To the editor: “Stop The World, I Want to Get Off” is the title of a 1961 Broadway musical. This cute title has become a modern mantra. Like a malevolent potion, media of all kinds, but especially electronic, have poisoned our brains and souls.

To the editor: A definition of socialism portrays it as “a system in which government is vested in the complete ownership of the means and ways of production, industry, capital and the land ...” If that is a fair interpretation of socialism why is it used to label Democrats? This description…

To the editor: I read Jack Strausser’s article in the Tuesday, Aug. 24, edition of The News-Item in which he obviously is in favor of socialism and gives examples of it in our government.

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To the editor: From Fox News we hear the constant refrain that government is bad, taxes are theft and socialism is evil. In our system, the whole purpose of our democratic government is intertwined with socialism. We depend on government for help when we have no other place to turn. When the…

To the editor: The president, Joe Biden, has administered our Country for seven months. His policies and what they have done have embarrassed his supporters, their countrymen and foreign observers who follow United States. The list of embarrassments is fairly well known in spite of friendly …

To the editor: Disparity. What does the word mean? According to Webster’s Dictionary, it means “a great difference in an action or a difference in two things that exist.”

To the editor: KMHJMA, has a rate reduction been discussed among all board members? It wasn’t that long ago when a current board member proposed an annual set fee increase to account for, well, just about everything increasing in price.

To the editor: The July 14, 2021, edition of The News-Item made the announcement that “Lutz steps down from KMHJMA finance committee.”

To the editor: Have compassion Kathryn Lopez. In your regular columns (in The Standard-Journal), you show desire to end all forms of abortion. Recently, you were thrilled that the Supreme Court is taking up the Mississippi law outlawing abortions after 15 weeks instead of the usual 24 weeks …

To the editor: Major issues facing our country are: radical inequality, racism, white supremacy, voter suppression and attempts at election subversion that threaten our American democracy. Additionally, the issue of vaccinations regarding the COVID-19 virus is now a “hot” topic. These concer…

To the editor: Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality. Trump supporters now tell us that the truth is not the same for everyone. We tend to believe anything that re-enforces our political point of view. It does not matter whether the information is true or not.

To the editor: There are many reasons why people decide to seek a political office. In my case, it was to try to question certain political decisions that seemed to misuse tax dollars. I stepped in with hopes of controlling some of the monetary expenditures, or at least be there to question …

To the editor: In my recent letter to the editor I mentioned many of the organizations that do a lot for our Borough of Kulpmont. I accidentally missed mentioning two of them — St. Pauline Center and Holy Angels Parish.

To the editor: The 19th Great Kulpmont Cruise is in the books as our best to date. Cruisers from various parts of Pennsylvania enjoyed our good, old-fashioned Coal Region hospitality.

To the editor: Let me remind you, Councilwoman Seidel, that I ran that ad against you, no one else. With your alleged educated background, I think you would be able to stay focused, but clearly in your pathetic attempt to defend against your own words of your own Facebook post, you’re all ov…

To the Editor: Well, I’ve been attacked by the miscreants again. This time trying to take my job away from me, and attack my husband and children.

To the editor: In response to Walter Lutz’s letter concerning the police protection in our Kulpmont Borough: Walter and I never really saw “eye to eye” on many things, but one topic we did agree on was the safety of the residents in our borough.

To the editor: If you had no idea what the impact of chemical biological warfare would be, you just experienced it in 2020. More and more evidence is coming out that this virus was intentionally manifested in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. Whether or not it was purposely released into the wor…

To the editor: Recently, I was spending time in my flowerbeds when my bride of 34 years came out to help weed. Shortly after joining me, Tracy hollered, “You have to come see this!” She pointed out a line of ants carrying bits of food from the bird feeder to their home in the ground. My wife…

To the editor: A June 9 Sound Off blurb titled “Wake up, people” decried President Biden’s failure to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day. On that date, Biden tweeted about the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, a decision the anonymous writer labeled “un-American” and “disrespect[ful]” to veterans.

To the editor: A few days ago, I was approached by a local business owner about trying to get Mr. Lou Barletta to our area. After making a call to a friend from out of the area on Tuesday, I was able to get Mr. Barletta confirmed to two locations within two hours for Wednesday afternoon.

To the editor: Russia’s Vladimir Putin does not call Biden the American President he calls him the American Patient. The Biden family has been compromised by their dealings with China and Joe will never stand up to China. Harris is a habitual liar as was demonstrated by her recent visit to G…

To the editor: The vast majority of Pennsylvanians (70+ percent) support Roe v. Wade, abortion and pro-abortion measures. There is no evidence that PA wants to get rid of its abortions, and so our politicians shouldn’t. There’s a reason we call them “representatives,” and yet we’re seeing th…

To the editor: The school systems throughout the country are now presenting local communities with “The Class of 2021.” It has been a very strange school year--beyond the imagination of any student, teacher or parent!

To the editor: This is in response to the column published in the Tuesday, May 25, Standard-Journal by Amy Goodman/Denis Moynihan entitled “Joe Biden’s hit-and-run on the Palestinian people.”

To the editor: What a great weekend we had here in our great coal region area! The weather cooperated, and it started with the cruise on Independence Street in Shamokin.

To the editor (and Joe Biden): Thank you, Joe Biden, for giving us in your address to the nation, the most radical agenda this country has ever seen, and delivered in the most boring way ever. Let’s face it, people, everybody’s — and I mean everybody’s — taxes are going up.

To the editor: Thursday night’s Government Study Commission meeting was very informative. I want to thank those candidates who were open and honest about their views and opinions on Home Rule. Of course, you had the one who didn’t know what she wanted, and that’s a very scary statement from …

To the editor: Would you desire to make our community a better place in which to live? There’s a simple way to do that without the need for extensive planning, money or time-consuming effort. You can impact the lives of the citizens of our community by simply being kind, which will not only …

To the editor: We are writing this letter to thank the people who helped clean up the hillside of Crab Run Road on Saturday, April 10. Just under 1 ton of litter was collected in an hour. By that time, the truck was full.

To the editor: Most of us, at one point or another in our lives, have had to deal with a bully. Bullies are cowards who tend to be miserable in their own lives and then take their unhappiness out on others. They try to gain the respect they lack by harassing, intimidating, and harming others…

To the editor: Margaret Thatcher said, “If they attack you personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” This quote sums up Mr. Leschinskie’s latest response regarding the Government Study Commission and Home Rule debate. Just because you spread a little icing on the …

To the editor: Former U.S. Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Kentucky, lambasted Georgia-based companies Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola for their position and comments regarding the voter rights and corporate promotion of American democracy. These companies publicly denounce…

To the editor: I was disheartened to see Mr. Manning’s letter to the editor calling me out about my fact-finding studies in regard to Home Rule. I wrote the letter, not the headline. Headlines are chosen by the editor, not myself. The point of my letter was that this publication stated “past…

To the editor: Debate in politics should be welcomed. All sides are claiming misinformation on the other as it relates to a Home Rule charter adoption and what will be in it. People can lie, but numbers don’t.

To the editor: When people perpetrate outright lies about me, I believe it is my responsibility to respond. Perhaps the author of the asinine letter about me did not have all the facts. Perhaps that person intentionally misled the citizens of a city he doesn’t live in. After all, who can eve…

To the editor: It’s time for people to see what the farmers got in the 2020 farm support. Go to the website https://farm.ewg.org/index.php. On this website you will see what the farmers have been given for support. This database is public knowledge.

To the editor: Thank you, Democrats, for passing the $1.9 trillion relief package. Future generations will be saddled with an increased tax liability.