Opinion

A day trip

Local Commentaries

Do you and your family ever take day trips around your area? Being a farm family, for years we got used to taking day trips whenever we had time. One particular day we drove over railroad tracks about twenty times. I do not remember exactly where we ended up, but we came to something ...

Closing high school?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I read with interest a column in the May 1st, 2019 Warren Times Observer entitled “Not so fast.” The thrust of the article was YHS students expressing their alarm at the potential shutdown of Youngsville HS over the next few years, together with non-committal responses ...

Our Opinion: Life-saving courage

Our Opinion

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was ...

Love of money

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, “HE HAS MADE ME A LOT OF MONEY” I Timothy 6:10 “The value of my portfolio is up. The tax rate for my income bracket is down. I’m happy. I may not like the man but this man has made me a lot of money.” I suspect we all have heard these comments when discussing ...

Our Opinion: Our nation’s patience is limited

Our Opinion

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Corruption and lies

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Not only has President Donald Trump failed to deliver on his promise to “drain the swamp,” he has actually made the situation much worse by turning Washington into a cesspool of corruption and lies. The Washington Post has recently reported that the president has lied in a ...

Our Opinion: Best interest

Our Opinion

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. ...

Our Opinion: Should be approved

Our Opinion

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water, Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Disaster response

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I just want to thank all the first responders, agencies, utility companies and contractors who came out right after the tornado struck our street. I was amazed and grateful as to the response and assistance my neighbors and I received. The damage was extensive all up and ...

Our Opinion: A hatchet job

Our Opinion

Congressional hearings often have far less to do with getting information than with giving lawmakers public platforms on which to advance their own interests. Witness the number of times celebrities rather than genuine experts are called to testify. They draw more attention from the ...

Mueller Report

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, What a relief! After 2-1/2 years, four separate investigations and 35 million dollars, the Mueller report is finished and know now Mr. Trump is not a Russian spy. Duh! We should be able to sleep at night now, right? All – but not Congress. No, the swamp down there must have ...

Taxes

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The news is that the WCSD and the County Commissioners are both looking at another tax increase due to poor spending habits, poor forecasting and the inability for each group to understand the meaning of a “Declining Tax Base.” When we see a continued decline in student ...

Time to get after Lake Erie smallmouth bass

Local Commentaries

Smallmouth bass starts getting very active once the water temperature rises into the 40s. May should be an exciting time to fish for smallmouth bass, and there is no better place to do it than at Lake Erie. It even can be done in small boats when the weather is cooperative. And a shore angler ...

Growing up on a dairy farm

Local Commentaries

My father-in-law grew up on a dairy farm. In fact, the farm has been in the family for nearly 100 years. He told me his father bought it when he was three years old. In turn, he bought his dairy farm when my husband was three years old. We continued the tradition purchasing Hickory Heights ...

Who’s on your board?

Local Commentaries

Businesses have a board of directors. A group of selected people that sit around a table and discuss the pros and cons of the business, what has worked for and/or against the business in question as well as the future of that business and what steps to take to ensure a productive and ...

Birds & basking

Local Commentaries

This is the time of year that I fully understand the value of basking. Lying on the ground, cushioned by the newly growing grass, the kiss of the sun on my winter skin is deep and satisfying. I can feel my muscles relax and my mind wander. When I close my eyes, the season truly transforms. ...

Back in the day

Local Commentaries

“Back in the day,” I took pictures for the Warren Times Observer. At first, I worked on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays. Then I added other nights of the week, and eventually, I had a full-time, second shift gig. I carried my camera with me at all times. I covered all kinds of ...

Environmental contrast

Local Commentaries

As a seasonal resident who spends a fair amount of time along the Allegheny River, I appreciated the recent column by Dave Ferry in which he expressed his high regard for the Warren environment and included sentiments expressed by the young local climate activist Storm Sivak. It was ...

Hometowns everywhere

Local Commentaries

As my firstborn left for college, a friend reassured me, “It’ll be okay. Just make sure when she settles down that it’s a place you like to visit.” She made it sound as if had a say in the decision. Actually, my daughter and son’s chosen locales turned out rather well for my ...

Environmental racism

Letters To Editor

Environmental racism – it’s real. But what is it? It’s the institutional policies and practices that affect the health outcomes or living conditions of people and communities based on race or color. Neighborhoods with hazardous waste facilities, toxic dumping, pollution, and unreliable ...