Editorials

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. ...

Get ready, America

Here we go, America. Get ready for a wild ride with our new president. Get ready for daily tweets from a president who says what he thinks, regardless of any ramifications. Get ready for a president who will repeatedly criticize the press. Get ready for a president who has a ...

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 ...