Our Opinion

Our Opinion: ‘The least we can do’

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other people ...

Our Opinion: A day worth celebrating

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebrated by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed on Wednesday (June 19). It is a celebration of the end of slavery ...

Our Opinion: Finding answers to the questions

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Our Opinion: Those seeking high office must not compromise nation

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Our Opinion: A step into the future

On Friday, we witnessed the annual rite of passage at schools across the county. Hundreds of local young people were awarded high school diplomas, a major step in the transition to adulthood. We’re very proud of them — all of them, not just the star athletes and most talented artists and ...

Our Opinion: Game Commission short-sighted

Hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Our Opinion: Wolf encouraged by opioid war progress; time will tell the tale

If such a thing is possible, there is good news on the opioid war front in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf says preliminary statistics are pointing to a decrease in overdose deaths in the state in 2018. He and his administration are even suggesting the opioid crisis might be starting to wane in ...

Our Opinion: Disregarding the good of our nation

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Our Opinion: Disregarding the good of our nation

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in ...

Our Opinion: Focus on the future

When Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat, members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max airliner. On ...

Our Opinion: More harm than good

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration this week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Our Opinion: A way of defining pure evil

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Our Opinion: We cannot forget

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Our Opinion: We need to move forward

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Our Opinion: Kafferlin & Durbin

We take endorsements very seriously at the Times Observer. We don’t make them lightly. Our editorial staff and editorial board have dozens of discussions before we make an endorsement of any political candidate. The future of Warren County is at stake. That may seem a bit overdramatic, ...

Our Opinion: Courting disaster

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out ...

Our Opinion: An excellent response

If, as U.S. officials insist, Thursday’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets ...

Our Opinion: Life-saving courage

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was ...

Our Opinion: Our nation’s patience is limited

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Our Opinion: Best interest

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...