Our Opinion

Our Opinion: You can make a difference

It’s at this time of year that we usually hear about well-to-do folks wishing to spread holiday cheer by paying off all the layaway bills at retail establishments (oftentimes anonymously, as one person in suburban Philadelphia just did) or other similar grand expenditures aimed at helping ...

Our Opinion: Elites blocking reform

Recently, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozens were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children ...

Our Opinion: Not the time

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

Our Opinion: A good man

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Our Opinion: Casey — why not? — dips toes into Dem presidential race

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is putting Pennsylvania on the 2020 political map by floating the idea he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. Of course, Pennsylvania was already a presidential hot spot for the 2020. It’s considered a must-have state by both major political ...

Our Opinion: Many blessings

Most of us had good reason to pause and give thanks. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Something that happened last Friday in Wheeling, W.Va., is a reminder of one blessing we often overlook, take for granted, or even insist does not exist. That day, 18 ...

Our Opinion: Maybe they should go to jail themselves

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene ...

Our Opinion: Political divisions gloss over our nation’s booming economy

As is typical of any midterm election season, there was a lot of public campaign hand-wringing in the past couple of months that left the impression our country is in the darkest of times. It is hardly the first time political pundits and opposition to the sitting power holders painted an ...

Our Opinion: We are so very proud of you

“It takes an Army to raise a child” is an often-used proverb to describe the maturation of our youth. Take some recent events — happening right before our eyes — and our “Army” has plenty to be proud of. Academics and athletics, notwithstanding, Warren County’s youth has its ...

Our Opinion: We honor them

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Our Opinion: Please care enough to pay attention

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — apparently. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear, and anger as ...

Our Opinion: Study underscores natural gas is an energy powerhouse

The latest study by an independent, market-based think tank regarding the natural gas industry is instructive. The study showed natural gas is eight times more efficient than wind and 16 times more efficient than solar energy. It showed that over a 30-year period, $1 million invested in the ...

Our Opinion: Believe it or not, your vote counts

No doubt you will be going to the polls Tuesday if you are a registered voter who has not yet cast a ballot through one of the early voting systems. Right? You understand how important this year’s general election is, regardless of where you live, of course. So you will be voting, ...

Our Opinion: Vote Republicans in a sweep

We have a feeling Scott Wagner — the Republican candidate for governor — is the right man for Warren County. The first candidate to be elected to the State Senate by a write-in campaign in 2013, Wagner has vowed to support the industry that has put us on the map. He and his running mate ...

Our Opinion: Rhetoric on top of rhetoric

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service, it was revealed Wednesday. The Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York was ...

Our Opinion: A rock and a hard place to enter

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

Our Opinion: Standard practice

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service, it was revealed Wednesday. The Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York was ...

Our Opinion: Be prepared

We commend Superintendent Amy Stewart and the Warren County School District for, well, preparing for the worst. We know that sounds bad, but it’s reality. There may have a time long ago when schools were some of the safest places on Earth. We now know that’s not the case. On Tuesday, ...

Our Opinion: Good for Casuccio

Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Peter Casuccio made headlines this week after telling an 11-year-old the boy was lucky to be alive. Good for Casuccio for doing what the lad’s parents should have. Casuccio was on patrol last Saturday when he received a call about two youngsters brandishing ...

Our Opinion: There will be consequences

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...