Opinion

Courage

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I recently returned from a trip to the Middle East with my wife, nine-year-old son, and a group of close friends. It was an amazing immersion in culture, sensation and joyful human contact. I am constantly encouraging people to go and experience it for themselves, but I keep ...

Our Opinion: On the defensive

Our Opinion

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Our Opinion: Don’t sleep on education

Opinion

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children ...

School District

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I have recently become aware of the conversation about cutting Honors and AP courses from outlying high schools in Warren County, and the potential plan to offer these courses at a central location. I wanted to bring to your attention the way that the Honors and AP courses that I ...

Our Opinion: Point well taken

Our Opinion

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

‘Illogical indeed’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor: To begin to refute the sentiments of a recent letter regarding Trump’s immigration policy will be an exercise in futility, but I’m not busy right now. In citing a source such as Gatestone Institute, one must begin with their “leanings,” their agenda that is. Gatestone ...

I live for my daughters

Local Commentaries

On Easter Sunday I watched that new Casey Anthony three part special on Investigation Discovery. I tend to like old lady television because I may be 33 physically but cognitively I’m approximately 72. Every memory of my maternal grandmother I have involves either David Attenborough or the ...

No man is an island

Local Commentaries

Have you ever heard the song “No Man Is an Island”? The words remind us that no matter where we live, where we work, where we go to school we are never alone. Recently I heard a story on the radio that made me sit up and take notice. The story went like this. A pastor was seated at a ...

The tornado

Local Commentaries

When it comes to ‘grandma-ing’, I’m fairly laid back. I’m all about imagination and learning. Clutter takes a back seat to creativity. Translated this means that William dismantles the livingroom on a fairly regular basis. His latest hobby is building ‘haunted houses’. He uses ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

New tricks Social media has its uses. The main one, of course, is keeping up to date on what people are up to. Recently, a LinkedIn alert reported that one of his connections, a long-time teacher, had added a skill. It was not a surprising skill, but he was surprised to see it on the list of ...

Our Opinion: Curtain drawn

Our Opinion

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. Now, however, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter ...

Newsworthy

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It seems to me that news reporting tends to focus on negative events. It would seem that there is no good news to be had. I am happy to report that there is good news to be had. I was witness to one such event. On Tuesday the Tidioute Volunteer Fire Department responded to ...

Town Hall, Thompson

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I phoned Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office today to inquire as to where he will be holding town hall meetings during this Spring recess. I was told that the Congressman does not hold town hall meetings. I asked why and was told that he feels they are unproductive because ...

What a joke Trump

Letters To Editor

The only time the U.S.A. will be great again is when that egotistical jackass is gone. This is my take – Trump will never finish his term in office. Putin has got a hold on Trump. For what? We will find out soon. Egotist: One always talking of himself; one who magnifies his achievements ...

The Old Rugged Cross

Local Commentaries

“The Old Rugged Cross” was my grandfather’s favorite hymn so every time we sing it I am reminded of him. I remember something funny about my Aunt Mae singing it. She did not understand all of the words and made up her own words. When I was young our church had hymnals with words but ...

Happiest day of the year

Local Commentaries

Birds will be singing, peepers will be peeping, flowers will be blooming. Or, we will get 8 inches of heavy snow. No matter, the opening day of trout fishing season is the happiest day of the year, rivaled only by the opening day of deer hunting season. But unlike the opening day of deer ...

3 little words

Local Commentaries

“Three Little Words” is a musical from about 1950. It starred such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Arlene Dahl, and Red Skelton. It was in Technicolor, too! I don’t recall ever seeing it, but I’d sure like to. With those stars, it sounds like a fun show. In the title song, the “three ...

A powerful fool

Local Commentaries

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” When you think of fools you probably think of fumbling nitwit twittering around juggling duckpins on his unicycle in a weird, jangly hat. The truth is that court jesters — fools — were chosen for their ...

Are those eggs?

Local Commentaries

Imagine two scenarios. Its spring and a group of young kids are outside with an adult leader. They have had a lesson about animals that lay their eggs in water in the spring. They’ve learned about salamander, frog and toad eggs and are now out to see if they can find any evidence of those ...

Ding-a-ling-ling

Local Commentaries

Recently , we watched “The Music Man” for our evening’s entertainment. I hadn’t seen the film since it came out in the early 60’s and as much as I thought I’d remembered the plot, it was all about the music. Surprising myself, I was still able to sing along. My memory of the ...