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Opinion

Voter suppression is real

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The League of Women Voters of Warren County educational programs help citizen become aware of voter suppression which happens in many ways. One is the redistricting process across the US. In PA our Supreme Court ruled the Keystone State congressional maps unconstitutional and ...

Warren County Commissioners

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Being just one of all people who actually vote here and in the surrounding areas of the county, I think Tom Paquette has some very valid points regarding voting issues. The cost savings alone is a big one! Constitutionality of the system and paper being the gold standard for ...

Original ballot-marking device is best

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Warren County Commissioners are intent on buying new voting machines (ballot marking devices, or BMDs) that are praised for being “most similar to what we’ve been using” ["The results are in,” Times Observer, Aug 21]. They are too similar, unfortunately. These BMDs ...

Our Opinion: Rolling our eyes at ‘deal’

Our Opinion

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

‘Inept, unqualified’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In addition to being a national embarrassment, there are many political, logical reasons to despise Donald Trump. But I despise him for his cruelty. He cares not about children getting an education or even food. He had to be ordered to provide soap and toothpaste to the ...

Being informed

Local Commentaries

September is Suicide Prevention Month. As you drive around Warren County please be on the lookout for 5 billboards that CORE (Choosing Openness Regarding Experiences) has designed for Suicide Prevention Month. They will be up the entire month of September and are in Youngsville, Sugar Grove, ...

I know What That Is!

Local Commentaries

Last week I was a resident at Chautauqua Institution for the week. One of the speakers spoke about focusing attention on the ordinary things of life. Recently I have received posts on Facebook showing many old-fashioned items asking “Who used one of these? What is it?” Thankfully, I ...

Snails: More interesting than you think

Community

Of all the flora and fauna in the region, snails are not one I think about very often. On hikes, they fall into the “just” category. Oh, it’s just a snail. Oh, it’s just a crow. Oh, it’s just a dandelion. They are so easy to overlook because they appear commonplace. Ordinary. Mundane. ...

Is 6.5 MM the deer rifle answer?

Local Commentaries

In 1966 during my first drive through the Western States, I saw pronghorn for the first time. What an eye-opening experience. Part of my fascination with the second-fastest land animal on the planet was the dry plains habitat where from a little rise you can see many miles. I knew I had to hunt ...

Our Opinion: The stage is set

Our Opinion

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

In response

Letters To Editor

To the Editor, I’ve been mulling over the letter of Mr. Terry D. Hallock (Times Observer, 19 August), and it contains some points I can’t leave without a response. The very first sentence reads, “... the ultra-long, expensive Mueller probe produced no evidence of collusion... ...

Our Opinion: Eagerness provides hope

Our Opinion

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

A walkable city

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I was walking last night and my path took me past the Crary Art Gallery. Along Sixth, the sidewalk has been replaced. It is a great-looking sidewalk that the Crary has had installed; it is easy to navigate and will add an extra assurance of safety to its patrons. I am ...

Improving America’s healthcare

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, After reading your 8/26 editorial regarding perceived difficulties and concerns (some valid, others really not) regarding the possibility of our nation’s moving to a single-payer/“Medicare-for-All” system at some point, it occurred to me that such public discussion ...

Our Opinion: Won’t fix the problem

Our Opinion

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting recently that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

It’s time…

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It’s time to officially change the acronym from POTUS to DOOFUS. Donald Of Our (in)Famous United States. (no longer) My president continues to embarrass himself, and therefore our country with his off-the-wall comments and tweets. To recap: DOOFUS states, while gazing ...

Our Opinion: Start with free press

Our Opinion

America’s news media continue to be the target of a verbal beating by President Donald Trump, who has continued to call the reporting of many news outlets — print and electronic — “fake news.” The president also has voiced many other unflattering phrases directed at the media and ...

A human, please!

Local Commentaries

While I realize that businesses are attempting to save money, I am sorry but one size does not fit all! When I call a business, it is because I need some sort of service. All I get these days are automated services. This is very frustrating because when they give the choices often, they do ...

Becoming an artifact

Local Commentaries

When my mother was in her 90’s I used to kid that she was not old enough yet to be an antique. Antiques, by definition, are 100 years old. But because she had a formidable, archival memory of almost ten decades I kiddingly called her an artifact. Now that Mom has passed, I guess I have ...

Once upon a time in the summer

Local Commentaries

An angler could do no better on a balmy summer evening than hitting one of the area creeks with light smallmouth bass tackle. The intense heat of midday gone, water cooling your feet and legs. And, hopefully, several smallmouth basses jumping at the end of your fishing line. This is a pretty ...