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The Union County WWII Honor Roll truly is one of the hidden treasures of this region. If you have never visited it in the Mifflinburg Community Park I encourage you to do so.

Nationally, Democrats and Republicans have been divided for several years. Locally, however, individuals with different political beliefs have been meeting informally in the Saturday Group. It was established by Mike Glazer, a Lewisburg-area resident. “My aim,” says Mike, “is to have each si…

The decisions of local government can impact your lives in significant ways, but too many voters ignore municipal elections. Five seats on Selinsgrove Borough Council will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Today, citizens throughout our great country have little input into foreign affairs, border issues, the work done in Congress, etc. Congressional legislation is usually in the form of Omnibus bills that do not proceed through committee hearings and are usually voted upon prior to anyone read…

Remember when the Republican Party was a champion of personal privacy? Now the Republicans in Harrisburg want to know everything they can about how you voted last year — as well as your driver’s license number and partial social security number. Not surprisingly, the leader in this effort is…

Pennsylvania’s governor is pushing to legalize marijuana. What about all the homeless this will create? What about all the ER overcrowding? What about all the heartaches? What about all the grandparents raising grandkids? What about all the car wrecks? What about all the funeral homes buryin…

In response to Lana Gulden’s My Turn (Oct. 10) about Indigenous Peoples’ Day, it was a nice letter absolutely shredding history. She regales us with the many accomplishments of the North, Central and South American inhabitants. I too am in awe of what they did. But as with all of the inhabit…

Biden’s and Harris’s field of dreams is coming true. Their border crisis grows worse by the day. A projection from the Princeton Policy Advisors shows that more than 1.8 million illegal immigrants are expected to cross the Mexico border by year end 2021. This will make 2021 the worst year on…

Two stories in The Daily Item caught my eye recently. On the front page, Bucknell announced raising their minimum wage to $15/hour.

The need for nuanced understanding seems to be lost in this era of extreme political partisanship. Could it be possible that there’s some middle ground rather than this black and white “my side is all pure and faultless, but everyone on the other side is ignorant, corrupt and evil” framing?

As he has done so many times in the past, John Peeler missed the point (Forward Thinking, Oct. 2). In his screed, he makes the point that white Americans have missed the point on immigration due to their fear of brown people crossing the border. In addition to being an incredibly ignorant fo…

On Nov. 2, East Buffalo Township residents will elect a new member of the board of supervisors. I am so pleased that Mike Glazer is one of the candidates.

I would like to respond to the letter from Ellen and Andrew Matragrano from Oct. 8, focusing on one statement, “One problem with abortion is that it does not deal with many of the underlying causes.”

It is time for the commissioners in Snyder, Union, Montour and Northumberland counties to unite in their support for the Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project. Most sections of the state have at least one independent community college. There is a void in our Valley where no such col…

I’m writing to comment on “Climate Change” in Sunday’s (Oct. 3) letters to the editor — not only to comment on the letter but also on your decision to publish it. One part of the letter contributes to a point of public debate by questioning whether spending public money on a Civilian Climate…

I recommend that readers check how the national debt rose to this level. Just Google national debt.

It is hard to believe that the Union County Commissioners and Lewisburg elected officials are debating the location of a voting location for Ward 3 of Lewisburg Borough.

Did you know that Medicare is projected to be broke by 2026? Let’s see why this is happening. Recently, a patient went to an area medical facility for a one-half hour recall appointment. For this short visit, Medicare was billed a total of $1,570.

The past few years have been difficult. We have seen some of the worst political division in our history and it has been topped off with a pandemic of epic proportions. Now, as life begins to move forward, we find ourselves in another election season. While this year’s election is one of the…

Did the Selinsgrove high school principal, a Shikellamy graduate, choose wrong-color uniforms as revenge for all the times the Seals beat the Braves?

Compared to most folks whose letters get printed on this opinion page I’m not that bright. I know this because I don’t have the answers to all of today’s critical questions. In fact, with the news cycle turning so quickly I seem to get my thoughts caught in the spokes.

Democrats are in an uproar over the Republicans attempt to strengthen voting rules and requirements by asking voters to provide a valid government identification each time they vote to ensure that they are who they say they are. If anyone is voting by mail, they are asking that the signature…

The prolonged stress that COVID-19 has added to the daily lives of Pennsylvanians and people across the nation should not be underestimated. According to a February 2021 report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 40 percent of adults in Pennsylvania reported symptoms of anxiet…

These climate advocates talk about CO2 levels in PPM (parts per million). CO2 levels over the last 8 million years have been between 3 and 4% of the atmosphere. How much change has there really been over the last 200 years?

