Here’s to good health in 2017

Probably above all else, people are hoping 2017 brings continued good health, or at least better health.

People define health in different ways.

Webster’s Dictionary says health means “the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor.”

Or, “soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment.”

And finally, it defines health as “a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc.”

We want to wish every individual a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017!

And lets also consider our collective “health.”

Here, as we prepare to ring in 2017, we want to offer a collective wish list:

r That 2017 brings better economic health to Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties by way of more jobs and more private investment.

r That two signature economic development projects in Clinton County — First Quality’s third paper-making machine and Renovo Energy Center LLC’s natural-gas fired power plant — begin to find their way to fruition.

r That members of our Pennsylvania Legislature follow-through on their pledge to shrink state government.

r That President-elect Donald Trump works to heal divisions and that he rebuilds our collective national pride for “Made in America.”

r That Clinton County commissioners begin to find ways to shrink county government so we’re not faced with a double-digit tax increase in 2018.

r That local municipal leaders also keep in mind whose money they’re spending and put a halt to growing government.

r That the Millennial of our nation (or whatever you want to call them) learn about hard work, sacrifice and patience.

r That significant inroads are made to reduce the damage and death caused by drug abuse, particularly the current scourge of heroin.

r That communities across our region and beyond grow their “village” of people — neighbors, friends and families — who are so integral to raising children in today’s on-line world.

No doubt, 2016 was a banner year for vitriol and harassment, much of it on social media and national television. Tolerance for differing opinions seems to have disappeared.

But a look back at this newspaper’s top headlines reveals a very positive reporting of the news locally.

Indeed, we bring you news of community projects and endeavors that no one else does.

We’re proud of the many headlines reporting how local people worked together to raise money for or to simply help others.

We pledge to continue that work in 2017 and beyond.

While it is our responsibility to report the bad news, we make sure we balance our newspaper coverage with community news that spotlights the people who make a positive difference here.

Yes, from time to time, we hear, “how about some good news?”

We believe our daily print and online newspaper contain a lot of good news, but certainly we can always use more.

That is where you can help.

Please, send us your good news. Have you heard about someone going above and beyond to help a charity or a nonprofit, or a child or family in need?

Tell us,  please. We have plenty of column inches to honor those people who help others.

So email us your good news — with a picture and write-up — to news@lockhaven.com.

In fact, write “good news” in the email’s subject line or in the headline.

We encourage you to submit news using our website at www.lockhaven.com and clicking on the “Submit News” link.

Send us a letter by mail at The Express, P.O. Box 208, Lock Haven, Pa., 17745, or simply call us at 570-748-6791.

We’re very optimistic about 2017, and you should be, too. Happy New Year!

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