Editorials

Optional, state-run savings plan makes sense, but with stipulations

All workers should be putting some money from their paychecks aside for savings. Everyone. It’s common sense. You cannot rely on federal Social Security alone for your retirement. That said, we support a proposed bipartisan legislation to create a retirement savings plan for ...

‘Our Lady’ so much more than timber and stone

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Absentee rates at some area schools alarming

Too many area school children are missing school. That’s the take-away from the most recent statistics revealed by the Keystone Central School District superintendent at last week’s school board meeting. Indeed, the attendance rate at six out of Keystone Central’s 10 schools falls ...

Our new trail: What a great investment!

Investment and support of the new Bald Eagle Valley Mountain Trail Castanea and Wayne Townships is worthy of great applause. Congratulations to the Clinton County Commissioners for spearheading this community initiative. County Planner Katie deSilva hit the nail on the head — or should we ...

Read, write … and read

A shout out to members of the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle & Nittany Valleys (BENV) for their support of reading. This very active service club recently heard it will receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation to help fund its BENV Kiwanis Helps Raise Readers Program. The ...

World Champions parading through towns today

How about a standing ovation for the Clinton County Hawks volleyball team that won the gold medal in the Special Olympics World Games recently! It’s spectacular. Fantastic. Awesome. Wonderful. So PROUD! Members of the Clinton County Hawks are head Coach Brad Marr, Kathy Marr, ...

It’s spring! Get out and help clean up!

Two critical state agencies are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, a campaign of statewide community cleanup activities that runs through May 31. We’re talking about the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental ...

Please talk to your kids about ‘vaping’

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school recently. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the school ...

Give authorities more teeth to end ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Expanding nursing studies at LHU a brilliant move

Bravo to Lock Haven University for plans to create a school of nursing on its main campus here. It’s a bold — and necessary — move. Expansion of the program beyond its satellite campus in Clearfield is in response to rising demand for qualified nurses as our population ages. The ...

Food insecurity: A statistic that’s alarming here

The Lock Haven Area YMCA provides up to 170 kids in its daycare program with food packs at the end of each week and has been doing so since September. Why? Because 1 in 5 kids in Clinton County is food insecure. What’s food insecure? It’s the percentage of the population who do not ...

Legalizing pot for recreational use is not a good idea

Since Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is coming to Lock Haven to talk about legalizing marijuana for “recreational use” in Pennsylvania, we will weigh in. Bad idea. Fetterman supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’s not ready to do that, ...

Leave the cross alone

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the ...

What good are laws that are not enforced?

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just over a week ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

We need more people doing good things

We Americans are big on talking about giving the less fortunate a hand up rather than a handout. By that, of course, we mean not merely helping them make ends meet but also giving them the tools they need to become self-sufficient. Recently a man who made the hand-up philosophy work passed ...

National debt grows and grows … and grows

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion last week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt ...

‘Free’ health insurance

Perhaps one of the candidates for president, Sen. Kamala Harris, wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Common sense in D.C.? Yea, right

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Teachers, school board must talk to each other

There are sound arguments on both sides when it comes to needs, priorities and concessions as the Keystone Central School Board yet again struggles to balance a new fiscal year budget - this time for 2019-2020. But when there is a lack of communication between the school board and unionized ...

What answers, what response to this rage?

The horrific, senseless shooting in State College last week that left four dead, including the shooter, leaves us all wondering how it could have been avoided ... or stopped. What kind of evil was lurking in the mind of the shooter? Why did so much hate build in his heart and mind against ...