Opinion

Our opinion: The price of car safety

Our Opinion

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart has provided new validation for Americans who think many in government have lost touch with reality.Accident avoidance systems that brake vehicles automatically or warn drivers about impending collisions should be standard equipment ...

SitComm: Growing up, inning by inning

Local Commentaries

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to success.Take the Eisenhower boys baseball team, for example, that has gone from not winning, to winning a district championship, to playing for a state championship in three years.This is just the second Warren County high school baseball or ...

Our Opinion: It’s just a good bill

Our Opinion

There are times when you read about legislation and know it's for the right reasons.They seem like no brainers.In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for a minor to purchase cigarettes.But it's not illegal for a minor to purchase e-cigarettes.Many do not know that.Attorney Generals from almost every ...

SitComm: I’m eager to get started

Local Commentaries

I sit at my computer desk, at home, at 5:38 in the morning, excited about the future.And awfully tired.You see, this is the time I'd sometimes go to sleep when I was sports editor.It's difficult to keep my eyes open, and even more difficult to close them. I can't help but read over each and ...

Sports Mailbag…

Letters To Editor

Mercyhurst ballplayersThe boys are back ... for a short turnaround. We had a fantastic time in Cary, N.C. It was an experience that only a few get in a lifetime. We are extremely blessed with family and sports friends in the support of our kids. We just want to thank the community and everyone ...

Our opinion: Doing less with more

Our Opinion

The Warren County School District rolled out its proposed final budget on Thursday.It was approved unanimously with no real discussion on this passage.There was something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.Something old declining enrollment: the projected number of ...

26.2: Put it in the books

Local Commentaries

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon left a sour taste in my mouth, even though I finished.But more on that in a minute; I have to say a few "thank yous" first.Huge thank you to my wife, Mindy, for her support and encouragement throughout the training. I couldn't have done it without her.Thanks to ...

Our opinion: A few good men

Our Opinion

What transpired on Monday night in the council chambers of the city's municipal building was reminiscent of a scene from "A Few Good Men".Lt. Daniel Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise, questioned Col. Nathan Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, about issuing an order that led to the death of a soldier. ...

Our opinion: It’s time to vote

Our Opinion

The candidates have spoken.And spoken, and spoken and spoken.They have shared a common goal ever since declaring their candidacies: Tell as many people as possible where they stand on the major, and some minor, issues and convince the assembled that they are the right man or woman for the job. ...

How will you be remembered?

Local Commentaries

I found a quotation by Maya Angelou that really spoke to me. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."When I think about my mother I remember the way she made me feel. She was truly happy to be a mother. I know ...

Making the best of everything

Local Commentaries

My sister Darcey was diagnosed diabetic when she was in elementary school. Over the years diabetes impacted every aspect of her physical health. This was evident in her drastic decline in vision these last several years. One day her physician sat with her and held her hand as he delivered the ...

Veterans Tribute

Letters To Editor

Dear editor:I would like to echo the comments made by Gary Mickle about the upcoming event. I find it unimaginable that the County that "has more Veterans per capita than any County in the Commonwealth" would limit in any way a tribute that they would make to their own Veterans. I am sure that ...

Suicide education

Letters To Editor

Dear editor:There is not a single person in this world that deserves or should ever feel like they should take their own lives. In the near future, Pennsylvania state legislation will decide whether to pass Pennsylvania House Bill, an act to adopt and provide for suicide prevention continuing ...

Our opinion: Put legislature on a diet

Our Opinion

The headline might appear to some to be a sea change in attitude in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives about the efficiency of the nation's largest full-time state legislature."Pennsylvania House votes to cut own ranks, trim Senate" could indicate that there is enough support to actually ...

26.2: 10 days, and counting

Local Commentaries

Just 10 days remain until the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.And if I could skip those 10 days and run it tomorrow, I would.I thought I'd get progressively more nervous the closer the calendar turned to May 17 (it could still happen) but I am finding the exact opposite to be true, even though I've ...

Veterans’ tribute

Letters To Editor

Dear editor:I am very excited about the upcoming Veteran's Celebration. I am also excited that Struther's Library Theatre is presenting "Beyond Glory" and that Warren will host a downtown tribute of its own.As a veteran of 26 years of active service, I believe I speak for all veterans in ...

Garrett memorial

Letters To Editor

Dear editor:Being an early riser, my first activity for the day is to read the Times Observer. What I read early in the morning can very easily affect my mood for the day.In today's society there is so much crime, hatred, distrust, etc. considered newsworthy. I don't know what to expect when I ...

Our opinion: Visual Staccato

Our Opinion

At what point does political speech become littering?Perhaps when there are 37 signs for a single county commissioner candidate spread along less than a mile of straight-line highway.Of course, they are all identical, and none of them proclaim more than the candidate's name and the elective ...

Our opinion: The Constitution wins

Our Opinion

A cooler head has prevailed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.Judge Christopher Conner has struck down as unconstitutional a hasty and overly broad piece of legislation passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to cash a political check provided by a short ...

SPORTS MAILBAG

Eisenhower Knights

Barnyard canceledIt is with great regret that the Barnyard Classic Committee must cancel this year's 3 on 3 tournament.While this was a very difficult decision, it was necessitated by Pennsylvania's new law requiring extensive background checks and clearances for every volunteer at our event. ...