Trump continues to unravel policies that have long been the bedrock of conservative philosophy. The silence of the Republican leaders and actions of the right-wing TV intelligentsia is in some ways laughable, but is also depressing because of the consequences of their actions.

To the editor: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

To the editor: We have been following the Kulpmont borough council’s efforts to make improvements at Veterans Memorial Field. We were present at the last council meeting when the borough approved spending $1,000 on the concession stand that serves Mount Carmel High School’s baseball games. W…

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Back in the 1950s, the years of my youth, we had “air raid “drills. We had monthly sirens testing our alert systems. Some families built concrete shelters in their basement. What was the purpose of these things? We were preparing for a possible nuclear attack by the USSR — Russia.

To the editor: May 27 was the traditional Memorial Day to honor our dead, military heroes and veterans. Kulpmont’s men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice include:

On Friday, April 5, I took my wife to Weis Markets in Shamokin and I parked in the parking lot for about 10 minutes and began having chest pains.

To the Editor: As we all come to terms with the news that the largest employer in Snyder County, Wood-Mode Inc., is closing after more than 75 years, our first thoughts go out to the nearly 1,000 employees and their families facing an uncertain future.

To the editor: On the morning of Saturday, April 20, a rather large group of individuals gathered at the Veterans Memorial Complex to clean up the area. This was the first time I actually had the free time to go and help. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that showed up to help clean u…

To the editor: The headline of the editorial in the May 14 issue of The News-Item read “Booker has bold ideas on gun control.” It should have read “Booker has some unconstitutional and completely ineffective ideas on gun control.”

To the editor: Kulpmont Borough Council approved $1,000 to repair and upgrade the baseball facilities at Veterans Field. The scoreboard doesn’t work, the concession stand roof is in disrepair, the electrical in the concession stand needs attention, the batting area needs repair, there is no …

To the Editor: As commander of Post 231, Kulpmont, I am pleased to announce plans for an afternoon of activities on Saturday, May 25, from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate the 100th birthday of the American Legion, which was formed in 1919.

As director of the Mother Maria Kaupas Center, I work with the Bucknell University Coal Region Field Station to facilitate professional connections between the university (faculty, staff and students) and local community partners that lead to substantive course projects and individual resear…

To the editor: As the mill project slowly comes to an end, we, as citizens and council, feel that the “monster in the room,” will soon be put to rest. The weakened and dangerous “leaning towers” (smoke stacks) are down. Dangerous and contaminated substances found throughout the mill have all…

Support of a government study commission is not support for home rule. I find it disappointing that some people are trying to confuse the two in an attempt to stop a commission from being elected. This administration has attempted to be involved with the public as much as possible since my e…

We are all proud to be an American. We wear our military medals, decorations and we are all in agreement — “Those who gave the supreme sacrifice (their lives) are the real heroes.”

I’m writing this letter on behalf of the former greeters at your Coal Township Walmart — Agnes, Carol, Dorothy, Jeannie, Kathy, Kathy, Leo and Rose Ann.

Thank you to The News-Item for the excellent page one story by reporter Chris Grego on Bucknell students’ work this semester with the Mount Carmel Area Public Library. Thank you also for the “Cheers” designation accorded on the Opinion Page to two of the students for their efforts.

Scripture tells that “We are to walk by faith, not by sight,” yet the Lord Jesus while he walked on the face of the Earth performed miracles before the eyes of the people, whether it was the miraculous catch of fish before the eyes of Peter, the healing of the blind or crippled, the raising …

Those of us who are willing to admit being old enough to remember the old “Dragnet” television show will recall Jack Webb’s character admonishing witnesses to give him “just the facts.” Facts are also what is needed in discussing the current lawsuit filed against Coal Township by Northumberl…

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6% of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.

It has been 27 months of the public listening to Trump’s insults, unnecessary, cruel and inexcusable public comments toward women, Mexicans, other nations, the press and political opponents.

