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Totalitarianism is a form of government and a political system that prohibits all opposition parties, outlaws individual and group opposition to the state and its claims and exercises an extremely high if not complete degree of control and regulation over public and private life. The FBI, IR…

I believe in school choice for Pennsylvania because I am a product of school choice. I attended private and public schools through the ’70s and ’80s. Also, I appreciate the high-quality education my children and grandchildren have received at public brick-and-mortar charter schools, Cyber pu…

Northumberland is my hometown and I have lived here all my life. I’m very proud of my community and its citizens. Unfortunately, I had an incident occur around New Year’s. Someone stole two antique metal wagon wheels from our yard. They weren’t of great value but I feel violated that someone…

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is at a very critical turning point at this time. For many decades they have served the needs of all Pennsylvania hunters from the youngest to the senior citizens that have supported the Game Commission both mortally and financially for decades.

When Northumberland and Sunbury consolidated their two schools into the present Shikellamy School District many years ago, taxpayers in both communities benefited by knowing that their tax dollars were paying for only one administrative unit, one cafeteria and coaching staff, one professiona…

Recently, we had two diverse examples of the human condition on the national stage. Last Monday night as many did the same, I sat to watch a highly anticipated football game between Buffalo and Cincinnati. Halfway through the first quarter Damar Hamlin was injured and needed CPR on the field…

Last Congress, Democrats in Washington made it their priority to give the IRS significant new powers — from hiring new agents to allowing the agency greater access to your financial information. What did it get us? Well, just recently we learned that the IRS had the sensitive data for 120,00…

After an excruciating couple of days and 15 votes, newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) proudly declared that Republicans have “learned how to govern.” I’m not sure how this debacle taught the GOP what they should have known for years, but they have wasted no time in demonstrati…

Over the last few weeks, there have been several articles that have been published in local newspapers concerning the uptick in crimes in Northumberland County. What I find mind blowing is the comments coming from the Northumberland County District Attorney, Tony Matulewicz.

An unprecedented viral surge hit local youth hard this winter, and it’s impacted the availability of children’s ibuprofen, acetaminophen and many other cold medications. Across our region, shelves at pharmacies are bare or close to it.

Thank you to the PPL line repairmen, you dedicated heroes who go out in all weather so we, the public, can have our electricity.

First, thank you David Faust for your letter which appeared in The Daily Item (Nov. 2). And just why — because it has finally answered the question I have been asking since my first letter to this newspaper back in August last year — specifically, just why am I, a 74 year-old retired senior,…

If you think Congress is corrupt and no one is looking out for us little guys, please watch carefully as the Republicans take office and are in the lead this year in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A new year used to be hope for a change to make all that was wrong right.

It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s a good time for elected community officials to consider the addition of a separate budget account or item for community development and improvements.

Medicare for all tops my New Year’s wish list, especially if it prevents those large private, for profit, health insurance companies from raiding the Medicare Treasury and also eliminates endless advertising for those Medicare Advantage plans. This does not mean that those corporate health i…

For 25 years I worked in a maximum-security juvenile facility. It’s not called a prison, but it had 16-foot fences with razor wire, lots of locked doors, frequent head counts, and residents sent there by a judge.

I’m not sure if Albert Golfieri is mad or glad or for or against free speech after reading his letter “Say bye to First Amendment” but I don’t believe the president or Congress has the power to step in for any union dispute they feel like settling.

I just spent a delightful evening at Sunbury Zion Lutheran church, enjoying a Christmas concert featuring our own Sunbury City Band, under the direction of Thomas Gegenheimer.

Having been a veteran of many school concerts, always obligatory and not always convenient, I was admittedly looking forward to attending this year’s winter concert. Not to be a Debbie Downer at all, I was truly impressed by the cheerfulness, talent, and cohesiveness of both students and the…

In my editorial letter published on May 20, 2020, I stated, “Our congressman, Mr. Fred Keller, is a smart man.” News released this morning has caused me to reassess that statement.

On Dec. 7, the Daily Item published my letter disapproving of the outrageous call from candidate Donald Trump to “terminate” the Constitution, a remedy he seeks for his tedious, repeated, and utterly false claims that he won the 2020 presidential election. He does so despite around 60 failed…

Union County Children and Youth Services hosted a holiday party for families and children on Dec. 3, at Saint John’s United Church of Christ, Lewisburg. Fifty-two parents and children attended the luncheon, which was followed by gifts, cookie decorating, a raffle, dessert, and a visit from S…

What do women, African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Jews, Gays, Trans people, Asian Americans and those with disabilities have in common? Answer: Marginalization.

