Editorials

Sentimental value won’t save the Town Tavern

We agree with Mr. Steve Poorman’s assessment that the Harmon Building at 47-51 Bellefonte Ave., which includes the former Town Tavern, was a structure with great potential at one time. But once upon a time is a great beginning for a story of long ago ... not so much for a vision of the ...

We should never take our water quality for granted

he high bacteria count found in two samples of water from the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Lock Haven’s public swimming beach in mid-June should remind us all how fragile this life-giving natural resource is. We should never take for granted the quality of the water flowing in ...

The less government the better

One of President Ronald Reagan’s endearing qualities was his constant call for smaller government. How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic nonsense. Most Americans have ...

A sad day for the free press

Today is a sad day to be a journalist. And today, especially, is a sad day to be a journalist at a community newspaper. Today, we are reminded that, in doing our due diligence as reporters and editors and upholding all Americans’ 1st Amendment right to a free press, we put ourselves at ...

The truth about our recycled plastic

he time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper, glass, cardboard and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling ...

High bacteria level in river merits concern

he discovery of an abormally high level of E. coli, a species of fecal coliform bacteria, in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at the public swimming beach at the foot of Vesper Street in Lock Haven is surprising. Should it be alarming? Tests and time will tell. Levels of coliform ...

Applause! Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A huge THANK-YOU goes out to Joel Strouse, Suzette Miller, and Tina Hawksworth for organizing our annual 5K, 10K and leisure lap Fun Run at Tea Springs. Your expertise ...

KC board deserves praise for openness amid decisions

One week ago tonight, the Keystone Central School Board voted to adopt a $73.2 million budget for 2018-19. The vote came after essentially 10 months of what we can accurately describe as grueling information-gathering, discussion and decision-making ... decisions that meant 34 teachers have ...

Fighting the ‘big C’ must not stop until we find a cure

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

Concert series’ 20th anniversary worth celebrating

hile the kickoff to floating stage concerts on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River this Sunday features an up-and-coming (and really good) blues guitarist and vocalist, there’s nothing blue about the 2018 Lock Haven FREE Summer Concert Series. We want to give a plug to the many ...

A day to reflect on our values

t’s Flag Day 2018 in America. The official flag of the United States of America doesn’t just represent freedom. It represents sacrifice. It represents decency, respect, compassion. It represents peace. It is a symbol for America’s values and ideals. Those values and ideals ...

Rising suicide rates are a wake-up call for us all

“When you think you’ve had too much of this life — hang on.” — R.E.M. epression and anxiety seem to be more prevalent in society today. You can decide yourself what’s causing more people to suffer from depression — you can even politicize it if you want — but the bottom ...

Express Yourself Letters to the Editor

The Express welcomes letters to the editor as we encourage our readers to “Express Yourself” in this forum. Letters must be signed using the writer’s legal name — no initials are accepted — with a complete mailing address and home and/or daytime phone number included so we can verify ...

A lesson in social media for the communicator

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not “consumed” responsibly, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The ...

Don’t be afraid, graduating seniors. Opportunity awaits

o many opportunities await a country of graduating high school seniors. The world is open before them, just waiting for each to make their mark. Make no mistake, each of them will. Today, we’d like to offer all of our soon-to-be high school graduates some thoughts as they enter the ...

A sign of the times

Will there come a day when not a single student will ever hear, “Please put your John Hancock in the upper righthand corner of your paper?” We hope not. While cursive writing is still faintly present in public school buildings across the state, it seems nowadays the practice isn’t as ...

This isn’t, nor should it be, just any day

(Editor’s Note: We’ve been asked by readers to republish this “Our View” on this special day, Memorial Day.) Will you visit the burial place of your passed family members and friends today? Will you take time to thank, remember or just think about the Americans who serve or have ...

On this Memorial Day weekend …

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all this Memorial Day holiday weekend. We celebrate their ...

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 ...