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Opinion

Ready or not, here comes school

Local Commentaries

The opening of school is up in the air where I live. There is an ongoing contract impasse and the teachers have authorized a strike. They have worked under their old contract for two extra years. I only remember one other strike. I was not involved as a teacher, but of course my children ...

Don’t expect to me to win any fudge

Local Commentaries

It's time for the Rock in River.On Saturday, I will gather up my eldest son, Alex, and head for Franklin's Riverfront Park to throw rocks in the Allegheny River.I know there are plenty of good places to do that locally.The two of us join dozens of others in trying to get rocks to skitter across ...

Special support for seriously-ill children

Local Commentaries

Hospice and Palliative Care professionals face an everyday challenge breaking through the perception that accepting help from this specialty is "giving up" or giving in to death. There can be a fear that privacy will be invaded and life as the patient and family know it will become even more ...

Teeth are like nails on a chalkboard

Local Commentaries

Dude, teeth are gross. I hate everything about them.More than anything, I dread the day that my kids start losing their teeth. Something about that little red hole in their gums, like a straight shot into their jawbone, makes my stomach begin digesting itself and I just want to spew, ...

Brick by brick

Local Commentaries

The long-awaited project began, finally, today.The Struthers Library Theatre, where I spend my workdays, is beginning an improvement project its first new construction since 1919. Today was the first day of demolition, although it was merely a few hundred sidewalk bricks being moved.At my age ...

A study of (a lack of) common sense

Local Commentaries

"Erie County WCO Michael J. Stutts Jr. reports that a woman at Presque Isle State Park was reportedly sitting on the beach putting peanut butter on her toes in an attempt to feed a coyote. This type of behavior is not acceptable and anyone seeing such activity should report it immediately."This ...

Law and order

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:These days, riots often make the news. Usually, rioters were opposed to the police or to Donald Trump.There's a difference between a peaceful protest and rioting. Rioters, in some warped way, believe they have a right to do the following: Block traffic, set fires, destroy property, ...

Our Opinion: Peace by peace

Our Opinion

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn't it?More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted "peacekeepers" doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered.It happened again a ...

Value of a dollar

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I have a deep concern for a movement going on to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Anyone making less than $15 an hour may think that it would be a great idea, but please take time to think about the big picture. We can probably all agree that the cost of living fluctuates, ...

Our Opinion: Do you care?

Our Opinion

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died - no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers - as a result of the failures.In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than six million doses of yellow ...

School district meeting and teachers’ contract

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,As a retired teacher for the district who taught here for 30 years and the parent of a child who went through the system, I have been on both sides of the desk.Some food for thought:In 2008, I served on the committee to decide what to do about the 4 high schools. I had not been up ...

‘Clock Ticking’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,In reference to the "Clock Ticking" article in the August 9th edition on the front page. I feel compelled to reply in sympathy to some of the comments that were addressed in the article. First; we must remember that our families are the "foundation of this community". Not the ...

Our Opinion: Hey, big spenders

Our Opinion

Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade.Rising debt hampers economic growth, the analysts added.And they pointed out critical programs including Social Security, Medicare and the ...

Teacher support

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,One night several years ago I got a call from my son who was then a freshman at Penn State Main Campus. He and a fellow student had been dismissed early from their astronomy class. His class had been up on the roof of the science building calculating the distance between certain ...

Property taxes/teachers’ strike

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I think it is just terrible what the school board did to the taxpayers. Have they no conscious at all? I wrote before and advised taxpayers to keep calling their school board members and ask them to repeal the property tax increase. I see it did no good - the board did it anyway. ...

Divisive issue

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I attended the school board meeting at Beatty School on August 8th, and have a few observations: The audience was predominantly teachers, who understandably wished to show a unified front in the ongoing contract negotiations, and their arguments seemed to be centered around the ...

With teacher contract negotiations on the line…

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Well, this is certainly a good time for the school board to weed out the teachers who have a below the norm for passing student percentages.I had a teacher call to have my child removed from the course because the teacher did not think the child could keep up with the class. I took ...

Our Opinion: Not exactly

Our Opinion

Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. But President Barack Obama, taking time out from assuring Americans that if we liked our health insurance and our doctors we could keep them, labeled such ...

Unplugged

Local Commentaries

Many young people today probably do not even know what the term unplugged really means. When I refer to being unplugged I mean disconnecting from everything that requires electricity. Frequently in the country we get to experience a day of being unplugged.When the electricity is off there is ...

Harry Potter — really, the best thing ever

Local Commentaries

I've been going to Harry Potter releases basically for as long as there have been Harry Potter releases. They're typically the same: trivia, costume contests and a whole heaping helping of camaraderie.So really, the best thing ever.Saturday night was no different. Granted the medium this time ...