To the editor: With the recent rollout of the Act 47 Exit Plan for the City of Shamokin to the public, one thing is for certain. The strategy does not fit realistic possibilities for the future of the City of Shamokin.

The statistics are devastating: In 2019, more than 260 officers were shot in the line of duty and more than 40 officers made the ultimate sacrifice — which is why on Thursday the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge is encouraging you to take the time to say thank you in honor …

To the editor: What will the Legislature do this year to justify arming municipal police with RADAR guns, Speed Trap Bill SB 607? They are expert at cherry-picking statistics to say that there is a “speeding” crisis. There is no crisis, as you well know.

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To the editor: This newspaper recently carried an entry in its police blotter concerning two young men. The entry indicated that two 17-year-old males were charged with disorderly conduct following their meeting to engage in a physical fight with one another. It was indicated that one of the…

To the editor: I would like to address the Sound Off comment about Presidential candidates’ dress: Oh, yes, I do think that dress says a lot about a person. Mannerisms also speak volumes about a person.

To the editor: Where is the Wizard of Oz when we need him? But we know there is no wizard. In the movie, someone is needed to remind the characters who and what they are. But we don’t need anyone else to point out that we all have a brain, a heart and courage.

“It’s a wonderful time of the year!” Your tax account explains how well your finances did in 2019. Yes, Trump’s tax cuts helped you and your rich friends. Think about this — it’s like Robin Hood Trump, stealing from the young kids of this generation to support the wealthy and big businesses.…

To the editor: IMPEACHED! That was the headline in the Dec. 19 issue of The News-Item. I have no doubt that President Trump will be reelected in 2020, but this is what I have garnered in bits and pieces over the past three years regarding this Schiff show, the dog and pony show called “The I…

To the Editor: On Monday, Dec. 2, hundreds of volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered in D.C. at the Supreme Court to support the lower courts’ decision on a case being heard that day. N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol vs. the City of NY is the first case in nearly 10 …

To the editor: On behalf of the entire MCA ThinkBIG committee, we would like to extend a thank you to all student leaders, volunteers, participants, community members and local businesses who assisted in making the seventh annual Mount Carmel Area ThinkBIG Dance Marathon event a huge success.

To the editor: Do we really want four more years of Trump? The Trumpeteers are already planning a victory parade.

To the editor: Dr. Fiona Hill, Ph.D in Russian history, National Security Council Russian expert, stated under oath in the Congressional impeachment inquiry her opinion that, the British spy Christopher Steel “got played.” Her statement started me on a logical daisy chain that blows my mind.…

To the editor: I am speaking for all officers of Locust Gap Recreation along with the coaches, families and residents of Locust Gap: Thank you to the volunteers from the Carpenter’s Local 445 of Northeastern Pa., who gave up a Saturday to come out and make amazing upgrades to our facility.

To the editor: Recently, a correctional officer at the Northumberland County Jail was charged by a county detective with a summary count of harassment relating to an Oct. 22 disturbance at the prison. The correctional officer was charged after he allegedly shoved a fellow correctional office…

To the editor: How annoyingly consistent is the left’s unwillingness to compromise? How many times have you read or heard our losing political party broadcast that they won the popular presidential vote? These very loud protestations are accompanied by whispers of throwing out our Electoral …

To the editor: From Nov. 18 to 22, we will celebrate American Education Week, a great opportunity to appreciate the amazing public-school educators and support professionals who work hard every day to prepare our students for future success.

To the editor: There were a number of factors that contributed to Trump’s success in being elected to the presidency. Forget about the help with the Russian interference.

To the editor: For safer streets, speed limits must be posted at the safest speeds. Those are the 85th percentile speeds, the speeds most people drive, determined by a highway safety engineer’s speed study.

To the editor: The Rev. Robert Smith will be a guest speaker at a combined service of Zion Primitive Methodist Church and Saint Philip and James Anglican Church at 9 a.m. Nov. 10.

To the editor: I grew up in New Jersey and played and coached high school football there. Over the years I always heard of the quality and tradition of “coal country” football, but had never seen a game.

