Is honesty from elected leaders a problem? After four years of nonstop lies from former President Trump, and disingenuous attempts by some local elected officials to discredit the same 2020 election which restored some of them to power, it appears that voters do not hold honesty from elected…

This week, the group Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, also known as “PennFuture,” released a report entitled “Buried Out of Sight: Uncovering Pennsylvania’s Hidden Fossil Fuel Subsidies.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has taken historic steps to provide nearly $4 trillion in financial and public health assistance to the American people, with one goal in mind: defeating the virus and getting our country back to normal.

You needn’t hold your breath for the release of the 2020 Census results on April 30. It’s unlikely here in Montour County we’ll see big changes, especially in population statistics. Research indicates a fractional increase in foreign born residents, now 4.35 percent of our county population.…

In a recent “My Turn” editorial, Matthew Brouillette, CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Commerce, (Feb. 18) an organization working to privatize traditional public education, wrote in support of a forthcoming bill promised by Senators Corman, Martin, and DiSanto, aimed at undercutting …

The My Turn “Religious blindness of support for Trump” by Jack Miller on Feb. 7 asked for a Christian to respond to his questions. I suspect many have wrestled with some of the same questions. I will try to answer as concisely as possible.

Many Americans first heard of Parler, a right-wing favored social media platform, just recently. A liberal friend who follows Parler sent me a screenshot of the following post by a self-described, but anonymous, ‘colonel’ from Jan. 5-6, 2021:

Seven years ago, Texas adopted a free-market energy strategy. The architect of this strategy, William W. Hogan, is a professor of global energy policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. The way it works is that as the demand for electricity increases, so too does the price. In theory, in moments o…

‘Schools that teach” sounded great as Gov. Wolf’s campaign slogan in 2014 and 2018. But two years into Wolf’s second term, many parents are just wishing for “schools that open.”

How often had you heard someone offer an apology without an ounce of sincerity?

Whether you experience some or all of the most common side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, they’re completely normal, and managing them is easier than you might think. Here’s what you need to know:

Having recently witnessed the assault on the Capitol that transpired in Washington D.C., on Jan. 6, one may wonder how on earth we’ve arrived at a time when the country has become so polarized that we no longer see the same reality when we witness the same events. The attack on our governmen…

The past year has brought significant challenges for the American people. Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced historically low unemployment, record job growth and a rebirth of manufacturing in communities across the commonwealth and the nation. To combat the economic an…

I’m one of those people who takes the Bible seriously. Every word. I believe that I'm made of flesh and bone and sin, saved and redeemed by grace through faith.

We got a little criticism here recently for an editorial cartoon we published that compared trying to get signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine to trying to get through an indecipherable maze.

Here are the exact words of our Constitution in regard to the Senate’s role in conducting trials of those officeholders who have been impeached by the House:

Sometimes the environmental threats we face as a society feel insurmountable. When we see photos of forest fires or polar bears without ice, it seems as though we can never make a change as individuals. We seem to forget that as a group of individuals, we hold a lot of power.

The positions that have been expressed by our local health care providers concerning the vaccine and how to best deliver it to our community have been very informative and have the best interests of our community at heart. There has been nothing political about their goal of immunizing as ma…

Holding the course syllabus, I stared at the list of unfamiliar writers: James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry

The COVID-19 vaccine is our most powerful weapon in the fight against the pandemic. And soon it will be available to everyone.

When the Supreme Court declared in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 that the segregationist doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional, our government, our society and our very selves were redefined.

Sunday’s newspaper advertisement inserts (print’s benefit) remind us that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. What are your plans? Given COVID-19, what can you purchase? Super deal: Valentine chocolate heart. If you like chewing chalk with a love message etched into it, buy a bag of those …

I want to lower taxes for working families in Pennsylvania. I know that in the days since my budget address you’ve probably heard a whole lot from other people about my plan — what they like, what they hate, what they wish I had said instead.

Last week it was revealed that the Pennsylvania Department of State failed to advertise the 2019 passage of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow the victims of child sex abuse, whose claims had been barred by the statute of limitations, a two-year window in which t…

I had the privilege of working with families living in poverty during my career with Head Start programs. I saw firsthand families’ daily struggles to provide basic needs. My Head Start families lived in relative poverty, meaning their income was 50% below average U.S. household incomes. The…

Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech on June 18, 1858, in which he stated “A house divided cannot stand.” He certainly was correct because on Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave the famous “Gettysburg Address” in remembrance of all the men who died in the Civil War. He mentioned that these m…

Let’s look at the First Amendment argument being raised as part of former President Donald J. Trump’s defense next week, in his second impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.

In his inauguration address, President Biden spoke of a nation moving forward as one to overcome the many challenges ahead, proclaiming that doing so “requires the most elusive of things in a democracy: unity.” 

Reflecting on the events of Jan. 6 it should be clear to even the casual observer that the ‘big lie’ by President Trump which began in the wee hours of the day after the 2020 election and culminated on Jan. 6 proved to be the driving force for all the terrible acts on that day.

We’ve been taking bets on the name of our grandbaby Eve’s little brother. According to my eldest brother’s decree, all unborn babies in our family shall be called Nemo, until brought forth.

As Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections, I have seen first-hand how education can change the lives of individuals and impact their families for generations. It can take a person from a life behind bars to a life where he or she can be a successful, productive member of society. A college …

The boy in me was mesmerized by those not so young men marching by, the flag of the United States proudly in the fore, my father, Russell J. Fischer (American Legion Post 201, Sunbury), marching in the first line of veterans behind the flag bearers on Memorial Day some six decades past. I st…

Like many Americans, I watch political conflicts happening in some Central and South American, European and African nations with horror as elections favor authoritarian leaders, people riot, and political opponents are incarcerated. Dissent is welcome here as legitimate and peaceful efforts …

I was in the chair at the periodontist last week, about to subject my gums to a COVID-19 delayed, uncomfortable but necessary cleaning.

The vaccine rollout landscape shifted on Jan. 19 when the previous administration pushed for states to add everyone over 65 plus younger people with significant COVID risk to their priority vaccination tiers. In Pennsylvania, that meant expanding Phase 1A to include an additional 3.5 million…

The Pennsylvania legislature has before it an amendment to the state constitution that will radically change the way judges of the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts are selected.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, a Harvard educated physician, was recently selected to be President Biden’s nomination for Assistant Health Secretary. If Dr. Levine is confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first openly transgender individual to achieve such a milestone.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there has been a huge increase in cyber charter school enrollment across the country, including in Pennsylvania where cyber charter school enrollment is up by 63% to 62,000 students as of Oct. 1, 2020. Locally in the Shamokin Area School District cyber enroll…