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Please take pride: Pandemic is no reason to litter

We all see it ... cans, bottles, empty fast-food bags littering the roads and roadside thanks to lazy, stupid people who care more about themselves than the natural environment we all share. And it happens even amid a pandemic where people are suffering ... and dying. While people are ...

Education always started in the home

For millions of American students, public schools were closed a few weeks ago and now, they won’t reopen this semester. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for ...

Today we count: It’s time to fill out decennial census

Today we count. Today our numbers matter. Today is the day of the decennial census of America’s population. Every state and community depends on an accurate population count. Figures that come from the Census are used in calculating the distribution of government resources to ...

We will get through this

We Americans are renowned for our compassionate generosity. When we learn of a need, we rush to fill it. It is time to double-down on that attitude of helping others. Throughout the nation, tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations — some big national ones, others strictly local — ...

We must bring more manufacturing of needed medical drugs back to U.S.

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Use your heads

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up with a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any ...

Stand your distance in store lines

Grocery stores, department and hardware stores and other outlets selling essential goods have adapted their practices in keeping with the social distancing prescription that is a big part of fighting the coronavirus public health crisis. But they cannot do it alone. The shopping public must ...

Investigate stock transactions

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated. If the senators did what they are being accused by some of doing ...

Conquer your fear and join the fight against coronavirus

Iknow the next few weeks will be challenging. There is no reason to be fearful, or to panic, but we need to take this disease seriously. Please, stay home. Make as few in-person contacts as you can.” So said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week as he announced directives aimed at stopping ...

‘Harden not your heart’

Facts, not fear. That must be our collective mindset and approach amid these trying times as our nation faces the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Yes, these are trying times. But by working together and showing compassion for one another, we will persevere. Indeed, the virus ...

We’ll get through this

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, this has not been a pleasant week. One headline ...

Police body cameras should be standard equipment

We are heartened to hear the the Lock Haven and Bellefonte Police Departments are on course to obtain body cameras for their respective law enforcement officers. No doubt, body cameras are an effective and important tool for investigation and prosecution. They help to bring truth into the ...

This must be our new slogan: Make more on-shore

We’re angry as hell over China’s lack of environmental and health regulations to help protect its own citizens and to help prevent all of us from diseases such as the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The United States is far too reliant on the Chinese and its communist government for everyday ...

Closing Dickey pits cost against character

Based on consultants’ estimates, the Keystone Central School Board has an idea as to what it will cost to keep Dickey Elementary School open. The aging building is showing its wear. As the consultants from Crabtree, Rorbaugh and Associates reported, Dickey “would need to undergo major ...

Use your head over coronavirus

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19 (coronavirus)? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about ...

‘We pledge allegiance to the flag’

We very much appreciate the work that local residents Terry and Carmen Banfill do in educating our kids about the American Flag. The Express community newspaper recently featured Terry and Carmen presenting the Red, White and Blue to students at various schools in the area. They have made ...

Investing more in students is what matters

“The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.” — Education Clause in the Pennsylvania Constitution We start this Our View with the above clause in the Pennsylvania ...

1, 2, 3 … The U.S. Census needs to beware of technology

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering ...

We must ensure that justice is colorblind

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Recently, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, late last year, was in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was ...