To the editor: The new administration’s economic recovery plan includes a proposal for free community college. This would be a major gain for people seeking new careers, better jobs or affordable higher education and benefit employers needing qualified workers for high-demand occupations.

To the editor: The science is in and the data is out. Now, it is time we get back to a normal way of life and stop this nonsense surrounding COVID-19. Many are living in fear and there is no reason for it. The current administration wants to keep us living in fear so they can continue to con…

To the editor: President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, continued to face opposition by the Senate Republicans during the past few days of confirmation hearings. She is a longtime Democratic political and policy aide who previously criticized lawma…

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To the editor: In regard to the fraudulent voting, it did exist in the 2020 election. Many courts refused to hear the cases. How can justice be served if the courts refused to hear the evidence?

To the editor: Many great things have been said about Dick Kashner. As many of us know, Dick was an outstanding baseball and softball player.

To the editor: Three cheers for Tom Ryan, the voice of Schuykill County sports for over three decades.

To the editor: Last Saturday’s article by Greg Maresca made the dangerous claim that lockdowns, masks and social distancing are not a remedy to the pandemic that has resulted in 500,000 lost lives. Then Mr. Maresca added the more unacceptable, dangerous idea that vaccines, too, are not a rem…

To the editor: Here I go. In response to the unconstitutional and ridiculous, but simply vindictive impeachment trial against Donald Trump, a private citizen, I want everyone to think about this opinion objectively.

To the editor: In a May 19, 2019, edition of The News-Item, a then Government Study Commission candidate was quoted in their interview, “I don’t believe what they’re doing with the Earned Income Tax (EIT) is how to engage the community in Shamokin. You won’t keep people here if you tax them …

To the editor: Our neighbor and her friends pulled up in front of our homes after having lunch and her friends spotted our elephants on the front porch and in the flowerbeds.

To the editor: Six hours into his presidency, with a swipe of his pen, Joe Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline. He effectively and immediately killed off about 1,000 jobs. There are about 28,000 jobs related to the pipeline and they will ultimately be gone, too, and they ain’t coming back,…

To the editor: The critics of President Biden are claiming his recent rash of executive orders are unconstitutional and those directives are by-passing the legislature, which should pass laws and regulations. However, consider this: if executive orders are unconstitutional, why aren’t they b…

To the editor: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has literally endorsed executing top Democratic lawmakers and has sewn doubt about tragedies, including school shootings. She has endorsed fringe domestic terrorists and has sewn anti-semitism.

To the editor: Just as in this past summer, the Associated Press recently investigated the entity called the “Catholic Church” (cue visions of a large, dark castle on a cliff with clouds, thunder and lightning) after it collected a large amount of money from the Small Business Paycheck Prote…

To the editor: I periodically speak to my brother Charles, who is living in Pawley’s Island in South Carolina. Charles is the 1964 valedictorian or Mount Camel Joint High School and a retired high school and collegiate professor of history. With that being said and my initial post-secondary …

To the editor: Ms. Shaffer in her letter to the editor of Jan. 19 wanted to know why the Democrats hate Trump so much.

To the editor: Biden, on day one of his term in office, canceled prior approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project Trump approved after Obama shunned it. This is a very big deal for the environmental lobby and millions of millennial voters, or so it would seem. The pipeline is a Canadian…

To the editor: In the recent past you called the elections probably fake and with Ted Cruz and others caused the insurrection on the Capitol in an effort to make Donald Trump president for life.

To the editor: In December 2020, I was admitted by ambulance to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital. I remained in the ICU for more than a week. I am so grateful for the care, doctors, nurses, respiratory, X-ray, cleaning staff, dietary, ambulance crew and numerous others.

To the editor: I don’t know where to begin so I will just state that I am proud and honored to be a President Trump supporter, and I know there are many of us — more than 75 million.

To the editor: Have Trump supporters reached the last straw? Trump supporters didn’t mind when he told the lie that Obama wasn’t really a citizen. No problem when he defended white supremicists. No repercussions when he put the word of Putin ahead of our own intelligence agencies.

To the editor: Once again the schools are in financial difficulty. I believe this is due to the total mismanagement of the board and superintendent.

To the editor: Fred Keller, Dan Meuser, Glenn Thompson and five other Pennsylvania Republican congressmen, Mike Kelly, John Joyce, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler and Lloyd Smucker, should resign from Congress because:

To the editor: U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, a Christian (Methodist denomination), said these words. These words coupled with his extraordinary leadership and courage saved the lives of more than 1,200 American World War II soldiers, 200 of which were Jewish-American soldiers, and al…

To the editor: In 2019, Shamokin City Council passed an ordinance to place a question on the ballot requesting the formation of a “government study commission” as the intent of council was to enact a Home Rule charter. Seven of the 14 government study commission candidates were made up of po…

To the editor: Sen. Gordner, in the past you and I have sat at the same table and discussed political issues. What has happened to you that you have decided that your membership in the Republican Party trumps all other concerns — and overrides the votes that Pennsylvania citizens have cast? …

To the editor: As owner of the Catawese Coach Lines Inc., I applied for financial assistance from the Northumberland County commissioners through Coronavirus Aid (CARES) Act. The county commissioners rejected my application without explanation.

To the editor: Once again, I am dismayed by what is taking place in our country. OUR country. The country of the people that was founded almost 250 years ago because were under the yoke of tyranny, despotism and bad government. A government that cared little for its own people and used its p…

To the editor: Time is running out for the Republicans to make a decision: Trump or country. These individuals must exhibit the courage to reject Trump’s assault on our democracy or support a president who has governed with a lack of integrity, ethics, knowledge and organization. Trump’s lea…

To the editor: Many Trump supporters believe schools should remain open during this pandemic. They believe closed schools prevent children from receiving an important part of their development. They may well be right. But these are the same people who support Trump who by his actions wants t…

To the editor: We are always pleased after our annual Nutcracker is completed, but we are especially proud this year. We did Act 2 for the first time, which requires lots of real dancing, and our local performers were up for the challenge and did a great job!

To the editor: Trump claims the election was “rigged” and he is the real winner. Well, if Trump is that certain of a “rigged” election, how then can he be so sure he actually won? Perhaps he believed his team had “stacked the deck” and Joe Biden would be the loser. He should be asking himsel…

To the editor: While I was not a signatory to the statement made on Dec. 3 by Senators Jake Corman and Kim Ward and Representatives Bryan Cutler and Kerry Benninghoff, I do support the comments and initiatives contained in it. They call for House and Senate Committees to hold hearings and co…

To the editor: Does Trump love America? He seeks to undermine the very foundation of our democracy by lying about an election that was clearly won by Biden. He allows his appointed cronies in intelligence agencies to deny the incoming administration access to information that makes our count…

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…

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.