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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 ...

Recognizing those who protect us

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, meant to recognize the men and women in blue for upholding the oath to protect and to serve. “Cops” — whether municipal, county, state, military or federal officers — have a very tough job made all the more difficult in today’s ...

We are not enemies

Violence in any form is unacceptable. Yet, objections to the results of the presidential election have inflamed many Americans to the extent that a minority of citizens resorted to violence in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. Sadly, four people died from the chaos. Dozens were injured, ...

Constitution doesn’t protect your right to be negligent

The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that we Americans can own firearms. We venture to suggest those who wrote and ratified the Constitution did not intend it to promote the accidental shootings of children. In fact, it is likely accidental shootings of children were far ...

A simple wish for the New Year

We want to keep our wishes for 2021 pretty simple so let’s just offer this: We fervently hope and wish that the grand gesture of a handshake will return. Oh, we do like the elbow bump meant to protect us from this awful virus, but nothing is like a grateful handshake as a greeting or ...

Happy New Year: Please don’t put others at risk

It will not be a surprise if months of pent-up frustrations prompt many people to blow off more than a little steam this New Year’s Eve. The evening is viewed by many as the one time a year they let their hair down, anyway. There is nothing wrong with having a little fun, of course. But ...

Good riddance to 2020

We can only hope and pray that 2021will be a much, much better year than 2020. Eventually, anyway. It certainly won’t start out well, what with this God-forsaken pandemic stealing what we cherish. Let’s insist that our government leaders stop crying about most everything, get a handle ...

More caution ahead of Jan. 1

We urge area residents thinking about gathering to celebrate the New Year — understanding that most of us can’t wait until 2020 is over. Yes, we are beating the drum of caution and safety again because with COVID-19, we are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more ...

A shot in the arm

It is true that the COVID-19 vaccine is only as good as the number of people who take it. Keep that in mind. You want to see your family and friends? Get the shot when it becomes available. You want to get back to work? Get the shot when it becomes available. You want to gradually ...

Whatever you believe

Whatever you believe, we hope you agree that, in this season of both hurt and hope, these holidays are meant for us all to recognize what we mean to each other. No more so than now, when a disease threatens all of us while our best defense against it outside of science is each of us. Do you ...

Prayers for those we love . . . and for brighter days

These are dark days, folks. Dark because of the virus among us. Dark because, as a result, we’re losing more people, evident by the large number of obituaries being published in your community newspapers. It is with great sadness that we report the loss of more people from our world ... ...

Our hospitals need financial, staffing help

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...

Come on Congress, people need help

ore federal help is merited because of job losses, business closings and more caused by the coronavirus. Yet, all we keep hearing is that Congress is “close” on agreeing to more federal aid to help sustain people. Unless members of Congress find a way to compromise and give Americans a ...

Give educators credit for adapting to new methods

OVID-19 has been an enormous challenge to the nation’s public school system. It has forced tens of millions of students to stay at home, often for months at a time, rather than go to class. Give educators credit for doing what they could with “remote learning.” Thrown suddenly into a ...

What a shame bus service has to end Dec. 31

It looks like the City of Lock Haven will again become the only Third Class city in Pennsylvania without public bus service. With grant funding running out amid PennDOT running into a massive financial shortfall caused by the pandemic’s lessening of gasoline consumption — thus the receipt ...

Cautious optimism for a vaccine

A vaccine or vaccines are on the way, we’re told. Thank God. And please make sure the roll out and distribution are equitable and swift ... swift to those who deserve it first and foremost. Health care workers. First responders. Senior citizens. Yes, U.S Food and Drug ...

Let’s continue to CARE … and shop local!

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow and perhaps it is no more important than now as our nation battles a deadly virus. Mitigation efforts and, of course, people’s hesitancy to get out among others is hurting those local entrepreneurs who we count on — and take for granted — to provide ...

The gift the virus gives us

any of us may not spend Thanksgiving Day 2020 with familiy and friends out of precaution of catching or spreading COVID-19. If this monstrous virus is telling us anything it’s that it is time to look inside your heart and give thanks for who and what you have in your life. How angry many ...

USPS had election missteps, but deserves better support

Told in school that a really, really big test was coming up and that passing it was critical not just to you but also to your entire school, you’d probably do all you could to be prepared. Were you told that no expense would be spared in providing resources for you to prepare for the exam, ...

Doing the right things

We implore our public and private educators at all levels to take extra special precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as numbers in our state rise at a rather significant pace. We understand the precautionary approach the Keystone Central School District is taking, for example, by ...