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I have been undecided about my vote for judge, being unacquainted with either candidate. Both are Republicans; I am a Democrat.

I got another big, glossy postcard in the mail, designed by the Commonwealth Foundation to deceive.

I became a Danville Area School Board member to serve our community. It is an honor to be part of a district that is exemplary, strives to do its best and believes in continuous improvement.

Responding again to Joe Fischer’s epistle of May 2 wherein my April 25 letter was referenced, and I admit I got quite a chuckle from it. If the postscript military reference was meant to impress or intimidate, it didn’t!

We, the members of the Danville High School Class of 1970, strongly encourage voters in the Danville Area School District to vote for our friend and classmate Robert “Bob” Buehner for a position on the Danville School Board.

Isn’t it true that when any law is passed in the state of Pennsylvania, the governor can veto that law? And isn’t it true that the legislature can override that veto with a two-thirds vote? Then it seems that state law already gives the governor some powers of decision-making but it can be o…

I’ve seen a lot of “thank yous” going out to our health care workers this past week. While these well wishes are certainly well deserved and justified, I would also like to draw our attention to another group of workers who have continued to work every day through this pandemic.

In a recent column in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grace Dickinson spelled out what she believes are myths about the, in her words, “dangerous COVID-19 vaccine side effects.” I, as a person who has no intention to be jabbed, would like to explain my feelings as well as show I’m not some fear-m…

Who is the most important person in the world and what is the most important and strongest emotion? When I think of my mother a warm feeling comes over me because I equate her with warmth and love, even though she has been gone a long time.

Pennsylvania has long been an energy-producing state where companies have exploited our natural resources and created prosperity for our citizens. However, this prosperity comes at a terrible cost in terms of air and water pollution that threaten our health and the health of our natural envi…

Whether an elected official agrees with their constituents, and whether they will work to implement requested changes, is a decision the official will make.

Does the Democratic governor or the Republican-controlled legislature really want to improve Pennsylvania’s business climate? No, they’re more interested in lowering the corporate income tax rate and that would only reduce Pennsylvania’s corporate tax revenue; but it wouldn’t improve the sta…

With the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have all seen — some of us up close and personal — just how vital nurses are on the front lines of the nation’s health care system.

As we begin National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12) and prepare for National Hospital Week (May 9-15), it’s important to take this opportunity to pause and recognize the work health care workers here in the Central Susquehanna Valley have done over the past tumultuous year.

I am a 70 year old grandfather; I, like Martin Luther King, have a dream. I dream that my grandchildren and all innocent youth will be allowed to grow up in an open society, a society that is based on our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

After reading the guest columnist from the president of PPL Electric Utilities, Greg Dudkin, in the April 8 issue of The Daily Item, I feel I have to respond.

Most of us are celebrating the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial as an indication that justice at last can be found for the murder of an unarmed Black man killed by the police. Of course, it will not restore life to George Floyd, but perhaps it will deter other policemen from killing Black …

After watching President Biden deliver his 100 days address to Congress to a stone-faced Mitch McConnell (which even his face mask couldn’t conceal), snoozing Ted Cruz, and typically malevolent hypocrite, Lindsey Graham, it is significant that the most prevalent Republican response is someth…

On one of the proposed state amendments on the primary ballot, Article 1 reads as follows in layman’s language as stated by the state attorney’s office: “This equal right to be free from racial or ethnic discrimination will exist independent from any such rights under the U.S. Constitution o…

Last month, I volunteered and was appointed to the Limestone Township Planning Commission in Union County.

A few weeks ago a letter from a high school student anticipated the arrival of self-driving cars. The writer lamented that traffic would move more efficiently and our roads would be safer if human error were removed from driving.

As I see our community begin to return to normality after a year of lockdowns, misinformation, illness, and loss of loved ones there are signs of improved spirits throughout our counties. Our local health care workers have been through difficult trials, and they continue to help us improve w…

It’s all a bit bewildering. I live in Northumberland County, got my shot at the Veterans Affairs clinic in Williamsport, Lycoming County, by a staff from the VA in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. If my vaccination was reported by the VA, which county was used?

