Our Opinion

Our Opinion: A place in prison

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Our Opinion: Predicting disaster

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Our Opinion: Blatant discrimination

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, some Americans will reflect not just on the political significance but also on our ideals as a people. One of them is that individual initiative is rewarded. Not really, as Asian-Americans in some places have learned. Hard work and dedication by ...

Our Opinion: Some level of civility

Florists and bakers who decide their religious beliefs are not compatible with selling their wares to gay couples planning weddings are derided roundly by liberals. That, the liberals insist, is intolerable discrimination. Refusing to serve a restaurant customer because she happens to work ...

Our Opinion: No… Thank you, Coach

Sometimes in life, it’s the impacts that you have, both good and bad, that is the most resounding. We’re going to single out Coach John Bonavita from a list of retirees that attended Monday night’s school board committee meeting. No need to sweat... Coach — thank you. Roughly 25 ...

Our Opinion: We’re making progress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. On Tuesday, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regrettable.” Just days ...

Our Opinion: Must be a better way

The time for Americans to be honest about how “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

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 ...