Opinion

You did OK, Tom

Local Commentaries

Most people are familiar with the Biblical story about “Doubting Thomas.” He’s the apostle who wouldn’t believe Jesus had risen from the dead unless he saw Him and touched His wounds. It’s tempting to say: “Shame on you, Tom! How dare you doubt the miracle upon which our faith is ...

The year may be new, but you are you

Local Commentaries

You are strong because you have struggled. You have been overcome and crippled. Held back by causes you could have avoided, and others that were inescapable. You have winced in pain and cried in defeat. You felt shredded. As if life were pulverized into fragments and it took everything you had ...

Our Opinion: About that time

Our Opinion

It is about time U.S. officials begin worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Our Opinion: More questions

Our Opinion

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Our Opinion: Speed it up

Our Opinion

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

Our Opinion: Dollars wasted

Our Opinion

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Opt out of a Potential Revenue Source?

Letters To Editor

Editor, I wonder how many people from this county travel north to Salamanca, or west to Erie, or south to Pittsburgh, or anywhere else there is a casino? How about keeping that money spent here? Not only that, I thought there was an effort to bring more people to our little corner of the ...

Die Hard IS a Christmas movie

Local Commentaries

Like the tragic story of Clark W. Griswold’s bonus check, and a sojourn back to the original "Schweddy Balls" SNL skit, Christmas is not Christmas until you’ve gotten into at least a moderately barbaric “conversation” with at least one person over whether or not “Die Hard” is a ...

It happened one Christmas Eve

Local Commentaries

I believe I could fish in my sleep. It was at the Kinzua Dam Tailwaters, on the Hemlock side, below the big rocks, between the fallen trees, my favorite place to fish for walleye at what then tended to be a stable outflow. Walleye would hang right about at the ends of the fallen trees. Tied ...

MDJ Glenn Carlson

Letters To Editor

Decorum and graciousness are alive and well in Warren County. Although it is popular to comment on incidents that involve rudeness and self-promotion, I would like to focus on my colleague who has shown nothing but professionalism and patience for 18 years in public office. Magisterial ...

Elvis & Brucie

Local Commentaries

We had the ‘60s channel on the radio the other day. Songs from my youth…. Some of these specialized stations just play non-stop music with occasional reminders of the station to which you’re tuned. The 60’s station sometimes has a D.J. who has interesting comments about the music. ...

‘Active shooter’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Recently, Chief Deppen presented an “active shooter” information session at Emmanuel United Church of Christ. Members of several churches attended. He cautioned against assuming “it can’t happen to me.” He also pointed out that an average police response time is five ...

The gift

Local Commentaries

As we approach Christmas most of us are focused on the gifts we will give and the gifts we will receive. Years ago, I did an exercise with one of my first grade classes about gifts. I told them to imagine that they could only have one gift that year. They were to draw a picture of what they ...

Christmas wants and needs

Local Commentaries

“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” was a song from my childhood. I remember having fun trying to sing along while exaggerating the lisps of the gap-toothed kid it was written about. Thinking back it’s probably my first realization that Christmas, especially to a child, is ...

Our Opinion: Deluded

Our Opinion

“Analysis” of elections sometimes must seem laughable to political pros. Take one conclusion some in the media are drawing from the Dec. 12 election in Alabama. In that contest, Democrat Doug Jones prevailed narrowly over Republican Roy Moore. Jones supports “abortion rights” laws. ...

Taxes

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, We teach the children. An extention includes adults who behave like children. Case in point: Dogmatic democrats who are an insult to children... and donkeys. These types ignorantly demand governments to regulate (tax) in general. Result: The individual stifled — freedom ...

Happy holidays

Letters To Editor

Editor, Here’s a story to put some Christmas cheer in your heart. Last week I left my wallet in a cart at Walmart. After realizing it wasn’t just misplaced at home, my husband predicted the worst and advised me to cancel all my credit cards. I cheerfully informed him that most people ...

‘Unbelievable’

Letters To Editor

Editor, Well in normal fashion the Councilmen have astounded me again! Front page of the WTO states decline in school enrollment, and the Councilmen have decided to spend a ton of money to “redevelop” another old building. And YET, wait for it.... Say NO to the possibility to an ...

Our Opinion: Enough

Our Opinion

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ...

Study

Letters To Editor

Editor, I see that the court house is in need of repair so the commissioners are looking into getting repairs done. So they approve a contract of over $40,000 to do a study on what it will take to get the court house back into new condition again. Forty Thousand dollars to tell them what ...