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In his farewell address to the nation, President George Washington warned of the dangers of partisan party politics, and President James Monroe, too, warned that partisan political parties place the interests of the politics above the best interests of the nation.

When I read the letters submitted to this page I look to be informed by reasoned opinion even if different than my own and try to do the same when submitting a missive. When you get a response it’s a pretty good feeling. A recent letter of mine has received several follow-ups and that’s both…

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) recently instituted a COVID vaccine requirement for all students and chaperones who will be attending the upcoming All-State Festival in the Poconos from April 6-9. While I recognize that the PMEA is a private organization and is legally en…

As I walk the streets of Shamokin and Coal Township, I see a lot of dogs. The most prevalent breed that I see is the pit bull. When I do see one, I hope the walker has a good grip on the leash. I’ve never feared a dog, but this breed scares me! They are the most unpredictable and dangerous d…

If you received a questionnaire about term limits for our politicians, please fill it out. I received one and while I don’t usually bother with these surveys as they are usually sent from a specific political party and skewed toward that party, I do plan to do this one.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its draft decision on coverage for monoclonal antibodies targeting amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Pennsylvania is currently being sued for failure to provide adequate funding to ensure a “thorough and efficient” education to all students, as required by our state Constitution.

Larry Lahiff’s commentary published on Jan. 16 relies on the same tired claims that white supremacists and rightwing extremists use to justify the repugnant belief that they are superior to other groups. Warnings about threats to ‘Western civilization’ and the elevation of western Christians…

It wasn’t my honor — as a representative of our region — to participate in the solemn ceremonies on Jan. 6 at our Capitol. Dan Meuser and Fred Keller should have been there to represent us — to represent our commitment to democracy and to honor the brave men and women who fought to defend th…

I find it appalling that anyone questions voter integrity laws, as Mr. Dahlmann did in a recent letter (Jan. 12). If a voter registers to vote he/she must show valid identification at the time of registration. Additionally, the ID may be requested at the first time voting. I find anything be…

Harry Prentiss’ letter of Dec. 7 and follow-up letter come across as a wee bit disingenuous. If I am reading the letter correctly his intent is to question the seriousness of the COVID pandemic.

Several days ago I purchased cold medication at a supermarket and was required to show identification.

Proud of The Daily Item — for its coverage of President Biden’s Jan. 6 speech and including the GOP committee leaders review. They felt he should have concentrated on the pandemic (do they live under a rock) instead of the “peaceful protest” at the Capitol. And for doing nothing for the coun…

On the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection, comments were made by our two local congressmen, Fred Keller and Dan Meuser that appropriately condemned the violent actions of those who participated in the insurrection.

I read with disbelief the comments in Thursday’s paper by Reps Meuser and Keller about the Jan. 6 insurrection (Election fraud claims fueled ‘terrible day’).

The Alzheimer’s Association announces a new campaign called “Time to Talk,” which focuses on the benefits of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

So Donald Trump wants to endorse Victor Orban of Hungary. Well that tells people what Trump is really against: Civil rights movement, women’s movement, the environmental movement and the gay rights movement.

In the next few weeks incumbent U.S. Representatives will declare if they are running for reelection to Congress. All 435 seats will be decided by the voters on Nov. 8.

I have seen former President Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. My review of the evidence convinces me otherwise and I concur with comments made by Jack Miller’s My Turn column on Jan. 6.

Dale Weeks, 78, died on Nov. 28 of sepsis. He was fully vaccinated. “He had waited 15 days to be transferred to a larger hospital with better treatment options, because facilities throughout Iowa did not have an open bed for him as a result of the latest hospital surge of unvaccinated patien…

Northumberland County Commissioners Sam Schiccitano and Joe Klebon have voted to appoint themselves to the Northumberland County Housing Authority. To my knowledge this county has never had two sitting county commissioners on the Housing Authority Board.

How would you feel that the day you were born somebody else had already planned the day of your execution? That is what is it is like for animals killed for their skin, fur, and feathers. We are taught stealing is a crime, yet every year we steal the lives of billions of animals for their sk…

The concept of capitalism has existed since our earliest ancestors, Homo Habilis, traded flat rocks and fish heads for tools of stone and flint. Even the earliest empires trading in the Mediterranean basin, the known world at that time, were engaged in a capitalist international trade system.