To the editor: It’s refreshing to have a president who loves our country and tries to keep his campaign promises. President Donald J. Trump is a businessman who brings a new perspective to the operation of our government. The deep state resists, numerous politicians try to remove him from of…

To the editor: The Halloween season is supposed to be a fun-filled holiday for children, but for kids with food allergies, this is not always the case. Food allergies can strip a kid with allergies of the joyful trick-or-treating experience. Activities such as; going to any door they please …

To the editor: It seems like we have come to the end of an era.

To the editor: In spite of the turmoil surrounding this president, we should keep in mind the basic differences between Democrats and Republicans. Sometimes we need a reminder.

To the editor: If you are reading this, you are a “speeder.” Shame on you. You should be ticketed and fined: repeatedly. That’s what the RADAR lobby thinks.

The Edison Illuminating Walking Tour held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. was truly very “illuminating” and educational on the process of Edison’s undertaking in the town of Shamokin.

The Mount Carmel Community Watch meeting on Sept. 10, 2019, was a very successful meeting with lots of interesting neighbors with lots of questions who care about their community.

To the editor: Add to the mill three additional projects that have been completed: The Powell Building is demolished. The site prep work is done for the new basketball court/ice skating rink and the remediation of some of the water pooling and ADA issues have been addressed at Fir Street.

To the editor: I would like to address the issue of all these shootings over the recent years and the spin the media has taken to misinform the public. Case in point is (yesterday’s) Sound Off caller entitled “Gun legalities.”

The Sewer Authority has approximately 2,000 customers from Marion Heights, Kulpmont and Natalie. Its operating budget is approximately $300,000 and it has yearly debt obligations of approximately $300.000. The authority is governed by seven members — five from Kulpmont and two from Marion He…

To the editor: If you look at recent pictures of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, you will see that he bears a striking resemblance to Gov. Tom Wolf. After reading the governor’s latest proposals to curb “gun violence,” I feel that he should also be on stage, singing “Blowin’ In…

To the editor: We are aware the current leader of the U.S., Donald Trump, prides himself as being a motivator, a wealthy, successful businessman. There are many types of motivation — intrinsic and extrinsic, achievement, incentive, affiliation and social, competence and learning, arousal and…

I recently attended a two-day training provided by the Camp Hill Police Department and the Pennsylvania National Guard Northeast Counterdrug Training Center entitled “High in Plain Sight — You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know.” The class was facilitated by Officer Jermaine Galloway, “The Tall …

Citizens for a Better Community, a not for profit organization comprised of concerned and dedicated citizens who support to improve and enhance the quality of life and pride in our community, would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals and businesses for making our…

To the editor: The Pennsylvania General Assembly must hold hearings to determine the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s parole system after an Associated Press report recently found six homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania parolees in two months. The report also found 93 murders w…

To the Editor: The forte of Trump is bullying and dehumanizing people. His comments regarding the four Democrat Congresswomen and his comment referencing the City of Baltimore are recent acts displaying these unacceptable traits.

Our president has made some highly publicized tweets about freshmen Congresswomen Cortez, Thaub, Omar and Pressely. They are far left progressive women of color, with strong ties to identity politics and victimhood of minority groups and probably owe their election to the Justice Democrats P…

To the editor: At the eastern part of Coal Township is a quaint little village called Berry’s. Over the years, it was the most sought after and the most neglected. It all began when the Luke Fidler Colliery dumped coal dirt at the southern part of the village.

To the editor: After attending Monday night’s Shamokin City Council meeting, I am truly disgusted in the actions during the meeting of the mayor and city council. During the meeting, citizens were cut off by the mayor, jokes were made by council, the city administrator and the mayor as it re…

To the editor: I wish I could remember the words of advice I heard from my classmates at either my high school or college commencement addresses. I think the speakers likely told us how we had been prepared to face the challenges we will face in the years ahead.

The best word I can think of to describe our 17th cruise in Kulpmont was “wow.” Over 200 vehicles and over 50 motorcyclists participated. The big surprise was the number of cycles that showed up in our first Fun Run. We anticipate many more next year.

Isn’t it true that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and that the left, having had absolute power, absolutely wants it back, which leads to their pushing untruths that support their reelection? My answer is yes, which is sad and highly unfortunate.

To the editor: Some “pro-lifers” accuse anyone who is pro-choice as baby killers. This wrongheaded idea was further encouraged with the New York law that allows abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy.