Opinion

The Duck of Justice

Local Commentaries

Yes, there really is a web-footed waterfowl named the Duck of Justice. He resides in Bangor, Maine. Notice I didn't say he lives in Bangor, because he hasn't been alive in a while. He's stuffed. And by the way, I'm only assuming he was a wild duck - I don't think anyone really knows.So what ...

Holidays mean different things to different people

Local Commentaries

Years ago someone had the bright idea to change as many of the holidays as practical to occur on a Monday thus creating numerous long weekends. Memorial Day is now the last Monday in May, Martin Luther King Day is the third Monday in January, President's Day is the third Monday in February, ...

I don’t hope so

Local Commentaries

A comment on an NPR show caught my ear the other day. A reporter was interviewing an emergency management person about an impending storm in her area. The reporter said something like: "We all hope it weakens before it gets to land." The woman responded: "Hope is not a plan." I was so struck by ...

‘You got a column’

Local Commentaries

You know, I'm really starting to think that our good ol' managing editor likes our misfortune.No, really.Every time something happens to one of us reporters, there's Jon Sitler going, "I smell a column!" or, "Write a column!" or even just, "Column!"What gives, Jon?I mean, Brian gets hit in the ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Smokey unZIPpedWhen some people find interesting facts, they share using social media. When the Afterthoughts runs into something like that, it uses good, old-fashioned newsprint. So, during a look around the contacts numbers for US Forest Service personnel, one of us saw this notice. "There ...

WTO stance

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Whilst in the midst of a Presidential "hate fest," WTO editorials attempt to mitigate the ongoing, and rapidly accumulating, effects of decades of fossil fuel reliance, coal emission, and other oil and gas by-products which have led the world to where we are now.Where we are now is ...

Sewer billing

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:I am writing to address Warren City Council's handling of the sewer service billing, which is contracted to a private, Pittsburgh-area company. The contract started August, 2012 and provides for annual renewal automatically and forever, with no evaluation of performance by council ...

The Pope

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:The Pope's visit was a blessing. Hopefully, it inspired greater harmony in our nation. Recent history indicates we need it.His spontaneous kind acts were touching. One was stopping his procession to bless a boy with cerebral palsy. His emphatic support of family was exemplary.He ...

Our Opinion: Start with one night

Our Opinion

A recent letter to the editor pointed to "family" as being where all of our successes and failures as a society start."Parents..."We have a father here who said he and his wife have decided to have one night a week in which there are no electronics allowed on in the house. He said, that way he ...

Seeking knowledge

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Climate, changes. The taxpayers had money stolen from them to pay for a study on global warming. Why haven't we seen the results? We are being told it's the end of days due to climate change and yet they can't just give us the proof from our bought and owed for study. The satellites ...

Our Opinion: Everybody loves a parade

Our Opinion

A Halloween parade has to be one of the single best events elementary schools hold.Holding a parade for anything, in and of itself, is a great thing.We, as parents, are amused by the get-ups, the personalities, the missteps.But think of it from the child's perspective; yes, we may be too old to ...

State budget

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I am surprised that 123 days into the fiscal year with no state budget passed that there is not more outrage in the Readers Speak section of our newspaper. Our schools are resorting to taking out loans that the taxpayers will end up paying interest on. And college students are ...

Disobedient

Letters To Editor

The result of being disobedient in school by a snotty student, is being knocked out of your chair and dragged out of class.For me, it was great to see. Why? Because of the horror stories teachers have told me while they were in the workforce.Again, I have to stress the word discipline. That ...

Our Opinion: An exciting time

Our Opinion

This is an exciting time.There are a lot of new and fresh ideas to be shared over the coming months and years, and we were all a part of that with Tuesday's election process.Sure, promises were made, but mostly platforms and resumes shared. We don't know if we agree or disagree with a statement ...

Our Opinion: The rational choice

Our Opinion

There are times when you hold an interview, and you just know the person is right for the job.In our opinion, Joe Colosimo is that person for the Warren County School District board of directors, Region 2.It is not an emotional decision. It's a rational one, which is precisely the reason ...

Our Opinion: And then there were 3

Our Opinion

The commissioner candidates forum last Wednesday night didn't go off without a hitch.They never do.But it was our first go at it, and there will be many more hosted by the Times Observer - on local, regional and state elections.Because it helps us stay informed.We have been considering many ...

Our Opinion: Think about a responder

Our Opinion

In Thursday's Times Observer, we read the headline, "County's public safety director and deputy recognized by PEMA."We love headlines like these.About local heros being recognized for rescue work done behind the scenes - paid or unpaid.We don't want to think about these people much - because ...

End of October thoughts

Local Commentaries

Last Sunday we woke up to snow. It was in the forecast so it was not a complete surprise. Up on my hill there was about an inch of snow. The ground was covered except under the trees that still had leaves where it was still green.As I drove down the hill I noticed the mix of fall and winter ...

Halloween

Local Commentaries

It's Tuesday, I'm sitting at my desk waiting for a phone call and there's one thing on my mind:Halloween.I love it. I love everything about it. I love costumes and makeup and stories and parties and candy and (some) movies and-Whoa, Kiley. Calm down, kid.I have some really early memories of one ...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Part 2)

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Domestic Violence is often categorized as another "women's issue." It is understandable why: statistically 85% of victims are female and it is likely that 1 in 4 women will be abused in their lifetime. Historically early efforts to educate communities and advocate for victims was rooted in the ...