To the editor: All actions taken to combat this virus are centered around “social spacing” and accented by closing of all non-essential businesses. Our government, on all levels, is closing businesses and activities that may have individuals congregating in large groups, which can, with phys…

To the editor: Last week, I received a message through Facebook about Nancy Pelosi and her Pinocchio nose as a result of all the lies she tells. The message should have included her other terrible actions. The list is long and based on evidence but her followers will never face the truth. He…

To the editor: Who could imagine that a microscopic pathogen so small that it can only be seen by an electron microscope capable of seeing things on the molecular level could suddenly sweep across the globe and bring such illness, death, fear, panic and havoc? It reminds us humans how fragil…

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To the editor: As a lifelong Catholic and now a fellow parishioner of Greg Maresca at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Elysburg, I often read his Sunday column, “Talking Points.” His erudite observations are usually insightful, but his “show off” use of words beyond the understanding of ma…

To the editor: The article “A sobering reminder” was well-written. All socialism begins with the gradual manipulation of the economy through governmental decree.

To the editor: Have we reached a point in our divided America when people are willing to accept the actions of a president who will fire people for telling the truth and exonerate corrupt people? A quote by John Steinbeck fits Trump perfectly: “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps …

To the editor: It is over 60 years since Russia’s Nikita Khrushchev delivered his message to the U.N. — a prediction for America.

To the editor: This coronavirus has brought memories of when I was a young girl in the 1950s and the outbreak of polio was adamant. It was frightening. Many adults and children were either dying or becoming crippled at an epidemic rate.

To the editor: One of the biggest hoaxes perpetrated on the American people is the Republican idea that tax cuts pay for themselves. If that were true, we would not be faced with deficits that will increase by $1 trillion this year and for years to come. Rarely have we had deficits greatly i…

To the editor: This past Christmas Eve I got a phone message from our choir director and organist saying she could not play the organ or lead the choir because she was very ill.

To the editor: To the person in Sound Off that said the Republican Party is a mob being led by their godfather, Trump, in about 15 minutes after Mr. Trump was sworn in, the Democrats were calling for impeachment. For what? Because your party lost.

The impeachment proceeding by the House of Representatives, followed by the defense of Trump in the Senate, clearly indicate that our justice system is being realigned and transformed by the Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

To the editor: I want to give the biggest thank-you to the Shamokin Police Department and AREA Services for answering our 9-1-1 call on Friday, Jan. 25 on Mulberry Street. You got here as quick as you could and jumped out of your vehicles and got straight to work trying to save our son Phil’…

To the editor: Does truth matter anymore? In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, I received emails from several conservative friends criticizing what they perceived as the enemy. When those emails were shown to be false, the response from the many who had received them made little …

To the editor: My son died on Dec. 29, 2019, in a house known as a “trap house.” He overdosed in that house. The people there knew he was overdosing and did nothing to help him. They let him lay there for hours until there was nothing that could be done to help him.

To the editor: Upon reading a recent edition of The News-Item, I feel it necessary to voice a strong rebuttal to Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, regarding reducing restrictions on abortion access. She states, “This is just one step in unraveling decades of anti-woman legisla…

To the editor: On Jan. 20, Geisinger joins the nation in honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courageous, inspiring crusade for civil rights and equality — including the right to accessible, quality health care for all.

To the editor: After three years in office, it’s time to review the promises Trump made when he became president:

To the editor: Yes, I am confused, upset and need an explanation how the Coal Township Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals denied opening of the 200-year-old historic McWilliams tavern and restaurant by Route 54 across from the Roaring Creek Weiser State Forest.

To the editor: With the recent rollout of the Act 47 Exit Plan for the City of Shamokin to the public, one thing is for certain. The strategy does not fit realistic possibilities for the future of the City of Shamokin.

The statistics are devastating: In 2019, more than 260 officers were shot in the line of duty and more than 40 officers made the ultimate sacrifice — which is why on Thursday the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge is encouraging you to take the time to say thank you in honor …

To the editor: What will the Legislature do this year to justify arming municipal police with RADAR guns, Speed Trap Bill SB 607? They are expert at cherry-picking statistics to say that there is a “speeding” crisis. There is no crisis, as you well know.

