Opinion

Our Opinion: On notice

Our Opinion

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory ...

‘I just want to feel safe at (school)’

Local Commentaries

On February 14th, 2018 something that happened rocked this nation as a whole, but hit Florida more than ever. Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and began shooting at innocent people. In 6 minutes, he shot and killed 17 young adults. On February 15th, 2018, I walked ...

I think these are positive things

Local Commentaries

If you’re one of those people who tells my editor that you think my writing is upsettingly prickly and dour... just give me five more minutes. I do not do drugs, or drink nearly enough to give me the level of escape from reality I need. Because I have children. And a job I want to ...

Blessings

Local Commentaries

“Chaplain Dave” was a buddy way back when we were in grade school 60-some years ago. Our paths still cross once in a while. He’s committed to bringing a spiritual spark to folks in nursing homes. It’s a rare day when he isn’t at one or more of them. He walks up and down the halls ...

Spring on the farm

Local Commentaries

As the farmers prepare their land to plant their crops the rest of us anxiously await the time for harvest. That is all we really think about. We just prepare for the food that is produced. We do not think much about the production of that food. No two years are alike. Farmers are the ...

Another too-short weekend

Local Commentaries

I don’t see my grandchildren very much. They live over 500 miles away in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, a place I try to visit as often as possible . . . which is not often enough. For example, every year I fly to Boston at the end of January for the Princess of Boston’s birthday. ...

March People

Local Commentaries

The other day I had a thought, like: March is the purgatory of months. In March, I always find myself staring at puddles for too long, and eating more cheese than I should. My socks are never dry. If it were a song, it would be of the folk variety. With lyrics about dead Christmas trees, and ...

On kids’ threats in school

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, My only question to these kids that are either making threats in schools or are doing threatening actions is this: WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU? You do not realize the damage that you are doing to yourselves, your family, your friendships, your class and your teachers. ...

Positive step for tourism

Letters To Editor

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official Destination Marketing Organization for McKean County, Pennsylvania, recommends the 2017- Decision Notice for the Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Forest Plan Amendment Project move forward to allow mountain biking on the 12.5-mile ...

Our Opinion: With regularity

Our Opinion

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from ...

Bravo!

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, To the Eisenhower Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mr. Mark Napolitan and Mr. Kegan McCrea, for their amazing concert on Thursday, March 9th, 2018. Their practice of the past three months on Saturdays payed off in a big way. We enjoyed a truly entertaining showcase of talent ...

Our Opinion: A good place to start

Our Opinion

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Allegheny Valley

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The attempt by Clarendon Borough to acquire the former Allegheny Valley School is a win-win for the entire area. The acquisition will prevent the building from falling into disrepair, but more important is the Borough’s plan to lease the property to the Clarendon VFW Post ...

When it’s on, it’s on

Local Commentaries

“If you’re going to spew, spew into this.” The line from “Wayne’s World,” spoken by Garth Algar as he unfolds a paper Dixie cup from the breast pocket of his delightfully 90’s flannel, is a regular cliche in my house. For the past week we’ve been battling an odd virus. It ...

A quiet day

Local Commentaries

The other night when I woke up I noticed that the electric was out. When I got up in the morning it was still out. I stayed in bed until it was light because I knew it was going to be cold once again. This time I hit the dial on the gas fireplace and the fire roared to life. At least I ...

We all thank you

Local Commentaries

Open Letter to Women I never thought it would be so difficult to write a column celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, until I sat for several hours staring at a blank screen, trying desperately to put words to what I believe women experience every day of their ...

School shootings

Local Commentaries

William understands that there are school shootings. It's unavoidable. They receive a lot of media attention, and rightfully so. We do not want him to be afraid to go to school so the temptation is simply to minimize discussion on these things but today I realized how wrong I was. We got ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Be smart Dear Editor, The school is having a walk out on Mar. 14 in Erie. Do you think that’s wise, announcing the walk out. There could be someone out there with a gun. Be smart. Don’t announce it too the public. Keep it hush hush. Sincerely, Peggy Confer, Warren In ...

Our Opinion: More deserving?

Our Opinion

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans — those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example — has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected an 8-foot bronze statue of Marion Barry, ...

Our Opinion: But who?

Our Opinion

Regardless of how you feel about new restrictions on gun ownership, ask yourself this: Who would be enforcing them? The same FBI that failed to act on warnings Nikolas Cruz was dangerous, allowing him to slaughter 17 people at a high school? The FBI that cleared Dylann Roof to buy the ...