Editorials

What good are laws that are not enforced?

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just over a week ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

We need more people doing good things

We Americans are big on talking about giving the less fortunate a hand up rather than a handout. By that, of course, we mean not merely helping them make ends meet but also giving them the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Recently a man who made the hand-up philosophy work passed ...

National debt grows and grows … and grows

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt ...

‘Free’ health insurance

Perhaps one of the candidates for president, Sen. Kamala Harris, wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Common sense in D.C.? Yea, right

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Teachers, school board must talk to each other

There are sound arguments on both sides when it comes to needs, priorities and concessions as the Keystone Central School Board yet again struggles to balance a new fiscal year budget - this time for 2019-2020. But when there is a lack of communication between the school board and unionized ...

What answers, what response to this rage?

The horrific, senseless shooting in State College last week that left four dead, including the shooter, leaves us all wondering how it could have been avoided ... or stopped. What kind of evil was lurking in the mind of the shooter? Why did so much hate build in his heart and mind against ...

Mainstream and social media’s rush to judgment spreading sickness

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded ...

More timely ice and snow removal would be appreciated

It would have been nice had the City of Lock Haven started plowing the heavily traveled thoroughfares in the business district sooner than five days after last weekend’s storm. In particular, it would have been nice to send front-end loader to scrape the snow and hard-packed ice in front of ...

Congress should work to protect kids from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is that crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That’s why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania’s senators — ...

Calling all donors

Make no mistake about it: The American Red Cross’ plea - actually, its emergency call - for blood donations means there is a critical shortage. The Red Cross has started 2019 with a blood shortage. Lives are at stake. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Due ...

Welcome, Ms. Martin!

Team. Collaborate. Engaged. Learning communities. Growth. Goals. Vision. These are the words and phrases used by new Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin this week in her first presentation to the public before she officially takes office. We’ll ...

11 Pa. turnpike toll increases in a row

For the 11th year in a row, motorists’ tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that’s more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the turnpike the ...

Theft at agency that helps others is sad commentary

How sad it is that people steal from those in need (and in general). Gifts, yet. We’re referring to the theft of about $300 in cash and $200 in gift cards from the Salvation Army on Church Street in Lock Haven this week. Employees showed up to work Wednesday only to find the building ...

Here’s to happiness in 2019

Welcome to 2019. Be grateful. You’re breathing on this first day of a new year. Your health is first and foremost, so we know that good health is the top wish for a New Year ... every New Year. But we’ll certainly add “happiness” to our list of wishes for all of our dear ...

Good move to reduce layers, cost of government

The Woodward Township Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to dissolve the township sewer authority and take over management of the sanitary sewer system is a good decision. Many would say its a “no brainer.” Woodward Supervisor Kyle Coleman said the supervisors will liquidate ...

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 ...