Editorials

Investment in education reaches new heights here

It’s certainly no secret that teacher salaries in the Keystone Central School District are higher than average as this rural district offers more compensation as incentive to attract good, qualified teachers. Did you read our extensive stories on the five new employee contracts in ...

Beware of neo-Nazi group

All fair-minded people beware: A white supremacist group is publicizing its plans locally to hold a meeting in Potter County in mid-February. Fliers taped to light poles along Main Street in downtown Lock Haven announced a “Feb. 18th NSM-PA Meeting.” NSM stands for National Socialist ...

Flu outbreak in Pa. is widespread, so take precaution

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that Pennsylvania has a widespread outbreak of the flu right now. In fact, Pennsylvania is worse off than most states around it and even across the nation, the CDC says. Ugh! We just reported that Mount Nittany Medical Center near ...

The grueling change facing big box stores

It is with heavy hearts that many of us watch the grueling, gradual decline of some very valued, U.S. big-box retailers as they pull out of shopping malls and close stores. The latest victim: The Macy’s store at Lycoming Mall to close early this year. Happily, the local Kmart store along ...

Status quo in Washington

With so much learned from the recent presidential election in terms of what voters are demanding of government, do U.S. House Republicans really think they can bamboozle taxpayers and voters by gutting the independent Office of Congressional Ethics? Are you kidding us? It’s with great ...

Haste makes waste

Our above headline is especially true in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, ...

New challenges await in 2017

We have reached the time of year when we reflect on the past and look forward to the fresh start the New Year brings. The same holds true for the Pennsylvania Senate. The 2015-16 legislative session began with a new governor determined to impose an agenda out of touch with ordinary ...

New challenges await in 2017

We have reached the time of year when we reflect on the past and look forward to the fresh start the New Year brings. The same holds true for the Pennsylvania Senate. The 2015-16 legislative session began with a new governor determined to impose an agenda out of touch with ordinary ...

Here’s to good health in 2017

Probably above all else, people are hoping 2017 brings continued good health, or at least better health. People define health in different ways. Webster’s Dictionary says health means “the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor.” Or, “soundness ...

Hey, Washington … cut our debt, please

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Merry Christmas!

We heard a phrase recently on one of those wonderful Hallmark channel Christmas movies that says it all: Hope is the air we breathe. It’s Christmas Eve, and whether you believe in the true meaning of Christmas or not, whether your life is just all fine and dandy, or if you face what seem to ...

Investigate possible Russian hacking, but don’t make it a partisan probe

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...

Let’s move on

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots Monday. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was ...

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Brave firefighters prevent a catastrophe

This image was caught by Express photographer Phil Mapstone of a firefighter attacking the early-morning blaze at the vacant furniture store building at 37 Bellefonte Avenue in downtown Lock Haven on Friday.  Amid bitter cold, firefighters used and climbed four ladder trucks to  man the ...

The ‘King’ is here as Wildcat wrestling pride shines

There are few events in Clinton County that attract the kind of attention, enthusiasm and crowds like the King of the Mountain wrestling tournament. Starting today, wrestlers from 32 high schools — plus their family and fans — will gather at Central Mountain High School for the 18th ...

Celebrate the holidays, but not the rapidly rising cost of living

Reports that Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax will rise by 8 cents in 2017 remind us of how the cost of living is far outpacing the growth of middle America’s income, and how the price of public services is, indeed, rising at a pace beyond what’s affordable to most. Government has become so ...

Fretting over the Chinese

There seems to be much fretting over the Chinese these days. Donald Trump took a lot of heat for speaking to the head of the Taiwanese government. Whether that call was deliberately set in advance or was just a boo-boo from a neophyte President-elect seems to be all the talk in the press. The ...

Such a huge increase in parking meter rates not justified

Increasing the rates at the prime and busiest downtown parking meters by a significant amount is not justified, and is not good business. While we appreciate the extensive work that Gregory J. Wilson, assistant city manager, did in formulating ideas for City Council to consider, with all due ...

County gov’t growing for the wrong reasons

It is hard to argue against the Clinton County commissioners’ pending decision to buy the iconic Piper Blue Building at the airport and move a number of departments and staff to that location and out of downtown Lock Haven. Consolidating services — in this case, for example, bringing all ...

American politics has come down to city slickers vs. country bmpkins

By FRED GRIMM fgrimm@miamiherald.com Once again, the country mouse (with an assist from the Electoral College), has prevailed over the city mouse. Because, the Aesop’s fable says more about America’s political and cultural and religious and educational divide than any of that stuff ...