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Let us pause to honor the sacrifice

This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Demanding accountability

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller: An American hero

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Amid dwindling ranks, a regionalized fire service should be explored

There is no disputing the need for communities to have a dependable, quality fire company — paid or volunteer. There also should be no squabble whatsoever over having well-trained, dedicated firefighters and sufficient firefighting equipment. But there always is controversy over how to ...

Step up, parents, to opportunity to help guide your children

We want to bring more attention to an event — a special showcase — scheduled by the Keystone Central School District in late January. The district will host its second Curriculum Showcase Night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Central Mountain High School to also include ...

Making the tough call

We are pretty sure this past Wednesday marked the first time this winter area schools closed because of snowy, cold, windy and icy weather. And predictably, when people awoke to see fewer than 12 feet of snow on the ground and less than whiteout conditions outside, there was the usual ...

Keeping homes viable, liveable helps all

Demolishing homes is an ugly business. But it’s necessary to preserve the safety of citizens and to keep property owners accountable. That’s the case at 603 E. Main St. in Lock Haven, a vacant home in the city’s east end. It’s been vacant for a long time. It’s also the case at ...

Helping our neighbors

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 billion in ...

History and politics

We love when good history is made. It’s a sign, we believe, of progress and the inevitable ... change. In the case of Angela Harding becoming the first woman to hold a seat as a Clinton County commisioner, we say it’s about time. Congratulations to her, to the voters and to all ...

Here’s to a happy, healthy, productive 2020!

There is no substitute for hard work. We keep coming back to that time and again when faced with meeting the needs of our readers, our advertisers and the communities we serve. Among the many principles we follow is that which says, "Great work is not performed by strength but by ...

You must say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ first

It’s probably safe to assume most people today know who “Alexa” is. If not, well “she” is that little speaker — known as a “virtual assistant” in the world of technology — that you buy from Amazon, put in your home or office and sync to your Wi-Fi and Amazon accounts to ...

3-digit, suicide

Hotline could save even more lives Kudos to Federal Communications Commission regulators who are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier for people to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it’s ...

Yankee dryer’s arrival here via ‘super load’ marks major milestone

The “super load” carrying a huge industrial dryer for the newest First Quality Tissue plant at Lock Haven marks a huge milestone when it comes to the history of manufacturing in Clinton County. Privately owned First Quality is investing hundreds of millions of dollars here to add a third ...

Men, women in blue deserve our respect

We are beside ourselves in wondering why there has been an uptick in violence against our law enforcement officers. Reference the shooting of a state trooper in rural Nelson Township in neighboring Tioga County early Wednesday. Although we may hear more about violence committed by police, ...

The best government is small government

Many local governments and other taxing authorities across Pennsylvania who work on a calendar year-basis are in the final stages of adopting their 2020 budgets. We know many go through a long and sometimes excruciating process of evaluating costs, revenues, personnel, services ... you name ...

Pennsylvania pay raises raise questions

Automatic pay raises for elected public officials should be a thing of the past. Yet, that’s just what happens in Pennsylvania. As of this week and on Jan. 1, state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials will collect an annual salary increase. Most lawmakers, the ...

There are two parts to Thanksgiving

There is no question we live in a very cynical society. Our culture is reflected by the increasingly ridiculous, no-holds-barred world of 24/7 social and television media, movies and so-called entertainment in which people seek more and more to capitalize on the failures or perceived ...

DOC needs to answer questions

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) is pulling the rug out from under the Clinton County Correctional Facility with what we deem too short of notice. With $1.2 million being jerked from county coffers for 2020 because the state decided it will no longer send parole violators here, the ...

Childhood trauma and all of its ugly ramifications

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

It’s tricky driving when kids seek treats

We just want to offer words of caution to motorists out and about while Halloween trick-or-treaters take to the streets and neighborhoods this week. Of course, we’re told the weather will not be conducive to this annual tradition so it’s even more important that motorists slow down and ...