Our Opinion

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 ...

Our Opinion: Every stunt they could

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate has resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was ...

Our Opinion: ‘We was robbed!’

Behavior by some Democrat leaders in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice reminds one of some sports fans who just can’t believe their team lost. You know the refrain: We was robbed! But Democrats who engaged in character assassination against ...

Our Opinion: Someone like Nikki Haley

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed this ...

Our Opinion: Breathing life

Some things go without saying. We’ve come across many a story in which a person, a family, loses their car in an accident, or loses their home in a fire, but everyone ended up okay; everyone got out of the house. We breathe a sigh of relief. We can replace material possessions, but we ...

Our Opinion: Political hijinks

Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation. That means it’s larger than the ones that serve California, Texas, Florida and New York state. That should be all you need to know about a multi-year effort to shrink the number of state lawmakers in Pennsylvania. The ...

Our Opinion: The sooner the better

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Our Opinion: Understanding — not a bad thing

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That ...

Our Opinion: Unless… If… And… Or but

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted ...

Our Opinion: Get the message

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Our Opinion: State jobless rate, at 18-year low, says a lot about economy

The latest jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Industry places Pennsylvania's unemployment rate at 4.1 percent for August, the latest month for which numbers are available. How good is that unemployment percentage? It is the lowest jobless rate since 2000 - in other words, ...

Our Opinion: Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Our Opinion: Take a deeper look at pensions

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state's public pension system is under water. Under water, in this case, means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

Our Opinion: Political weapon

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

Our Opinion: There is someone to talk to

What an impressive event held Saturday at War Memorial Field. There were well over a hundred people in the GLOW;RIOUS Run/Walk, which was meant to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Month. This group glowed in the dark to bring awareness ...

Our Opinion: Natural gas numbers impressive

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry's feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

Our Opinion: By some means

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Our Opinion: Starting to pay more attention

You can tell by the crowds, people are starting to figure it out. Sure, high school football in Warren County has always been well-attended by fans. And, by fans, we mean people who aren’t just parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters. We’ve noticed recently, going back a few seasons, ...