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On Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States hit 500,000. Half a million of our fellow Americans have died in this pandemic. It has touched the life of every town, every religious congregation, every school, every family. People who say, “I don’t know anybody …

President Biden promised to follow the science. The CDC (science), backed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, says schools can safely be reopened for in-person instruction. Biden had pledged in December to reopen “the majority of our schools” in his first 100 days, in February he backtracked to “the major…

Rep. Fred Keller recently issued statements criticizing President Biden’s energy policies.

A book entitled “Gathering Storm, America’s Militia Threat” stipulates members of extremists organizations share common characteristics such as “estranged from the political processes we take for granted... people who see their government as the enemy... believe laws and the legal system are…

No one can blame politicians for weather-related crises, but we can learn a lot by their response. As Texans recently were freezing in their homes, living with no electricity, and dealing with water and food shortages, three key politicians in the state did their best to avoid responsibility…

Lewisburg Area School District’s proposed 2 mill tax increase is out of order. Almost all surrounding counties have held steady, and 2 mill increase? The audacity of this is idiotic!

Let us be clear: Conservatives voted for Sen. Pat Toomey to hold office — regardless of party affiliation just as liberals have voted for Bob Casey. The populous has faith the officeholder they select will represent them in government based upon aligned values. The people do not expect their…

The Feb. 20 Daily Item front page featured an article about Northumberland and Snyder County Republican committees voting to censure U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. This is only one among many stories about Republican groups in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. failing to recognize that senators are…

Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s I was happy playing games with family and friends. There was no winning or losing. Just being a part of was the joy (like having your vote counted).

Well, the decision is in. President Donald Trump has been acquitted and rightfully so. Chuck Schumer said that even if Trump is acquitted, they have other avenues to pursue. Let us do this instead. Impeach those players that have done more to insight insurrection than anyone.

The decision Ted Cruz made, to fly to Cancun, while the state he represents suffers from extreme cold weather, with severe power outages and lack of safe drinking water, just shows what a terrible leader he would be for this country.

I have been a registered Republican for more than 50 years and have resided in Northumberland County for more than 25 years. I agree with your editorial that the Northumberland County GOP was wrong to censure Sen. Pat Toomey.

The current pandemic has brought to the fore a host of issues and harsh realities that we have failed to address in our country. Economic, societal and educational problems reached a critical stage. Many people are still unemployed, many businesses have closed, and many more will close; our …

So PennDOT now wants to add tolls on nine of our interstate bridges. And just why? As they explain: Because of a funding gap caused by increased fuel efficiency, increased use of electric vehicles and reduced travel during the pandemic.

Are you scratching your head? I am.

It is pretty clear now that Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party is complete. Even politicians who criticized him after the events of Jan. 6, like House and Senate Minority Leaders Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, have come crawling back. The party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt a…

I’ve been a Republican for more than 50 years. I have never seen the likes of the people we have as our representatives for both the State and U.S. House.

We would like to say thank you to our neighbors, the Carpenters, as they have kept our neighbors sidewalks and street cleared through all the snowstorms. They make sure people can get to their cars and have even cleaned our car off when needed. Their teenage son, Chase, has been a great help…

Why would the Pennsylvania Republicans censure Sen. Pat Toomey for doing the job the voters elected him to do? He actually paid attention to the trial and voted according to the evidence presented. He did not vote as ordered by the defendant.

All my life I have been a supporter of our two-party form of political structure. Up until recently, while the parties have often disagreed, they voted with majority rule and then moved on.

I can’t wait to hear the reasons Dan Meuser and Fred Keller have for defending Marjorie Taylor Greene. Just when I assumed they were done being ridiculous, they outdo their previous mess ups.

It is with grateful hearts that the Danville Area Community Center (DACC) Board of Directors and staff say “thank you” to our entire community. For more than 35 years, countless individuals, families, and organizations have supported the DACC through memberships, donations, bequests, and by …

There were two entities on trial in Mr. Trump’s Second Impeachment: Himself and his party!

In his guest column of Thursday, Feb. 11, Congressman Adam Kinzinger claimed the following quotation for Winston Churchill: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

Former President Trump was absolutely correct when he said he could kill someone on Fifth Avenue in New York City and not lose voter support. Forty-three U.S. senators have confirmed that truth, albeit down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

The writer of the letter “Unwavering loyalty” (Feb. 13) joined the chorus against Mr. Keller’s choice to object to the actions of the state Supreme Court, and the Secretary of the commonwealth.

