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Thank you, Justin Kline!

In the most difficult battle of his life against a formidable foe, Justin Kline has persevered to become an inspiration to us all. This outstanding guy, who gave his all to the youth of our region in helping to mentor and guide members of what surely can be called the legendary Keystone ...

Feeding our children

On this Labor Day Holiday, behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are children. Millions of kids across our country are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put ...

Food & Music: Thankfully, the ‘Regatta’ will go on this weekend

Congratulations to the Lock Haven Area Jaycees for forging ahead with a scaled-down version of the annual holiday weekend Regatta. The 50th version of this popular — and very important — event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is reduced in size and attractions due to ...

Rah-rah for home sales!

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report recently that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

The clock is ticking

We’re here to say that, unless restrictions on businesses — small businesses — are eased in the coming days, many likely may not be around much longer. Already financially fragile, the pandemic caused “massive dislocation” among small businesses just several weeks after its onset ...

Cheaters had no solid moral compass

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

School starts up again so please be aware

Every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to schools ...

Make America smart again

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it ...

It’s up to us

About 40% of the more than 170,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during the ...

Let them play

The pain’s not over yet, and, yes, it’s going to be a tough road ahead. That’s the unfortunate bottom line that would follow the cancellation of fall sports, from high school athletic fields to local college and Big Ten and Penn State football. The new game is about staying healthy ...

Mail-in voting pits one threat against another

No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote, and no one needs to if local election officials are provided with resources to keep the process safe at the polls, while also ensuring everyone’s ability to get a ballot mailed on time. We need to keep in mind our ...

We abhor what’s happening in our communities

Theft of property and criminal trespassing have no place in our society. Nor does the public display of signs with swear words, especially near schools. But yet, that’s just what’s happening here. People are repeatedly stealing signs for candidates’ running for public office from ...

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 ...