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LHU, Mansfield alliance would bring pain, but also gain

While we are very sad to see the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education launch a study into essentially unifying Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities under one budget, one president, one faculty and a combined array of programs of study, it is not surprising. Not in the current ...

‘In order to form a more perfect union’

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Commitment to our values

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is ...

Have a joyous and safe July 4 holiday

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a ...

We all need answers … and solutions

For many of us, COVID-19 may seem like a bad dream even though it is far from stamped out in our country. One aspect of recovery — placing blame — is well along. But recriminations that were common during the height of the epidemic are trailing off. That should not happen. ...

Meanwhile … at the museums

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Cautious, smart reopening set for ‘The Haven’

Now in its 150th year, Lock Haven University has not had to deal with such a crisis as the coronavirus, save for the 1918 flu pandemic. But working to adapt to a new normal, LHU just announced a “Return to The Haven” for students the fall of 2020. With that, LHU President Dr. Robert ...

Symbols of slavery belong in museums, not on public streets

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like ...

‘Defunding’ police can lead to disaster

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

City’s plan to close streets, bring indoors outside is great

If using indoor space for patrons is restricted due to the virus, why not take the indoors outside? That’s just what the City of Lock Haven is doing starting today on public space on East Main Street, closing that main thoroughfare from Jay Street westward to Grove and Vesper Streets. The ...

Congratulations seniors!

or many of our cherished high school graduates, 2020 will go down as the lost year. School ended prematurely due to the pandemic, and with it went proms, award, baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies and more. You know, those end-of-school-year days when you really think about the next ...

Looking forward to joy returning to local ballfields

Will we see youngsters on baseball diamonds this summer? It’s possible and we hope so. Little League International recently posted protocols designed to get kids playing again while keeping youths and coaches safe from the COVID-19 threat. No handshakes, high-fives or fist bumps, ...

Money does not grow on trees

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the ...

Immediate testing at nursing homes overdue

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Rioters, peaceful protesters and our police

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen because we can’t believe our eyes. Sometimes we see something hateful on TV too often as stations play video over and over and over again. What we see can’t be what really happened, we reason. Hundreds, if not ...

Going back to school

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was “canceled.” There is ...

We prefer that Americans go to the polls

Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election. But there are problems that could complicate the process this year as we head into the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. Two decades ago, Florida was using punch cards for voting that often resulted in dimples, ...

Protocol essential as more businesses open their doors

Be careful out there. Don’t throw caution to the wind and please don’t use the argument that your “individual freedoms” or “constitutional rights” are being violated when you’re asked by a business or public institution to wear a mask. Wearing a mask (if your health allows) ...

Today, please remember the American heroes who died for us

During the American Revolution, an estimated 4,435 soldiers died in battle fighting for freedom from England between 1775 and 1783, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A few short decades later, another 2,260 U.S. soldiers died fighting in the War of 1812, which lasted until ...

LHU virtual graduation an inspiring celebration

More than 22,000 people (and counting) have watched the virtual graduation of Lock Haven University graduate and undergraduate students of the Class of 2020 on Facebook. That’s a testament to the tremendous support of and loyalty to this outstanding university. As photos, names and ...