Opinion

Going home

Local Commentaries

Last weekend I went back to my hometown for a class reunion. Our class decided to have a seventy-fifth birthday reunion. It was so much fun. Our foreign exchange student from the Netherlands came back for the first time since we graduated. That meant we had not seen each other for ...

The Tooth Fairy fiasco

Local Commentaries

“Mommy, she didn’t come.” It was in the cool gray light of early morning on Tuesday that those words jolted me out of a particularly deep sleep. The sleep was particularly deep because it was fueled by my having ingested a nice strong dose of the sedative/hypnotic benzodiazepine Halcion ...

You are a good parent

Local Commentaries

Are you a good parent? Would your children agree with your answer? I feel every parent should ask themselves these two questions on a fairly regular basis. Until my son was born, I admit, I didn't know what being a good parent meant, exactly. I have had nieces and nephews around me for ...

Our Opinion: Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our Opinion

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

The moment I knew

Local Commentaries

There are some people that can remember the exact moment they knew what they were going to do with the rest their life. Me, I think I’m one of those people. I remember the exact moment I knew I was meant to be a naturalist. Growing up my sister, Clare, and I spent a lot of time catching ...

In response

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I’ve been reflecting on the contents of Mr. Jeffery L. Carlson’s letter of September 19, and some of his points need comment. Of course, a lot has happened in the Kavanaugh case in the past week, and it is no longer possible to sustain the illusion that this is the ...

UN speech

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Much is being made about some laughter during the President’s speech at the UN on Tuesday. Watching the speech, I found the laughter to be in response to the immediate “in your face” nature of his opening, which accompanies most things Trump. The President boasted that ...

Our Opinion: Take a deeper look at pensions

Our Opinion

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state's public pension system is under water. Under water, in this case, means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

Local Commentaries

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

Goodbye to summer; hello to pike

Local Commentaries

A turn in the weather. That is all it takes to get pike excited about fall. Forget the calendar. Fall begins whenever nature decides it will begin. Or maybe pike decide when fall begins. They are mean enough to do it. Pike ooze mean. Look a pike in the eyes. Evil, not just nasty. I think ...

Our Opinion: Political weapon

Our Opinion

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

Our Opinion: There is someone to talk to

Our Opinion

What an impressive event held Saturday at War Memorial Field. There were well over a hundred people in the GLOW;RIOUS Run/Walk, which was meant to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Month. This group glowed in the dark to bring awareness ...

Our Opinion: Natural gas numbers impressive

Our Opinion

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry's feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

Northwest Bank

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I sincerely appreciate the wonderful coverage that the Warren Times Observer provided on my retirement from Northwest Bank after 34 years. However, I believe much more needs to be told about the Northwest story and the individuals who were instrumental in the success of our ...

Our Opinion: By some means

Our Opinion

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

‘I know my worth’

Local Commentaries

“Know your worth and mind your company.” Someone I’m in the process of developing a particular fondness for said that to me recently, and I can’t help being a bit fixated on it still, days later. We’d been involved in a negotiation of expectations, consequences, and rewards at ...

Doing the wash

Local Commentaries

Things are far different today when I say I have wash to do than they used to be. Today I open the lid on the automatic washer, set a few dials or punch a few buttons, add my detergent - which incidentally now comes in pods, one per load - put the clothes in and close the lid. In twenty ...

Into the rescue boat

Local Commentaries

The flood coverage on television has left me saturated with sadness. I can’t even imagine how the victims of all that moving water are coping. The loss, the heartbreak, the realization that your life is forever changed. I imagine that in the future the victims' everyday memories will ...

Flu signs & symptoms

Local Commentaries

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system including your nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu and is often mistaken for the stomach virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting. The Flu can resolve on its own but for some, it can be deadly. People ...

Our Opinion: Starting to pay more attention

Our Opinion

You can tell by the crowds, people are starting to figure it out. Sure, high school football in Warren County has always been well-attended by fans. And, by fans, we mean people who aren’t just parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters. We’ve noticed recently, going back a few seasons, ...