In the Dec. 19 Daily Item, Harry Prentiss writes of Pennsylvania’s COVID statistics, “I did not say they were absolutely wrong, I said I didn’t see how they added up.” It’s possible that he doesn’t understand what appears to him to be nonobvious or even counterintuitive information. In that …

My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones during this pandemic, but I am saddest for those who have lost people because they were misled and were lied to.

The problem with omnibus bills like the “Build Back Better Act” is the many details that are buried in it. Here are some examples of the hidden mandates of this bill.

Mr. Prentiss’s recent letter (Dec. 18) seems to identify the workplace where 10 employees deal with thousands of customers every week while handling bottles and money as a Fine Wines and Good Spirits state store. If that is an accurate reading we have his own story of how precautions work to…

Two of Pennsylvania’s prominent congressmen have recently been exposed, through an analysis of their social media history, of promoting the “Stop the Steal” movement to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Fred Keller and GT Thompson both promoted a coup by seeking to stop…

First, thank you to Sen. Gordner and Rep. Culver for the grant/funds to expand the Sunbury Transfer Station and to increase its daily operation levels and business in the city.

It isn’t easy being non-partisan, particularly in this current volatile political environment. Regardless of that difficulty and in the face of continued skepticism, the League of Women Voters has been and will continue to be a non-partisan organization. This choice made in 1920 by the Natio…

I don’t know Peter Mazurkiewicz. My response to Peter’s Dec. 14 letter to the editor is not personally addressed to him, but to the mindset he presented. I’ll address the ideas he expressed: The condemnation of 1) European exploration and expansion post 1492, 2) The deliberate near total ext…

I read about the conflict between Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance (CCRA) and the New Berlin Borough Council about what to do with feral cats, and I am very much in favor of TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Release over a simple ban on feeding feral cats. TNR has scientific evidence of its effectiveness at…

Harry Prentiss, in a letter to the editor published on Dec. 7, questioned the accuracy of the daily reports of 5,000 plus COVID-19 cases over the last several weeks. He also questioned the efficacy of vaccinations if the reports of large numbers of infections are accurate.

There is no citizen in this country more “Republican” than Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney. The daughter of Dick Cheney, Republican White House Chief of Staff, Congressman, Secretary of Defense and Vice President, she voted with Donald Trump 93% of the time.

The McClure-West Beaver Community Chest Fund Drive has ended for 2021. A total of $6,480 was collected from area residents and businesses.

In response to a recent letter I submitted about the recent COVID-19 numbers, Trey Casimir (Letter to the editor, Dec. 11) decided to clarify what I meant and what my beliefs are. He overstepped and misconstrued both attempts. While my numbers involving the employees in my store are a very s…

President Biden has a choice to make: Does he want to establish his legacy as a president who protected our freedom to vote, or not?

Now that the Penn State football season is all but over, I feel that it should be pointed out that the team has probably been defrauded of the National Championship! The referees were flagrantly corrupt and should be replaced, or better yet, eliminated. We can all certainly agree that for Pe…

Today we have Harry Prentiss to thank for so clearly explaining the modern conservative mind. It boils down to this direct quote from his recent letter: “That’s hard to believe.”

America’s two-fold original sin began when the “white plague,” our European ancestors, first set foot on the North American continent. Beginning with the settlements of Jamestown in Virginia, and the Bay Colony in Massachusetts, it was open season on the tribes inhabiting this land for more …

The Freedom to Vote Act sets national standards to safely and freely cast our ballots, ensure every vote is counted, and elect people who will deliver for us. Our Senators need to deliver the Freedom to Vote Act to the American people, and to do that, they need to let nothing stand in their …

Didn’t the county buy the white elephant (Celotex) for several million dollars from an area businessman who made a rather large profit?

In response to Marilyn Goldfarb’s Nov. 23 letter to the editor telling us what President Joe Biden has accomplished.

I love watching Dr. Oz and hearing of some non-pharmaceutical methods for weight loss, or the use of a neti pot. I do not feel he is poised to represent the state of Pennsylvania as a Senator, especially since he has lived in New Jersey for the last 20 years! An article in the April 2021 edi…

Reading the recent “Congressional Scorecard,” I see that neither Valley representative, Mr. Keller nor Mr. Meuser, voted to censure Paul Gosar, a Republican from Arizona.

Mask mandates and COVID vaccination requirements are a controversial topic. Some see the requirements as necessary and imperative; others see the requirement as restriction on our basic American freedoms.