Editorials

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. ...

Injection wells a cause for concern

W e’re concerned that the state Department of Environmental Protection would approve two underground, frack water injection wells in the aftermath of evidence that these types of wells can cause seismic activity — earthquakes. The DEP has approved the wells in Highland Township, Elk ...

Helping because you want to …

Charlotte Rebuck wants to pay it forward. With help from friends and mentors, the young woman from the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School has made more than 800 “Jared Boxes” — simple containers that hold joy for kids who could really use something to smile about as they battle ...

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 ...