I am a former teacher, coach, and school social worker in Bloomsburg and the surrounding area. As an active community member, I know first hand the impact that COVID has had on the health and wellbeing of the people in my community. I’ve also seen how the pandemic has made clear that the wea…

Tax cuts good, tax cuts bad! Deficits good, deficits bad! National debt needs limits, limits are bad. What do you think? The latter is a real question.

Mel Benjamin’s letter of Sept. 28 is just another example of how locals parrot Trump cult lies. I’m not a Democrat but I know ridiculous Republican talking points when I see them.

I’m one of those persons that has made a presence at protests, vigils, and gatherings supporting causes such as racism, sexism, xenophobia and misogyny for several years. I also serve on the board of the ACLU and have selected many for citizen journalism awards.

I have recently been reading about school districts being challenged to disregard Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandate for masks in school settings.

When the Midd-West School District superintendent retired recently, this was an excellent opportunity for the formation of a consolidated Snyder County School District with only one superintendent, one business manager, one athletic director, etc. and one school board.

To date, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Hawaii have all instituted the Crisis Standards of Care protocol for the hospitals in their state. Other states, such as Arizona, have had the protocol in place for a while — and many more are weighing this drastic option. This allows hospitals to make tri…

As I approach six months as Public Safety supervisor, I wanted to take time to update the public about our electronics recycling fundraiser and future plans for code enforcement in the city of Sunbury. More importantly, I wanted to thank the code enforcement staff — Mike, Joe, Darv, Samantha…

I’m so glad that someone finally spoke up about the fiasco of our Afghan withdrawal. Mr. Folk, I commend you on your letter of Sept. 10.

Recently the Selinsgrove High School Class of 1981 held its 40th class reunion. I would like to thank the committee members for an outstanding job. Their time and effort was greatly appreciated by everyone who showed up.

I have been following the sad story of Dr. Raymond Kraynak since it first made news in 2017. Once his trial started after several delays, I wondered, where was the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine before he was arrested? For the last few renewal cycles, I have had to complete at least one…

We, the people of God at Shiloh United Church of Christ, hold as our core value the worth and dignity of all persons as beloved children of God. So begins the covenant of our core mission statement as we seek to welcome, affirm, and love all people, inclusive of who they are.

I am writing this letter to thank all of our community — the families, volunteers and community partner organizations — for creating a wonderful event at The Public Library for Union County on Saturday, Sept. 18. The ReDiscover event provided an opportunity for children and adults to explore…

I’ve been told that 81-plus million people can’t be wrong. Well, Joe Biden has certainly proven them all wrong.

Permit me to respond to fellow veteran, William Folk’s Letter to the Editor (Sept. 10). My op-ed (Sept. 4) made three key points. First, across 10 years of teaching field grade officers at Command and General Staff College, no one was able to explain U.S. strategy for the war. Given my stude…

Before we criticize President Biden‘s management of the exodus from Afghanistan, we should consider the problem he faced. The Afghan army and entire government collapsed on Aug. 15. With less than two weeks to plan and execute the move, the United States evacuated almost 150,000 allied troop…

Because some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people in the Danville area may feel unwelcome or unsupported at this time, we want to share about PFLAG offering support groups for parents, friends, and families of LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ people themselves.

On Jan. 27, 1838, a young lawyer from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln rose to address the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield. Lincoln’s words strike like a thunderbolt across the centuries and flash upon the scene of our current discontent, “Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It wil…

The editorial page of a newspaper is supposed to be a space for rationally discussing specific points. The letter from U.S. Representative Fred Keller in The Daily Item (Sept. 12) is a political piece and not an opinion piece of writing. He slights the infrastructure bill, more government co…

After reading two articles in The Daily Item regarding the Northumberland County Children & Youth agency, I must ask the question: Who exactly are they working for and who benefits from this agency?

After local lawmakers condemned President Biden’s expanded vaccine mandates as “totalitarian measures,” I started wondering what other requirements they might consider “totalitarian”:

I heard on the news today (Sept. 15) that our congressman, Fred Keller attacked President Biden’s plan to order large businesses to require vaccinations or tests of their employees, to combat the COVID pandemic. I noted Congressman Keller still believes the best way to protect the health and…

According to recent reports the Republicans in the Pennsylvania State Senate have voted to subpoena the name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number, and social security number of every person who voted in either the Pennsylvania primary or general election last year.

Every time I drive by the vacant Sunbury Community Hospital, I find it inconceivable that it remains vacant. We need a local community hospital and should not have to rely on driving to distant hospitals for medical treatment, or especially for an emergency.