Health care cost inflation is expected to increase over the next year by more than 6 percent, following six years of low growth. There are many reasons, including an aging population seeking more complex care and increasing enrollment in health plans du (read more)
It's a mystery. How does a state long a political colossus in presidential politics fail so dismally, election after election, to produce presidential aspirants? Pennsylvania's first, only and maybe last president was James Buchanan, who held the office (read more)
Everyone knows that everyone has Internet access, right? Well, except for the fact that not everyone has easy online access. And that's an important policy matter as many Pennsylvania politicians angle to use the Internet to diminish government transpare (read more)
The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news: Cheers to Line Mountain School Board member Lamont Masser, who capped a contentious meeting that included debate about a music teacher hiring by reminding members of a disgruntled audience that (read more)

Letters to the editor
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2013:02:07 20:30:54 The Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities (NCCAH) was established to enhance the quality of life, economic development and tourism in Northumberland and surrounding counties through promotion of the arts for all age groups, by offerin (read more)
One month has passed since Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the state budget. The goal should be to enact a budget built upon fact versus one built on the propaganda being circulated by the governor and special interest groups from Washington, D.C. Gov. Wolf and his (read more)
To the editor: In the Tuesday, July 21, issue of The News-Item, the headlines described the $1.7 million road construction project on Route 61 in the Weigh Scales area. PennDOT added a turning lane for 61 North to access Bridge Street at the Wayside Inn (read more)
To the editor: I would like to share with Kulpmont residents my account of the two "stinkholes/sinkholes in the borough. Why am I calling them "stinkholes?" Because the entire scenario "stinks," if you ask me. For starters, our borough receives "liquid f (read more)
To the editor: An article entitled "Education tax shift requires proper balance" appeared recently in the In Our Opinion segment of the newspaper. The writer favored a balanced approach that would combine lower property taxes and other taxes when changin (read more)

Sound Off
The flag For our country and servicemen, people should have the decency to change the flags to make sure they are presentable rather than all ripped up. Mural suggestion I would like to thank these people who are making the effort to beautify Shamokin wi (read more)

Time Machine
- The Shamokin School Board released figures showing it had cost just over $326,000 to operate the school system the previous year. - Police warned residents to be on the lookout for counterfeit $10 bills being passed in the borough by a smooth looking (read more)
- Although virtually everyone in the area heated homes with anthracite coal, eyebrows were raised as oil expert Henry Doherty made a statement that sounded familiar, even though it was made more than six decades ago. Doherty said if the United States did (read more)