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It’s appalling to witness the irony of a self-described pastor attacking people who want to help others in need. Butch Woolsey’s July 18 letter is a full-throated defense of Trump’s xenophobic immigration policies. He even quotes the Bible to demand we pray for his dear leader.

I spend my days working to conserve and protect the beautiful land I fell in love with as a child. Pennsylvania’s rolling hills, vast green forests and wealth of waterways are gorgeous and inspire a deep connection to nature.

A recent letter to the editor (July 18) asked what is wrong with some of the people in America today? I am asking the same question.

The United States is often described as a melting pot of ethnic groups or a nation of immigrants. As our ancestors immigrated to America from Germany, Poland, Ireland, Italy and a host of other countries, they came to America for a better way of life.

I would like to know what highly educated person in PennDOT chose the traffic pattern for the mess in Northumberland.

This is in response to Ken Young’s letter, “Inconvenient Truth” of July 9.

How about Democrats start doing what the citizens of the United States elected you to do: Take care of the needs of your constituents.

One reason the governor signed the no snow days bill into law was because it means no school makeup days in the spring.

Thank you for piquing our interest in the historic business of the Susquehanna Valley with your recent series of articles.

I wish to thank each and every veteran for your service. You have shown your families, friends and the country a love for your country that others will never understand. A love that you are willing to die so others can live free.

It was a Democrat (Senator Lisa Boscola of Lehigh County) that introduced Senate Bill 421, a proposal to abolish straight-ticket party voting as an option in Pennsylvania. Always a courageous spokesperson for voting reform, she pointed out that this state is in a minority of nine others that…

Isn’t it true that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” and that the left, having had absolute power, absolutely wants it back, which leads to their pushing untruths that support their reelection? My answer is yes, which is sad and highly unfortunate.

Since its earliest inception as the colonial federalist, the Republican party has always catered to the wealthy, white male aristocracy. These power-elites had two stated goals, 1) to protect and increase their wealth, 2) to control and suppress the working class.

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

To the Republican and Democratic party committees: Show us the by-laws or the section of our Constitution that outlines the process on how those individuals are chosen that will determine who our legislative representative will be by the process of a Conference.

When President Eisenhower left office in 1961, the top income tax rate was 91 percent on all income, including the capital gains, dividends and interest of the wealthy. Today, the top income tax rate for the wealthy is 15 percent and the top income tax rate for corporate giants is 21 percent…

Some pro-life advocates accuse anyone who is pro-choice as baby killers. This wrongheaded idea was further encouraged by the New York law that allows abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy. Third-trimester procedures are extremely rare, making up only about 1 percent of all abortions. …

“That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.” Laurel and Hardy came to mind witnessing East Buffalo Township (EBT) Supervisors Char Gray and Matt Schumacher choose a replacement for resigning Supervisor David Rowe. They claimed they didn’t have time to call for applications, conduct inte…

Democrats believe in killing children in the womb up to the moment of birth, yet when a pregnant woman is killed, it is prosecuted as a double homicide.

I remember the first time my mother told me about the Holocaust. She had a beautiful bowl given to my grandfather by a Jewish refugee family (father and daughter, the mother didn’t make it) early during the war when my grandfather found them a home and jobs. She told me about the camps. I re…

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, which showed that 1.6 percent of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.

I write this letter in response to Lona Sholly’s misrepresentation of the Susquehanna Valley Ethical Society appearing (June 18). Ms. Sholly organized a weekend conference entitled, “The Hoax of Dispensationalism: Why Christians Betray Jesus when they Defend Judaism, Zionism, and the State o…

The Mueller Report already detailed how the Trump campaign — and Trump himself — repeatedly sought and welcomed Russian help in finding derogatory information about Hillary Clinton. While the report concluded that there were insufficient grounds to charge anyone with conspiracy, the campaign…

Did you know that when a legislative seat becomes vacant in Pennsylvania, a special election will be held to fill that vacancy? The 85th Legislative District must hold a special election to fill the vacant seat left by Representative Fred Keller. Both parties held a conference in which confe…

One of the main reasons we have been given for the potential closure of Montandon is that there is declining enrollment in the district. But when we look at kindergarten enrollment over the past four years, there is no evidence of a decline. In the 2014-15 academic year, there were 142 kinde…

Our nation’s minimum wage is a baseline and raising a baseline proportionally changes nothing as all associated costs will increase equally.

