Letters to the Editor
To the editor: Recently, President Obama stated that all white people have a privileged way of life. Obviously, the president has little knowledge of our coal region history. So, here are a few facts. Our ancestors emigrated to the United States to work (read more)
Cruise Sponsors The Kulpmont Cruise Committee has expressed appreciation to sponsors for their contributions to this year's event. "The donations they give us help to buy the awards for the cruisers, pay for the DJ, facilities, the Victorian High Wheeler (read more)
To the editor: Under the threat of thunderstorms, the 13th annual Kulpmont Cruise was still a success. Even though 50 to 70 vehicles were no shows because of the weather forecast, the Cruise Association was very satisfied with the turnout. More than 150 (read more)
To the editor: Mixing the right to a civil same-sex marriage with a religious marriage is like mixing apples and oranges. Every religion, whether it be Catholic, Islam or Evangelical, has its own criteria for marriage based on the religious beliefs of th (read more)
To the editor: In March, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a budget proposal that included almost $5 million in new tax increases for Fiscal Year 2015-16 (which rises to an $8 billion increase for the following year) and a 16.1-percent increase in new spending. His (read more)
Comments from Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, about the liquor privatization legislation approved Tuesday by the General Assembly and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf:   "Today is a huge victory for consumers and taxpay (read more)
"Senate Bill 1 is a cruel trick that some lawmakers are trying to play on middle class Pennsylvanians and taxpayers," said Pennsylvania State Education Association President Mike Crossey. "Even though this bill doesn't save a dime in next year's budget a (read more)
Pennsylvania State Education Association President Mike Crossey, a former special education teacher, issued the following statement Tuesday regarding "a partisan state budget plan" approved by the General Assembly. According to Crossey, the budget plan f (read more)
"Pennsylvania's public servants deserve more than uncertainty and political gimmicks when it comes to their retirement planning," commented Matthew J. Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation. "This bill helps stops the bleeding in a (read more)
To the editor: Few people would freely admit they are racists or even prejudiced. Consider the following. When a photo of a criminal or a person in line seeking assistance appears in a newspaper, the reaction of many white readers depends on the race of (read more)
To the editor: The recent shooting in a South Carolina church has re-ignited the debate concerning gun control. Sadly, the larger issue of our liberties weighing against our securities will likely be missed in this discussion. As Americans, we enjoy righ (read more)
To the editor: There he goes again - Charles Picarella Jr., the "whining Inmate," this time spewing his hogwash about unfair sentencing guidelines from inside the State Correctional Institution at Bellefonte, trying to sound like a constitutional intelle (read more)
To the editor: According to the federal government, more than one in four nursing homes are so substandard that they actually threaten their patients' health. Our patient experience proved that nursing homes are far from a home. I cared for my mom for 1 (read more)
To the editor: After two years of pleading with council to pause, discuss, stop spending and have citizen input to the now infamous "duck pond" project, our council heeded none of our requests and instead continued, financially blind, into the $200,000 p (read more)
To the editor: In regards to proper court access rights, physical access by an inmate to a law library is required. Segregated inmates may be excluded from physical access on security grounds. If, in fact, we are classified as such an inmate, however, ou (read more)
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) released this statement applauding the work of the Basic Education Funding Commission, saying the proposed formula developed by the group over the past year is a great step forward to adequate, equitable (read more)
To the editor: I, along with many other residents of Shamokin, believe it's time for more citizen involvement in our local government. We understand that the city is still in dire financial straits, but the time has come for us to turn the tide on crime, (read more)
To the editor: I am currently incarcerated, doing a 21- to 42-month sentence. I sat in prison on Mother's Day, my parents' 34th wedding anniversary (June 6), my baby brother's high school graduation from Shamokin Area, and now Father's Day (not to mentio (read more)
To the editor: The June 2 edition of this newspaper carried a story about Ronald Dimm receiving a six-month prison sentence for selling heroin and stealing scrap metal. It is sad to see the Northumberland County courts continue to employ a two-tier syste (read more)
To the editor: For the record, Kym Best misquoted me in our meeting a week ago. Kym said, and I quote, "I don't want Sunbury to become Shamokin." I said, "Sunbury is just like Shamokin, Coal Township, Kulpmont and Mount Carmel, and I love all of the coal (read more)