Students returning to Pennsylvania schools will be exposed to new worlds of learning and, more so than kids in most other states, to infectious diseases. Pennsylvania has a lower vaccination rate than most other states, in some cases not rising to the ma (read more)
The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news: - Cheers to the boys from Lewisberry on their outstanding performance at the Little League World Series despite their loss to Japan in Sunday's championship game. Having a Pennsylvania team in (read more)
Line Mountain and Shamokin Area head back to school for 2015-16 with teacher strikes looming. Line Mountain's may come on Day 1 - Sept. 8, while Shamokin Area's teachers union has set a strike date of Sept. 16. And then there's Chester Upland School Dis (read more)
According to Gallup, the American public is caught up in an eight-year period of historically low confidence in traditional institutions that include government, banks, the media and even religious organizations.  Only the U.S. military and small busine (read more)
This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion. About 80 perc (read more)

Letters to the editor
To the editor: President Reagan said government is not the solution, but the problem. Ever since, Republicans have shown their hatred of government, which leads them to also hate, among other things, taxes. Taxes, it is said, raise the money that fuels (read more)
I am writing in response to the editorial titled, "Back in session, but for a waste of time," that was published Tuesday, the day that my House colleagues and I went to Harrisburg to try and restore some state funding to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable ci (read more)
To the editor: Tony Matulewicz correctly summarized what appears to be growing signs of ineptness by District Attorney Ann Targonski when he said, "The public needs to have confidence in our justice system, and today in Northumberland County our citizens (read more)
To the editor: A native of Kulpmont, I visited Mount Carmel Are High School in April to celebrate National Poetry Month with students there. I sometimes hear from residents of the coal region that "things are not the same" and that the area is going down (read more)
To the editor: The News-Item's recent editorial, "Back in session but for a waste of time," correctly pointed out that Pennsylvania has the biggest legislature in the country. It also said Pennsylvania is the second most expensive. While it's true that (read more)

Sound Off
Wreck is going down Many people drop out of the workforce because the "free money" makes it possible to secure a steady income. Welfare was intended to help citizens unable to produce enough to support their own needs because of accident or perhaps a bir (read more)

Time Machine
• The war in Europe raged on, with Adolf Hitler’s forces at Moscow’s Door — a goal the Nazis would never reach. And with every sign pointing to the U.S. getting into the conflict, the Nazis torpedoed a U.S. tanker in the North Atlantic. It was apparent that if America was to keep aiding Britain in its gallant stance against the Axis, war was inevitable. (read more)
- This was a war year, and the Russian Relief Committee of Coal Township had raised five tons of clothing for the Soviet Union, now a member of the Allied Nations in the second World War, after having begun the war allied with Germany, Italy and Japan. - (read more)