If you are an American right now, odds are that you have recently become a conspiracy theorist — and no, I’m not referring to the jailhouse death of Jeffrey Epstein. I speak, of course, of the president, and the people who work for him. Almost everyone believes there is a conspiracy centered…

President Trump’s impulsive decision to withdraw American troops from the Kurdish region of northeastern Syria has had predictably chaotic consequences. He talks about getting out of the “endless wars” in the Middle East, but he obviously hadn’t thought through what would happen.

As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, and the Democratic Party even more so, the presidential nomination process remains heavily weighted by two states that are among the whitest in the nation, Iowa and New Hampshire. When we asked about this racial disparity at a presidential c…

Pennsylvania agriculture, like American agriculture, is stressed and our traditional safety net, exports, is greatly threatened.

Pennsylvania is overdue when it comes to reforming charter school laws. Parents and taxpayers are weary of the untruths that are often purported to prevent any type of Charter reform. It’s also worth noting that proponents of charter reform are quickly and often accused of “trying to shut do…

Sunday was the last game of the season. It was another loss, dignity recovered second half. Come spring we have one season left before the boys move onto high school. Then ‘Team Diggers’ might be no more. I shall miss it.

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is a federal holiday in the United States, observed annually on Nov. 11 for honoring military veterans; that is persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces and were honorably discharged. Recently, we began celebrating the entire …

Two days of impeachment hearings begin today in Washington, marking the fourth time in U.S. history the House of Representatives has undertaken an impeachment inquiry.

Gracious me, Lewis Dewart (“Shock turned to hate,” Letter to the Editor, Nov. 6) needs a reality check. He is tired of The Daily Item’s publication of opinion pieces critical of the president (although it likewise publishes pieces in support). He concludes in sweeping fashion that the shock …

The immediate aftermath of what some political pundits view as puzzling election results in Kentucky on Tuesday is hardly time enough to analyze accurately what happened and why. But we can draw some broad conclusions.

 
 As our team gathered to review the post-Election Day report in Wednesday's edition of The Daily Item, I found my mind wandering to what we'd be discussing on Wednesday, Nov. 4, after the 2020 presidential election.

Since 1841, war has shifted the control of Hong Kong from China, to Britain, to Japan, and back to Britain. Jurisdiction was peacefully returned to China in 1997. This hand-over included a promise from Beijing to leave Hong Kong with its British-constructed governance for 50 years. Now neari…

The word November comes from the Latin word novem meaning 9 and depicted the ninth month of the year on the Roman calendar circa 750 B.C. It became the 11th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the fourth and the last of four months to have a length of 30 days. "Thirty Da…

Someone I love thinks Trump’s an idiot but is leaning toward voting for him again anyway. To be fair, this person has contempt for most people. We argued. This script is sanitized and abridged. You can read the full version on my website.

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be workin…

Will ghosts, ghouls and goblins haunt our streets tonight, lurking about, shadowing between the princesses, hoboes, superheroes? Fun. Those store-bought or homemade costumes, our Halloween alter egos. A horrifying costume tonight would be a marionette wearing dark suit and red tie, the strin…

The federal minimum wage was last revised in 2009 and is currently $7.25 an hour, meaning that no employee is allowed to be paid below this level. However, various states, cities and individual companies have set their minimum wages above this level. New York City’s minimum wage is $15 an ho…

Pennsylvania has an opportunity to expand access to health care for thousands of its residents. There is legislation currently before the House Professional Licensure Committee in the House of Representatives that will do just that. Senate Bill 25, which gives nurse practitioners full practi…

Cycle backwards on the news wheel to this month in 1996, and two events occurred in media, one of which matters to you and the other only matters to me: Roger Ailes, former political consultant to the Bush clan, was named president of Rupert Murdoch’s nascent Fox News cable channel, and I wa…

Some of the top football matchups featuring Ohio teams this past Friday night were Mentor vs. Shaker Heights, Cleveland St. Ignatius vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier vs. Massillon Washington and Northwestern vs. Ohio State.

The Ukraine story hasn’t been good for President Donald Trump, and there’s only one way out — to get impeached, and the sooner, the better.

We tried to warn our daughter that her life as she knew it would be over. Did she listen to her parents? Of course not. We warned her that for the rest of her life she’d live in abject terror, but she and her husband went ahead anyway. She just had to give birth to our granddaughter.

If only the Democrats could fight like the Washington Nationals. The new National League champs won four straight on the way to the World Series, with great pitching and clutch hitting. End of story. Or as Joe Biden would say, “Period!”

Our country is once again in a divisive civil war among itself. Our forefathers have written words of wisdom to remind us how history repeats itself and to help guide, including “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

I had the opportunity to speak to the current class of Leadership Susquehanna Valley on Thursday. As usual, The Daily Item sponsored the group’s Communication-themed day. That won me about 15 minutes to address the members of this year’s class.

With three polls showing her in the lead, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may soon eclipse former vice president Joe Biden as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. That’s great news for Republicans, because Warren has a problem: The central message of her campaign is t…

Like millions of Americans, I watched the Oct. 15 Democratic presidential debate. And, like millions of Americans, I was disappointed. Rather than pragmatically addressing the concerns my constituents worry about every day, the majority of the candidates pushed for radical and unrealistic po…

A Turkophile for 50 years, I am saddened but not surprised by the domestic support in Turkey for the invasion of Kurdish held northern Syria. One morning during the 1968 Cyprus crisis I entered my classroom as a Peace Corps teacher in a Black Sea coastal town to see a drawing on the blackboa…

Looking at the results of the latest Battleground Poll from the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, voters are not overly fond of President Trump. A comfortable majority of those polled, 56 percent, said that they view him unfavorably; half expressed their intention to vote …

The president says he has a constitutional obligation to pursue corruption by Americans in other countries. The vice president opines that the American people would want to know if an incumbent vice president profited from his official position.

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA.

With Bernie Sanders’ heart attack, perhaps precipitated by the stress of campaigning with unabated revolutionary fervor, coupled with head-snapping contradictory pronouncements from spinmeister Rudy Giuliani, some found themselves wondering if millennial ageism is warranted.

The late Indira Gandhi, India’s first and still only female prime minister, is reported to have said something in a 1982 interview that I think means more today than it did then.

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” — James Madison

The late Indira Gandhi, India’s first and still only female prime minister, is reported to have said something in a 1982 interview that I think means more today than it did then.

President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might think that we still…

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.