To the editor: The recently held elections in this nation was brought to contrast an absurdity of our system, its complete domination by two parties. The problems of being limited to a two-party system is perhaps most apparent in the race for the presidency of the United States. These proble…

To the editor: Did you know that the military personnel who manage relaying nuclear orders are required to be tested for mental health and medical problems to evaluate psychological, financial, and medical competence for duty? (Osnos 2017; Colon-Francia and Fortner 2014) Yet there is no such…

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To the editor: I think Americans need to do a little more with their grey matter and a little less with their emotions. So, I have developed questions on several topics that all Americans, all along the political spectrum, can use their own brains to answer for themselves and to surmise how …

To the editor: Everyone in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had to know that the deadline for Election Day was Nov. 3. With the drumbeat of the news media, how could anyone misunderstand?

To the editor: Perhaps President elect Joe Biden, whose platform is to bring this nation together, can also use his Catholic faith to help heal the issues in his own church.

To the editor: I’m not sure how often this has to be stressed, or how long before people accept it, but the fact of the matter is that the votes in Pa. are not fraudulent.

To the editor: At this time a saying one hears is, “Who would Jesus vote for?” Think about that for a day. What would a letter to the editor from Jesus look like?

To the editor: Trump claims he saved millions of lives because he banned people from China at the outset of the pandemic. But he didn’t ban everyone. Travel restrictions did not prevent nearly 40,000 Americans from coming into the U.S. from China, a significant number of them directly from W…

To the editor: Biden is a 47-year career politician with no accomplishments. Biden is pro-abortion, will raise taxes, can’t remember where he went to college, a sexual predator, uses a terrible family tragedy to pathetically get votes, lied about law school grades, has no issue with illegal …

To the editor: Some Catholics — and others — support Trump because he “supposedly” is pro-life and against the current legal mandates that support abortion. These same people forget that the Catholic Church is also against divorce, adultery, grievous lying, bigotry, revenge and retaliation. …

To the editor: I want to say a huge thank-you to the young man from Shamokin who stopped in front of our home on Beech Street in Mount Carmel on Thursday, Oct. 8, to help my husband get me up our front, very steep, steps after I had fallen out of the car and onto cement. I had just been disc…

To the editor: The Mount Carmel Area School District is creepily obsessed with football. For years they’ve been too busy focusing on the Red Tornadoes, treating the football team as the district’s magnum opus. Not only within the school, but the community as well, it seems there is way too m…

To the editor: I had the opportunity to hear a homily by Father Edward Meeks, of Christ the King parish in Towson, Maryland. I see on social media that many others have seen it and shared it. The purpose of my letter is to spread Father Meek’s message. While I completely agree with his messa…

To the editor: The United States of America is a constitutional republic of democratic member states. Member democracies agreed to unite under our conservative Constitution that binds them all to follow its terms, which are the foundation of our laws. Liberal buyer’s remorse over the Constit…

To the editor: Trump’s base support has been steady at 40 to 42% no matter what he says or does. Trump says that one good thing about the pandemic is that he doesn’t have to shake hands with disgusting people. Since he wouldn’t shake hands with anyone who opposes him, he had to be referring …

To the editor: Voters should recall the words of President John F. Kennedy: “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens to be Catholic. ... I do not speak for my church on public matters and the church does not speak for me.”

To the editor: As you may be aware, the City of Shamokin is undertaking the momentous and long overdue task of evaluating the City’s ordinances. Last night (Oct 8, 2020), the mayor and City Council held a workshop meeting where they discussed ordinances that are currently on the books and wh…

To the editor: During the vice president debate a miracle happened and very few recognized it.

To the editor: Like so many people around the world, I was sorry to hear that President Trump contracted the virus.

To the editor: To the people who want to vote by mail, here is a recent experience with the U.S. Postal Service which you might find interesting as some get ready to vote by mail.

To the editor: The incompetence of the City of Shamokin has resulted in the loss of a great opportunity for our community. This inept city administration’s unreasonable delay in selling the city-owned vacant lots on North Second Street caused the cancellation of the construction of a three-s…

To the editor: In rural communities, we have to drive everywhere to get basic needs met. Groceries trips, doctor visits, and school activities all require transportation to get there. For many rural areas, there is no form of public transportation offered. Hospital closures are forcing us to…

To the editor: Once every four years we are inundated with political signs and this year we also have to endure the BLM signs as well. Black Lives Matter is not what many think it is. It is thought to be the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans especially Af…

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.

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…