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.

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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.

To the editor: I hope we take the first step toward universal health care by allowing people over age 55 to voluntarily become eligible for Medicare, everyone to be able to choose a public option on the Affordable Care Act exchanges and Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been severely underfunded for years. This has compromised the department’s ability to protect public health and the environment. Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget should restore needed resources.

To the editor: I don’t hate Donald Trump; that is, I wish him no harm. I hope good things happen to him. In fact, I pray that he becomes what he already thinks he is: the greatest president in American history. Honestly.

To the editor: A great organization has passed. The Mount Carmel Elks Lodge 356 had its charter revoked by two grand lodge representatives at a special meeting on Nov. 14. The order to revoke our charter was executed and we are no more.

When Mary gave her fiat, her “yes,” to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation in her most humble and obedient words, “Let it be done to me as you say” (NAB translation), she, through the grace of God, opened the portal of the heavens for the long-awaited Messiah to come to earth. And it was n…

Christmas is the time of year many people in our society and around the world think about Santa and his “naughty” and “nice” lists. But the real reason for Christmas is because of two different kinds of lists.

To the editor: Is it legally discriminatory for religious institutions to terminate employees who violate the religion’s moral code? Is it legal, for example, for religiously affiliated schools to fire women because they became pregnant while not married?

To the editor: There is a great deal of acceptance among Catholic bishops for their fellow bishops who enabled pedophile priests by transferring them to other assignments where they committed statutory rape on other innocent children.

To the editor: I commend the Coal Township commissioners for proposing an excellent solution to resolve the Northumberland County Commissioners’ lawsuit regarding the county prison building permit fee payments.

To the editor: Male chauvinism increases the vulnerability of women. In a letter to the editor I wrote a few years ago with the title “‘Live-in-ism’ is a form of chauvinism,” I wrote how women have abdicated their rights to security and protection by allowing a ”live-in-boyfriend” since Penn…

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 sixth annual ThinkBIG Dance Marathon event a huge success. More than $50,000 …

To the editor: I would like to begin this writing by addressing that its purpose is in no way to shame nor discomfort any layperson of the Catholic Church. I wholeheartedly only intend to bring various truths to light and hopefully strengthen the argument against the irrational and unjustifi…

To the editor: Northumberland County taxpayers should be aware that county Commissioner Rick Shoch has moved his law practice to Snyder County. The Northumberland County taxpayers have, for the last seven years, been paying Shoch more than $60,000 a year in salary and benefits. Shoch also ta…

To the editor: The yuletide season is once again upon us with all the hustle and bustle of the mad shoppers. I for one didn’t participate in the frenzy of Black Friday like millions did in America and I never will.

To the editor: This year, the Mount Carmel Area High School Class of 1968 held its 50th anniversary reunion. There have been many reunions over the past five decades, but the 50th was one of the best attended and the most fun.

To the editor: Many people view our economy as “good” because of the reported low unemployment rate and the current healthy stock market reports. Perhaps this thought is delusional.

To the editor: I have been trying to appeal to our retired elderly population, but I should probably be appealing to our younger working population.

Nov. 19 marked the 155th anniversary of one of the most famous speeches in American history: the Gettysburg Address. If you’ve ever visited the Lincoln Memorial, you’ve seen it etched in the white marble. In just 272 words, President Lincoln encapsulated not only the reasons for the struggle…