Editorials

Somebody has a grudge and they must be stopped

The fires at the vacant Fallon Hotel reveal that someone wants to see it burn down. They also could care less about human life. Four fires were intentionally set last Sunday at or near the Fallon in just a matter of hours, according to investigators. And even set in daylight. We urge ...

Fix it, or rip it down

On to another building issue in Lock Haven. It is expensive and grueling to force the demolition of properties through code enforement. Yet, that is a key role that local government must play when private property owners do not keep up their responsibilities. Thus, the Town Tavern on ...

What lessons are we learning from school shootings?

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, the ...

We need a spy, not a politician

To judge by her comments moments after she was sworn in as the new CIA director, Gina Haspel has her priorities in order. Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the intelligence agency, revealed some of her plans on Monday. She wants to improve CIA personnel proficiency in foreign languages, ...

‘Us’ v. ‘Them’ at Keystone Central needs to end

here’s a widely recognized quote that says, “There are two types of pains, one that hurts you and the other that changes you.” Well, in the case of Keystone Central School District’s ongoing and agonizing debate over how to eliminate an $8 million deficit so to balance its 2018-2019 ...

The profession that creates all other professions

It’s national Teacher Appreciation Week, so let’s talk about the men and women who help to nurture our kids. Teachers can change lives ... and they do, every day. Bringing energy and excitement to the classroom has everything to do with how well our kids learn. It takes a lot of work ... ...

Support your community pool so it can thrive

Thank you to those people — paid AND volunteers — who work to keep public, community pools open and running. Thanks to the municipal leaders who support public pools. Back in the day, public pools were the “go to” place for young people seeking a social scene. The pools were ...

In defense of civil discourse at LHU

By NATHAN A. KRIEDER Lock Haven On April 23, Lock Haven University had the privilege of welcoming author David Horowitz to speak on campus. Despite what a letter to the editor on April 27 claimed, this event was far from hate speech. As I sat in the front row, I heard Mr. Horowitz ...

Take two studies of PASSHE and find common ground

wo studies of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and thousands of dollars later and what do we know? The state system is still in need of change so that many of its 14-member universities can right their ships as enrollments dip, mirroring a trend nationwide. To wit: PASSHE ...

City’s quest to update its ‘vision’ must bring robust public engagement

How about a zip line across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, connecting Lock Haven’s pavilion above the public swimming beach to Woodward Township’s Riverview Park, allowing people to “fly” (zip) over the river? Zip lines are a growing trend across America, attracting many ...

Paying your bills with real money

If you are like many Americans, you spent a good part of early April finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The original deadline to file them was April 17, unless you requested and got an extension. The IRS did grant a one-day extension to those who use its “Direct Pay” website ...

Gov. Wolf should sign opioid abuse prevention bill

Earlier this year, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a disaster declaration over the opioid crisis that is ravaging communities throughout Pennsylvania. His declaration followed the General Assembly’s action in passing 13 different bills to combat this crisis. The Legislature has made fighting this ...

Social media spreads fake bodies, fake news

By FROMA HARROP Phony "news" stories aren't the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what's being sold as perfection. Public anger at ...

Trail projects bring exciting possibilities, opportunities

Building a new rail-trail from Castanea all the way to the vaunted Pine Creek Rail Trail at Jersey Shore. Building a walkway connecting the Jay Street Bridge to Riverview Park. Building a boat launch and even a river walk along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Renovo. Building ...

They’re working on the road for you so be careful

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. It is true, however. Accidents in work zones claim scores of lives each year. Many of them are the people repaving our roads, ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A very special THANK-YOU to Kevin Rauch for attending our Kettle Creek Hose Co. #1 annual banquet and for wonderful front page coverage of our beloved chief, Barry ...

Sign up, clean up

The snow is gone (hopefully), revealing the beautiful landscape of Central Pennsylvania. But there are scars all around. We’re talking about trash. Trash that people discard from their vehicles along the roads of our region. They’re polluters. They’re also law-breakers. So ...

Be careful of what you say, where you say it

Foreign spies and criminals in Washington, D.C., are using devices that can intercept cellphone calls and text messages from users who are completedly unaware, the U.S. government has revealed. The Department of Homeland Security made the admission recently in answer to a request by ...

Fragmented U.S. privacy rules leave large loopholes for Facebook, others

By FLORIAN SCHAUB University of Michigan Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony discussed ways to keep people’s online data private, which I’m interested in as a privacy scholar. Facebook and other U.S. companies already follow more comprehensive privacy laws in ...