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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 ...

The viruses among us

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another potential killer is about to take the stage, however. Regular influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — ...

Who should get a COVID vaccine first?

Though there is dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, we read where it is possible a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. We emphasize “may” be ready. There is general agreement that a vaccine should go to the most ...

We sure could use some rain

Our region, with its lush forests and calming waterways, needs a nice, long steady and soaking rainfall ... for a few days at that. In case you’ve had your head in a well, we’re in a drought. Specifically, Clinton, Centre and Lycoming Counties are in a “drought watch.” Potter ...

Bipartisanship? What’s that?

Despite an effort by a bipartsan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no “government ...

Community needs to form task force to have influence in LHU ‘integration’

The Clinton County community must rise up to engage and put pressure on the chancellor and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as they look to essentially merge Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities. This is so much more important ever since PASSHE initially ...

Is a fresh look at HIPAA in order?

With public schools in many states reopened, COVID-19 outbreaks were inevitable in some classrooms. That has resulted in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them will be told. “We can’t give you any details. HIPAA, you ...

It is right to look into decisions that impacted nursing homes, but …

Gov. Tom Wolf, along with governors of New York, New Jersey and Michigan, has been asked to supply COVID-19 data for public nursing homes to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ says the information will decide if it will initiate investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized ...

Some easing helps, but let us fight the fight … together

In what we would call welcome news, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that beginning Sept. 21, restaurants will be permitted to increase how many indoor, dine-in customers may be served at one time — moving back to 50% of “normal” capacity or exactly what it was when the takeout-only restriction ...

A cautionary note to those who took up home canning

Plenty of people have taken on new hobbies this past spring and summer, spurred by uncertainties over the coronavirus pandemic. Backyard gardening became popular again, and the past month has seen the bounty of the season being harvested for meals and preservation. Evidence of that may be ...

Prompt action will best insure mail-in ballots

Today is the first day in Pennsylvania for registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. While we urge voters to go to the polls in person on Nov. 3, we also understand that there are reasons that may cause hesitation for some people, particularly during the ...

Help wanted; Help needed

How about rotating the Pedestrian Mall throughout targeted areas within the business district of the City of Lock Haven to help those businesses not on or along Main Street? Ask area farm markets the best day they can come downtown to sell their produce and wares— a day when their business ...

Sept. 11: On this day …

Nineteen years ago today our nation —our way of life — experienced the horrific attacks by radical Islamic terrorists. Today, let’s pray for peace. Let’s pray for that which calms us. And let’s pray that we continue to have learned a lesson in how better to protect ourselves ...

Make yourself count: Complete the 2020 Census

You count! That is, unless you don’t. That’s why we implore you to PLEASE fill out a 2020 Census form and get counted. It takes just minutes, it really does. The census is our nation’s long-standing method of knowing you’re around so it can help you. That is, to provide help ...

We will do it again

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day week for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us ...