Editorials

Keystone must get its fiscal house in order

With all of the very difficult, 2018-19 budget decisions facing the Keystone Central School District and the greater school community of parents, students, residents, voters and taxpayers, first and foremost the school board must get its fiscal house in order. Runaway retirement, benefit and ...

Congratulations for Army Corps’ OK on boat dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a plan to install a seasonal boat dock on the Lock Haven side of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre marks the clearing of a major hurdle to the project. We’re sure it did not come easy. Honestly, ...

Go to poll Tuesday, please

School board members, magisterial district judges, county judges, state judges, township supervisors, county treasurer, city council members, judges of election and more. Too many voters probably consider these jobs as not high-profile enough to merit their going to the voting booth this ...

Who holds the power in Pa.?

Did you know that Pennsylvania does not provide for citizen initiatives or referendums? Therefore, all statewide ballot measures are referred by the General Assembly. The General Assembly or state Legislature may send a constitutional amendment to the ballot for voter consideration if it ...

Local hospital acquisition a major milestone

UPMC Susquehanna’s acquisition of Lock Haven Hospital brings the local institution back into the nonprofit realm, where we believe it should have stayed all along. How heartening to report that UPMC Susquehanna’s first task upon its acquisition is to retool resources and equipment ...

Sad and sickening behavior

W e saw a post on Facebook recently asking something like, “Why is our nation turning into a nonstop Jerry Springer Show?” We paused and thought, yea .. that is what’s happening. Lack of basic respect. Loss of values and morality. The Jerry Springer Show exploits people’s ...

NOW is the time to check smoke, CO detectors

This week, the weather is supposed to turn toward “normal” ... that is, colder. You know, chilly mornings and nights before we turn back the clocks on Nov. 5. So now, dear readers ... NOW is the time to check the batteries and connections on your smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) ...

No fruitful bi-partisanship, little voter power in Pa.

W e wholeheartedly agree with Clearfield area state Rep. Scott Conklin’s “Enough is enough” opinion piece published in Saturday’s Express. Conklin is telling the General Assembly — the House and Senate — to stop the bullcrap in Harrisburg and get to work to adopt a fiscal year ...

Sunshine on a cloudy day

Thank you, Claire Bowman. Thanks for brightening our day Tuesday ... a day when we all needed some positive news amid the national tragedy in Las Vegas. Here’s a local elementary school student who insisted that her friends and family give a donation to the fight against cancer instead of ...

There are better ways to protest

W e love freedom. No, we LOVE freedom. And we try not to take our freedom for granted. We cherish that our country, the United States of America, was founded on the right to be free. In fact, walk into The Express community newspaper office in downtown Lock Haven and there, on the ...

We thank a dedicated paper carrier

Newspaper readers love their papers. The Express community newspaper wants all readers to have their paper where and when they want it, whether they read it in print or online. Those who enjoy their paper in traditional, printed form often depend on a carrier to deliver the news, and The ...

County’s selection to family-building program good … but alarming

Clinton County’s selection as one of seven counties in Pennsylvania to participate in the new “Family Engagement Initiative” is good news ... and bad. It’s bad because the county’s selection means there are a sufficient (and increasing) number of known problems involving kids and ...

We all need more kindness, and it starts with our kids

W e’re so inspired to hear about initiatives in our schools that teach kids about kindness, working together and improving one’s self ... and the right kind of behavior can go such a long way. We all need to pay it forward. We all need to be respectful to others. We all need to be ...

Fake Facebook

W e like Facebook as a social media vehicle. We like it for this reason: People — family, friends, acquaintances, classmates — can more easily reconnect after relationships are lost by time, moving ... other circumstances. Birthdays. Children. Graduations. Reunions. These are ...

It’s time to change Pa.’s budget process

Is anyone getting tired of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s old, broken method of adopting budgets? We bet most Pennsylvanians are frustrated over how their elected representatives in Harrisburg go about making critical decisions on spending taxpayers’ money. The new fiscal years come and ...

It’s Labor Day Weekend, you gotta regatta!

W hat are you doing this weekend? Can you take time to visit the 47th annual Lock Haven Area Jaycees’ Labor Day Regatta? The dedicated volunteers who run this festival sure could use your support! The Jaycees have long been a fixture here, and without them, there would be no such event ...

Report: Abuse in nursing homes goes unreported despite federal law

More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health and Human Services inspector ...

Local Big Brother, Big Sister Program needs volunteers

Clinton County has a problem ... a problem we suspect some communities across the country face. There are not enough adult volunteers to mentor children and young people as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. While the county-subsidized program run by Clarissa Shirk and Kaylee ...

‘Back to Class’ means healthy routines for kids

W ow, the summer is going fast. We imagine that’s what many parents are saying as their school-age children and college students get ready to head “Back to Class.” It’s an exciting time. Locally, public school begins next Wednesday ... earlier than usual ... then the week after ...

Violence, hate in Charlottesville must motivate us to defend our values

There is far too much hate and divisiveness in our great nation ... more than many of us can imagine. And so while the images of swastikas, torches, anger, violence and death in Charlottesville, Va., over the past weekend sicken us, they must also motivate us to stand up to defend our ...