Editorials

Clear plan for Veteran’s Park is well past due, so let’s get started

In light of Lock Haven City Council’s tie vote and thus rejection this week of a request to place a memorial at Veteran’s Park to the late Staff Sgt. Daniel K. Stein, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the Marines and the Army, it is past time council start working on a plan for this ...

Big change coming to health care here

With the recent and sweeping acquisitions of hospitals and offices in Central Pennsylvania by two major health-care networks, rural health advocates across the country are referring to this area as the canary in the coal mine, a local advocate says. In other words, a lot of eyes are on this ...

An update on Keystone School Board

The political makeup of the Keystone Central School Board is in transition as two members have resigned and two more seats are up in the air. Serving as a volunteer school board member is a tough assignment, often thankless, yet Keystone Central needs committed board members now more than ...

Pa. warned of overdose cluster in our region

By CAROL GIFFORD And APRIL HUTCHESON The recent cluster of more than 50 overdoses in a 48-hour period in Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton counties has prompted a warning from Wolf Administration officials about the potentially lethal risks of heroin that could be laced with fentanyl and other ...

National TV media, social media serving poison to us all

Left, right, center, moderate, conservative, liberal, green, progressive ... whatever you call yourself (or whatever others call you), we think many of us can at least agree that our rehetoric in America — our so-called collective “discussion” driven mostly by the national media ...

Are streetscape, better signage opportunities lost with road upgrade?

More thought should have been given to improvements on Paul Mack Boulevard and Jay Street entering the City of Lock Haven off of U.S. Routes 220/99. More (and more bold) signage welcoming people using the city’s busiest gateway? Streetscape — brick pavers on the sidewalks — similar to ...

Demand the facts; support real news

The term “news media” can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the news media that we work with are Pennsylvania’s newspapers and online-only news publications. There are 77 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, more than 175 non-daily ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Congratulations to Lock Haven Skilled Nursing and a humongous THANK-YOU for the awesome care you provide to the residents of Graham Meadow Memory Care Unit. This group ...

Take time to vote, please

Voting precincts opened at 7 a.m. this morning in Pennsylvania. Are you registered to vote and have you scheduled a time to vote? Meanwhile, today’s Primary Election is a closed election in Pennsylvania for anyone who is not registered as a Republican or Democrat. What a shame. This ...

Is change on the hospital and health insurance horizon here?

As the national battle over health care insurance wages with the U.S. House’s recent narrow approval of the American Health Care Act in an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, expect some changes on the medical care/hospital services horizon in Northcentral and Central ...

Keep public notices in newspapers

Everyone who spends money wants a return on their investment ... don’t they? At your community newspaper — and at newspapers across Pennsylvania — the investment of the taxes you pay to local government that are spent with us on public notice advertising are returned through our work to ...

An exemplary leader: Thanks, Bill Garbrick, and for others like you

It’s said that a true leader is one who empowers others. William E. “Bill” Garbrick Sr. is a leader, though we know he’d rather stay out of any limelight and just simply serve others. Bill has spent 33 years as a Lamar Township supervisor, roadmaster, emergency management ...

Boundary dispute deserves mediation, not outright lawsuit

At the very worst, we hope the supervisors of Woodward Township consider mediation rather than an outright lawsuit over the ongoing boundary dispute with Dunnstable Township. After all, you are “neighbors.” At question is a strip of land about 1,100-feet wide along Woodward’s eastern ...

Studies of PASSHE could have wide implications here

Separate studies into how the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) operates and what cost-savings can be found amid dropping enrollments could have significant implications for our own Lock Haven University. The PASSHE board has hired the nonprofit National Center for Higher ...

Castanea Twp. park idea gaining ground with collaboration

The idea for a sports and recreation complex just off and south of the Lock Haven exit of the Route 220/Interstate 99 bypass in Castanea Township is brilliant. Imagine, for example, youth baseball teams from all over the region and state gathering there for multiple-day tournaments, bringing ...

Thank you for your service

Congratulations to all involved at Goodwill Hose Co. Ambulance Association in Flemington for working so hard to raise money to build a new station in the face of a significant increase in calls over the past five years. The life-saving service provided by Goodwill, its sister Goodwill Hose ...

About that ‘rock and a hard place’

W hen the headline “Rock and a hard place” graced our front page last Friday above a story about the Keystone Central School Board’s financial predicament, we were not just talking about the school board. Schools are a community issue. Schools are a parental issue. Schools are a ...

A critical time for Hanna, Scarnati in Harrisburg

tate Rep. Mike Hanna, Democrat serving the 76th House District, voted Tuesday against a $31.5 billion Republican-proposed state budget, saying it “fails to meet the needs of the commonwealth or working families.” State Sen. Joe Scarnati, Republican representing the 25th Senatorial ...

Public employee pension reform on the move

The Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to consider a public employee pension reform proposal nearly identical to the bill that fell just three votes short in the House last fall. The proposal will contain a 401(k)-component paired with a smaller defined benefit component for new employees. ...