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…

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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…

To the editor: I’m writing regarding the Oct. 21 News-Item article by editor Andy Heintzelman titled “Moving Tribute.” The article not only brings honor to Gen. James M. Gavin and Sgt. Maj. (retired) Tim Williams, it rings loud for the many men and women from this small area of the coal regi…

To the editor: I have been fairly quiet about some of the drama going around Kulpmont, but I’d like to take time to give you my thoughts on a few issues.

To the Editor: The Rick K. and the Allnighters show held on Sunday, Oct. 14, by the Kulpmont Cruise Association at the Mount Carmel Area High School, was an outstanding performance. Rick K. and the band were amazed with the auditorium because they were able to use their entire lighting syste…

To the Editor: It was a true pleasure to be in downtown Shamokin last Saturday afternoon. The air was alive with the low rumble of off-road vehicles and the high spirits of riders, volunteers and members of the community. The enthusiasm of the hundreds of riders was obvious as they rode smil…

To the editor: Trump supporters ignore, or willingly accept, or are unaware of the many lies Trump tells. Most of his supporters watch Fox News and never hear anything negative about this president. The purpose of a free press is to check and balance all branches of government, which include…

To the editor: Flying under the radar at the close of the recent state legislative session was a new law that will create a formal process to consider the closure of a state prison facility.

To the editor: I often express my strong political views which support many of the policies of Democrats who represent many Americans, especially hard working, middle class individuals. I am also respectful, composed and unfazed by those who do not support my views. I also reject the idea th…

To the editor: Because of all the nastiness I have seen online about people coming from Philadelphia, I would like to write something good, especially about race.

To the editor: I was brought up by public school teacher parents, having hopeful American values, with the thought that it was my civic duty to frequent polling places. One set of grandparents came on steam ships from impoverished Scotland to establish a better life based on hard work. But, …

To the editor: According to Newsweek’s Oct. 16 issue, our super-rich politicians like Sen. Mitch McConnell, at a salary of $193,000 per year, Sen. Paul Ryan, at $223,500, and Sen. Marco Rubio, at $174,000, once again want to cut Medicare, Medicaid and elders on Social Security some $12,000 t…

To the editor: There are two sides to every story, and from what I’ve seen, the media chooses to show only one. There are few very rich people (Soros being one) who pay for much of what we see in the news.

To the editor: The main difference between the Democratic and Republican parties’ philosophies is the role that government plays in our lives. Democrats believe that government can be used to help people. Republicans want to limit or eliminate that role.

To the editor: We certainly have a group of “old white men” serving as senators in Washington, D.C. These Republican leaders are trying to return this country to the 1950s.

Note: The following letter appeared in the May 13, 1999, issue of The News-Item following the death of George McFee. The author resubmitted it in recognition of this year’s 50th anniversary of WKMC-TV.

To the editor: I see in the “Catholic Witness” newspaper that seven Pennsylvania dioceses, including the Philadelphia Archdiocese, will be starting a survivors’ fund for victims of the sex abuse scandal. Guess who will be asked to pay for this? If you guessed the people in the pews, you’re r…

To the editor: Go along to get along. The editors of the News-Item gave me this advice in their editorial in Saturday’s edition. I will not do it. The people of our county did not elect me to be a yes-woman, smilingly approving everything the majority does for the appearance of false harmony.

To the editor: After 36 years of careful contemplation and soul-searching, I’ve made a decision: I’ve decided to reveal that I was once subjected to unwanted inappropriate touching by Democratic Sen. Nancy Pelosi. She accosted me in a hotel bar, and convinced me to accompany her to her hotel…

To the editor: Why are our retired elders always associated with welfare recipients when our government officials want to cut the costs of welfare? Our retired elders should be respected as veterans of the workforce and not freeloaders.

To the editor: I am 75 years old. On Sunday morning I went to Mount Carmel to see a friend at the Greek Isle Cafe. I got out of my vehicle and I only got from the driver door to the front bumper and I fell backward to the street. I banged everything —my head, my shoulders — and I’m right now…

To the editor: Thank you so much to the lady who reported to the school the little boy who has autism and got bullied because he coped with a situation by singing a Eminem song that had lyrics that weren’t appropriate to be said at school.

To the editor: My response to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s editorial, “Real-ID is real overdue,” is that Real-ID is a real sham.

To the editor: As a truck driver, I travel the East Coast daily and have had personal experiences in various cities and states. I see the direction this country is going in through my experiences.

To the editor: The situation regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault that occurred more than 30 years ago is a “he said-she said” scenario. However, it certainly warrants investigation and discussion prior to the Republicans rushing throu…

To the editor: This is in response to Walter Lutz’s Letter to the Editor regarding expenditures of the Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Sewer Authority.

To the editor: I want to present some information about the Kulpmont-Marion Heights Joint Municipal Sewer Authority that I believe is total nonsense.

To the editor: In a letter to the editor on Sept. 1, Karl Kort wondered why President Donald Trump is hatefully attacked on a daily basis. Well, Karl, it’s your lucky day, because I have the answer.

To the editor: The other week, The News-Item ran an AP article which attempted to claim that the current sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church may not have occurred if there were Catholic priestesses. For the sake of full disclosure, I am neither a priest nor a Catholic. I am, ho…

To the editor: When George W. Bush used the term “compassionate conservatives” in his first term in office, the question was asked, why would a political party have to consider putting “compassionate” before its name? Now, in the time of Trump, compassion needs a new introduction.

To the editor: I would like to start by saying thank you to Shamokin Mayor John Brown for the email I received last week allowing me to continue to serve on the city’s landlord-tenant board. I would also like to thank our city council, Solicitor Konopka, Councilman Roughton and Mr. McLaughli…

To the editor: Recently a couple from East Cameron Township was charged with criminal offenses related to the alleged sexual assault of a girl. According to reports from media, the victim was assigned to perform community service, pursuant to a sentence to probation imposed upon her by the N…

To the editor: I attended the Saturday evening Mass at my church this past weekend and in our pastor’s sermon he likened the insults, taunts in the media and Sound Off calls that were aimed at the Catholic Church to the insults the mob hurled at Jesus on his way to Calvary. He asked us not t…

To the editor: I am writing this letter to express my sadness and sorrow surrounding the recent scandals of the Catholic clergy. The immensity of perpetrators and silencers has left all of us feeling betrayed and abashed. The crimes committed against the Church’s most vulnerable members pier…

To the editor: With the new school term beginning, perhaps teachers and students can mathematically answer this question: “Who or how many people will likely vote for Trump in 2020?”

To the editor: I was disappointed to learn that county Commissioners Rick Shoch and Sam Scicchitano are closing yet another senior action center. After closing the center in Trevorton a few months ago, next they will be shutting the one in Elysburg.

To the editor: Citizens for a Better Community (CBC), a not for profit organization comprised of concerned and dedicated citizens who support to improve and enhance the quality of life and pride in our community, would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals and busi…

To the editor: I don’t know a lot about the medical marijuana industry. I understand that marijuana’s medical applications have helped relieve the pain and suffering caused by several diseases and that scientific research indicates marijuana might help with treatment of additional illnesses.