Pennsylvania's court system has been plagued by some extraordinary corruption and less than honorable conduct by some of the honorable members of the courts. From Luzerne County's notorious "kids for cash" scandal, to former Supreme Court Justice Joan Or (read more)
The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news: n Jeers to the dilemma faced by Kulpmont's East End Fire Company regarding foreclosure on a $674,800 federal loan used to build a social hall in 2010. Trustees seem to be treating their failure (read more)
The question of why Penn State University's leadership agreed to arbitrary, unwarranted sanctions against the football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, which the National Collegiate Athletic Association had no authority to impose on its (read more)

Letters to the editor
Following is the letter sent Friday by Kulpmont Borough Council to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding the borough building project. Dear Mr. Ward: This is in response to your letter of Aug. 29, 2014, In order to ensure the safety, effectivenes (read more)
To the editor: October is National Long-Term care residents rights month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term care (LTC) residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of resident in all (read more)
To the editor: If the polls can be believed, Tom Wolf will be our next governor. If so, there may be some interesting prospects ahead for this area. On Wolf's website, one of his initiatives in particular, support for renewable energy, stands out as havi (read more)
To the editor: The decision by a small, obscure college to allow convicted cop killer Wesley Cook, aka Mumia Abu Jamal, the cold-blooded murderer of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, to address its recent graduating class is an open-hand slap (read more)
To the editor: Sometimes you just have to go with your heart and pray for guidance. Saturday, our prayers were answered. The unveiling of the Centralia time capsule was by no means a small undertaking. However, to see the reflection of pride in the heart (read more)

Sound Off
Send it out In response to the person looking to transfer VHS tapes to DVD: CVS Pharmacy does that through a vendor. Like clockwork About the gas and oil prices falling: It is election time; they always drop this time of year. After the elections they w (read more)

Time Machine
- The state Legislature approved a raise for county officeholders. The approval meant Northumber-land County commissioners would receive a salary of $10,600 a year, up $2,500 from the year before. The move wasn't popular with everyone. Some critics point (read more)
- The number one topic nationally and locally was World War II, in which the U.S. had been a participant for just under a year. - Two historic battles were shaping up at this time. One was in Russia, where it appeared the German army might conquer Stali (read more)