Opinion

Dictator/Despot

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, So this is what a Democracy/Republic has become! If one side doesn’t get its absolute way, we shut down the government thru filibuster or executive action, therefore forcing the people to suffer until, thru political pressure, one side squeals “Uncle!” I seriously doubt ...

Underestimating the cunning

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, If you look at the map of Mexico, the path followed by the Caravan from Guatemala to San Diego is 2,700 miles. The question is why didn’t the “would-be” immigrants take the much shorter, 1,300-mile path that ended in McAllen, Texas? If they were truly seeking asylum, ...

Our Opinion: Repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

Our Opinion

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania's driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to a ...

Putting things away

Local Commentaries

Epiphany is now past. That is the day to celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men. We always left our tree up until after January 6. Putting things away is not as pleasant as getting them out and putting them up. As I carefully put the fragile glass ornaments away, I remember when they ...

There are limits (in 2019)

Local Commentaries

As a new year begins, so does the tradition of resolving to do more — more exercise, more money saving, more fun stuff, more organizing... You know the drill. The goal of all this goal-setting is to make our lives better, right? So why do we notoriously give up on our goals, usually within ...

Making tracks

Local Commentaries

Grandpop, Dad’s Dad, was a character. He had all kinds of stories. Some taught lessons and some were silly; just for the fun of it. In the latter category, there was this time when I was probably seven or eight that I flipped over a rotting log and discovered a colony of huge black ants. ...

Blessed New Year

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, After reading a recent letter, I am so thankful I don’t find God or His inspired word outdated, but a source of instruction, comfort, and strength. These are available to all who hunger after wisdom. Prov. 1:20-23, The Bible has brought to faith some who sought to read and ...

Our Opinion: What matters

Our Opinion

Our world in 2019 is dominated by cell phones, social media, and a pace of life that seems more complicated and faster than ever. Technological advances allow us to communicate more than ever before. But sometimes it looks like we communicate less than ever before. Our social media ...

All about the simple things

Local Commentaries

Do you remember Y2K? That was the time when we went from the twentieth century to the twenty-first century. My granddaughter was one-and-a-half at the time. To say she was not a sleeper was an understatement. She was still up until well after midnight. The other grandson was just a couple ...

Cars, cats and cataracts

Local Commentaries

Looking in the rear-view mirror, 2018 was quite a ride, a year of retirement and change. I was sitting at a stoplight last week, thinking not of traffic or last minute stocking stuffers but reflecting on what a whackadoodle year it really has been. A year of personal firsts and lasts similar ...

Pickin’ ‘n’ grinnin’

Local Commentaries

“I’m a pickin’ ‘n’ I’m a grinnin’!” Remember that wonderful corny bit that Roy Clark and Buck Owens did on “Hee-Haw”? (R.I.P., Roy….) That was the backwoods version of Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In”, 1960’s precursors to Saturday Night Live) I’ve done a little ...

Greetings

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, 2018 is the 70th anniversary year of the Warren High School class of 1948. Two lifelong friends since first grade in South Street School reconnected again a few weeks ago after a four-year hiatus. Arnie Swanson and Louie Rieg wish to send warmest greetings to our living ...

Our Opinion: We believe…

Our Opinion

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson, American biologist (1907-1964) Who are we to pull the rug out ...

Our Opinion: Tonight, we ponder the greatest blessing of all time

Our Opinion

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

I Remember… (Part Four)

Local Commentaries

This last portion of my memories is about our Christmases after the children moved back home. It was great to have them at home for the holidays. It was also a blessing that they got to spend that time with their father since he passed young. Here I include a poem that helped me put things ...

Raise the roof

Local Commentaries

In the December 13 edition of the Times Observer, Josh Cotton covered the County Commissioners’ decision to commit to a $3,755,177 in repairs to the courthouse in ‘Addressing the court.’ I chose that headline, and like George Costanza’s “Jerk Store,” I thought of a better one ...

Last-minute Christmas gift ideas

Local Commentaries

To the rescue once again with last minute gift ideas for outdoors folks. No, not me. The wife, Jeri. Here is the reality of shopping for Christmas gifts during the last few days before Christmas. Yes, this is when do most of our shopping. Still, women do a huge majority of the hunting. Women ...

3 flowering plants for the winter

Community

With the garden put to bed for the winter and our houseplants taking a well-deserved winter nap, we gardeners long to see a flowering plant. Fortunately, we have available in our garden centers three beautiful plants that are easy to grow, easy to care for, and available at a reasonable ...