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Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

By LACEY WALLACE Americans own nearly half of the world’s guns, with approximately 120 firearms for every 100 U.S. residents. Gun control policies may someday restrict new gun sales. But what impact can they have when Americans already own millions of guns? Some have pointed to gun ...

Review of dress code for school is appropriate

The Keystone Central School Board and administration are reviewing a dress code for students for updating. As they should. In particular, the administration is revising what it calls a “personal appearance” section with the aim of clarifying what students may wear — or not wear — to ...

Banners bring pride, spirit to community

here are many, many worthwhile causes that positively impact the lives of individuals and communities. We count Downtown Lock Haven Inc.’s Hometown Hero Banner Program among them. The Express community newspaper is proud to be a partner to the local nonprofit merchants group, its partners ...

Head on over to the county fair!

Let’s not fool ourselves: Farming is a tough business and it’s getting more difficult. The number of farms in the United States has been and is on the decline. In 2018, there were just over 2 million farms in America, down from some 200,000 since 2007. According to the U.S. Labor ...

Firms must take responsibility for crush of opioid pain pills

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

It’s not how we Americans do things

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s recent attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s ...

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 ...