The readers of The News-Item are all too familiar with the lawsuit brought by majority County Commissioners Rick Shoch and Sam Schiccatano regarding permit fees for the new Northumberland County Prison. Recently, Commissioner Schiccatano has put out blatantly false information about this mat…

As 2019 unfolds, I just wanted to look back at a few of the major events that have been addressed over the course of the last year and a half.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has recently considered legislation regarding the expanded use of convict labor within the commonwealth. While the idea of using prisoners to perform work may be appealing on its face, the impact of such a proposal needs to be carefully considered so that an…

Over the last few weeks throughout my campaign for Shamokin City Council, I’ve gotten the pleasure, or displeasure if you will, of speaking to mothers and fathers who had to bury a child. I’ve also spoken to aunts, uncles and grandparents who are now raising children because one or both pare…

To the editor: I graduated from Shamokin High School in 1959. I was active in Boy Scouting in Troop 253 and Explorer Post 2253 under the leadership of Dave Donmoyer at First Presbyterian Church. I also served as an adult leader in the area as well as later serving as a district executive in …

To the editor: An anonymous Sound Off call on Wednesday was critical of my statement that a majority of Americans now support building a border wall. The criticism is that my statement is “absolutely incorrect” and the caller cites “recent polls” as indicating 4 out of 10 Americans support t…

To the editor: On Friday, my wife, Sandra (Rogers) and I will celebrate our 78th birthdays. No, this is not a misprint. We were both born on Feb. 22, 1941, in Kulpmont, just two blocks from one another.

To the editor: The Salvation Army of Shamokin will celebrate its 14th year anniversary of the family store on Friday.

To the editor: Our president campaigned and got elected with a border wall. Opponents will say he did not get a popular majority, therefore he did not have majority support at the time of his shockingly unexpected election. Opponents were caught totally off guard and actively obstruct and un…

To the editor: How will the Democrats win the next presidential election? The answer is simple: get more votes by increasing party membership. Who are these people who can join the Democrat Party? They are your relatives, neighbors and friends; laborers, clerks, teachers, college students an…

To the editor: The VNA Caring Center located in the lower level of the Northumberland County Career Center in Shamokin is a true treasure. The staff is small but mighty in providing compassionate care and daily encouragement for those in their charge.

To the editor: Let’s be consistent. The policy at Lourdes High School calls for “the immediate dismissal of a professional employee, without prior notice, by the principal, after consultation with both employer and the secretary of education, for engaging in conduct in or out of the workplac…

To the editor: To categorize the top qualities of Jazz Diminick is no easy task. One thing I know for sure, Jazz knew how to connect with his players. He inspired quality performance and got results. Jazz was a great communicator who set defined goals, expressed these goals and ideas clearly…

To the editor: There’s one way to reduce crime drastically, but it will never be tried. And it shouldn’t be, under any circumstance. It is completely ill-advised because it would be unfair to many innocent people. Still, if the only consideration were to reduce crime, such a plan would defin…

On Jan. 25 my neighbor had a house trailer fire. I would like to thank the volunteer first-responder fire companies and firefighters for their quick response and action.

To the editor: Once again the March for Life was held in Washington, D.C., to support and defend the lives of the newborn.

To the editor: What happens when a busy body prohibitionist named Harry Anslinger and the epitome of a robber baron ghoul, William Randolph Hearst, team up to destroy a burgeoning industry? A smear campaign that has lasted almost a century.

To the editor: Whether he knows it or not, whether he wants it or not, Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s dream man.

As much as some people want a border wall, there are reasons to have a government of checks and balances.

To the editor: Let’s put aside any discussion of Trump. The Republican Party agenda consists of two main policy objectives: cutting taxes for the powerful and cutting or eliminating the role of government in our lives. Despite what they say, they don’t believe cutting taxes on the well-off r…

To the editor: Trump shut down the government over the notorious border wall, had his highly respected defense secretary leave with an exceptionally critical resignation letter (but Trump said he actually fired him and he leaves two moths earlier than initially planned). He has ongoing issue…

To the editor: My heart goes out to the Bowers with the God’s Chuckwagon bus. They work very hard trying to do God’s calling. With their medical issues and with very little help, they continue to march forward each and every day.