Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their caps over it. S…

Fifty years ago today an amazing thing happened when two humans — Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin — landed on the moon and stepped onto its dusty surface. The fact their craft didn’t hurtle to the ground and turn the moon into their grave was, in itself, hard to believe. And their ret…

Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 percent pluralit…

While Democrats wade through a marathon of intra-party debates, the national punditocracy is increasingly asking two urgent questions about the impending 2020 presidential contest: Can President Trump win Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin again? And can he win a second term without those …

It looks as if Vladimir Putin wants to be recalled as something besides being an aggressive autocrat. He yearns, it seems, to be seen as a leading political thinker, respected for his analysis as well as feared for his actions. This is a reasonable reading of Putin’s recent interview with th…

“Axis of Evil” first appeared in former President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in January 2002, describing Iraq, Iran and North Korea months after the Sept. 11 attacks. Fourteen months after the speech, the United States invaded Iraq. The U.S. remains at war there 16 years later.

The most obscure part of President Trump’s economic agenda is deregulation. This is not because anyone is deliberately hiding it. The real reason is more mundane: Deregulation is obscure, because it’s genuinely complicated and confusing. The issues are highly technical, and they vary by indu…

If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health ins…

In response to Rep. Dan Meuser’s “My Turn” column, “Vision to Put America First,” (June 23) I offer some observations of my own.

Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Clean Water Blueprint to protect and restore rivers and streams critical to our economy, citizens and quality of life. The plan, formally known as the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, must specify the actions the commonwealth will take bet…

Have you ever remembered you have company coming over in an hour and your house is a mess? That’s usually how it works for me. Panicking, I fill up a jumbo-size garbage bag with trash, quickly vacuum and mop, then throw a bunch of junk in the closet where I know my guests won’t look.

On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the Declaration of Ind…

“I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why, counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, they’ve all come to look for America,” sang Simon & Garfunkel in 1968 on “Bookends,” the literary album covering youthful innocence and old age.

Up and down the East Coast, state lawmakers are fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to allow natural gas and oil development in the Atlantic. These politicians recently adopted a novel tactic — they’re blocking construction of onshore pipelines, terminals, and other energy infrastruc…

Tuesday proved to be a frustrating and ultimately disappointing day as I watched the Pennsylvania House of Representatives vote down an opportunity to hold a debate on increasing the minimum wage, which still sits at a dismal $7.25 an hour (or $2.83 an hour for tipped workers).

They didn’t get the attention received by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on gerrymandering and having a citizenship question on the U.S. Census, but the nation’s top court also made two troubling rulings last week on First Amendment and Freedom of Information Issues.

What do you see when you look into the eyes of a child? Until Monday, more than 350 migrant children were jailed in filthy, unsafe conditions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Clint, Texas. The few outsiders who were able to see these migrant children were universally appalled. Facing…

The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: “To stand by things decided.” The translation is not: “If a precedent was p…

They made me take it. It required two hours of screen time for me to complete the tutorial. But, if I wanted to help coach my seventh-grade team, I had to take this new lesson on safe sports. Give me a break, I’ve been playing or coaching for 60 years. I know this stuff. I already had comple…

Who will win the 2020 presidential election seems endlessly debatable — and the Democrats are preparing to demonstrate just how endless that debate will be. 

Governor Tom Wolf surprised no one last week when he vetoed a sorely needed expansion of Pennsylvania’s scholarship program, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit. But he disappointed thousands.

Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders are now negotiating the commonwealth budget. An agreement is expected soon. Unfortunately, they are seriously considering removing tens of millions of dollars from important environmental funds to balance the budget. This would be both unwise and unn…

If you weren’t worried about the rising cost of public education before now — you should be. If the legislature passes the charter bills currently in the Senate, expect more of the same; higher school taxes and disappointing news on school performance.

Well it’s final: Results are in, and those of us over 50 who watch more than 3.5 hours of TV a day show twice the decline in verbal memory over six years. A recently released study, in Britain’s Scientific Reports, looks at nearly 3,600 adults and confirms it.

Do you ever wonder what would happen to certain individuals if there were no government socialized programs? I, like many people who have loved ones in need, worry about it all the time.

Clarity of thought and expression about moral issues is not a core competency of CEOs.

I guess they weren’t in an inquisitive mood. Either that or most already had minds made up. We candidates did submit cover letters. Not that I expected to be chosen to fill the school board vacancy. They needed to select the best person to bring strength to where school board is weak and sch…

I was truly amazed after reading the article on the front page of the Local section in Wednesday’s edition (June 5) of The Daily Item.

Robert Mueller’s recent statement just emphasizes what was already clear from the redacted report of his investigation: the president repeatedly tried to terminate, obstruct or guide the special prosecutor’s investigation, including trying to oust Mueller himself. That is to say there is rea…

The Trump administration intends to slap a 5 percent tariff on every medium-sized car, avocado and other Mexican import beginning June 10, affecting nearly $1 billion worth of goods that crosses the border into the U.S. each day on average.

If you get the chance, do it. I had the chance to job-shadow one of our English teachers at the middle school. Most of the school day proved entertaining, enlightening, engaging. The day started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:40 a.m. and ended with the buzzer and the exit race at 3 p.m.

It was the middle of Wednesday and I had 30 minutes — 30 minutes and a choice. I could either eat my lunch in peace after a hectic morning of work, or I could use that half hour to fill out scholarship applications for my son, Myles. It was a no-brainer, and I’ll tell you why.

Recently, the Pennsylvania House approved HB800 which expands funds for school vouchers in Pennsylvania. The funds for these vouchers are provided through the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC), which allows corporations to underwrite tuition at private and religious schools in lieu of …

When abortion was legalized nationwide in 1973, I was a teenager, and bothered by the idea of “easy” access to abortion, “abortion on demand” or “abortion as contraception.” Like many others, I worried about women “taking abortion lightly.” Even when a student in my high school quietly disap…

A Pew Research Center survey released last week looked at people’s views about community journalism. Among other things, it showed that people place strong value on local journalists being a part of their community.

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I’m the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” Pericles

Suicide is one mental health issue deserving of greater attention right now. Suicide rates have been steadily climbing in recent decades, and the reasons are complex, but no less complex than the challenges in preventing it.

One day weeks before the very first Iron Heritage Festival, the pastor of Grove Presbyterian Church received a phone call. The caller introduced herself as a descendent of the Grove family of Danville. Her ancestor built the Grove Mansion on what now are the grounds of Saints Cyril and Metho…