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The recent report in The Daily Item that Snyder County has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state was discouraging. More disturbing, though, were the reported quotes from our three county commissioners. Perhaps there was not enough space in the article to include all of th…

I read with both bemusement and amusement the reaction of Trey Casimir (Letter to the Editor, July 10) to a recent letter I had published.

I read Nancylynne Miller’s recent Letter to the Editor (July 5) with interest. I appreciate the frustration Ms. Miller reveals in her letter titled, “Tired of untruths.” She seems to be looking for a solution. As a minister of the Scriptures, I would point her to God’s solution.

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality. Former President Donald Trump’s supporters now tell us that the truth is not the same for everyone. We tend to believe anything that re-enforces our political point of view. It does not matter whether the information is t…

I was summoned for jury selection on July 19. There were at least 100 people in the courtroom. No masks were offered, no vaccine cards were checked, and there definitely was not room to socially distance.

I recently had a conversation with one of our member dairy farmers who has been a patient in at least two different hospitals. At one of those hospitals, he asked for whole milk with his lunch. He was told the milk “is not good for you.” He asked to see the dietitian who met with him and tol…

What’s wrong with this picture: Many families will soon receive a check for either $300 or $250 per month per child from the federal government.

You’re wrong Peter Whitcopf (Letter to the Editor, July 14), Joe Biden did lie. The very long list of the many times Joe Biden’s been caught in major lies:

Seven young women walk out of a bar. This is no joke. One is targeted, isolated, harassed. She is transgender. She is left beaten on the street.

The current move to restrict voting is corrupt, despicable and reprehensible. The 19th Amendment, for which women fought so long, specifically prohibits the United States and the states from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. So, the arch-conserva…

The weather everywhere has been quite warm and wet. We have poor people living in tents, and hoping for a meal a day.

We’ve all been waiting patiently for the screech of the cicada.

On Saturday, July 10, my husband and I attended a baseball tournament in Sunbury to watch our 8-year-old grandson. He plays on the Angels which is in the Minors Division, 8-10-year-olds. His team began playing baseball at 8 a.m. that morning, continuing a rained-out game from Friday evening.…

I would like to respond to Nancylynne Miller’s letter “Tired of the untruths” (July 3). My reaction to the first sentence claiming the Biden administration is “so corrupt,” was “how do you define corrupt?”

I write in praise of state Senator Yaw’s fireworks law, and his recent comments about them.

Across the country a crime is being committed in plain sight by Republicans at all levels. They are in the process of killing our democracy. All elected GOP representatives who don’t speak up are complicit and guilty of this crime.

“The American people want answers. It’s on us, as elected officials to start asking questions,” Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) says in an essay last week.

I often think about why fellow Christians voted for the Biden agenda of abortion, open borders with associated problems that come with it. When I openly express my concerns, the common answer is “don’t worry, God is in control.” This blames God for what is happening and excuses our actions. …

Ah, the high-minded, colorblind white man. Relating to us what Martin Luther King Jr. really meant, the lessons of Gandhi and sharing his earnest expressions of fair-mindedness. Just let him talk for a minute, though, and he’ll let the cat out of the bag. Harry Prentiss (Letter to the Editor…

Our state legislature is recognized as one of the largest, highest paid, and least productive bodies in the country. Now, they wish to spend taxpayer money on an absurd Arizona-like election audit, despite the fact that it has been proven, numerous times, that Pennsylvania held a free and fa…

This is something that has to be said. And I have to say it! I made a trip to Davy’s Market this morning and when I got to the checkout, I didn’t have my card to pay the bill. I asked the clerk if I could leave the basket until I went home and came back with the card.

The Great Depression caused immense suffering for millions of people but also forged beloved figures that were acknowledged to have risen above the times to help the nation during a crisis. Among them was the Cowboy Philosopher, Will Rogers. Rogers had a knack for communicating the essence o…

I hold liberal conservative views. As you might suspect I am often confused. I believe that every American citizen who has the legal right to vote should be allowed to vote.

We just celebrated Independence Day. And as we know, not the day of the vote, or drafting of the declaration, or signing of it. It is the day chosen to celebrate our independence from a king and a government that wasn’t working for us any longer.

