The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news: - Cheers to the myriad efforts to collect toys for the needy at Christmas, a practice that seems to grow with each passing year. Whether to aid Toys for Tots, the Janet Weis Children's Hospital (read more)
For all its challenges, there is one facet of the state pension system that is functioning well: forfeitures. Over the past decade, teachers who engaged in sexual acts with students, judges in the kids-for-cash scandal and lawmakers involved in using the (read more)
Note: This column was originally published in December 2011. Watching and listening to conservative media channels, the author says he doesn't believe anything has changed in three years. I am a Jew. I don't mind receiving Christmas cards or being wished (read more)
Sony Pictures has been given a rare gift by North Korea-backed hackers who penetrated the company's email and anonymous miscreants who threatened violence against movie theaters that show a movie that prompted the email attack. "The Interview," the movi (read more)
(John's note: Here is a very unusual and special Wanderin' Around column. It ran six years ago, but I've had some people ask about it recently, so here it is for those who saw it before, and for others new to the column. It tells the story of Stashu the (read more)
100 years ago - 1914 The new automobile of Dr. L.E. Constien, Ashland, ran away Saturday and it was very much damaged. The car was in front of his office. He came out and cranked it, and was just about to step into it, when it started at full speed down (read more)