless Russian dictator Lenin used the phrase “useful idiots” to describe journalists, academics, clueless politicians and unicorn-believing liberals that supported Lenin’s revolution. That bunch was totally ignorant of Lenin’s true aims and what resulted was a brutal dictat…

To the editor: What is patriotism? Donald Trump tells his supporters that any NFL player kneeling for the national anthem is an S.O.B. (he didn’t abbreviate it) who should be fired for disrespecting the flag and is therefore unpatriotic. The end result of Trump’s attack was what he wanted; a…

To the editor: We have reached the time in history when Christian Americans must demand their faith should no longer be used to endorse or support a political party or the agenda of the leader of this country. The photo opportunity, planned and supported by the president, holding a Bible in …

To the Editor: First, let me emphasize that I believe the killing of George Floyd was a despicable act, and that the rogue officer responsible should be prosecuted, along with those who abetted him in this criminal act. I also believe that peaceful protest is one of the hallmarks of a free s…

To the editor: May 25 was the traditional Memorial Day to honor our dead, military heroes and veterans. Kulpmont’s men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice include:

To the editor: A society is a group of individuals living together as a community. On a larger scale, our American society is a nation that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security and a national identity for its citizens.

To the editor: One, small, bright spot that has manifested itself as a result of this pandemic is the willingness of so many individuals, groups and organizations to pitch in and assist those whose lives have been severely impacted by this crisis. Whether it be the free meals, monetary donat…

To the editor: This country has endured the loss of thousands of citizens due to the coronavirus caused by the communist government of China. Many complain and accuse President Trump of being warned more than a dozen times about the seriousness of the virus during January and February.

To the editor: As President Trump talks about reopening the economy, he exhibits the same reckless, impulsive behavior we’ve witnessed for three years — fighting with governors, claiming “total authority,” and snatching arbitrary dates from thin air.

To the editor: With the closing of churches these past weeks because of COVID-19 in compliance with state regulations, pastors gratefully turned to modern technology by having their Masses and services videotaped for YouTube, and this was appreciated many.

To the editor: When Trump said that he could shoot someone and not lose any supporters, what he meant was that he could do anything he wanted and his followers would still be with him. His lies, his bad behavior, has had no affect on his backers. Even now, they are with him.

To the editor: My mother, Irene Novak, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She was 102 years young. Now this is the heart of the story, albeit the beginning of a wonderful message for us all.

To the editor: The Constitution gives us — “We, the People” — the right to peacefully assemble. However, with that right there is also responsibility. Perhaps now is the time we should set aside that right and concentrate on some other words in that guiding document — “promote the general we…

To the editor: Although the time is drawing near when we need to open Pennsylvania up again or face irreversible economic disaster, our astute Gov. Wolf has no timetable and no plan on how or when he will rescind the lockdown order.

To the editor: My name is Jameson Kramer. I will be voting for the first time in the upcoming election on Nov. 3. As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak has made everything uncertain and nobody really knows how bad it will be, or how long it will last.

To the editor: Fifty years ago was the first Earth Day — April 22, 1970 — an event organized by Dennis Hayes and many volunteers to raise awareness, knowledge and political action to solve major environmental problems at that time.

To the editor: Trump began a massive propaganda campaign in January, which continued until mid-March, telling the nation there is nothing to worry about and it will all disappear. Finally, in mid-March he called a national emergency. We realize he didn’t cause the coronavirus, but he was alw…

To the editor: In the afternoon of April 16, 2020, there was a fire on the 100 block of South Hickory Street in Mount Carmel. Needless to say, it was right next to our home.

To the editor: The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the operations of our government. One government agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, has implemented several recent changes in its procedures in an effort to minimize COVID-19-related disruptions.

To the editor: In the midst of this pandemic crisis Trump does what he thinks is in his best interests.

To the editor: Trump’s political propaganda principle is based on this process: “A big lie is easier to believe than small ones.” If you keep repeating it — a lie — people will eventually believe it. The lies can only continue for such time that the state can shield the people from the polit…

To the editor: The recent $2 trillion stimulus plan may not be enough to get the economy back in gear. Congress should be working on the next stimulus package and have it voted on, approved and ready to go depending on the level of unemployment.

To the editor: In the Book of Daniel we find Azariah walking in the midst of the fire in the furnace unharmed and praying this lament, “We have in our day ... no holocaust, sacrifice, oblation or incense, no place to offer first fruits, to find favor with you. But with contrite hearts and hu…

To the editor: All actions taken to combat this virus are centered around “social spacing” and accented by closing of all non-essential businesses. Our government, on all levels, is closing businesses and activities that may have individuals congregating in large groups, which can, with phys…