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‘Defunding’ police can lead to disaster

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

City’s plan to close streets, bring indoors outside is great

If using indoor space for patrons is restricted due to the virus, why not take the indoors outside? That’s just what the City of Lock Haven is doing starting today on public space on East Main Street, closing that main thoroughfare from Jay Street westward to Grove and Vesper Streets. The ...

Congratulations seniors!

or many of our cherished high school graduates, 2020 will go down as the lost year. School ended prematurely due to the pandemic, and with it went proms, award, baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies and more. You know, those end-of-school-year days when you really think about the next ...

Looking forward to joy returning to local ballfields

Will we see youngsters on baseball diamonds this summer? It’s possible and we hope so. Little League International recently posted protocols designed to get kids playing again while keeping youths and coaches safe from the COVID-19 threat. No handshakes, high-fives or fist bumps, ...

Money does not grow on trees

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the ...

Immediate testing at nursing homes overdue

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Rioters, peaceful protesters and our police

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen because we can’t believe our eyes. Sometimes we see something hateful on TV too often as stations play video over and over and over again. What we see can’t be what really happened, we reason. Hundreds, if not ...

Going back to school

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was “canceled.” There is ...

We prefer that Americans go to the polls

Pennsylvania voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election. But there are problems that could complicate the process this year as we head into the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3. Two decades ago, Florida was using punch cards for voting that often resulted in dimples, ...

Protocol essential as more businesses open their doors

Be careful out there. Don’t throw caution to the wind and please don’t use the argument that your “individual freedoms” or “constitutional rights” are being violated when you’re asked by a business or public institution to wear a mask. Wearing a mask (if your health allows) ...

Today, please remember the American heroes who died for us

During the American Revolution, an estimated 4,435 soldiers died in battle fighting for freedom from England between 1775 and 1783, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A few short decades later, another 2,260 U.S. soldiers died fighting in the War of 1812, which lasted until ...

LHU virtual graduation an inspiring celebration

More than 22,000 people (and counting) have watched the virtual graduation of Lock Haven University graduate and undergraduate students of the Class of 2020 on Facebook. That’s a testament to the tremendous support of and loyalty to this outstanding university. As photos, names and ...

Happy Mother’s Day

My wife told me that, if a woman were leading our country, the response to this pandemic and efforts to slow its spread would be much better. I agreed ... and not just because I want a “happy wife, happy life.” It is Mother’s Day Weekend 2020, a time to honor and appreciate the ...

Time to put Pennsylvanians to the test

Mandated time off appears to be coming to an end. Or is it? On the surface, there appeared to be good news last week when Gov. Tom Wolf announced intentions to start to reopen Pennsylvania. But don’t get too excited yet. His plan is methodical. It would happen in phases based on ...

It’s time people get back to work on a measured basis

"We’re destroying the economy of Pennsylvania right now.” So said state Sen. Gene Yaw of Lycoming County on Friday. His comments were echoed by state Reps. Garth Everett, whose district also includes the Jersey Shore area in western Lycoming County. Let’s be clear, Gov. Tom Wolf has ...

We must test, test and test

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

A collective responsibility; a time of sacrifice for all of us

Thank you to those companies, individuals and organizations who are stepping up in our time of need to fight the coronavirus. We’re referring to the $2 million donation by First Quality, which is Clinton County’s largest private employer and one of Pennsylvania’s most robust ...

Please take pride: Pandemic is no reason to litter

We all see it ... cans, bottles, empty fast-food bags littering the roads and roadside thanks to lazy, stupid people who care more about themselves than the natural environment we all share. And it happens even amid a pandemic where people are suffering ... and dying. While people are ...

Education always started in the home

For millions of American students, public schools were closed a few weeks ago and now, they won’t reopen this semester. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for ...