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I am trying to find the words to express the feelings that this long season of loss has brought to us. As our nation slowly comes to terms with this pandemic, another shining light has been extinguished with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. These days have brought ou…

A few days ago I received a letter postmarked from Harrisburg with no return address and no identification inside. The first page listed 11 supposedly “exact quotations from Democrats” and a quote from Lincoln referring to me as not only “Ignorant” but “stupid.” The remaining pages listed 12…

On Sept. 15, I had the opportunity to meet virtually with Congressman Fred Keller as a lead volunteer with ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network). I shared with Congressman Keller that 2020 marks 50 years since I learned that cancer kills people when my Dad passed away from …

As a missionary I have studied, worked and lived in countries where presidents have refused to leave office when they are voted out. I’ve seen the results in countries where corrupt leaders use military and police power to prop them up when their policies are so destructive to the majority o…

If there were any doubts concerning the intentions of the Republican party in America today, its plans have become crystal clear in this election cycle. They are promoting an overthrow of American democracy, government by the people, and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. It begins w…

There’s little left of dignity in Congress. Or for that matter any respect for almost all of these elected people.

As a child, I watched the Wizard of Oz and wondered how anyone could talk without a brain.

If Joe Biden had been president from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there would be the same number of virus cases, the same number of deaths.

Do you realize how badly we as middle and lower class Americans are being duped by both political parties? They just don’t care about us.

In Mifflinburg, our pledge is to not only honor veterans but to also do something tangible to help them. Along with the yearly ceremony at the Union County World War II Honor Roll we will once again be doing our benefit for the VA home in Hollidaysburg.

It didn’t take long after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) put his hypocrisy on full display for the entire world.

It seems there’s no end to the lies the left will tell. Supposedly President Trump is to blame for 36,000 COVID-19 deaths because he didn’t act fast enough. Joe Biden condemned the president for shutting down flights from China in January, and later Europe? Biden didn’t admit he was wrong un…

When Kamala Harris was sworn into Congress, she listed her race as Indian-American. Kamala’s father is Jamaican, her mom is Indian, however she now refers to herself as an African American.

In a speech on Constitution Day, President Trump called the efforts of educators to help their students learn more about the injustices endured by Black Americans and other marginalized groups, “left wing indoctrination.” To counter these efforts he suggests that the American people, “clear …

I believe the corrupt mainstream media is not a reflection of reality; not even close.

Wars fought by my generation in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, requiring total federal government mobilization, resulted in 65,000 American deaths. They fully engaged 10 presidents since 1961.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died, leaving her Supreme Court seat open. When Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would block any nominations for a new justice. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Suprem…

“When a country is out of love with itself the whole of life conspires against it.”

Racism and atheism are fruits of ignorance. I don’t mean that in a derogatory or demeaning way but rather in the sense that we don’t know what we don’t know. Although there are many facets that make up our human minds, two keywords are association and communication. Growing up, we associate …

I have noticed during the pandemic a lot more people are walking and running, which is a good thing. However, a lot of them are doing it on the right (wrong) side of the street. They should be facing traffic on the left side.

Thank you H. Richard Hess for your letter (Sept. 11 “Enough already”) and for your service to our country. Your comments echo my sentiments exactly.

It’s said kids develop (learn) more in their first 5 years than the rest of their lives. Prior to the ’60s kids helped with the family chores. The parents had constant contact with them. With a better economy and starting school, parents worried their constant contact direction was gone. Don…

I agree with all three articles written by Stan Share, Peter Whitcopf, and Earl Hollenbach on the Sept. 15 Opinion page. My husband and I are both veterans.

Educators and learners of the Susquehanna Valley, we applaud you. To the community of educators at Shikellamy High School, we stand in awe of your strength and resilience.

David Koresh was recently referred to as a born-again Christian by the narrator of a television presentation on cults. I also recall an instance of a reader submitting to this publication that she “was born right the first time.” Koresh was not born again and neither the reader, nor any of u…

A developer is in the process of getting an approval to construct a rather large townhouse complex directly across from the Halifax Area High School. This stretch of Peters Mountain Road is the most congested highway in northern Dauphin County. Adding cross traffic to this corridor going to …

A recent Gallup poll showed 50% of Americans are worried about going bankrupt because of a medical issue. This is nothing new to rural people. We all have a friend, a family member, a coworker who has set up a GoFundMe to pay their medical bills.

