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Saving Kmart: It was successful in ‘03, but now?

Will the community rally again to save the local Kmart store from closing? Do any of our readers remember when that happened in 2002-2003 — and it was successful! The Express’ Page 1 headline of Jan. 30, 2003, declared, “Kmart store to stay open.” This time? Probably ...

Academic test mandates hurt need to train future craftsmen

Requiring that Pennsylvania high school students spend more hours in classrooms to meet “academic standards” sacrifices and has clearly impacted the dire need to give students more opportunities to learn a trade. We’re talking producing more carpenters, welders, plumbers, electricians, ...

Move to allow ATVs on streets bold, meaningful

All-terrain vehicles running rampant in the streets of Renovo? No, that’s certainly not the intent of Renovo Council’s decision to allow ATVs/UTVs to ride on certain borough streets. It’s about council throwing out a welcome mat to those who value the trail-rich region as a mecca for ...

‘Sunshine’ is critical to us all

What changes would bring more “sunshine” to Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania has two main public access laws: The Sunshine Act, which requires agencies to hold public meetings; and the Right to Know Law (RTKL), which guarantees public access to many government records. Each law works well ...

DEP directive to have dams handle 10 times more water needs assessed

The City of Lock Haven has some important and challenging decisions to make about public water. No, not about water quality, but water safety. The state Department of Environmental Protection says the city must address aging dams at its three reservoirs because the dams no longer meet ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. The Family Ties Relay for Life team would like to THANK the Central Mountain Boys and Girls Basketball players, coaches, booster clubs, Athletic Director, and fans for ...

Central Mountain proud

The Central Mountain Wildcat boys’ basketball team members are District 6 champions and we want to congratulate the players, the coaches, parents and fans. The same goes to the CM wrestling team — a perennial power in these parts — for winning the District 6 team title on Saturday, ...

The threats to our representative democracy

By LEE H. HAMILTON With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representative democracy. I ...

Fixed-route bus service needs a trial run here

More study and demand has brought back the idea of bringing public bus service to eastern Clinton County and Greater Lock Haven from an existing route to Jersey Shore. And now we’re hearing that Lock Haven may be the only sixth-class city in Pennsylvania to not have fixed-route bus ...

We’re honored, dear readers, to serve you

It is such an honor to work for and serve The Express’ thousands of readers in print and online. We know our readers have differing opinions, so we work to be a forum for those opinions. Some don’t like that; many do. We are open to opinions. That’s our job. Yet, we’re open ...

Results of study into shared services should be fruitful

Finding ways to improve efficiency of and/or share public services — whether they be police, sanitary sewer, water or emergency communications — just makes sense. The cost of government just keeps rising, folks, and we don’t see a reverse of that trend anytime soon. So our elected ...

Civil forfeiture bill deserves to become law

It seems like a constitutional no-brainer. Citizens who have not been convicted of a crime shouldn't have their property taken by police. Yet, current laws allow police to do just that. It's called civil asset forfeiture, and it's most commonly used during drug arrests. It was originally ...

Treatment Court finds success one choice at a time

Only those people closely associated with the Clinton County Treatment Court know of the real life successes and the failures of this program. They don’t just include those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol; their families and friends can tell you some stories, we’re sure. In this ...

Congress has far too much power over public schools

Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics say. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her last week. In fact, for the first time in history, a tie vote in the Senate ...

A speech that everyone should read

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward.  But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s Jan. 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years.  Most of them give good ...

A ‘blight fee’ sounds good, but penalizes responsible property owners

Consideration of a proposal to implement a fee against each deed transfered in Clinton County in order to raise funds to demolish blighted properties would suggest there are a lot of blighted properties in the county whereby the owners of those properties are not being held accountable. Act ...

Of ‘real facts’ and blackouts

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States of America ow true is Abraham Lincoln’s quote above. He ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Reflecting back on 2016, we would like to extend our many THANKS to Farmers’ Market patrons for their purchase of KC Kettle Corn and/or their monetary donations. ...