Opinion

WGH pediatrics unit

Letters To Editor

I am disturbed by the decision to close the pediatric unit at Warren General Hospital. Both of my children were born at WGH and my eldest daughter was hospitalized in the pediatric unit on December 28, 2015 at 1.5 years old for croup. She woke from her morning nap, unable to draw a full ...

Disservice to the community

Letters To Editor

On Thursday, June 22, I opened Facebook on my phone as I gave my eight-month-old daughter her bottle. Little did I know that the first thing I would see would upset me enough to keep me up for much of the night. I tossed and turned, drafting angry letters in my head, knowing full well I had ...

John Childe

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Word from Dick Martin of the Pennsylvania Forest Coalition is that John Childe’s lawsuit was successful. Dick once wrote an editorial that appeared in the Times Observer several years ago. When Pennsylvania’s state legislators diverted $478 million from the Department of ...

It’s 0-0

Local Commentaries

It’s 0-0. We lose. There was a thought-provoking letter to the editor a while back challenging a recent editorial. The writer asked how the Democrats could be accused of being obstructionists when the Republicans have majorities in both houses and could pass any legislation they wanted to. ...

Gardening from scratch

Local Commentaries

When you grow up in an apartment, gardening isn’t on the top of your hobby list. It never even occurred to me to buy a plant of any kind let alone dig in the dirt – until we bought our first house. As new parents, we had moved out of our last apartment in January and I never looked ...

Federal funds for public TV

Letters To Editor

Public television is in funding trouble! In my opinion, public TV accomplishes its mission — “to ensure universal access to high-quality, non-commercial programming that educates, informs, enlightens and enriches.” CPB focuses on the needs of under-served audiences many in rural ...

They’re … ‘killin’ me, Smalls’

Local Commentaries

“You’re killin’ me, Smalls.” Before it became a product in a sponsored Facebook ad that people overwhelmingly tag me in, I was saying this to my girls. For Ham Porter, it was an utterance born of annoyance. It’s not his best line in the movie. I mean, it’s certainly no “count ...

A teddy bear’s picnic

Local Commentaries

Recently I spotted a teddy bear at a second-hand facility that I felt was quite old. That got me to thinking about teddy bears. Back in the late 1940s or early 1950s I had an old 78 record called "Teddy Bear's Picnic. I played it on an old Victrola that you had to crank to get the turntable ...

Danny Reynolds article

Letters To Editor

It was wonderful to read the article in the Saturday edition about Danny Reynolds and his success at the Chautauqua County Humane Society in Jamestown. I met Danny when he worked at a local shelter where I learned firsthand of his compassionate, hard working nature. To see him thriving in a ...

Our Opinion: Play ball

Our Opinion

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game last week, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Family values

Letters To Editor

They hung their heads and with great emotion they voted: Impeach. President Clinton did have relations with that woman Mizz Lewinski. And he lied about it to boot. Our Judeo-Christian values were at risk. A constitutional crisis of the greatest magnitude. To the rescue came these noble ...

Our Opinion: Realizing value

Our Opinion

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Our Opinion: Lest we forget

Our Opinion

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Our Opinion: Good

Our Opinion

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

Our Opinion: Probed

Our Opinion

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can ...

They’re basically tiny drunks

Local Commentaries

“We don’t lick the car,” is apparently something I say now. Some guy heard me saying it to my kid as he was walking into the Walmart (that’s right, I am over thirty now, so I add unnecessary definite articles to proper nouns), and started laughing. I’m so glad, sir, that this ...

Keeping score

Local Commentaries

I recently wrote a column that balanced my shock at turning 60 against the shocking realization that some people don’t get to turn 60. In that column, I referred to my 80 year old friend, Jim Morrison. Now Jim is many things: he’s a giant. He’s affable. He’s quite an historian. ...

GOP Healthcare Plan Secrecy

Letters To Editor

Apparently the GOP-controlled Senate is now working to revise the House’s version of the American Health Care Act so it is not as “mean” (reportedly at the request of President ...

I want & need Journalism IV

Local Commentaries

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are six different definitions to the word journalism. One of the definitions states that journalism is “an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium.” It is an academic study; a ...

Our Opinion: Strategy

Our Opinion

President Donald Trump is under an enormous amount of pressure over a variety of policy and legislative issues, ranging from tax reform to health care. It is not unfair or unrealistic to expect progress on at least some of those matters. But rushing into a new strategy for the war in ...