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Where are the job applicants

A recent regional job fair in neighboring downtown Williamsport orchestrated the sad fact that, while there are a lot of jobs to be had out there, there are not enough people interested or willing to fill them. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a widespread issue with finding employees. ...

Easter brings the reassurance of love

Today, Good Friday, people around the world engage in prayerful remembrance of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross on Mount Calvary. For Christians, it is the most solemn day of the year. Unfortunately, like during most of last year, there is much additional suffering and death upon ...

Note to BASD: Enough has been taken from our kids

For area high school students, the 2020-21 school year has been anything but normal. Masks, social distancing, remote learning, limited extra curricular activities and infrequent closures have become the norm. As the school year begins to wind down, the Class of 2021 prepares for their final ...

Our local pharmacists are right

Local pharmacists Jeff Packech and Chris Freeman are right: The state had no right to take vaccines away from them. In doing so, the state took away opportunity for more people to get vaccines. Once you start something, finish it, darn it. Jeff and Chris are passionate about wanting to be ...

Bridge toll proposal: Users should pay

Those who use something should pay for it. Doesn’t that makes sense? So who can blame Gov. Tom Wolf for proposing that motorists pay a toll when driving over a group of bridges in Pennsyvlania? Pennsylvania motorists already pay a gasoline tax to maintain and develop roads and bridges in ...

Here’s to closing ‘Main Streets’ to bring more people into downtowns

More outside or open air dining. Robust musical entertainment, street vendors and sidewalk sales. These are among the ingredients to a successful — and appealing — summer season in Lock Haven and Bellefonte as these communities and others work to bring people into their ...

Better days are ahead

We’ve often said that hope is the air we breathe. Perhaps we need to add this: Hope is the vaccine we all get. It has been a long, long year since COVID-19 came a knockin. Many of us now spend our days trying to breathe that hope. At least we should be. We should be hopeful as a way ...

MH council’s proposal on rec vehicles looks like classic over-reach

We suggest Mill Hall Borough Council not waste its own time and that of its residents by considering an ordinance amendment that would require a person to get the consent of their neighboring property owner before they ride a recreational vehicle on their own property. The proposed expanded ...

Schools can reopen safely, get kids back in classrooms

We make note of the column and editorial cartoons on this opinion-editorial page as we espouse that public schools do their best to reopen and get students back in the classroom — safely amid this pandemic. Fact is, at-home instruction is not as effective. Ask any teacher. Too many kids ...

Working together brings solutions

A formal public safety building in or around Jersey Shore makes sense, provided it can be adequately funded without too heavy of a tax burden on citizens and property owners. The Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police is one of the true success stories of regionalization of services. The force ...

Thank your local and state plow truck driver

We don’t think anyone would argue that it has been a tougher-than-normal winter. Snow ... and lots of it in our region. Sleet. Freezing rain. But it really is a “normal” winter ... Normal as in this kind of heavier snow occurs every few years or so. So we just deal with it. Stay ...

It’s time to reconsider restrictions

Has the time come to reopen our businesses and remove restrictions on their operations? At this stage of the pandemic, we believe owners and operators of private enterprise have become educated enough and have sacrificed enough to make well-informed decisions about whether to fully reopen, ...

Pennsylvania’s vaccine rank not acceptable; time to call National Guard

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We say the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th — depending on which report you read — among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...

Until vaccine supply meets demand, it’s a waiting game

We share local officials’ frustration that the vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is not rolling out fast enough and even then, access to it is frustrating. It’s almost like only the strong will survive this. Sorry, but this is a life-and-death situation. You call a phone number and get ...

The bus stops here … again

How good to hear that River Valley Transit has found a way to fund weekend public bus service. Yesterday and today, RVT restarted Friday-and-Saturday-only bus routes to Clinton County for free. Next Friday and Saturday, the standard fees will kick in. RVT is paying for the service that ...

Praise to the giver: Our local community foundation

Charitable is one among many joyful and cheerful words that come to mind when thinking of the Clinton County Community Foundation Inc. (CCCF). The CCCF is certainly well known to many Clinton Countians through its support of and funding to a multitude of programs, agencies, initiatives ... ...

Loss of Bucktail Medical Center staff to virus sad … sobering

We offer heartfelt praise and prayers to Bucktail Medical Center in rural western Clinton County, where the National Guard has come to help fight COVID-19. Of the 24 infected Bucktail residents, three have died due to COVID-19 related complications, its CEO said. In addition to the ...

‘Here comes the sun, do do do do’

It is so encouraging to hear that a large field of solar panels to produce electricity is being planned for our area. If you missed it, Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., intends to build a field of utility grade solar panels on 1,500 acres in rural East and West Keating townships in ...

There are two kinds of hate

There are two kinds of hate, a local priest reminded their congregation after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. One kind makes you — and those around you — angry and miserable. The other kind harms other people. We want none of it, and so should you. The horrific attack ...

The point of return

If 2020 proved anything, it’s that downtowns — communities — have everlasting value. You need look no further than Lock Haven as an example. Open air concerts to social distance drew hundreds to Main Street per performance and thousands over the course of the summer. And it hasn’t ...