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Cautious optimism for a vaccine

A vaccine or vaccines are on the way, we’re told. Thank God. And please make sure the roll out and distribution are equitable and swift ... swift to those who deserve it first and foremost. Health care workers. First responders. Senior citizens. Yes, U.S Food and Drug ...

Let’s continue to CARE … and shop local!

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow and perhaps it is no more important than now as our nation battles a deadly virus. Mitigation efforts and, of course, people’s hesitancy to get out among others is hurting those local entrepreneurs who we count on — and take for granted — to provide ...

The gift the virus gives us

any of us may not spend Thanksgiving Day 2020 with familiy and friends out of precaution of catching or spreading COVID-19. If this monstrous virus is telling us anything it’s that it is time to look inside your heart and give thanks for who and what you have in your life. How angry many ...

USPS had election missteps, but deserves better support

Told in school that a really, really big test was coming up and that passing it was critical not just to you but also to your entire school, you’d probably do all you could to be prepared. Were you told that no expense would be spared in providing resources for you to prepare for the exam, ...

Doing the right things

We implore our public and private educators at all levels to take extra special precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as numbers in our state rise at a rather significant pace. We understand the precautionary approach the Keystone Central School District is taking, for example, by ...

So what are we collectively going to do?

The phone rings and its your child’s teacher, or your boss, or a family member or friend you just had lunch with. They or someone they were with tested positive for COVID-19, they tell you. Sadness and frustration sets in. Confusion ... and panic. This is happening all across our ...

Congratulations to first female mayor of Jersey Shore

We join the many residents of Jersey Shore in congratulating Abbey Welker as the borough’s new mayor. And based on Abbey’s resume and body of work, she’s the right person for the job. This young woman was born and raised in Jersey Shore and works with her family at their family-owned ...

We love the entrepreneurial spirit!

The entrepreneurial spirit abounds in our region! Within the span of just three days, there are three ribbon cutting/grand openings of businesses just in downtown Lock Haven alone today and tomorrow. Simone’s Bakery on Main Street is celebrating its grand opening. What a sweet deal! The ...

They fight all battles

We call them “citizen soldiers” because for most of the year, they are not in uniform but instead, among us at our workplaces, schools and elsewhere in our society. But this year, many are on the front lines of a war being fought not with firearms and other implements of combat, but with ...

Thanks to those who safeguard the integrity of our votes

We want to offer praise and thanks to the public servants at our county and local election bureaus and precincts across this great state and nation. From the getgo and amid all of the tumult over mail-in ballots, the United States Postal Service’s capacity (or lack thereof) and precautions ...

Time to stand up for what you believe

This Tuesday, Nov. 3, brings an election perhaps unlike any other, complicated by modern times and room-darkening curtains over what should be windows of transparency. Politics have long involved twisted versions of the truth, with either side going after the other with increasing levels of ...

Make a difference: Vote, please

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Civic, economic life can improve with expanded broadband internet

We are heartened by efforts to expand access to internet broadband service in rural Northcentral Pennsylvania. We are talking about the $2.5 million grant recently awareded to the SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) on behalf of four counties, including Clinton, Lycoming, Union and ...

No delay for COVID vaccine

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ...

We must be vigilant

f the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror and disgust ... and we must remain vigilant to such potential violence. Real Americans do not attempt to ...

THANKS staff, firefighters, vendors for hospital reopening

When fire broke out at UPMC Lock Haven Hospital, the health system was actually investing in upgrading the facility by closing off an old boiler room. The fire that resulted, reportedly from a chemical reaction, filled segments of the hospital with heavy smoke and odor. Thus, the hospital ...

No shortage of masks this Halloween

At least there will be no shortage of masks. So goes one joke about Halloween 2020. It will be upon us in just a few weeks. And, while it may not seem a priority to many in government at all levels, it needs to be addressed. Halloween rivals Christmas in some ways in popularity among ...

Politics win again

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and their employees — are struggling. ...

We the People need to make term limits a reality

We firmly believe in term limits for public office at the state and federal levels and believe such a change will have a very positive impact. “We the People” seem to have lost the power granted to us by our Founding Fathers. Power. Money. Influence. These are what politicians ...

State better be ready for Election Day

A short ballot will greet voters here and across Pennsylvania on Nov. 3. Voters who go to the polls that day, as well as those who choose to make their selections by way of a mail-in or absentee ballot, should have little difficulty navigating the actual process of responsible ...