Editorials
"Running against Harrisburg" is a popular strategy. Most modern gubernatorial candidates seeking a first term, including incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, have "run against Harrisburg." They focus their campaigns heavily toward attacking Harrisburg "insiders" (read more)
Government secrets should be an oxymoron rather than a common aspect of public business. Even at the federal level, where national security is in play, secrets should be rare. At the local level, they should be non-existent. Local governing bodies such a (read more)
Despite a long history of hosting environmentally disruptive energy extraction industries, including thousands of coal mines and the nation's first oil well, Pennsylvania's government was woefully unprepared for the large-scale arrival of the natural gas (read more)
The News-Item's cheers and jeers from the past week of news: - Cheers to Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, who last Monday became the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor, for his actions in Iraq and Afgha (read more)