Editorials

Be vigilante about hate crimes no matter where they occur

We are absolutely disgusted by the recent hateful vandalism at The Fallon Hotel in downtown Lock Haven. We hope city police are treating this despicable act whereby the criminals invoked the Nazi symbol and included other evil words as a hate crime. We know hate crimes usually involve ...

Rural areas deserve good internet access

There is no question that internet access is limited in our rural, mountainous region. Sure, the populated cities, boroughs and townships have good access, mostly through cable or DSL. But just minutes out of our towns and, wa la ... affordable, fast broadband internet access is pretty much ...

Equal help for drug treatment

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Questions surrounding mass shooting

he May 31 mass murder in Virginia Beach, Va., was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his ...

Questions in Ohio

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in ...

Not in vain

What can we say about Memorial Day? Some time ago, a son asked his father what it was like to serve in World War II . All the other kids joined in, prodding the veteran to provide memories of the events that occurred during that conflict. What did you do in the war, Daddy? After ...

Women in the U.S. military gaining clout … as they should

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be ...

Optional, state-run savings plan makes sense, but with stipulations

All workers should be putting some money from their paychecks aside for savings. Everyone. It’s common sense. You cannot rely on federal Social Security alone for your retirement. That said, we support a proposed bipartisan legislation to create a retirement savings plan for ...

‘Our Lady’ so much more than timber and stone

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Absentee rates at some area schools alarming

Too many area school children are missing school. That’s the take-away from the most recent statistics revealed by the Keystone Central School District superintendent at last week’s school board meeting. Indeed, the attendance rate at six out of Keystone Central’s 10 schools falls ...

Our new trail: What a great investment!

Investment and support of the new Bald Eagle Valley Mountain Trail Castanea and Wayne Townships is worthy of great applause. Congratulations to the Clinton County Commissioners for spearheading this community initiative. County Planner Katie deSilva hit the nail on the head — or should we ...

Read, write … and read

A shout out to members of the Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle & Nittany Valleys (BENV) for their support of reading. This very active service club recently heard it will receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation to help fund its BENV Kiwanis Helps Raise Readers Program. The ...

World Champions parading through towns today

How about a standing ovation for the Clinton County Hawks volleyball team that won the gold medal in the Special Olympics World Games recently! It’s spectacular. Fantastic. Awesome. Wonderful. So PROUD! Members of the Clinton County Hawks are head Coach Brad Marr, Kathy Marr, ...

It’s spring! Get out and help clean up!

Two critical state agencies are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, a campaign of statewide community cleanup activities that runs through May 31. We’re talking about the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental ...

Please talk to your kids about ‘vaping’

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school recently. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the school ...

Give authorities more teeth to end ‘spoofing’

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Expanding nursing studies at LHU a brilliant move

Bravo to Lock Haven University for plans to create a school of nursing on its main campus here. It’s a bold — and necessary — move. Expansion of the program beyond its satellite campus in Clearfield is in response to rising demand for qualified nurses as our population ages. The ...

Food insecurity: A statistic that’s alarming here

The Lock Haven Area YMCA provides up to 170 kids in its daycare program with food packs at the end of each week and has been doing so since September. Why? Because 1 in 5 kids in Clinton County is food insecure. What’s food insecure? It’s the percentage of the population who do not ...

Legalizing pot for recreational use is not a good idea

Since Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is coming to Lock Haven to talk about legalizing marijuana for “recreational use” in Pennsylvania, we will weigh in. Bad idea. Fetterman supports legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he’s not ready to do that, ...

Leave the cross alone

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the ...