The recent Spotlight Pa. article about the state lawmaker billing taxpayers $1.8 million for expenses is just the tip of the iceberg. I worked in a state facility for 25 years, and saw an amazing amount of taxpayer money wasted.

Does anybody else remember when Fred Keller was trapped in the Capitol building during the insurrection, tweeting about how the people who broke in were criminals who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? I don’t think Fred Keller does.

Thank you, Gov. Tom Wolf, for vetoing the Republican voter suppression bill. Lt Governor John Fetterman has discussed the Pennsylvania 2020 voter violations — dead relatives voting for Trump. Republicans have not disclosed any in-person or mail-in voter fraud. So why the need for these restr…

Political leaders of both parties have called for “open primaries” in Pennsylvania.

June is National Dairy Month and as someone who grew up on a dairy farm, I had to respond to Eric Lindstrom’s letter to the editor printed June 5.

The 19th Great Kulpmont Cruise is in the books as our best to date. Cruisers from various parts of Pennsylvania enjoyed our good, old-fashioned Coal Region hospitality.

I read the article (Daily Item, June 24) about a vote by the House that would “limit the power of the Secretary of Health, bar vaccine passports, and limit who would be able to require vaccines.” This represents a gross misunderstanding of what public health is about. The shelter-in-place or…

Would people get over the insurrection nonsense already? Explain to me how a few hundred yahoos storming the Capitol posed the greatest threat to our Republic since the Civil War?

The Union County Veterans’ 4th of July Parade Committee was faced with a dilemma earlier this year.

I find it interesting that Democrats, who used the filibuster extensively the past four years, now want to do away with it. They want to pass a sweeping agenda at a cost of trillions of dollars to fundamentally change the way the United States is governed, including massive giveaways. They c…

As we celebrate the creation of the first federal Juneteenth holiday, it is ironic that Republicans across the country are trying to pass laws that would outlaw the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools. CRT is a broad current of thought that acknowledges the persistence o…

American religious institutions exert influence and promote their interests by advocating for moral issues. Since the founding of the American colonies religious leaders of all denominations immersed themselves with zeal in efforts to construct a virtuous society.

In response to Chris Skelly’s letter (Death with Dignity, June 18). May I remind you that any willful termination of human life is murder, whether it be abortion, suicide, mass killings, spouse killing spouse, parent killing child, or as you say...death with dignity.

In a shameless display of greed for radar money, the Senate voted 49-1 to put speed traps all over Pennsylvania, Speed Trap Bill SB 419. It’s not for safety, folks. It’s for the scores of millions of your dollars that will cascade into government coffers.

Recently I was spending time in my flowerbeds when my bride of 34 years came out to help weed. Shortly after joining me Tracy hollered, “you have to come see this!” She pointed out a line of ants carrying bits of food from the bird feeder to their home in the ground.

The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Harrisburg are enormously grateful for the support of their pastors, principals, teachers, parents and school communities for the collaborative effort that allowed us to have in-person instruction over the course of the 2020-21 school year. In our 35 sc…

It’s a fairly well-accepted norm that the charge of treason applies only in times of a declared war. Our clever Congress critters, being the ever artful dodgers, avoid the issue by not declaring war. Undeclared wars are wars of aggression, they are war crimes.

Some Mifflinburgers are lobbying to prohibit “critical race theory” and Newsela, a digital platform that enables teachers to identify articles by reading level and share them with students.

I must take exception to several of the statements put forth by Peter Engstrom regarding academic tenure (June 9). I have worked and studied at three types of institutions, a small liberal arts college, a major, national PhD granting research institution and a comprehensive four year univers…

I just saw in the newspaper that Shikellamy furloughed 63 support workers. I’m glad to see the school district has taxpayers in mind on their decision. However let’s not stop there. They should consider outsourcing all school employees including superintendent, principal, assistant principal…

Bucknell University recently received approval for a 4,576-panel solar farm in Lewisburg. Originally planned to abut the Bucknell Golf Course and driving range, the solar installation will now be placed on a less conspicuous site. Neighbors enthusiastically support this project and sincerely…

I’m watching, listening to former President Trump on C-Span. They’re talking about it as part of a 2024 campaign.