As you all are aware, President Joe Biden signed a bill settling contract negotiations between the union and railroad companies. He is opening the door to free speech.

Yesterday my best friend died. We often talked about death. With our age and her health problems she said the saving grace was that we would die before the nation we loved disintegrated. The on-going fighting, the parties voting for the party line, right or wrong. She escaped seeing the demi…

No one will ever mistake Newt Gingrich for a Democrat. He helped usher in the Tea Party and has long defended Donald Trump. But Gingrich has seen the light on one aspect of politics today. He believes Biden is winning.

As the Mahoning Township tax collector, I am deeply sensitive to the ever-present threat of government overreach and overregulation. Government exists to protect individual freedoms, provide quality service, and remain accountable to the people it serves. Most of those services, I believe, a…

Would you rather be awakened on Sunday morning by church bells pealing in the vales or hunters’ guns firing from the forests and byways?

We recently celebrated America Recycles day, a day to remind our community to recycle, why it is important, and how we can incorporate it more into our daily lives. With the high level of consumption that our community partakes in, there is a very large amount of waste that results from it. …

In October 2021, Hilary Clinton said “I will never be out of the game of politics.” She’s so right. It’s a game. How can you say it’s anything but a game?

District Attorney Larry Krasner of Philadelphia will undergo an impeachment process in Harrisburg (today and Wednesday). He is not charged with any crimes. Certain Pennsylvania politicians don’t like his ideas or official approach in Philly District Attorney’s Office.

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday I have a wish for all people. I wish that everyone takes some time to truly reflect on what in their life it is they’re thankful for. It seems easy enough even if there are many things going on causing massive anxiety. Yes we are being priced out fuel…

Congratulations Republicans. You got your wish. You now control the House of Representatives and are free to pass legislation on crime and inflation, the main issues you raised during the midterm elections. What’s that? You’ve got something else in mind?

Support the Blue! We see the signs as we drive around our community. What we don’t talk about is respect. We saw the ultimate disrespect on Jan. 6, 2021 — our capitol invaded, our police attacked. By whom? Attacked by people dressed up in pretend military costumes acting as unauthorized and …

The election is over. Commercials on TV are back to selling dog food and insurance, and as someone said, “It’s all over, but for the shouting.”

Every year, right before Thanksgiving, we take time as a nation to celebrate our public schools and to say thank you to all the Pennsylvanians who come together to make our schools strong.

Out of an “abundance of caution,” students in the Danville Area School District transitioned to remote learning on Friday after a threatening note was discovered in a bathroom stall inside the high school on Thursday afternoon. The note, in part, stated that someone was “going to shoot the s…

Our constitution doesn’t need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread! It seems people, including many politicians and reporters don’t understand that we have executive, legislative, and judicial branches, with a division of powers, and that powers not specifically reserved for the federal go…

The headline in Thursday’s Daily Item credited to Selinsgrove’s Superintendent Frank Jankowski, “Locker room damage not as bad as reported” says a lot about the integrity, moral, and ethical values being taught by demonstration to local students through the handling of the damage to the Milt…

First things first, I am now a registered Independent voter in Union County. Before that, I was a registered, John McCain Republican.

On Veterans Day, we thank our veterans and honor our heroes — past and present. It’s an opportunity to express our gratitude for their selfless service to our country and communities.

This November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, offering an important reminder to support all Pennsylvania caregivers.

On Nov. 8, 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered a new form of radiation that would change the face of medicine forever, the Roentgen ray or X-ray. For the first few decades, X-rays were used for diagnosing skeletal abnormalities and, eventually, for radiation therapy. Since then, radiology and …

The other day we were treated to a diatribe (oops, big word) from a local couple decrying (oops, again) the educated people from Lewisburg who use big words and look down on other people.

Another wonderful product of our government’s love of spending money we don’t even have is its ineptness and outright dereliction of responsibility in accounting for, prosecuting and recovering the huge amounts of money stolen every day from various programs.

