Opinion

Stickman

Local Commentaries

I'm not much of a gambler.Unless you consider buying a Powerball ticket when the pot is over $500 million gambling. In that case, yes, I gamble.For me, buying that kind of ticket is less gambling than making a charitable donation to "older Pennsylvanians." (I wasn't sure until after I started ...

Our Opinion: Never seem to learn

Our Opinion

The federal government's social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better.They're back. Now, they are mandating that retailers who accept food stamps must stock wider varieties of healthy foods.Retailers ...

Our Opinion: Unwilling to wait

Our Opinion

Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as "hate crimes" by federal officials. But when the targets are Christians, perhaps because of their beliefs, it is different. Motives tend to remain "unknown."Four people were injured last Thursday when a man walked ...

Squirrel Wars: May the nuts be with you

Community

If you live on the edges of town, or out of town near nut bearing trees, you probably have witnessed squirrel wars.Gray squirrels and red squirrels are regular visitors to feeders in my backyard. They come mainly for black oil sunflower seeds, also occasionally for squirrel blocks and various ...

Our Opinion: Long list of questions

Our Opinion

U.S. officials reported this week that Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile accidentally shipped there in 2014. It was stressed the rocket, used in training exercises, did not include much of the secret equipment in live Hellfires.Still, there can be no doubt some U.S. enemies know all ...

Caustic or corrosive

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:Trump and Sanders. Seriously? That's a choice between caustic or corrosive. We've been heading here for a long time. Media run elections, mass ignorance of government realities. Nobody can produce what all these politicians claim they can do. As a prelude to the Republic the ...

Our Opinion: Worth exploring

Our Opinion

Partnerships are good for all of us.That's what's at the heart of an initiative that, if the Forest Service undertakes the project, could result in allowing the trails at Tracy Ridge to be open to mountain bikers.This seems like a perfect, or near perfect, match.Federal officials acknowledge ...

And he was beautiful

Local Commentaries

I saw a helicopter the other day.Nothing new there. With Warren General Hospital down the road, seeing and hearing emergency medical choppers is close to a daily event for me.They are fascinating machines.I've always thought so. I like the sounds they make and the ways they move.I had a boy's ...

My Valentine’s!

Local Commentaries

As a general rule, I dislike Valentine's Day. I've grown salty over the years, and with experience. I'm not a lover of sap and softness.Nonetheless, here's what I love about this Valentine's Day (which was yesterday): For the first time since I was my girls' age, I was truly, entirely over even ...

What type of love do you celebrate

Local Commentaries

As the 14th of February rolls around it seems it is all hearts, flowers, candy, and romantic cards. Now, there is nothing wrong with any of these, but most of them are disposable.My husband and I did not really celebrate Valentine's Day most of the time. I usually did a meal for the family ...

The Big Picture

Local Commentaries

It's ridiculous how much I love our television set. I question whether anyone should enjoy something this frivolous this much, but this monster 50-inch TV that Dear Richard brought to our marriage has captured me, hook, line and sinker.I always considered the humongous TV screens to be a guy ...

Grateful for her love

Local Commentaries

Valentine's Day finds me feeling very grateful because I have had the same Valentine for 27 years. Back in the summer of 1988 I was working as a disc jockey for i-103. One evening a couple came to the radio station to pick up concert tickets they had won in a promotion. I was smitten with this ...

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Local Commentaries

Making the cutAt a recent meeting between newly-seated politicians and a group of their constituents, it was pointed out by one in attendance that one of the politicians had been seeing his fair share of mentions-although not by name-in this very column. His colleague aired his frustration in ...

What if…

Local Commentaries

I know a fellow who is one of the smartest people I know.He is a whiz at local history and he is a key player on most of the local online websites, where he is always posting interesting historical pictures and bits of information. That's where I first 'met' him actually, on line. I like ...

Diabetes Talk With Debbie

Local Commentaries

According to the National Retail Federation, 54.8 % of consumers will celebrate Valentine's Day. These consumers on average will spend $146.84 on flowers, candy, jewelry, apparel and more. Total retail income is estimated to reach a survey high of $19.7 billion dollars.Valentine's Day is the ...

Make up your mind — ice or open water

Local Commentaries

Is it time to put the ice fishing gear away for the season, or will we be using the ice fishing gear again?Who knows with the wacky weather this winter, but I am leaving my options open. At times like this, any time in fact, all we can do is go with the flow. This is exactly the way I have ...

TO DO

Local Commentaries

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Needs rather than taxes

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,After reading the comments about Gov. Wolf's budget in today's T-O, I read this quote from Reweaving Our Human Fabric by Miki Kahtan: "It is through understanding the needs that we move from opposing others or giving up to engaging in dialogue towards creating mutually beneficial ...

Our Opinion: With our support

Our Opinion

It can't be easy.We read all the time about the "thin blue line" - the divide between law enforcement and regular citizens.There are negative examples every day; the constant battle between the need to protect people and preserving individual rights.We're here to talk about the positive - ...

Our Opinion: Candidacy in trouble

Our Opinion

After Democrat voters caucused in Iowa Monday night, Hillary Clinton told reporters she breathed "a sigh of relief" at the results. She won, the Democrat contender for president noted.But not by much. With final results in, Clinton had received 49.86 percent of votes in the Democrat caucuses. ...