Editorials

Lock Haven’s high poverty rate: Behind the numbers

Lock Haven is on a much-publicized list it does not want to be on. Again — a year later — Lock Haven is ranked as the No. 2 “poorest” town in Pennsylvania. Yes, as PennLive.com (Harrisburg Patriot News) posted this week, “poverty is prevalent in Pennsylvania.” It’s prevalent ...

New KC leader must show transparency

rustration abounds over the financial mess in which the Keystone Central School District finds itself. A projected $10 million budget deficit for 2018-2019 coming just after multiple new employee union contracts were signed, a Pre-K program begun with a bunch of hires, and significant ...

A wish list for 2018 and more

Change. Some like it, some don’t. It all depends on whether it’s good or bad. We certainly do not have a crystal ball to foresee what will come to our region in 2018. Sure, there are things we know about, but it also doesn’t hurt to speculate. If you’ve already read our ...

No walking away from responsibility

Times have changed. In the news recently was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

Still time to give … to help

Christmas is near. Except for a few odds and ends, most people likely have their holiday preparations in place. It is different for the many churches and other organizations that help the needy during the holidays, with everything from toys for the children to food for families. Many ...

About those drones

No doubt many area residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees on Monday. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view. The proliferation of drones flown by ...

Bodies of work worthy of praise

Change certainly is in the air in these parts. Leadership is changing at key institutions locally. Sadly, too many of us fail to see the entire body of work of people when they retire after long careers in public service. That should not be the case with three such servants here: Richard ...

Where was Navy ship for Dec. 7 ceremony?

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday, Dec. 7, in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the Dec. 7,1941, attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to ...

Why didn’t council seek public input on prohibiting casino?

Lock Haven City Council’s vote to prohibit any mini-casinos in the city is unfortunate in that it comes without council having gained any formal input from the public on the issue by way of a public hearing. Wouldn’t it have been appropriate to hold a public hearing on the matter to gain ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. A great big APPLAUSE to everyone who has supported the Beech Creek Friendship Community Center. Thanks to your donations we did a lot of improvements to the center in ...

Show your community spirit at holiday events

Community spirit can be measured by how many people come to parades, tree lightings, festivals, dinners, community concerts, fundraisers and more in our neighborhoods and downtowns. It’s Christmas-time. Mill Hall and Renovo, for example, recently hosted Christmas parades drawing lots of ...

Be aware of your local government’s spending plans

Local governments in Pennsylvania are preparing their 2018 budgets, deciding how to spend your hard-earned tax money. Do you care? Are you invested in your local municipality and county? Do you know just how your local elected public servants spend your money? You should. You really, ...

Keystone must get its fiscal house in order

With all of the very difficult, 2018-19 budget decisions facing the Keystone Central School District and the greater school community of parents, students, residents, voters and taxpayers, first and foremost the school board must get its fiscal house in order. Runaway retirement, benefit and ...

Congratulations for Army Corps’ OK on boat dock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a plan to install a seasonal boat dock on the Lock Haven side of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheatre marks the clearing of a major hurdle to the project. We’re sure it did not come easy. Honestly, ...

Go to poll Tuesday, please

School board members, magisterial district judges, county judges, state judges, township supervisors, county treasurer, city council members, judges of election and more. Too many voters probably consider these jobs as not high-profile enough to merit their going to the voting booth this ...

Who holds the power in Pa.?

Did you know that Pennsylvania does not provide for citizen initiatives or referendums? Therefore, all statewide ballot measures are referred by the General Assembly. The General Assembly or state Legislature may send a constitutional amendment to the ballot for voter consideration if it ...

Local hospital acquisition a major milestone

UPMC Susquehanna’s acquisition of Lock Haven Hospital brings the local institution back into the nonprofit realm, where we believe it should have stayed all along. How heartening to report that UPMC Susquehanna’s first task upon its acquisition is to retool resources and equipment ...

Sad and sickening behavior

W e saw a post on Facebook recently asking something like, “Why is our nation turning into a nonstop Jerry Springer Show?” We paused and thought, yea .. that is what’s happening. Lack of basic respect. Loss of values and morality. The Jerry Springer Show exploits people’s ...

NOW is the time to check smoke, CO detectors

This week, the weather is supposed to turn toward “normal” ... that is, colder. You know, chilly mornings and nights before we turn back the clocks on Nov. 5. So now, dear readers ... NOW is the time to check the batteries and connections on your smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) ...

No fruitful bi-partisanship, little voter power in Pa.

W e wholeheartedly agree with Clearfield area state Rep. Scott Conklin’s “Enough is enough” opinion piece published in Saturday’s Express. Conklin is telling the General Assembly — the House and Senate — to stop the bullcrap in Harrisburg and get to work to adopt a fiscal year ...