Our Opinion

Don’t just go at Trump

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

It’s not that simple

There have been millions of words spoken, written and posted on the Trump administration’s decision to prosecute men and women who cross the border illegally. Much of the debate – especially from the left – has focused on one consequence of that action – splitting children from their ...

Groundhog Day?

It feels like Groundhog Day. With Lycoming County Judge Richard A. Gray retiring at the end of June, the county bench has an interim opening to fill until Gray’s term officially ends next year. Gov. Wolf’s office is in charge of making the interim appointment. Wolf’s office was ...

Our Opinion: Is it a surprise Trump thinks some hate him?

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Our Opinion: Much respect

It’s been a tough week for the city police and fire departments. To say the least. After saying goodbye to a friend and partner on Tuesday, they were called out early Thursday morning to respond to a fire at a local business. A fire that destroyed a local business that has been a ...

Our Opinion: Do not hesitate

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

Our Opinion: Be proactive

The Warren County School District board of directors is in an unenviable position. Extra-curricular participation has dropped, enrollment is down, teams are playing with barely enough subs to constitute a full team. Why aren’t more students participating in athletics? There’s no ...

Our Opinion: ‘Never Forgotten’

Warren County will do it right on Tuesday. Because Choper did it right for us. Just as our local law enforcement officers do it right for us every day. They deserve our respect, and Choper was one of them. One of us. A funeral service for our fallen K9 will be held at 2 p.m. today in ...

Our Opinion: Use your summer wisely

There is nothing quite like that feeling of summer vacation for students. After months of waking up before the sun and worrying about assessment testing, summer has always been a welcomed break from the academic year. We would venture to guess students are more anxious these days than they have ...

Our Opinion: Gas industry is healthier, but be careful

It’s not the boom of seven or eight years ago. But the natural gas industry is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. The drill rig count across the state has risen by 33 percent between December 2015 and December 2017. At last count, 40 rigs were in operation in Pennsylvania. As good as ...

Our Opinion: Don’t be afraid graduating seniors, opportunities await

So many opportunities await a country of graduating high school seniors. The world is open before them, just waiting for each to make their mark. Make no mistake, each of them will. We’d like to offer our grads some thoughts as they enter the next chapter of their lives. Some of you may ...

Our Opinion: Very bright future

The future is bright in Warren County. The water cooler talk is almost always negative, and almost always includes our school district as it relates to opportunities — or a lack of opportunities — for our children. After having in-depth conversations with seven students who attend ...

Our Opinion: It can buy immunity

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret — that money trumps morals — was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and ...

Our Opinion: Barr talk

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career ...

Our Opinion: Political extortion

Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Our Opinion: No sweet deal

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Our Opinion: Caught off-guard

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to ...

Our Opinion: Remember

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Our Opinion: Dogs and ponies

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un probably has never heard the term “dog and pony show.” Nevertheless, he is engaging in one. A group of journalists from several countries, including the United States, has been invited to watch North Korean workers dismantle a nuclear weapons testing ...

Our Opinion: Stand up

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...