Editorials

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 ...

Put down the cell phone and get to work

here he was, standing on the sidewalk outside of a local business. He had a broom in one hand, and a garbage bag tied to the same hand. He was in full work uniform. It was late morning during a weekday. His obvious job? Sweep up litter around the business, which is one of the busiest ...

Thank You!

We are honored to host a “Time Out” (RSVP) open house this evening in partnership with the Clinton County Economic Partnership. We appreciate the consideration we get from our readers as we work to earn their respect and trust. We greatly value the business we receive from and our ...

9/11 is reminder of what unites us as Americans

It’s hard to believe it has been this long already, but 17 years ago today — on Sept. 11, 2001 — our nation suffered a terrorist attack on a scale unprecedented in our history. Thousands of Americans and citizens of other countries died when hijackers flew commercial airliners into each ...

Are you prepared for flooding?

Suffice to say, our area has dodged flooding this summer in the face of incessant rainfall. Our neighbors to the east have suffered. Who’s next? Maybe ... as rain started Saturday here and hasn’t ended .. yet. This so-called summer, with its way-above-normal rainfall, suggests that ...

Thanks to working Americans

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods ...

Mold in schools: What lessons are being learned?

We believe it’s safe to say area public school districts are learning a lesson from the overly wet summer. Schools all over Pennsylvania have delayed the start of school or suspended classes because of excess moisture causing mold. The latest in our area is Keystone Central, where ...

Deal with your stuff

Labor Day Weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel and celebrate our freedom to labor. Our jobs increased by two million people in 2017 and have continued to climb in 2018. Hourly wages have seen gains and the stock market has seen twenty months of ...

You gotta regatta!

At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, Saturday, Sept. 1, a ceremony will take place formally opening the 48th annual Lock Haven Area Jaycees Labor Day Regatta powerboat races and carnival. At the same ceremony, Lock Haven and Woodward Township officials, joined by the Clinton County Economic ...

Rest in peace, John McCain

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Amid more revelations of abuse, Catholic church culture must change

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. The missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” Since it was ...

America’s immigration policy

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts ...

Proposal to keep Conservation District at ‘home’ a good solution

Keep the farmers on the farmland. That sounds like a very simplistic statement, but it is exactly what the Clinton County Conservation District board of directors wants in the face of county commissioners asking the agency to move into offices in downtown Lock Haven. The agency’s board of ...

Clean up your pet’s mess, please

We’re bringing attention to those people who are walking their dogs in downtown Lock Haven and allowing their pets to defecate on the sidewalk, and then failing to clean it up. We’re seeing signs of this in too many places, far too often. In fact, it’s happening in public places all ...

Practice safety, please, as school starts

Classes for the fall semester at area schools are scheduled to begin soon. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their campuses, and lots of school and college students will be walking to classes and bus stops. It also means ...

Talking about our future

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that this needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was ...