When people don’t have health insurance — especially people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure or even pregnancy (yes, that counts) — they skip vital care, go into debt or even bankruptcy to pay bills, or simply die.

Today, Geisinger joins the nation in honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courageous, inspiring crusade for civil rights and equality — including the right to accessible, quality health care for all.

In recent weeks, The Daily Item has highlighted several community outreach programs featuring college students from Bucknell and Susquehanna universities. It should not be lost on anyone what these meetings mean for the college students, but also for the communities in which they temporarily…

I live and work in the Sunbury community. My kids go to school in Sunbury. Many of my friends, colleagues, and clients are in this area. Now we all have been advised by UPMC that the Sunbury Community Hospital, upon which many of us have depended for our entire lives, is being closed.

Are friendly rebuttals of other columnists permitted? I realize Marc Theissen’s a big shot at the Washington Post Writers’ Group and I’m a lowly local scribbler. Regardless, mismanaged current events demand comment. Silence is complicity. His column appeared Dec. 28. His column listed “10 be…

Not owning a TV, when I moved to Tioga County I followed Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearings through radio and newspaper. Initially, Republicans supported their president, but as testimony revealed the extent of lies, cover-ups, and obstruction of justice, Nixon’s impeachment became a bipar…

When the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District sent me to Congress almost eight months ago, I promised to work to make their lives better by supporting policies that would keep our economy growing, help our veterans, and lower the cost of health care.

‘Find the cost of freedom,” wrote Stephen Stills in 1970 upon visiting a Civil War site. Those who fought and died to defend our freedoms are indeed “buried in the ground” as Stills and company sang.

Is there a candidate waiting in the wings, ready for their entrance to come on stage for the 9th Congressional District? Current Representative Dan Meuser is ready to run for re-election on the Republican ticket. No Democrat candidate has filed as of this writing. There’s little time left be…

Nearly two in three Americans support the creation of a government-sponsored health plan to compete against plans offered by private insurers, according to the most recent survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Public opinion polls are ingrained in American politics. It seems like every day there is a new poll about the presidential election or impeachment or whether the public feels that the United States is on the right track.

One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote in the United States. The women’s suffrage movement took decades of organizing to achieve success, from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, to mass civil disobedience and protest leading up to the adoption and ratification of the 19th Amend…

Fourteen years ago, I broke into coaching with aspirations of being a great leader, mentor, and strategist. I wanted to help mold and shape the lives of individuals through sports to help prepare them for future endeavors.

What are we for? Why did God make us? This is a question a little boy asked me one Sunday. It’s a beautiful question for beginning a new year.

On Dec. 18, I was involved in the snow squall pile-up on Interstate 80. I am very lucky to be alive. My car was hit a few times but the cabin held, and I lived to be grateful.

Oh swell. The Republican Senate’s so-called “moderates,” who combine big talk with little action and fuse noble rhetoric with hapless inertia, appear to be readying themselves for another year of deeming certain Trump desecrations as “unhelpful” or “unwise.”

The least-recognized of the First Amendment’s five freedoms — assembly and petition — are facing perhaps the most immediate challenges, though freedoms of press, speech and religion don’t escape unscathed.

The grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi Arabian operatives inside their consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, reportedly on direct orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was compounded Monday when the Saudi Arabian public prosecutor an…

While still in the holiday spirit and thinking of the generosity shared with the local Community Christmas Tree, I remembered the history of the first Community Christmas Tree that appeared in Danville in 1914. The evergreen was chosen from Benfield’s Hollow, raised on a 28-foot square platf…

‘In the bleak mid-winter” of Christina Rossetti’s 1872 poem, Salvation Army bells and tinnitus warring for headspace, I am haunted by those who did not get to see December cast its chill upon the northern latitudes once more.

He had fallen asleep watching television when it happened. Falling asleep watching television wasn’t unusual for him, even when watching a favorite holiday classic. He’d settle into his recliner, a drink on the coaster. Soon enough he’d be snoozing. Sometimes he’d wake before the credits. So…

Work to clean and protect local waters received a welcome boost recently, when Congress finalized a fiscal year 2020 budget that includes $85 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program. 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but everyone must be made aware that we are at a crucial turning point, unrivaled in its peril to us in modern history. We The People direly need to become a cohesive front against the current power structure; Putin, Trump, McConnell and the Oligarchy. Im…

My Trumpian friends will say, “Look, he may be crude and offensive, but he’s pursuing policies that are basically conservative. You liberals just can’t get over the fact that he won in 2016 and is likely to win again in 2020. So you want to remove him from office first.”

Since President Trump was elected, there have been four formal official attempts by U.S. House Democrats to impeach the president — the first initiated more than two years ago.

Dates of some tragedies are etched in our memories forever. On September 11, we pause to remember the thousands who perished in 2001 as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Advent is upon us, singing Christians toward Christmastide. Christian hymns and carols are filled with Jesus titles. Christ is a good title (no, it’s not his last name), meaning savior, deliverer, messiah (yes, we need to get tough-loved out of our messes).

This year has been unquestionably difficult. For many of us personally. For our community. For our nation. Whether it is a major business closure, the death of several children in our Valley, the constant and unending political battles across the world, the negativity can be all-consuming. I…

David Faust writes two more letters “Think About It”, Dec. 4 and “The National Debt”, Dec. 15, where he looks to shift his tax burden onto other taxpayers, the “rich” as he likes to call them.

Maybe it’s campaign fatigue or the time of year, but TV ratings for the Democrats’ last two debates fell precipitously and the prospects for improvement in the Dec. 19 event are dim. Part of the problem is process. As Republicans learned in 2016, crowded debate stages and uneven moderating a…

In my nearly 40-year career, I have made too many mistakes to count. Some have been small and others large, but every one came with good intentions. It is easy not to get things completely correct when the decision-making process has been hurried. When I realize I made a mistake with uninten…

It’s been a confusing couple of years for most people in America, including many who wear red hats with the “Make America Great Again” slogan. I’d like to share what I’ve been hearing from different people who own the hats or use that phrase.  

Since Neil Sedaka released “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” in 1962, the song has been covered multiple times. The tune might be experiencing resurgence as the unofficial anthem of the Wolf administration. There are heated controversies in several Pennsylvania communities over suddenly announced …

My mother’s spirit channeled through me before I could contain it. It came my turn to ring up my groceries. The cashier apologized, sighing: “Sorry for the wait.” Mom replied in my voice: “If you can’t wait in line in a grocery store, you’ve got bigger problems.”

Depending on the state of the economy, the Federal Reserve, which is the central bank of the United States, indirectly influences the target interest rate it establishes through increasing or decreasing the money supply. The Fed’s primary goal is usually to preserve a stable macroeconomic en…