Despite his unfortunate error concerning the church’s present stance on Galileo’s tradition-shattering observations on “heliocentricity” (see the 1992 statement from John Paul II, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences) — Trey Casimir’s comments about transcendence in the April 27 Daily Item…

Back in the 18th century, Americans understood the distinction between civilian guns — guns used for hunting and sport — and military guns — guns used to inflict mass killings. This is why, for example, ordinary citizens owned shotguns and non-automatic rifles but did not own cannons.

Interesting, the lack of any outrage from the left lately, regarding things that set their hair on fire the past few years.

On April 15, The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 217-210 vote. Unfortunately, Representatives Fred Keller and Glenn Thompson cast ‘no’ votes.

I have a suggestion on how to stop a large number of shootings by police. First let me say there are bad cops out there that need to be fired. There are also more better police out there than bad.

When I was a child my life’s dream was to live in a library. I had discovered the local library in a suburb of Reading where I grew up which I not only haunted weekly, but even dreamed about as I slept.

As I watched the videos of senseless, tragic, needless violence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and Windsor, Virginia, I wondered what became of the job description “peace officer.” You know, like the vacationing Swedish cops a few years ago who disarmed and immobilized a knife wielder on a N…

Donald Trump was setting everyone up for a potential loss more than a year before the 2020 election. He never had a general approval rating of over 49%, and his ratios fell to 45% in October 2020. He insisted “the system is rigged against me” and warned of massive fraud. Because of the pande…

John Peeler is much more educated than I am but he never ceases to amaze me with his lack of looking past the sound bites of issues (Letter to the Editor, April 11) That makes him no different than many others, but his diatribe against the voting legislation passed in Georgia is very problematic.

Most people forget about the holiday that doesn’t even occur every year. In fact, it is not even considered a national holiday. Leap Day occurs every four years on Feb. 29, a day on the other three years that simply does not exist.

I, among many students in college and grade schools across the country, am not a cisgender person. This means I do not identify with the gender I was assigned at birth. People like me who identify as transgender or non-binary face many obstacles in navigating public institutions, but the one…

I would like to respond to Jon Micek’s editorial in the April 14 edition of the Daily Item.

While school was originally a creation of a society in order to supply everyone with valuable knowledge they would need in order to be a capable human being, over time it has been manipulated to suit those who can profit from education.

I was born and raised a word guy — my father taught English and my mother edited this newspaper. However, life has taught me that words are not enough, and sometimes words are lies. The philosopher David Abram’s “Spell of the Sensuous” helped me to articulate some of these ideas more fully, …

Many people wonder why we don’t have self-driving cars when 10 years ago people thought people would own one in a few years.

Every spring, with an exception to last year, the top 68 NCAA Division I basketball teams compete in a single-elimination tournament for the National Championship, this is known as March Madness. Like most March Madness fans, I made brackets predicting the outcomes of each game in each round…

I am writing to respond to the Editor’s Notes column titled “Special report targets rural health care issues, solutions,” published on March 28. Over the last 15 years, I’ve experienced significant health challenges. Countless times I have relied on and received excellent care from our local…

One year into the pandemic and I’ve had plenty of time to think about a number of issues. I’m sure many of your readers have also pondered similar thoughts.

As I get older I laugh at myself when the first thing I check in The Daily Item are the obituaries. My laughter stops when I read a name of a person I’ve known.

For every government — or public school levied tax — there is a corresponding cost to collect that tax. For example, local and county governments and public schools levy per capita and real estate property taxes that are usually collected by elected tax collectors who are paid a set amount f…

Congratulations and thank you to the teacher and the high school who encouraged these writings in recent weeks. The many Student Voices pieces recently published in The Daily Item have been well thought out and beautifully written.

The school system claims to be educating students and preparing them for a bright future. Yet as many students leave their high school, they find themselves struggling to make a plan for the rest of their lives.