Editorials

Please talk to your kids about ‘vaping’

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school recently. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the school ...

Give authorities more teeth to end ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Expanding nursing studies at LHU a brilliant move

Bravo to Lock Haven University for plans to create a school of nursing on its main campus here. It’s a bold — and necessary — move. Expansion of the program beyond its satellite campus in Clearfield is in response to rising demand for qualified nurses as our population ages. The ...

Food insecurity: A statistic that’s alarming here

The Lock Haven Area YMCA provides up to 170 kids in its daycare program with food packs at the end of each week and has been doing so since September. Why? Because 1 in 5 kids in Clinton County is food insecure. What’s food insecure? It’s the percentage of the population who do not ...

Legalizing pot for recreational use is not a good idea

Since Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is coming to Lock Haven to talk about legalizing marijuana for “recreational use” in Pennsylvania, we will weigh in. Bad idea. Fetterman supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’s not ready to do that, ...

Leave the cross alone

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the ...

What good are laws that are not enforced?

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just over a week ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

We need more people doing good things

We Americans are big on talking about giving the less fortunate a hand up rather than a handout. By that, of course, we mean not merely helping them make ends meet but also giving them the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Recently a man who made the hand-up philosophy work passed ...

National debt grows and grows … and grows

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt ...

‘Free’ health insurance

Perhaps one of the candidates for president, Sen. Kamala Harris, wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Common sense in D.C.? Yea, right

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Teachers, school board must talk to each other

There are sound arguments on both sides when it comes to needs, priorities and concessions as the Keystone Central School Board yet again struggles to balance a new fiscal year budget - this time for 2019-2020. But when there is a lack of communication between the school board and unionized ...

What answers, what response to this rage?

The horrific, senseless shooting in State College last week that left four dead, including the shooter, leaves us all wondering how it could have been avoided ... or stopped. What kind of evil was lurking in the mind of the shooter? Why did so much hate build in his heart and mind against ...

Mainstream and social media’s rush to judgment spreading sickness

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded ...

More timely ice and snow removal would be appreciated

It would have been nice had the City of Lock Haven started plowing the heavily traveled thoroughfares in the business district sooner than five days after last weekend’s storm. In particular, it would have been nice to send front-end loader to scrape the snow and hard-packed ice in front of ...

Congress should work to protect kids from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is that crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That’s why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania’s senators — ...

Calling all donors

Make no mistake about it: The American Red Cross’ plea - actually, its emergency call - for blood donations means there is a critical shortage. The Red Cross has started 2019 with a blood shortage. Lives are at stake. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Due ...

Welcome, Ms. Martin!

Team. Collaborate. Engaged. Learning communities. Growth. Goals. Vision. These are the words and phrases used by new Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin this week in her first presentation to the public before she officially takes office. We’ll ...

11 Pa. turnpike toll increases in a row

For the 11th year in a row, motorists’ tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that’s more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the turnpike the ...

Theft at agency that helps others is sad commentary

How sad it is that people steal from those in need (and in general). Gifts, yet. We’re referring to the theft of about $300 in cash and $200 in gift cards from the Salvation Army on Church Street in Lock Haven this week. Employees showed up to work Wednesday only to find the building ...