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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.

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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.

To the editor: What is the swamp? This swamp cliché is everywhere in political editorials. The president was elected to “drain the swamp.” The Washington Beltway surrounds the swamp. Congress is mired in the swamp — folks on both sides of the aisle wear swamp shoes. Career civil servants see…

To the editor: The new Kulpmont Borough Council has been in office a little over six months. With that, we would like to give Kulpmont’s citizens an update on council’s activities.

To the editor: My Brother Sir Knights and I would like to thank The News-Item for the opportunity to respond to the Sound Off comment that questioned the Knights of Columbus’ participation in the United States’ armed conflicts.

To the editor: I agree with President Trump. The real person to blame in this situation is the USA reporter because that question should have never been put to him. If that would have been asked of Mr. Obama the others would have chased after him and beat him up. I cannot believe all of this…

To the editor: Fox News and the rest of right-wing media want to convince their audiences that socialism is bad. But our government is really made up of a combination of capitalism and socialism.

To the editor: Are we the United States of Constitutional America or the United States of Progressive America? Exploring this question shines light on the ugly politics of the present.

To the editor: For those that do not know Mr. Laughlin, I just want to say don’t judge him by this one inappropriate photograph.

To the editor: A response to your editorial from Tuesday about the disbursement of the leftover funds from the 150th-anniversary celebration.

To the editor: There was a time not so long ago when this country was governed almost exclusively by the common sense, patriotic principles outlined by our forefathers in our Constitution. These were men of almost uncanny vision and wisdom, as they possessed the ability to foresee issues tha…

To the editor: Civility is nothing more than politeness, and it represents a long tradition of moral values essential to our democracy. Virtues like empathy, humility, integrity, honesty and respect for others are the components of a strong democracy. Deliberation and exchange of ideas are i…

To the editor: True independence is the ability to be free in the pursuit of truth. Conspiracy theories — some believe, and some reject. But why do some call them “conspiracy theories?”

I would like to set the record straight on something. It has come to my attention by some concerned people who want to know why I am “against” everything going on positively in Shamokin. The statement is simply not true. I do support positive things, as long as the work is being done. I will…

To the editor: A friend, in my opinion, is a person you have known for a long time; a person you trust and with which share many of the same interests; someone you can depend on in times of turmoil and danger; a person you feel comfortable being around. However, acquaintances are people you …

To the editor: May 30 was the traditional Memorial Day to honor our dead, military heroes and veterans. Kulpmont’s men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice include:

To the editor: When Trump says he will make America great again, he means what he says. He really does believe it can be great again. It has to start at home. It’s time people start believing in each other, like the old days.

To the editor: In my youth, people called each other names all the time. My mother’s words of comfort were, “sticks and stone can break your bones, but words can never hurt you.”

To the editor: The question of Home Rule is going to be on the forefront very shortly. Local leaders see this as the only option. I believe there is potential, but it must be done right. The only way I can support Home Rule is if we overhaul everything about this city government. These are t…