Firearm sales hit a record high in 2020 and the United States is facing an ammunition shortage. There are several reasons for panic buying: 

I thank Mr. Peeling for pointing out Darwin’s birthday and the “evolution” of COVID-19 (Letter to the editor, Feb. 12). Some of us celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, instead. He believed in the creator God.

Fred Keller just doesn’t get it. The worst part about this is that he doesn’t want to get it. He chooses ignorance over creating any conflict with his rigidly held “conservative” political ideology. He is more concerned by holding to his sometimes irrational view of what conservatism means.

I believe we had had an election that was filled with fraud with Pennsylvania at the top of the list. President Trump, Congressmen Fred Keller and Dan Meuser, and others are following their Biblical values. Those who called for the impeachment of President Trump and for Fred Keller and Dan M…

Here are the exact words of our Constitution in regard to the Senate’s role in conducting trials of those officeholders who have been impeached by the House:

Richard Sheaffer’s defense of Fred Keller (Letter to the Editor, Feb. 9) as a sincere, decent, God-fearing man is probably absolutely correct.

The misleading falsehoods from Rep. Fred Keller continue. His statement published Jan. 29 and letter on Feb. 5, both regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, confuse reality. The Keystone XL and natural gas pipelines are two distinctly different forms of energy production (crude oil and natural g…

Once again I find myself writing to congratulate and agree with a political opponent. Good for you, Mike Glazer (Letter to the Editor, Feb. 10), for your ability to smell the burning engine of our democracy, and for your willingness to think difficult thoughts in response! I, for one, would …

Our neighbor and her friends pulled up in front of our homes after having lunch and her friends spotted our elephants on the front porch and in the flowerbeds.

Feb. 12 is the birthday of two great men, both born on the same day in the same year — 1809. One was, of course, Abraham Lincoln; the other, Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution by natural selection forever changed our understanding of the world.

The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) renews its call for the Wolf administration and the new COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force to prioritize vaccinating corrections officers in state prisons over smokers.

“The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.” — Proverbs 12:10

President Biden has revoked the Mexico City Policy, and those of us who are pro-life need to tell him we strongly disagree with this action. The Mexico City Policy states that U.S. funds cannot be used for oversea non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions. Now that the…

Rather than writing a long, point-by-point response to Fred Keller’s “My Turn” column in the Feb. 5 edition of The Daily Item, I’d just like to suggest that Mr. Keller refrain from his impulse to characterize all proposals by Democrats as pathways to catastrophe. Aiming for a clean-energy fu…

I thought cruelty to animals both big and small, if convicted, was a felony. I have never seen any of the offenders charged as a felony.

A local district canceled school last week due to a snow storm. Some parents were disappointed that the district did not provide virtual instruction on the snow day. Part of the superintendent’s rationale for the decision may surprise you.

I have seen several analyses of the actions of individual members of Congress related to the insurrection of Jan. 6. But I have not seen an analysis of the collective effort of the 147 Republicans who opposed the certification of Joe Biden as president. What were these people trying to do an…

Like the clutch in my 10-year-old standard transmission Jeep, the American system of government is beginning to burn out. If you pay attention, you can smell something is burning and soon the gears will no longer mesh. I’m ignoring it. Maybe it’s my imagination? But I know It’s not. I fear t…

The American Cancer Society recently released its annual cancer report which showed a decline in cancer mortality and incidence rates for its 31st year. It marks another historic year in the fight, but also an equally troubling one.

All of the individuals who have berated Rep. Fred Keller lately in their editorials have obviously never met the man. Fred is one of the most honest, sincere, decent, God-fearing men I know. Unfortunately the left continues to perpetuate the lie that Fred ever said that there was fraud in th…

I’d like to bring further attention to the loss of an unsung hero, Connie Beegle. She passed on Jan. 30.

I have been baffled by the ongoing, almost fervent support of the so-called political Christian right for Donald Trump. Is there anyone who can rationally, with fact and evidence explain this to me?

Surely Mr. Shirk (Jan. 29 letter to the editor) knows that not one single challenge to the electors was allowed in 2017. In fact, any attempt was gaveled down by Vice President Joe Biden.