Opinion

Like it or not

Letters To Editor

Let me start by saying “I’m Old School”, that is, I started my sophomore class at the Warren High School located at the corner of Market St. & Second Avenue. When the Christmas holidays were over, we moved into the new high school on the top of the hill and still its present ...

Our Opinion: Do not hesitate

Our Opinion

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

You were the best boy

Local Commentaries

He was a good boy. He was the best boy, actually. Canine Officer Choper, of the Conewango Township Police Department, was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon while I successfully (but barely) managed to keep from ugly crying at my desk. Over the course of the past week, the Times Observer has ...

Cartoon

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I have expressed to my family, friends, and the editor of WTO how much I like the paper’s new format of featuring more “Human Interest Stories” and Local History. However, I must also register my disappointment with the “political” cartoon that appeared in the ...

Families, marriage, wealth, society

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Families come in all sizes and shapes. One of every six family households are intergenerational. In 2016 35% of our children lived in a single family households. 43% of children in low income families are considered at risk, by federal standards, due to parents low wages, ...

Our Opinion: Be proactive

Our Opinion

The Warren County School District board of directors is in an unenviable position. Extra-curricular participation has dropped, enrollment is down, teams are playing with barely enough subs to constitute a full team. Why aren’t more students participating in athletics? There’s no ...

Allegheny Valley school

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, May I remind the tax payers of Warren County that our taxes support the Warren County School District. The Allegheny Valley school in Clarendon was given to Clarendon Borough at tax payers expense. With due respect to the nature of the use for that facility the transfer ...

Our Opinion: ‘Never Forgotten’

Our Opinion

Warren County will do it right on Tuesday. Because Choper did it right for us. Just as our local law enforcement officers do it right for us every day. They deserve our respect, and Choper was one of them. One of us. A funeral service for our fallen K9 will be held at 2 p.m. today in ...

Our Opinion: Use your summer wisely

Our Opinion

There is nothing quite like that feeling of summer vacation for students. After months of waking up before the sun and worrying about assessment testing, summer has always been a welcomed break from the academic year. We would venture to guess students are more anxious these days than they have ...

Easy to get that trophy scored now

Local Commentaries

For many decades Warren County may have been the poorest trophy big game county in Pennsylvania. No bucks, no bears near the top of the Pennsylvania Big Game Records. It got worse, of course, when comparing local big game animals to the Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young big game records. ...

Creature adventures

Local Commentaries

This is the time of year for everything – farming, gardening, mowing, planting, harvesting, equipment repairs, house projects, building projects, the list goes on and on. There is so much happening that it is hard to remember to simply take a break and enjoy the world. However, taking that ...

Shed: The focal point of any garden

Community

The garden shed is one of the most charming focal points in any garden. It is in this little building the gardener accomplishes his many garden tasks. A rainy afternoon is perfect for potting up a small plant or cleaning and storing garden tools or flowerpots. The potting shed is also the place ...

Our Opinion: Gas industry is healthier, but be careful

Our Opinion

It’s not the boom of seven or eight years ago. But the natural gas industry is on the upswing in Pennsylvania. The drill rig count across the state has risen by 33 percent between December 2015 and December 2017. At last count, 40 rigs were in operation in Pennsylvania. As good as ...

Thanks Danny

Local Commentaries

Danny freakin’ Tanner. God, if I could somehow calculate the number of hours of my life I have wasted watching “Full House” from childhood to right this very moment, I would probably have enough time gathered up to do something really astounding and worthwhile. That being said, I’m ...

No trespassing,’ no more

Community

Esther Newbold, whose spirit might well haunt her pioneer family’s former estate just south of the hamlet of Irvine where Brokenstraw Creek meets the Allegheny River, might be offended that her land is now visited regularly by hikers and hunters since it is now part of northwestern ...

An end or a beginning?

Local Commentaries

Graduation is upon us. College graduations have already taken place. High school graduations are coming up. Even preschoolers these days graduate so it is a process that all students relate to. I always think - is it a beginning or is it an end? I think that depends on the level of the ...

New parents

Local Commentaries

Richard and I are expecting. I know that will surprise some people but not our closest friends – they now how much we want this addition to our family. We’ve been waiting patiently for 15 months Finian, our baby boy, is due here next week. And no, I haven’t gained any weight with this ...

What a character!

Local Commentaries

Ever referred to someone with that term? Ever BEEN referred to like that? I have been, face-to-face, on a number of occasions, and who knows how many other times. I take it as a compliment. People see something unique, quirky, and usually fun in a “character.” And what about character in ...

To tip or not to tip?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The average American worker making $7.50 an hour in a 30 hour workweek grosses $225. $225 times 52 weeks and you get $11,700. Business owners often stay under that 30 hour limit so as not be required to provide benefits to their employees. Now if a worker is fortunate enough ...