Opinion

Living in Kayak City, it seems

Local Commentaries

As a newcomer to Warren, eager to become a part of my new community, a phenomenon has come to my attention that raises some concern as to how well I may fit in. I have spied — with my little eye — enough kayaks to lead this potential naviphobe to wonder if travel-by-water became the only ...

I chickened out

Local Commentaries

Once, I drove around in the middle of the night chasing after a report of an attempted murderer. Other times, I have stepped out into streets to get the right angle for photos. I’ve tried to get closer to an active fire at a propane facility. I’ve even flown in an airplane with no ...

Roundabout

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Will it benefit the future? Warren has had a decline in traffic count at most major intersections in the past five years. No matter where you drive, life is not perfect, there will always be an occasion that someone makes a dumb mistake, a close call, an accident. A fatal ...

It was a lot to move

Local Commentaries

The last time I moved, it was out of my college apartment. Which I shared with other people. I thought I had a ton of things, back in the day, as a college student. Turns out I didn’t have as much as I thought. Turns out, you can’t even begin to conceive of what it is to accumulate an ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

An occasional collection of vignettes from events and public meetings in Warren County that never make it into news stories because...well, you’ll see. Summing up At a recent school board meeting, a director presented information to the board, calling it a summary of some recent work ...

Mind over matter

Community

There are eight people in the room — a mixture of men and women and varying in age. Some random person comes into the room and says some not so nice things in a not so nice language. Is every single one of those eight people going to react in the same manner? Some people believe ...

History is watching

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Elections truly matter. And the importance of these upcoming mid-term elections cannot be overstated, as the results will determine America’s path forward and serve to define the kind of nation we are to become. With the beginning of the Trump administration and the support ...

Our Opinion: Standard practice

Our Opinion

Someone tried to send a bomb to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it was intercepted by the Secret Service, it was revealed Wednesday. The Secret Service also was looking into what may have been an explosive sent to former President Barack Obama. Police in New York was ...

Protecting children

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It was with great horror and sadness that I read the article on October 16 regarding an area resident charged with the abuse of his 2-year old daughter. It was with the equal feeling that I read the October 18 article regarding an area priest who pleads guilty to two felonies: ...

Our Opinion: Be prepared

Our Opinion

We commend Superintendent Amy Stewart and the Warren County School District for, well, preparing for the worst. We know that sounds bad, but it’s reality. There may have a time long ago when schools were some of the safest places on Earth. We now know that’s not the case. On Tuesday, ...

The Steelhead run is on

Local Commentaries

For those who may have been waiting for the steelhead run, wait no longer. Steelhead have moved into at least the lower pools of all the usual creeks, and much farther in some. Indications for the run are very promising. The run is very late this fall. This, we can assume, has been the ...

Spicebush — below the surface

Local Commentaries

Spicebush is a non-descript plant. There seems to be very little that makes it stand out when you first look at it. It is a medium-sized shrub. The leaves are an oval shape with smooth edges. They are an average green color and blend in with other, similar, green shrubs. This plant is only ...

More birds, roosters and opportunity this pheasant season

Local Commentaries

The statewide pheasant season opens Saturday, and it promises to be a memorable one for hunters statewide. Revenue generated by Pennsylvania’s pheasant-hunting permit has been pumped back into the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program, and hunters this season are expected to see ...

Unprecedented resistance

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Since the 2016 election, I have written dozens of letters to the Editor—in my head, that is. Why didn’t I submit those letters? I was upset when Obama was elected so I understood the Democrats’ disappointment. Now, I know they will never get over the fact that the ...

Our Opinion: Good for Casuccio

Our Opinion

Columbus, Ohio, police Officer Peter Casuccio made headlines this week after telling an 11-year-old the boy was lucky to be alive. Good for Casuccio for doing what the lad’s parents should have. Casuccio was on patrol last Saturday when he received a call about two youngsters brandishing ...

Socialism, really?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Reading Mr. Gustafson’s letter published on October 17 about socialism, I really have to agree with his statement “All socialistic programs are paid for with tax dollars and are inherently unfair”. I am, however, offended and appalled at his examples of socialism in our ...

Midterm elections

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I have been watching and listening to the political ads and commentary on TV and I am becoming increasingly disappointed in the political discourse of both the democrat and republican views. It seems that trying to find any candidate who wants to bring people together is a ...

Socialism?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I liked Dr. Karen Black’s very intelligent response in Friday’s Readers Speak, but being a Jeff Foxworthy fan, I’d like to add my two cents! If you are a veteran receiving VA benefits, you may already be a ‘Socialist!’ If you are on Medicare or Medicaid, you may ...

Far from home

Local Commentaries

You know, I have a pretty interesting job here at the Times Observer. As night editor, I get to observe the goings-on quietly from behind a computer screen. Although my name may not appear as often as the journalistic powerhouses of Brian Ferry, Stacey Gross, Josh Cotton or ...