Editorials

Calling all donors

Make no mistake about it: The American Red Cross’ plea - actually, its emergency call - for blood donations means there is a critical shortage. The Red Cross has started 2019 with a blood shortage. Lives are at stake. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Due ...

Welcome, Ms. Martin!

Team. Collaborate. Engaged. Learning communities. Growth. Goals. Vision. These are the words and phrases used by new Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin this week in her first presentation to the public before she officially takes office. We’ll ...

11 Pa. turnpike toll increases in a row

For the 11th year in a row, motorists’ tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that’s more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the turnpike the ...

Theft at agency that helps others is sad commentary

How sad it is that people steal from those in need (and in general). Gifts, yet. We’re referring to the theft of about $300 in cash and $200 in gift cards from the Salvation Army on Church Street in Lock Haven this week. Employees showed up to work Wednesday only to find the building ...

Here’s to happiness in 2019

Welcome to 2019. Be grateful. You’re breathing on this first day of a new year. Your health is first and foremost, so we know that good health is the top wish for a New Year ... every New Year. But we’ll certainly add “happiness” to our list of wishes for all of our dear ...

Good move to reduce layers, cost of government

The Woodward Township Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to dissolve the township sewer authority and take over management of the sanitary sewer system is a good decision. Many would say its a “no brainer.” Woodward Supervisor Kyle Coleman said the supervisors will liquidate ...

New ‘Lucky’ development good for safety

We know of no one who wanted to see such a quality business like Lucky 7 Meats end a more than 30-year run in Lock Haven. Who doesn’t want a great butcher shop in their community? But alas, time brings change. And now, that change is in the form of a new truck stop at the Lucky 7 ...

For Christmas, don’t leave those who need out in the cold

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: Ensuring ...

Our nation’s 41st president was a man of great integrity

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away late on Nov. 30, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. ...

Local, local, local makes lots of sense

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

We support Joe Scarnati’s SB 1234 to amend Pa. election code

Pennsylvania is one of nine states conducting closed primary elections. While that format can strengthen party affiliation, it also lets the two major parties dominate the political spectrum and debate. Independent or Unaffiliated voters do not have representation during the primary. ...

New voting machines are not necessary

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive that the state’s 67 counties all buy new voting machines is an unnecessary — and unfunded — mandate. We find no evidence of a need for new voting machines Statements from our state elected leaders, backed by our federal agencies, would have ...

Support your local economy

The shopping experience known as Black Friday is today, so we want to reflect on the day’s big impact on local merchants’ bottom line. Black Friday and the weeks following it leading up to Christmas can be a make-or-break time for retailers. Actually, it’s not uncommon for some ...

Be smart and be safe, please

As we wish for our own family and friends we wish for our dear readers: Be safe and be smart, please, whether on the roads amid the season’s first storm, or in the coming days during hunting season here in Pennsylvania. No, you should not drive your normal speed when there’s ice and ...

The debt we owe

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Pay attention to school buses and their precious cargo

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored ...

Opt in: Get out and vote

Election day falls just before the people of this country turn their attention to another important day this month — Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the event you’ve never really connected the dots, there is a very strong correlation between the two. Veterans Day is a time to not only ...

Hate still very much alive

In what has become far too commonplace in our country, another mass shooting occurred last weekend — this time, here in Pennsylvania — as a man obviously filled with hate rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and injuring several ...

Turn up the heat on safety

We’re heading into winter, time again to remind everyone about fire safety as people light up the stoves and fireplaces. Seven times each day, someone in the United States dies in a home fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking fires account for 47 percent of ...

Falling with the leaves into autumn

Orange, yellow, red — or brown? Many of us look forward to the turning of the leaves every year. It’s a sign...possibly THE sign...of fall and all it represents, as well as a simultaneous invitation and warning that, as some say, “Winter is Coming.” But what governs the vibrancy — ...