Opinion

Our Opinion: ‘The least we can do’

Our Opinion

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other people ...

Our Opinion: A day worth celebrating

Our Opinion

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebrated by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed on Wednesday (June 19). It is a celebration of the end of slavery ...

Back in the saddle again

Local Commentaries

There are no more cowboys in our lives. No, I’m not talking about the Dallas football team. Real cowboys, the he-men of my childhood, have gone the way of buggy whips and Burma Shave signs. When I was a kid, Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy, was one of my heroes. I don’t know why he ...

Graduation

Local Commentaries

This day and age there are graduates from everything from nursery school to college. Recently I saw a post for a kindergarten graduate. Now I know this same little boy graduated from preschool as well. What does he have to look forward to? In my day we had elementary school graduation, ...

Our Opinion: Finding answers to the questions

Our Opinion

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

World Wide Web

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In today’s Times Observer, there is a front-page article on the state of Internet Service. Our area ranks the lowest in the region. We all know that Warren, PA is a quaint city that is difficult at times for visitors to come to. That is part of the charm of our city. We ...

Our Opinion: Those seeking high office must not compromise nation

Our Opinion

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Our Opinion: A step into the future

Our Opinion

On Friday, we witnessed the annual rite of passage at schools across the county. Hundreds of local young people were awarded high school diplomas, a major step in the transition to adulthood. We’re very proud of them — all of them, not just the star athletes and most talented artists and ...

Our Opinion: Game Commission short-sighted

Our Opinion

Hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Kindness is a superpower

Local Commentaries

May was Mental Health Month. Hopefully, that does not mean that we don’t pay attention to mental health in the other months, but May was designated as the month to draw awareness to the importance of mental health. I am a strong advocate for breaking the divide between physical health ...

The story of the Lifesaver

Local Commentaries

One thing I remember about Christmases long ago was the gift of a book of Lifesavers. I think you got ten rolls in the little book, but I am not positive of that. I recently found some information about Lifesavers that I received from the company years ago after I had done a piece about the ...

Enantiodromia

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Washington noted that the two pillars upon which society rests are religion and morality, with each supporting the other. Widespread support of these pillars has changed into apathy within a large segment of our country. Many aspects of our culture including religion, ...

A.W.O.L.

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Representatives Thompson, Kelly, and Senator Toomey are AWOL. During the 2016 political campaign, they vied for photo-ops and news releases with the candidate and later newly elected Trump. Nowadays, they nervously await the daily tweets and Presidential distortions and keep a ...

Day of Days

History

“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” — Gen. Dwight ...

When fake news hits home

History

My most significant D-Day story has nothing to do with battles, or strategy or tactics. I was born in England on Sept. 14, 1944, three months after D-Day. If you do the math, my mother, Joan, was six months pregnant with me while staying with her parents in Rushden, England while my father, ...

Our Opinion: Disregarding the good of our nation

Opinion

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Our Opinion: Disregarding the good of our nation

Our Opinion

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Theme vacationing: Ancient American culture

Local Commentaries

When I was very young, it was instilled in me to see the country. Ray Bimber, the man who more than anyone else was my mentor, crossed the United States a few times before the only roads for long stretches were ruts from the old wagon trains. There were no motels or convenience stores, so they ...

A powerful event

History

The annual Roll Call at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Warren is a powerful event. This year, the names of 126 men and women who gave up the familiar and comfortable to serve our country in times of war and peace, and died over the past year, were read. Typically, I do not recognize many of ...