The Milton School Board will soon be voting on the possible closure of Montandon Elementary, and while the board has said that it has received no feedback since the public hearings, this just isn’t true.

A few local folks and the Susquehanna Valley Ethical Society (SVES) have decided that freedom of speech and freedom to worship cannot be tolerated if you are sharing your faith.

As the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion was marked it amazed me to see what freedoms these brave men fought for have become important in society today.

State Senators David Argall and Mike Follmer strongly support Senate Bill 76 (SB76) that would eliminate school property taxes by increasing the state’s 3.06 percent flat-rate personal income tax and by increasing the state’s 6 percent sales tax. In addition, with voter approval, the local e…

Just how dumb do our Harrisburg politicians really think we are? Once again, Governor Wolf and our Harrisburg legislators are proposing creating a new, “protection” tax to finance the state police.

There are two basic lies/deceptions that are at the foundation of the abortion issue. The perpetrators of these lies totally ignore scientific fact and purposely use semantics to deceive themselves and the masses.

In my letter of June 6 (Dear Rep. Keller) to which Mr. William Shirk responded on June 9 (Swamp still needs to be drained), I was addressing a current issue facing the country. On Feb. 3, Fred Keller stated, “I’ll support President Trump and stand up to Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats…

This past week I realized that East Buffalo Supervisor David Rowe is a candidate for the Republican nomination to fill Congressman Fred Keller’s old PA House seat.

What can we know, today, a full three quarters of a century later, about how those men felt as they stepped onto the beach at Normandy and the machine guns began blazing?

I am concerned about the recent political interest in Pennsylvania to have “open primaries.” A primary election is specifically to choose a candidate from political parties to run in the following general election. Registered independents have access to a legal process to form a third or fou…

On Thursday, 17 GOP conferees from Snyder and Union counties will hold the future of these counties in their hands. They will be tasked with nominating a candidate to run to fill Pa.’s 85th District Pennsylvania State House of Representative seat.

Your guest editorials from Leonard Pitts and George Will most always are thoughtful and provocative. In contrast, Rich Lowry’s “Wayward special counsel” piece on June 4 was a disservice to your readers, and set a new low. Lowry becomes little more than a cheerleader riding on Trump’s illusor…

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…

Once again I ask, is anyone else weary of the barrage of hate and hypocrisy from our local socialist cell in the Valley? Its outpouring of leftist drivel is mind-numbing.

Richard Nixon started the war on drugs in 1971. Has it been successful in removing illegal drugs from the streets? No! Despite spending trillions of dollars, there are more drugs on the streets now, they’re cheaper and are being used by more people than ever before.

This is a reply to the “Dangerous rhetoric” letter from the six Lutheran clergy that was printed in the Daily Item on Sunday, May 26. It is obvious their letter was written with the intention of creating “fear” in the public about my conference. This type of censorship is irresponsible, unac…

Regarding the recent letter from Mr. Ostrowsky (May 31) in which he expresses “disappointment” over a recent election to fill an open congressional seat in the 12th District and vows to move as a result.

I’ve never really been surprised about being disappointed about District 12’s election results. I just wanted to say congratulations to the people who voted for a career politician who at best will stall any meaningful legislation that aims to move our district and country in any direction b…

Several months ago, I mentioned to Terry Doherty, as she was doing some fence work for me on my farm, that there was a Revolutionary War soldier (perhaps some of his family, as well ) buried on a hill on my property near where she was working. I shared with her what I knew about the history …