Opinion

Summer’s winding down

Local Commentaries

There is no doubt about it summer is winding down. Once the fair is finished the teams begin to practice for fall sports. College students pack up their things and leave for college. This year two of my grandchildren will take off for college. The other grandson will be playing soccer on ...

Why you should definitely have an ‘Advance Directive’

Local Commentaries

People are concerned these days with self-improvement, desiring the best vitamins, self-help books, healthy diets, and activities; striving each day to make their life the best it can be at every age. People aren’t so ambitious about making sure they have an “Advance Directive,” which ...

A poetic transition

Local Commentaries

“I was a boy who liked to write long before I was a man who liked to hit people.” Those poignant words were spoken by Cleveland Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett on this past Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks. For those who are not familiar, Hard Knocks is a sports ...

An environmental leap

Local Commentaries

Since I am not a hunter and gave up fishing some years ago, people occasionally ask me why I spend so much of my retirement time up along the Allegheny River. If I wanted, I could paraphrase that old political phrase which stressed the importance of jobs and business health to a campaign and ...

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. Not half-full During a discussion of population in Warren County School District, experts were talking about the bell curve. While the ...

Our Opinion: Abridging the freedom

Our Opinion

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Downtown Small Mouth Bass fishing

Local Commentaries

Within the city limits of Warren flows a good deal of very fine smallmouth bass fishing water. This includes both the Allegheny River and Conewango Creek. It can be fished by boat or from shore. Some places are good for wading. Warren is among the best places you can be if you like smallmouth ...

Unfair that rural students come up short

Local Commentaries

In July, Governor Wolf said Pennsylvania should push all state school funding through a new formula. Currently, Warren County receives about 58% of its school revenue from the state (35% from local taxes and 7% from the federal government); if all school funding came through the new formula ...

Our Opinion: A spending problem

Our Opinion

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that need to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Political correctness run amok

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Our beloved, once sacred, Constitution guarantees that all citizens have freedom of speech. Speech is to be limited only by the restriction of not harming others. Beyond this, people are permitted to say whatever they wish, including language that some consider offensive. Our ...

Our Opinion: Keep kids safe

Our Opinion

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year are scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their schools. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

Patriotism

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Just curious, how does a draft dodging Putin puppet challenge the patriotism of NFL players or anyone else for that matter? Jack Landers, Sheffield

Leadership you deserve

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, To be a great President, I fear a man cannot be his own mentor... He cannot live the Sermon on the Mount... He has to be a Machiavelli, a Borgia, a Caesar, an unctuous Religio, a liar, a what not to be successful. What’s more, the American people will accept a second-rate ...

Decisions

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Roundabout? Traffic light? Let me ask this... has there been any major accidents with just the stop sign that’s there now? Hotel? Do we really do we need it? Are there tourists that have no place to stay? Parking garage in need of repair? Is it filled to capacity? Or can we ...

Our Opinion: Fair trials

Our Opinion

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in ...

Chariot races for the roundabout

Local Commentaries

I should probably state, before I let this pony fly out the gate, that I have no idea what I’m talking about. Nothing contained within this column is in any way meant to imply that I know thing one about city planning, or roundabouts, or engineering, or traffic safety, or anything. Like, at ...

The adventures of Baxter

Local Commentaries

We got Baxter as a puppy in April of 2006 in Oswego, NY. He was a month old and no bigger than a Coke bottle. There were two other puppies left from that litter, and we had already discussed choosing a girl. That was until Karyn picked him up and he kissed her face. He chose ...

Pet adventure

Local Commentaries

It has been a long time since I have written about our pets. When I was growing up I was not allowed to have any pets so moving to the farm with the opportunity to have them was a big deal for me. I have more than fulfilled my desire for pets having been a mother to several wild pets plus a ...

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. Big news An email alert arrived in the newsroom announcing a bust involving DEA, ATF, and others, and a man who had been using a Warren ...

Where are anglers catching the largest walleye?

Local Commentaries

There was a time in the foggy past at a mystical river called Allegheny, more than anywhere else below a mighty dam called Kinzua, when walleye weighing 12 pounds, 13 pounds, 14 pounds, even 15 pounds were caught with some degree of regularity. For a while, local anglers kept this quiet. But ...