With this election coming fast, Bob Woodward’s recording of the president’s admission that he had been briefed on the danger presented by the COVID-19 virus and decided to in his words “downplay the virus” leaves me incredulous. The president went on to explain in an ABC News Townhall that h…

I have been following the debate related to Trump’s calling veterans losers and suckers. Really? Does anyone doubt he said it? If you have listened to his news conferences and rallies you know he loves calling people who disagree with him hateful names, even mocking people with disabilities.

A reply to Albert Golfieri’s Sept. 8 letter about “Repatriation.” The issue of paying reparations to the descendants of Black slaves is important.

I am a health care provider, and one of my most sacred responsibilities to my patients is to know when to refer them to another health care provider. “Public health” is not my area of expertise, so when public health experts tell me to wear a mask, keep away from other people and take other …

We write to express our concern about Union County Chairman Preston Boop’s comment in The Daily Item report dated Sept. 12 about racist messages that are being sprayed illegally on public property in the greater Mifflinburg area.

As I sat at my desk, I noticed the appearance of the sun as it peaked through the haze and shone through my window. It looked orange and blotted out. It didn’t take much research to find out why. Smoke from the wildfires out west has made its way here.

 We are concerned about freedom of speech. My wife and I have lived in the beautiful countryside of Delaware Township for 42 years, both of us involved in serving our communities. My wife was a Williamsport music educator and I worked in regional economic development. From my early childhood…

Hearing them read the names of those who died on 9/11 is moving but who is going to read the names of more than 200,000 dead by COVID? Who is going to read my father’s name — Harry Skill Woolway — who died of COVID? The administration knew that this airborne virus was spread easily and throu…

Five thousand dollars would feed a lot of people, beautify our parks, assist foster children, etc. Our Snyder County Republican Commissioners decided to pay an outside firm to check the signatures on mail-in/absentee ballots on taxpayers’ expense.

Wildfires in the western states have devastated millions of acres of land and hundreds of homes. The death toll of humans and animals is mounting. For those of us who have friends, relatives and colleagues in the west, we follow the updates with fear. The air quality ratings show that poor a…

I want to thank the people who came out to protest the antisemitic image that someone drew in our community this week. I am so grateful for your time and effort to reject that hateful symbol.

Looking back as I remember 9/11, I am horrified at Donald Trump’s recent statements. He called our soldiers killed in war “losers and suckers.” My father, at 19, with only one eye, enlisted in World War II. The country needed men. My husband at 52 came out of retirement to go to Iraq. The Ar…

A common conservative excuse, when an officer shoots an unarmed Black man, is that the victim was guilty of, or accused of, one or more crimes.

Here we are again, in the middle of America’s two most useless national holidays ... Labor Day and Columbus Day. 

I’m writing this op-ed because I can no longer be silent while the country I grew up in is slowly corrupted by Donald Trump and his sycophants.

When a group or a nation is divided, the antidote is usually a common enemy. Not so with coronavirus. This invisible deadly enemy has instead brought into clearer focus all that splinters the human race.

Rep. Fred Keller’s recent (Aug. 25) column made many false claims about Mr. Trump’s “leadership” which I could not adequately answer, so I will stick with his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This letter is in response to Mr. Albert Golfieri’s “Repatriation” letter from Sept. 8. The letter attempts to argue against reparations for descendants of slaves but does a good job arguing for reparations.

Recently Pastor Butch Woolsey (Letter to the Editor, Sept. 6) listed all the reasons he will vote for Donald Trump this November. Please Mr. Woolsey, do not list his support for the military as a positive attribute. Mr. Trump is a four-time draft dodger.

You can’t listen when you’re shouting. We listen quietly when a pastor says we are to heal the sick and feed the hungry. When a politician says the same thing, some will shout “Socialism!”

I am not sure that this letter will persuade voters to change their votes regarding the upcoming presidential election. However, I feel an obligation to express my view that the Trump policy of separating children from parents who present at our border is illegal, mean-spirited, ill-conceive…