To the editor: This newspaper recently carried an entry in its police blotter concerning two young men. The entry indicated that two 17-year-old males were charged with disorderly conduct following their meeting to engage in a physical fight with one another. It was indicated that one of the…

To the editor: I would like to address the Sound Off comment about Presidential candidates’ dress: Oh, yes, I do think that dress says a lot about a person. Mannerisms also speak volumes about a person.

To the editor: Where is the Wizard of Oz when we need him? But we know there is no wizard. In the movie, someone is needed to remind the characters who and what they are. But we don’t need anyone else to point out that we all have a brain, a heart and courage.

“It’s a wonderful time of the year!” Your tax account explains how well your finances did in 2019. Yes, Trump’s tax cuts helped you and your rich friends. Think about this — it’s like Robin Hood Trump, stealing from the young kids of this generation to support the wealthy and big businesses.…

To the editor: IMPEACHED! That was the headline in the Dec. 19 issue of The News-Item. I have no doubt that President Trump will be reelected in 2020, but this is what I have garnered in bits and pieces over the past three years regarding this Schiff show, the dog and pony show called “The I…

To the Editor: On Monday, Dec. 2, hundreds of volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered in D.C. at the Supreme Court to support the lower courts’ decision on a case being heard that day. N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol vs. the City of NY is the first case in nearly 10 …

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 seventh annual Mount Carmel Area ThinkBIG Dance Marathon event a huge success.

To the editor: Do we really want four more years of Trump? The Trumpeteers are already planning a victory parade.

To the editor: Dr. Fiona Hill, Ph.D in Russian history, National Security Council Russian expert, stated under oath in the Congressional impeachment inquiry her opinion that, the British spy Christopher Steel “got played.” Her statement started me on a logical daisy chain that blows my mind.…

To the editor: I am speaking for all officers of Locust Gap Recreation along with the coaches, families and residents of Locust Gap: Thank you to the volunteers from the Carpenter’s Local 445 of Northeastern Pa., who gave up a Saturday to come out and make amazing upgrades to our facility.

To the editor: Recently, a correctional officer at the Northumberland County Jail was charged by a county detective with a summary count of harassment relating to an Oct. 22 disturbance at the prison. The correctional officer was charged after he allegedly shoved a fellow correctional office…

To the editor: How annoyingly consistent is the left’s unwillingness to compromise? How many times have you read or heard our losing political party broadcast that they won the popular presidential vote? These very loud protestations are accompanied by whispers of throwing out our Electoral …

To the editor: From Nov. 18 to 22, we will celebrate American Education Week, a great opportunity to appreciate the amazing public-school educators and support professionals who work hard every day to prepare our students for future success.

To the editor: There were a number of factors that contributed to Trump’s success in being elected to the presidency. Forget about the help with the Russian interference.

To the editor: For safer streets, speed limits must be posted at the safest speeds. Those are the 85th percentile speeds, the speeds most people drive, determined by a highway safety engineer’s speed study.

To the editor: The Rev. Robert Smith will be a guest speaker at a combined service of Zion Primitive Methodist Church and Saint Philip and James Anglican Church at 9 a.m. Nov. 10.

To the editor: I grew up in New Jersey and played and coached high school football there. Over the years I always heard of the quality and tradition of “coal country” football, but had never seen a game.

To the editor: It’s refreshing to have a president who loves our country and tries to keep his campaign promises. President Donald J. Trump is a businessman who brings a new perspective to the operation of our government. The deep state resists, numerous politicians try to remove him from of…

To the editor: The Halloween season is supposed to be a fun-filled holiday for children, but for kids with food allergies, this is not always the case. Food allergies can strip a kid with allergies of the joyful trick-or-treating experience. Activities such as; going to any door they please …

To the editor: It seems like we have come to the end of an era.

To the editor: In spite of the turmoil surrounding this president, we should keep in mind the basic differences between Democrats and Republicans. Sometimes we need a reminder.

To the editor: If you are reading this, you are a “speeder.” Shame on you. You should be ticketed and fined: repeatedly. That’s what the RADAR lobby thinks.

The Edison Illuminating Walking Tour held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. was truly very “illuminating” and educational on the process of Edison’s undertaking in the town of Shamokin.