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Our View

Investing more in students is what matters

“The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.” — Education Clause in the Pennsylvania Constitution We start this Our View with the above clause in the Pennsylvania ...

1, 2, 3 … The U.S. Census needs to beware of technology

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering ...

We must ensure that justice is colorblind

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Recently, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, late last year, was in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was ...

Beware of China

Some foreign governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of ...

More Route 220 safety initiatives are welcomed

Did you know that more than 24,000 vehicles travel the Route 220 corridor between Linden and Jersey Shore every day? 24,000. We expect many are work and school commuters. Many are local. Many also are pass-through travelers. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has made ...

Share love in all of its forms

Today is Valentine’s Day. And while most of the thoughts of love and affection on this day are of the romantic variety, the truth is that a significant number of the population may not have a “significant other” with whom to celebrate. But Feb. 14 need not be for romantic couples alone. ...

Taking out the trash

Our little part of the world must always be vigilante about how we dispose of our waste, what with our pristine waters and majestic, natural landscape. No, we don’t like that Clinton Countians cannot recycle glass while those in neighboring Centre and Lycoming counties can. People who ...

Consider the flu

Are you getting more worried by the day about the coronavirus epidemic center in China? Officials report hundreds and hundreds of deaths among the thousands of patients with the disease, which has spread to 25 or more countries. Indeed, a few cases of panic have been reported. In one ...

Doctor who tried to warn the world of coronavirus is a hero to mankind

The world should celebrate Li Wenliang as a hero to mankind. Wenliang recently died of the coronavirus in China, but not before the communist government there silenced this brave, selfless 34-year-old doctor after he tried to warn his fellow countrymen — and all of the world — that a ...

Thank you to our women and men in blue

We were incredulous to read a reactive comment on social media to The Express community newspaper’s story this past week on the City of Lock Haven hiring and swearing in three new police officers. The comment — by a woman, mind you — made a negative remark about female police ...

Soaring higher: Congratulations to LHU’s mental health counseling program

More national recognition has come to Lock Haven. Tuesday’s newspaper featured a story about Lock Haven University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program being recognized by Human Services Edu as one of the top 20 programs in the United States for 2019-2020. Specifically, ...

Our area deserves its fair share of state tax revenues

We hear those who oppose spending tax money on the Bald Eagle Valley Rail Trail in our area. We respectfully disagree. We believe the recent announcement that PennDOT will provide an additional $621,259 toward a critical phase of the 11.5-mile Bald Eagle Valley Trail is part of what’s due ...

Are we complacent about outbreaks of viruses, bacteria?

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll ...

Don’t let this become another Agent Orange

The military used open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to get rid of all sorts of waste amid warfare. They openly burned everything from chemicals, paint, plastics, rubber and wood to discarded food, medical and human waste, metal and aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ...

Oh, how this area could benefit from a Cultural Center

Lock Haven has much to be proud of. The charming little city along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River is, in many ways, a throwback to the past with its generally quiet neighborhoods and rural solitude compared to the big cities. But it can be too quiet. Lock Haven will never be ...

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 ...