Editorials

There are better ways to protest

W e love freedom. No, we LOVE freedom. And we try not to take our freedom for granted. We cherish that our country, the United States of America, was founded on the right to be free. In fact, walk into The Express community newspaper office in downtown Lock Haven and there, on the ...

We thank a dedicated paper carrier

Newspaper readers love their papers. The Express community newspaper wants all readers to have their paper where and when they want it, whether they read it in print or online. Those who enjoy their paper in traditional, printed form often depend on a carrier to deliver the news, and The ...

County’s selection to family-building program good … but alarming

Clinton County’s selection as one of seven counties in Pennsylvania to participate in the new “Family Engagement Initiative” is good news ... and bad. It’s bad because the county’s selection means there are a sufficient (and increasing) number of known problems involving kids and ...

We all need more kindness, and it starts with our kids

W e’re so inspired to hear about initiatives in our schools that teach kids about kindness, working together and improving one’s self ... and the right kind of behavior can go such a long way. We all need to pay it forward. We all need to be respectful to others. We all need to be ...

Fake Facebook

W e like Facebook as a social media vehicle. We like it for this reason: People — family, friends, acquaintances, classmates — can more easily reconnect after relationships are lost by time, moving ... other circumstances. Birthdays. Children. Graduations. Reunions. These are ...

It’s time to change Pa.’s budget process

Is anyone getting tired of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s old, broken method of adopting budgets? We bet most Pennsylvanians are frustrated over how their elected representatives in Harrisburg go about making critical decisions on spending taxpayers’ money. The new fiscal years come and ...

It’s Labor Day Weekend, you gotta regatta!

W hat are you doing this weekend? Can you take time to visit the 47th annual Lock Haven Area Jaycees’ Labor Day Regatta? The dedicated volunteers who run this festival sure could use your support! The Jaycees have long been a fixture here, and without them, there would be no such event ...

Report: Abuse in nursing homes goes unreported despite federal law

More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health and Human Services inspector ...

Local Big Brother, Big Sister Program needs volunteers

Clinton County has a problem ... a problem we suspect some communities across the country face. There are not enough adult volunteers to mentor children and young people as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. While the county-subsidized program run by Clarissa Shirk and Kaylee ...

‘Back to Class’ means healthy routines for kids

W ow, the summer is going fast. We imagine that’s what many parents are saying as their school-age children and college students get ready to head “Back to Class.” It’s an exciting time. Locally, public school begins next Wednesday ... earlier than usual ... then the week after ...

Violence, hate in Charlottesville must motivate us to defend our values

There is far too much hate and divisiveness in our great nation ... more than many of us can imagine. And so while the images of swastikas, torches, anger, violence and death in Charlottesville, Va., over the past weekend sicken us, they must also motivate us to stand up to defend our ...

The $80 million question: How did Keystone Central get to this point?

The above question is being asked all over the Keystone Central School District as a citizen task force embarks on trying to find $10 million in budget cuts before the 2018-2019 fiscal year. That’s when the district projects its expenses will hit $82.3 million, far too much for state and ...

Two snake bites in a week beg the question: Do we have enough antivenom?

Here at your community newspaper, we keep our 911 emergency communications scanner on 24/7. In just one week, local emergency responders have been called to two snake bites. The second report was of a woman being bitten by a snake Friday in Gallagher Township and prompted a call to ...

Full support of effort to attract more visitors

We’re hopeful that continued efforts to raise money to install a public boat dock on the Lock Haven side of the Susquehanna River here — not too far from the floating stage at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre — are successful. Of course, all will be for naught, if the U.S. Army Corps of ...

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Let’s once again show just how patriotic we are

The Hometown Hero Banner Program begun by Downtown Lock Haven Inc. has its roots in the fall of 2007, when the agency’s board endorsed the banner program to promote patriotism, recognize the region’s many Armed Forces veterans and active-duty servants, and raise funds to sustain the ...

Let’s all go to the county fair!

W hat’s so special about the Clinton County Fair, or all county fairs, for that matter? It’s the people and it’s that the fair represents something we cannot live without: Agriculture. The 45th Clinton County Fair kicks off this weekend at the fairgrounds near Route 220 at ...

Thanks to those volunteer stewards of our public places

A recent visitor to Lock Haven from the southwest made it a point to contact The Express and praise the beautiful monument to war veterans at the five-way intersection in downtown Lock Haven, and the beautiful flowers, shrubs and overall landscaping around that monument and at the point near ...

Clear plan for Veteran’s Park is well past due, so let’s get started

In light of Lock Haven City Council’s tie vote and thus rejection this week of a request to place a memorial at Veteran’s Park to the late Staff Sgt. Daniel K. Stein, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the Marines and the Army, it is past time council start working on a plan for this ...

Big change coming to health care here

With the recent and sweeping acquisitions of hospitals and offices in Central Pennsylvania by two major health-care networks, rural health advocates across the country are referring to this area as the canary in the coal mine, a local advocate says. In other words, a lot of eyes are on this ...

An update on Keystone School Board

The political makeup of the Keystone Central School Board is in transition as two members have resigned and two more seats are up in the air. Serving as a volunteer school board member is a tough assignment, often thankless, yet Keystone Central needs committed board members now more than ...