Opinion

Our Opinion: Just who will be the big loser?

Our Opinion

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Our Opinion: State budget plan can be improved in coming months

Our Opinion

While Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal emphasis on a battery of job training initiatives that would improve Pennsylvania’s labor force capabilities is correct, the proposed budget is not without flaws. For starters, the $34.1 billion plan represents $1.9 billion in new spending or a 6 ...

Art of communication

Local Commentaries

I wrote down a quote that I liked from a television broadcast. The quote was, "Talking is still the best form of communication." How will today's youth engage in the art of communication? They are constantly on their cell phones and other devices. They communicate with texts that often have ...

A whole lotta love

Local Commentaries

It was Valentine’s Day. When people need love. I’ll have to say I love you in a song. Have you had enough of silly love songs? What’s love got to do with it? Are you a believer in endless love and the power of love? Does love make the world go ‘round? Have you gotta whole lotta ...

What’s in your attic?

Local Commentaries

How often do you clean your attic? How often do you go up those creaky stairs and just look at all the stuff accumulated up there? Overwhelming? Frustrating? Do you just turn around and go back downstairs and close the door to not look at it again for another 6 months or a year? I often ...

That ‘V’ Word

Local Commentaries

The “V” word people think about in February is “Valentine’s Day”. This article is about another important “V” word that is also about love – “volunteering”. People often fear or avoid commitment. Yet without the commitment of people who volunteer, many things would go ...

In a rut?

Local Commentaries

Our beloved local historian, Chase Putnam, helped kick off the new session of Leadership Warren County recently. Great history lesson and a little pithy editorializing. He showed slides (yes, slides, not a powerpoint) of the early days of Warren and the surrounding area. Some places, like ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Something else In the school board committee’s agenda, there are spaces reserved in case someone wants to talk about something not ...

Our Opinion: When is the breaking point?

Our Opinion

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is ...

Shaking things up

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Trump’s promises and policies reflect reactionary, economic nationalist, Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief executive, August-November 2016, who wanted to “shake up the GOP” for years. “I want to crush down everything and destroy all of today’s establishment. ...

Our Opinion: 55 miles is a start

Our Opinion

Fifty-five miles of the border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

City and state officials

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Just like our present Administration and all of our federal government’s finances, our state and city leaders are out of touch with reality concerning the cost of this roundabout. We are not living in the ’70s. With the exception of the one percent of citizens, we only buy ...

Lessons to learn

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The partial government shutdown is over, at least temporarily. As it ended, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “hopefully, now, the president has learned his lesson.” This ridiculous statement only shows why Schumer and house speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are ...

Our Opinion: The radical leftist fringe

News

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...

Goodie’s time in Europe

Local Commentaries

Since I was in my early teen years during World War II, the war left me with some strong memories, not the least of which was the photos my brother-in-law, Walter J. Good, sent home from Europe some 70 years ago. “Goodie, “as we called him, ran a canopied Esso gas station on in Erie at ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Sunday hunting Dear Editor, So Sen. Hutchinson will not support Sunday hunting, eh? Well, that’s just too bad, seeing as how hunters of the 21st District have overwhelmingly supported him. And I, for one, will remember this stance come next primary season. I would venture to say he’s ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Promote the truth Dear Editor, The 2-4 “Our Opinion” asks “What should the U.S. do to help the people of Venezuela?” and correctly rules out war, but answers “We don’t know.” May I suggest reversing the destructive actions that spoiled the relations between the two countries. ...

Our Opinion: Lashing out

Opinion

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an ...

Out of the minors

Local Commentaries

You’ll have to forgive me for borrowing a baseball analogy. This isn’t a sports column. Although, I do work with Andy Close and Brian Hagberg every night and there is A LOT of talk about sports. I’m not completely sports illiterate, but I don’t really have much to add beyond my own ...

Race and humanity

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I have been watching the news on many subjects lately and am curious about a couple of issues coming to the surface. First, racism has apparently reared its ugly head again and is in the national spotlight, especially in Virginia with the politicians on an apology tour for ...