Letters To Editor

Our GOP ‘friends’

Dear Editor, Our GOP “friends” intend to attempt to balance the budget, by making large cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare and Social Security, even though the nation’s growing indebtedness has been exacerbated by the GOP’s own policy decisions — including the new ...

Summer

Dear Editor, Summer is just starting, and already we are smashing heat records. In May 2018, every state in the U.S. experienced above-average temperatures, and eight set records. Last year was the third hottest year on record, with many parts of the country experiencing oppressively ...

Autocracy 101

Dear Editor, How is it that even robust and well-established democracies based on the rule of law can begin sliding down that dark and slippery slope leading toward authoritarian rule? The common features marking the early stages of this insidious path are actually rather well known, as ...

Senior recognition

Dear Editor, I would like to start by congratulating all the Warren County students in the Class of 2018. I was very disappointed when looking through the Pomp and Circumstance tabloid in the June 9, 2018 issue of the Times Observer, to notice that the Top 3 Seniors at Eisenhower Middle ...

Thanking Firefighters

In times where there is so much negative going on, we felt compelled to write a letter filled with heartfelt gratitude to the men and women who so bravely fought the fire at the Warren Tire Center last week. In the wee hours of the morning, these courageous, unyielding people fought not ...

Second Harvest

Dear Editor, On June 13, at the VA clinic, food was given out to veterans through the Second Harvest Food Bank. I would like to thank my many friends for helping to do this project for veterans. This wasn’t our first rodeo and all of the volunteers asked when they could help again. Their ...

Energy Policy

Dear Editor: Setting aside how closely (or poorly) our president represents the American people and our values, lets us look at his policies, namely his solar energy policy. Trump is apparently quite content ceding America’s lead in solar energy to China. Trump’s 2019 budget proposes ...

Why we do it

Dear Editor, Every once in a while someone will ask “why do you guys do funerals?” While at the YMCA, a former student came up to me and thanked me for our participation in her grandfather’s funeral. She was crying and that brought tears to my eyes. We had a hug and she told me how ...

An appropriate farewell

The honor farewell to Conewango Township K9 Officer Choper and heartfelt support for his handler/partner Officer Scott Neiswonger have been incredible. My husband and I were at Choper’s funeral and it was amazing to see people of all ages and walks of life celebrating the life of a hero. Like ...

Prepare yourselves

Dear Editor, Prepare yourselves homeowners!! Higher taxes are coming. Last Wednesday’s article dealing with higher real estate taxes certainly got my attention as I’m sure it must have gotten the attention of most readers around the county. Personally, I, for one. have suspected ...

Why?

Dear Editor, Why are participation numbers down in county sports? There are several reasons. #1: there are not as many kids in each attendance area as there used to be. #2: kids think they are entitled to a playing time without putting in quality practice time #3: lack of motivation ...

Like it or not

Let me start by saying “I’m Old School”, that is, I started my sophomore class at the Warren High School located at the corner of Market St. & Second Avenue. When the Christmas holidays were over, we moved into the new high school on the top of the hill and still its present ...

Cartoon

Dear Editor, I have expressed to my family, friends, and the editor of WTO how much I like the paper’s new format of featuring more “Human Interest Stories” and Local History. However, I must also register my disappointment with the “political” cartoon that appeared in the ...

Families, marriage, wealth, society

Dear Editor, Families come in all sizes and shapes. One of every six family households are intergenerational. In 2016 35% of our children lived in a single family households. 43% of children in low income families are considered at risk, by federal standards, due to parents low wages, ...

Allegheny Valley school

Dear Editor, May I remind the tax payers of Warren County that our taxes support the Warren County School District. The Allegheny Valley school in Clarendon was given to Clarendon Borough at tax payers expense. With due respect to the nature of the use for that facility the transfer ...

To tip or not to tip?

Dear Editor, The average American worker making $7.50 an hour in a 30 hour workweek grosses $225. $225 times 52 weeks and you get $11,700. Business owners often stay under that 30 hour limit so as not be required to provide benefits to their employees. Now if a worker is fortunate enough ...

Being bold for Alzheimer’s

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s and learn ways to take action at alz.org/abam. Go purple in June. Truth: Alzheimer’s is a public health issue and the most expensive disease in America. In 2017, the U.S. spent $259 billion in ...

‘Step back’

Dear Editor, Personal attacks and sad political discourse by TV stars on television has reached unforseen new lows. I am truly getting sick and tired of seeing the callous nature and commentary of the likes of Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee, Bill Mahar, Steven Colbert, Seth Meyers, John ...

Our tattered democracy

Dear Editor, Our constitutionally-limited democratic republic, lovingly and brilliantly crafted by our Founding Fathers, is now in the hands of a man who clearly has no grasp of this system and his designated role within it of serving our nation, its constitution and system of law, and all ...

‘Invested heavily’

Dear Editor, The discussion of paying the bill for our students should have one core goal, one definitive outcome, one common factor. The advantage of a strong education to escape any one other factor which might preclude a child from achieving a successful adult life. To wit, when ...