The cruelty to animal charges placed against former turkey farm employees are yet another reason to celebrate ThanksVegan — PETA’s fresh take on the Thanksgiving holiday — and enjoy tasty vegan versions of traditional favorites, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean bake (“Seve…

I see by Pastor Butch Woolsey’s letter of Oct. 28 that I have run afoul of his community morality police in my support of a women’s reproductive freedom. Permit me to respond. Woolsey contends that personhood begins at conception and although not cited, uses Jeremiah 1:5, to back his argumen…

Yesterday my best friend died. We often talked about death. With our age and her health problems she said the saving grace was that we would die before the nation we loved disintegrated. The on-going fighting, the parties voting for the party line, right or wrong. She escaped seeing the demi…

No one will ever mistake Newt Gingrich for a Democrat. He helped usher in the Tea Party and has long defended Donald Trump. But Gingrich has seen the light on one aspect of politics today. He believes Biden is winning.

As the Mahoning Township tax collector, I am deeply sensitive to the ever-present threat of government overreach and overregulation. Government exists to protect individual freedoms, provide quality service, and remain accountable to the people it serves. Most of those services, I believe, a…

Would you rather be awakened on Sunday morning by church bells pealing in the vales or hunters’ guns firing from the forests and byways?

We recently celebrated America Recycles day, a day to remind our community to recycle, why it is important, and how we can incorporate it more into our daily lives. With the high level of consumption that our community partakes in, there is a very large amount of waste that results from it. …

In October 2021, Hilary Clinton said “I will never be out of the game of politics.” She’s so right. It’s a game. How can you say it’s anything but a game?

District Attorney Larry Krasner of Philadelphia will undergo an impeachment process in Harrisburg (today and Wednesday). He is not charged with any crimes. Certain Pennsylvania politicians don’t like his ideas or official approach in Philly District Attorney’s Office.

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday I have a wish for all people. I wish that everyone takes some time to truly reflect on what in their life it is they’re thankful for. It seems easy enough even if there are many things going on causing massive anxiety. Yes we are being priced out fuel…

Congratulations Republicans. You got your wish. You now control the House of Representatives and are free to pass legislation on crime and inflation, the main issues you raised during the midterm elections. What’s that? You’ve got something else in mind?

Support the Blue! We see the signs as we drive around our community. What we don’t talk about is respect. We saw the ultimate disrespect on Jan. 6, 2021 — our capitol invaded, our police attacked. By whom? Attacked by people dressed up in pretend military costumes acting as unauthorized and …

The election is over. Commercials on TV are back to selling dog food and insurance, and as someone said, “It’s all over, but for the shouting.”

Every year, right before Thanksgiving, we take time as a nation to celebrate our public schools and to say thank you to all the Pennsylvanians who come together to make our schools strong.

Out of an “abundance of caution,” students in the Danville Area School District transitioned to remote learning on Friday after a threatening note was discovered in a bathroom stall inside the high school on Thursday afternoon. The note, in part, stated that someone was “going to shoot the s…

Our constitution doesn’t need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread! It seems people, including many politicians and reporters don’t understand that we have executive, legislative, and judicial branches, with a division of powers, and that powers not specifically reserved for the federal go…

The headline in Thursday’s Daily Item credited to Selinsgrove’s Superintendent Frank Jankowski, “Locker room damage not as bad as reported” says a lot about the integrity, moral, and ethical values being taught by demonstration to local students through the handling of the damage to the Milt…

First things first, I am now a registered Independent voter in Union County. Before that, I was a registered, John McCain Republican.

On Veterans Day, we thank our veterans and honor our heroes — past and present. It’s an opportunity to express our gratitude for their selfless service to our country and communities.

This November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, offering an important reminder to support all Pennsylvania caregivers.

On Nov. 8, 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered a new form of radiation that would change the face of medicine forever, the Roentgen ray or X-ray. For the first few decades, X-rays were used for diagnosing skeletal abnormalities and, eventually, for radiation therapy. Since then, radiology and …

The other day we were treated to a diatribe (oops, big word) from a local couple decrying (oops, again) the educated people from Lewisburg who use big words and look down on other people.

Another wonderful product of our government’s love of spending money we don’t even have is its ineptness and outright dereliction of responsibility in accounting for, prosecuting and recovering the huge amounts of money stolen every day from various programs.

The cruelty to animal charges placed against former turkey farm employees are yet another reason to celebrate ThanksVegan — PETA’s fresh take on the Thanksgiving holiday — and enjoy tasty vegan versions of traditional favorites, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean bake (“Seve…

I see by Pastor Butch Woolsey’s letter of Oct. 28 that I have run afoul of his community morality police in my support of a women’s reproductive freedom. Permit me to respond. Woolsey contends that personhood begins at conception and although not cited, uses Jeremiah 1:5, to back his argumen…