The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


  • Protecting water

    Robert Samuelson's recent column dismisses the need for regulation, stating "onshore drilling, including 'fracking,' has occured for decades without polluting water supplies."

    August 6, 2010

  • Union growth in government

    A labor negotiations arbitrator has ruled that Northumberland County should give raises to 30 courthouse employees who are represented by the Teamsters.

    August 6, 2010

  • Important date

    What makes Oct. 4 on the calendar more important than the other 364 days? It's the last day to register to vote prior to the November 2010 elections.

    August 5, 2010

  • Welcome immigrants

    Columnist Steve Chapman sounds a welcome note of reason in the overwrought and raucous debate about illegal immigration.

    August 5, 2010

  • Teachers rarely need to strike

    A recent Pennsylvania School Boards Association survey found that the Commonwealth had more teacher strikes last year than any other state. There were six teacher strikes in Pennsylvania last year. They were not fighting to protect jobs. They were not striking to reduce class size or otherwise change the educational environment. In all six cases, teachers were fighting for better pay.

    August 5, 2010

  • Use every tool available to lead city resurgence

    Sunbury City Councilman Joe Bartello is pushing an ordinance that would charge landlords a fee if they allow vacant properties to sit unused. It would provide the city with revenue to support the cost of monitoring the properties. The measure would also penalize landlords who willfully allow their properties to deteriorate. Vacant homes drag down the surrounding neighborhood and pose a public health menace when they attract vermin. The 2000 Census indicated that 500 of the residential buildings in the city were vacant.

    August 5, 2010

  • Path forward depends on Iraqis

    President Barack Obama said this week that the U.S. is on schedule to complete the military withdrawal from Iraq.

    August 3, 2010

  • Double-dipping banks

    I've had this done to me too many times to count on my hands. Every time I use my debit card at a store or whereever, that business feels they have the right to put a hold on my account for that specific amount that I spent at their business

    August 3, 2010

  • A losing proposition

    I must respond to your recent surprising editorial that endorsed gambling as an answer to our economic development problems in our region.

    August 3, 2010

  • Private enterprise soaring at Penn Valley

    The turnaround at the Penn Valley Airport ought to be little surprise to those accustomed to watching and growing frustrated and angry by government inefficiency. In just less than two years, new owners and better operation have rescued the airport from a tailspin into $800,000 of debt to a much more manageable $100,000 of outstanding obligation.

    August 2, 2010

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