Opinion

Our Opinion: What concern?

Our Opinion

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Our Opinion: Nothing less

Our Opinion

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

Our Opinion: What’s the tab?

Our Opinion

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to ...

A fall treat

Local Commentaries

According to the National Board of Popcorn Growers fall is the season when popcorn is enjoyed the most. In spite of the fact that the National Day of Popcorn is in January, the fall is the season for making popcorn. The National Board has a website that is based in Chicago. On that site there ...

‘Tiny drunks’ dressed up for Halloween

Local Commentaries

Shanell wrote to me earlier this year, to ask me if I’d ever heard of James Breakwell. I was pretty sure I hadn’t. Then Shanell asked me hadn’t I ever seen those funny conversations with kids that get posted on Twitter. And I told her, unapologetically, that I had no idea what the ...

Take me to your leader

Local Commentaries

I am not a robotics expert. I use computers to type words, look up information, and play games. That’s about it. So, when the multi-hundred-thousand-dollar explosive ordnance disposal robot is around, I’m worried about crashing it. I didn’t. The helpful U.S. Army sergeants who ...

Dealing with the alternative

Local Commentaries

My computer dictionary defines an alternator as “A device that generates alternating current, especially in a car.” What they leave out in the definition is that the alternator works, like most machines, when it is in the mood. Mine got moody last week . . . in fact, severely depressed. ...

Center of the universe

Local Commentaries

It seems seeing negativity in the world around us has become just as common as taking a breath. But is that a reflection of society changing or is it more so that we are not looking in the right places for happiness. Granted it is becoming more and more difficult to keep focused on anything ...

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. Keep up Keeping the minutes at a public meeting is an important task. It can also be challenging. Being a part of the meeting while ...

An autumn to remember

Local Commentaries

The beautiful weather of September and October have made an autumn to remember. The calendar tells us it is time to put away the lawn furniture but we listen to the weather forecast and we give it another week. While some of my containers have been composted, others look wonderful, with ...

Squirrel guns

Local Commentaries

Several years ago on this outdoors page I argued with myself over the perfect squirrel rifle. After using .22 rimfire rifles for decades, out came a couple of new .17 caliber rimfire cartridges, the .17 HMR and the significantly shorter .17 Mach 2. I bought one of each, both with heavy barrels. ...

Autumnal recrudescence

Local Commentaries

Bluebirds murmur as they investigate the nest box, their solemn songs melodic in the morning fog. A White-throated Sparrow joins in from the edge of the pasture, clear and crystal. Faintly a Ruffed Grouse drums, and the peepers call with gusto from the pond. Dandelions appear scattered on the ...

Our Opinion: Why not?

Our Opinion

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Displaced workers?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Anyone who may have read previous posts by me understands which side of the fence (read wall) I am on. To support my claims that legal entry into the US is difficult (read impossible), expensive, and rarely granted, I offer the following news article. To summarize, a legal ...

Unavoidable questions

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In light of the recent and unspeakably horrific events in Las Vegas, as well as the shamefully numerous additional mass shooting events in our great nation’s recent history, the following questions clearly need to be asked of those in power: Do you think everyone should have ...

Our Opinion: The next step

Our Opinion

Ending former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is an excellent first step to getting the United States back to a rational energy policy. A second, big step is imperative, however. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he will ...

Our Opinion: At a premium

Our Opinion

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Our Opinion: Get smart

Our Opinion

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be ...

‘Do it’: Make kindness your default setting

Local Commentaries

Take a moment and think about all the little ways that having to boil water for a few days has affected your life. Now take another moment, and realize that there are people who are grateful just to have a dirty or an inconsistent water source at all. People for whom its very presence, ...

The lamp

Local Commentaries

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.” A Kenyan author, Warsan Shire wrote those words, and boy do they ring true to me as I write this. We’ve had ...