Opinion

Far from home

Local Commentaries

You know, I have a pretty interesting job here at the Times Observer. As night editor, I get to observe the goings-on quietly from behind a computer screen. Although my name may not appear as often as the journalistic powerhouses of Brian Ferry, Stacey Gross, Josh Cotton or ...

National Cheese Month

Local Commentaries

Nearly everyone I know loves cheese! Often, we have cheese and crackers at church for our snack along with some fruit. It is also something that I frequently serve to guests as well. I remember my husband’s aunt and uncle who visited at his parents’ home. They would always spend at ...

Time to hit the road

Local Commentaries

This new life status called retirement has its perks. Oh boy, the freedom – who knew? Aside from not setting the alarm or scrambling for dinner after a day at the office, it’s the weekday availability that I am discovering – the ability to go anywhere in the middle of the week. Wow. ...

By the time I returned…

Local Commentaries

In a strict sense of the word, our cabin on the river is not “inhabited” for much of the year ... basically from the time the leaves are clear of the trees and the woods start to ring with gunshots until the early spring when the trees are again green with leaves. But in a looser sense of ...

Too much can kill; the scourge of antibiotic excess

Local Commentaries

The discovery of antibiotics in the 20th century represents a pivotal moment in human history. Prior to this, the doctor could only sit at the bedside, with a look of concern, prescribe a malodorous poultice, and dab something on the forehead to “break” the fever. None of this did any ...

Volunteer instructors needed

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, We know that NWPA residents believe in the importance of investing in the community, and they are generous with their time and efforts. We’d like to share information about volunteer instructor opportunities. Across Pennsylvania, there are organizations that help adults ...

Silver lining

Local Commentaries

As the baseball season was ending for this Yankees fan, I found myself accepting that 2018 wasn’t going to bring New York its 28th World Series championship. Down 4-1 at the seventh-inning stretch, I was bumming pretty hard. The previous night, the Yankees were smoked 16-1, and this was ...

Beautiful shadow

Local Commentaries

There were two very large trees on our 50-foot-wide lot bordering the Allegheny River when we acquired the property some 25 years ago. There is just one now. The tree that went down was a very large oak, similar to those that line the river in small plains that are covered with rich soil ...

President Trump: Let’s keep winning, don’t fire Mueller

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In many ways, President Donald J. Trump is the best thing to happen to the GOP in recent memory. He’s energized our base and brought new voters into the Republican fold. He’s advocated a bold agenda. Because of his policies, our economy is growing at a record pace. He ...

Name it to tame it

Local Commentaries

Mental health. Physical health. We hear these words a lot. We know what physical health is. We hear how to take care of ourselves physically such as eating well & exercising. Do you know how to take care of your mental health? Mental health is the well being of yourself inwardly, ...

Nothing roundabout about it

Local Commentaries

What’s in a name? I couldn’t have picked a better time to move back to Warren County than at the dawn of “Roundaboutgate.” Not only am I impressed with the positive changes that have been made in my hometown for over 20 years, but I’m also impressed that we are continuing to ...

‘Great day’ for Warren General and community

Local Commentaries

On Monday, September 24, Warren General Hospital entered into partnership with Allegheny Health Network, LECOM Health and Highmark Health. The agreement provides funding to improve services and advance medical care in our community. It was agreed by our new Partners and our Hospital Board of ...

Flathead catfish still hitting down-river

Local Commentaries

Mid-September was about as late as we have fished for flathead catfish in Pennsylvania, so there was a fair amount of curiosity attached to this fishing trip. Our destination, on the Allegheny River at Kennerdell. Herb Wagner said we were getting started too late. He would have preferred ...

Our Opinion: Breathing life

Our Opinion

Some things go without saying. We’ve come across many a story in which a person, a family, loses their car in an accident, or loses their home in a fire, but everyone ended up okay; everyone got out of the house. We breathe a sigh of relief. We can replace material possessions, but we ...

Breezing in and out

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It angers me once again to see a candidate (Scott Wagner) come to Warren, PA — unannounced, speak to his cronies in the Republican committee and breeze out again without any other citizens able to meet and greet him! This has happened with Toomey and Glenn Thompson over the ...

Our Opinion: Political hijinks

Our Opinion

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Potato Head

Local Commentaries

When you don’t have the expertise to fall back on, sometimes you have to cheat. No, wait. That was in my younger days and before I had children who might read about me cheating in the newspaper. ... sometimes you have to work harder and/or smarter. Three years ago, Jim Goodling and/or ...

It’s Halloween (month)

Local Commentaries

Happy first weekend of Halloween, y’all! You start talking about Christmas before this month is over I will knock that gingerbread latte right outta your hand, Valerie. You know I’ll do it. This is our time. The weirdos and wackos, the delinquents and devils and droogs. The first day ...

Character counts

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, With these crucial mid-term elections looming, I wanted to take this opportunity to help all candidates running for public office to understand what they must do to earn my vote. First and foremost, you must demonstrate a solid understanding of the fact that if you are ...

Autumn is beautiful

Local Commentaries

Autumn arrived last weekend. I look forward to this beautiful season each year. Actually, I look forward to the change of all of the seasons. We live in a wonderful area. I have talked to a lot of people who have gone through this area commenting on its beauty. When I was working with ...