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The best government is small government

Many local governments and other taxing authorities across Pennsylvania who work on a calendar year-basis are in the final stages of adopting their 2020 budgets. We know many go through a long and sometimes excruciating process of evaluating costs, revenues, personnel, services ... you name ...

Pennsylvania pay raises raise questions

Automatic pay raises for elected public officials should be a thing of the past. Yet, that’s just what happens in Pennsylvania. As of this week and on Jan. 1, state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials will collect an annual salary increase. Most lawmakers, the ...

There are two parts to Thanksgiving

There is no question we live in a very cynical society. Our culture is reflected by the increasingly ridiculous, no-holds-barred world of 24/7 social and television media, movies and so-called entertainment in which people seek more and more to capitalize on the failures or perceived ...

DOC needs to answer questions

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) is pulling the rug out from under the Clinton County Correctional Facility with what we deem too short of notice. With $1.2 million being jerked from county coffers for 2020 because the state decided it will no longer send parole violators here, the ...

Childhood trauma and all of its ugly ramifications

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

It’s tricky driving when kids seek treats

We just want to offer words of caution to motorists out and about while Halloween trick-or-treaters take to the streets and neighborhoods this week. Of course, we’re told the weather will not be conducive to this annual tradition so it’s even more important that motorists slow down and ...

Bans on tobacco at public buildings make a lot of sense

Smoking bans at public-owned buildings should be the norm. Enforcing the bans should be the norm. We’re glad to hear such a ban is going to be enforced at public buildings owned by Clinton County. We’re talking about bans on tobacco — cigarettes, cigars or chew — along with ...

PLEASE: It’s heating season so practice safety, common sense

Talking about health and safety, here’s our regular reminder to practice safety and common sense now that heating season is here. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to your boiler, your chimney, your fireplace or stove .. whether you’re burning natural or LP gas, wood, coal, ...

Congrats to new veterans affairs director and thanks to Bill Bechdel

We want to offer, on behalf of our readers, advertisers and the entire community, a congratulations to Jennifer Hagaman, Clinton County’s new diretor of veterans affairs. At the same time, we want to offer our thanks to former Veterans Affairs Director Bill Bechdel for his tremendous hard ...

We the People

First Quality’s Kambiz Damaghi likes to use the word “humble” a lot to describe himself and his family when he speaks here before the business community. There was no exception to that before a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Clinton County Economic Partnership’s annual dinner on ...

Levee provides for safety, quality of life, growth and stability

When the final vote to move forward with local financing for a levee system to protect Lock Haven was tallied at the former Lock Haven High School in 1990 , it did not go over well at all with those opposing the project. A “Tea Party” had been formed as talk of a levee developed. Some ...

Flaming passion for youth, family and community drive this festival

How proud Greater Renovo and all of Western Clinton County can and should be as the 2019 rendition of the official Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival gets underway! Now in its 71st year, count this extravaganza as among the most special events Pennsylvania has to offer. We predict ...

Region is a destination for ATV riders

Yesterday we expressed gratitude to volunteers who have turned our area into a mecca for trail hikers and competitors. We want to offer the same thanks and recognition to those who work hard to maintain and expand the ATV trails in our forestland. Northern Clinton County in particular is a ...

Our area a mecca for trail hikes

They came from Ulster, Enola, Mifflinburg, Huntingdon, South Williamsport, Cogan Station, Muncy, Lebanon and Bedford. We’re talking about competitors in the Sept. 21 Boulder Beast Trail Challenge up and around Bald Eagle Mountain. And those are just a few of the towns in Pennsylvania that ...

Give walkers time to cross intersections

Walking the streets and intersections in other communities, then coming to downtown Lock Haven and doing the same has revealed something we believe needs to change ... or at least be addressed. Why do the traffic lights in downtown Lock Haven reveal the “Walk” symbol at the same time the ...

LHU-KCSD homecoming collaboration a great idea!

How wonderful that Lock Haven University, Central Mountain High School and Bucktail Area High School are joining to collaborate on homecoming festivities! We think it’s a first. Is it? Leaders of the university and Keystone Central School District are partnering to hold a homecoming ...

Natural gas cooperative takes huge step for clean energy

We certainly hope the $2.7 million, natural gas pipeline project at Centre Hall marks the start of similar initiatives in other rual areas of our region that are starving to burn the clean energy to heat homes and water, dry clothes, etc. Essentially, construction has begun at Centre Hall ...

Decision on row homes puts safety first

Isn’t it always better to err on the side of safety? We think that’s just what Renovo Borough officials are doing when it comes to the row homes on 14th Street that were recently declared uninhabitable. There are 16 homes in the block-long building, some owner-occupied, some rented and ...

Stop vaping and you may save your life

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

Privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Not prudent

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? ...