Editorials

New ‘Lucky’ development good for safety

We know of no one who wanted to see such a quality business like Lucky 7 Meats end a more than 30-year run in Lock Haven. Who doesn’t want a great butcher shop in their community? But alas, time brings change. And now, that change is in the form of a new truck stop at the Lucky 7 ...

For Christmas, don’t leave those who need out in the cold

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: Ensuring ...

Our nation’s 41st president was a man of great integrity

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away late on Nov. 30, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. ...

Local, local, local makes lots of sense

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

We support Joe Scarnati’s SB 1234 to amend Pa. election code

Pennsylvania is one of nine states conducting closed primary elections. While that format can strengthen party affiliation, it also lets the two major parties dominate the political spectrum and debate. Independent or Unaffiliated voters do not have representation during the primary. ...

New voting machines are not necessary

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive that the state’s 67 counties all buy new voting machines is an unnecessary — and unfunded — mandate. We find no evidence of a need for new voting machines Statements from our state elected leaders, backed by our federal agencies, would have ...

Support your local economy

The shopping experience known as Black Friday is today, so we want to reflect on the day’s big impact on local merchants’ bottom line. Black Friday and the weeks following it leading up to Christmas can be a make-or-break time for retailers. Actually, it’s not uncommon for some ...

Be smart and be safe, please

As we wish for our own family and friends we wish for our dear readers: Be safe and be smart, please, whether on the roads amid the season’s first storm, or in the coming days during hunting season here in Pennsylvania. No, you should not drive your normal speed when there’s ice and ...

The debt we owe

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Pay attention to school buses and their precious cargo

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored ...

Opt in: Get out and vote

Election day falls just before the people of this country turn their attention to another important day this month — Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the event you’ve never really connected the dots, there is a very strong correlation between the two. Veterans Day is a time to not only ...

Hate still very much alive

In what has become far too commonplace in our country, another mass shooting occurred last weekend — this time, here in Pennsylvania — as a man obviously filled with hate rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and injuring several ...

Turn up the heat on safety

We’re heading into winter, time again to remind everyone about fire safety as people light up the stoves and fireplaces. Seven times each day, someone in the United States dies in a home fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking fires account for 47 percent of ...

Falling with the leaves into autumn

Orange, yellow, red — or brown? Many of us look forward to the turning of the leaves every year. It’s a sign...possibly THE sign...of fall and all it represents, as well as a simultaneous invitation and warning that, as some say, “Winter is Coming.” But what governs the vibrancy — ...

Reasonable but firm requirements needed for high school grads

We want you to consider which of these options should be required for high school students in Pennsylvania to graduate: 5 Meet a state Education Department-driven composite score on three exams, but require students to achieve a proficient score on at least one exam and at least a basic score ...

No response from GOP candidate is disappointing

People of the 76th House Legislative District — our region — are fortunate to have two young people step forward to seek election to serve them in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. We’re talking about Michael Hanna Jr. and Stephanie Borowicz. We take the glass-half-full approach by ...

To confirm, or not to confirm

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted ...

The high court needs a lesson on ‘dark money’

Someone please explain how the U.S. Supreme Court can support a ruling that “dark money” groups must disclose the identities of some anonymous donors, when in 2010, the high court ruled in the infamous case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission that tax-exempt “dark money” ...

FDA must get it right with e-cigarettes

Give people something they like (but don’t need) and they’ll want more ... and more. We use that adage to describe the trend, i.e. the growing addiction taking place nationally with e-cigarettes. As we reported recently, federal law precludes the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under ...