Joe Biden’s decisive defeat of Donald Trump, and the Democrats’ capture of two Senate seats in the Georgia runoffs in January were certainly reasons to celebrate. But underneath that shiny surface was a nationwide failure of down-ballot Democrats to match Biden’s margins. The result was leav…

June is Pride month. Last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was not able to partake and enjoy PRIDE events in person during the summer. I am hopeful that this year we are able, even if it’s modified, to be able to attend and participate of these events. As a person of color, who is also o…

Over the many years I have been writing these columns, I may have used the great singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” lyrics to introduce a subject before. I don’t know. What I do know is that the timeless 1971 song raises an important question. What’s going on?

Pennsylvania is one of the largest net exporters of energy in the United States. It’s a fact that has been highlighted in energy circles — and politics — for years. But many who are pushing for changes in public policy when it comes to energy growth and development do not seem to comprehend …

Donald Trump’s “reality” TV show was nominated several times for a series Emmy award, but lost each time to another more popular show. Trump’s response, “I got screwed out of an Emmy.....I should’ve gotten it,” he said.

Pennsylvania has a long and storied history as an extraction state. From the original trio of coal, lumber and oil, we are now in the era of fracking for methane from the Marcellus Shale. And we continue to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to deal with the depredations of the past. Scienti…

The Democratic opposition to legislative minorities using whatever leverage they have to block legislation is highly situational.

Everyone’s complaining about Congress, but if you want to track the real, festering growth of Trumpism and its corrosive effect on our politics, you’re better served keeping your eye on state capitols throughout the land.

The mood in the U.S. feels hopeful, but for tens of millions of others across the world the darkest days of the pandemic are just beginning. As the head of the Baltimore-based international humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Services (CRS) — and a man who recently lost family in India…

When the CDC announced that many restrictions on fully vaccinated people could be lifted, confusion arose about what that meant for masking in general.

The Biden administration, with good reason, has held that to reduce the flow of refugees and unauthorized immigrants across our southern border, we need to radically improve conditions in their home countries. Problems include economies that don’t produce enough jobs, polities that produce t…

The gang scrunched together into Grandma’s detached utility room in mid-July 2019 in Wisconsin, soaking wet in our swimsuits to take a “tornado warning” selfie.

Most people know about various stereotypes regarding race, religions, gender, and even social economic status. Some tend to group people depending on their perceived stereotypes or generalizations.

Tied to your party’s platform. Tied to your party’s primary voters. Tied to your party’s donors. Tied to your party’s leaders. And, of course, tied to your consultants so you can get re-elected.

I argued in a May 2 My Turn that the United States needs a working asylum system according that adheres to current U.S. law. I provided a verbatim rendering of 8 U.S. Code § 1158, the law governing asylum status for immigrants crossing our border at or away from designated points of entry. I…

The first time I heard of militias in this country was the time of the failed Cuban invasion under President Kennedy (1961) that was carried out by “militias” of Cuban refugees. These were armed private citizens of Cuban descent whose intent was to overthrow the Cuban government, the Castro regime.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and that Sunbury celebrated the first Decoration Day (May 30, 1868) for their fallen dead in the Civil War?

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. National Police Week is an annual observance when memorial events are held across our nation to honor police officers who have sacrificed…

Two decades ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was plotting the terrorist attacks that would murder thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorist cells were inside our country. America had no idea what was to come when they boarded airplanes that morning.

The vision Mr. Newcomer describes in his May 9 Daily Item op-ed — that education can increase the economic prosperity in this area — has been successful in other rural areas.

Pennsylvania State Troopers go to work every day protecting the people of this commonwealth, understanding that we could lose our lives to save others. We accept that risk — and our families are forced to live with it. They lay in bed listening for the velcro rip of our bulletproof vest as w…

In Harrisburg, policymakers tend to get easily sidetracked to focus on issues demanding immediate attention. This often means the over shadowing of existing priorities.

We’re four months into Joe Biden’s term: it’s a good time to see where he stands. Here are six subjects, with a grade and comments.

I first arrived in the Susquehanna Valley in the late summer of 1966, a student with not a lot of experience of the world. I chose to live off-campus as soon as I could in the next academic year. A farmhouse in the country became my home in 1969, where I lived until the end of 1974.

‘What can you possibly be stressed about?” is a phrase many children have heard from their own parents. While the stressors of children may not be the same as their parents or caregiver, they are certainly valid. More importantly: they should not be ignored.

Joe Biden has chosen Pennsylvania as the backdrop to unveil tax hike after tax hike in what has ultimately amounted to the American Bankruptcy Plan. In total, the Biden-Harris Administration has now proposed $6 trillion in spending – the largest government expansion in decades – that will co…

Roughly 100 days ago, I attended President Biden’s inauguration at the United States Capitol. That day, President Biden pledged that his administration would govern with unity and bipartisanship. In the time since, the Biden administration and Democrat leadership have done the opposite.

Over the last several weeks as we begin to start life anew in what we hope will be “post-COVID times,” I’ve noticed the topic du jour has gradually shifted from COVID to workforce. Help wanted signs are everywhere, various media sources are reporting that businesses are having to alter hours…

Larry Winans and his business partner developed their homebrewing hobbies into a dream and a vision for a new brewery in Lewisburg. They spent four years carefully planning for its success, over a year awaiting final construction of the building, and countless months hiring and training thei…

When I saw the Wall Street Journal headline, “Some CEOs suggest dropping degree requirements in hiring,” I was impressed. At last, I thought, the business establishment is starting to see things my way.

When Andrew Cooney, 22, walked through the hallway of a dorm at Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, he was surprised to catch a whiff of shampoo. It wasn’t the fact that someone had apparently taken a shower that surprised him; it was the realization that this was the first time he’d sme…

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a huge spotlight on the importance of our health care system and public health workforce. We have learned that our public health workers, although heroes, are not machines. Many in-demand areas of our public health system were overworked before the pandemic. …

Imagine this: it’s 2040. The Susquehanna Valley has been transformed by an influx of new industries, residents and energy.

Remember when you were in middle or high school, how you thought your life would be so much better if you could just get in with the cool kids? I have always been more of a non-conformist, but I too have had my moments, most of us have if we are honest. Membership to that group meant so much…