Opinion

The first rule of Book Club…

Local Commentaries

The first rule of Book Club? I'm not sure. I think there aren't any real rules. But if there were rules, I'm pretty sure one of them, let alone the first one, would not be "you do not talk about Book Club."I hope that's not a rule, anyway. Because I'm about to get all disclosure-y about Book ...

Prosecuting Nazis?

Local Commentaries

The CNN lead caught my attention: "A German court convicted a former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp of acting as an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people, Anneli Neumann, spokesperson for Detmold district court, said Friday.The story continued.... "Reinhold Hanning was convicted of ...

Our Opinion: A whole new light

Our Opinion

If elected president, Donald Trump would be a disaster for the U.S. economy, Hillary Clinton claimed during a speech Tuesday in Columbus. Why, Moody's Analytics has reported a Trump presidency would lead to a recession and about 3.5 million lost jobs, she added. Well, there was such a report. ...

It’s (past) time for Pennsylvania pension reform

Local Commentaries

Since the 2009-10 school year, the Warren County School District's annual pension costs have risen from $1.7 million to $7.2 millionand they're still climbing. We're not alone. Pension benefits for teachers and other school staff are controlled by the State, and school districts across ...

Our Opinion: Usually travel in packs

Our Opinion

In Omar Mateen's twisted mind, he was an "Islamic soldier" whose self-professed loyalty to the Islamic State terrorist group was more important than any moral compunctions he might have had about slaughtering 49 innocent people. The FBI says he was "radicalized domestically," not directed by ...

Assault on Knight Island invaders

Local Commentaries

Early Monday morning a platoon of rugged goats made an amphibious landing on Knight island, just above the Glade Bridge. Their goal is the eradication of Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant species, that have overtaken large sections of the island.The goats are owned by Michael Wright, who ...

Our Opinion: Scientific evidence

Our Opinion

Political correctness strikes again: A Florida state legislator, Mike Miller, has complained to the Food and Drug Administration that hundreds of people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were told they could not donate blood to help victims of the massacre in Orlando.The ...

Black flies

Letters To Editor

The black flies (gnats) are again causing outdoor activities to be miserable in Warren County.Spraying of the streams has been done twice in May and not to be done again until July. That may not happen due to the state budget and lack of complaints from residents of the conty.You can file a ...

Bullies

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I could not agree more with the recent letter about bullies! Bullies are very skilled at dominating and manipulating conversations and life situations in order to get their way. They often do not realize the narcissistic nature of their behavior regardless of the well reasoned ...

Left isn’t right

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Again, the left attacks the gun, and ignores the ideology that made the killer. I don't personally like the military style rifles with $$ eating high capacity magazines, but I understand why someone wants one.If you had ever seen a real riot with shop owners left to defend ...

Father days

Local Commentaries

He was wiggling his bat.I'd just gotten back from out of town in time to see his second at bat a couple Sundays ago. My nine-year-old son, Chase, is one of my two pride and joys, along with my 13-year-old daughter, Jordan.I was texted that he struck out the first at bat, but that's okay - it ...

How about some rhubarb?

Local Commentaries

My whole family likes rhubarb, but some of us like it better than others. I finally made that sauce with orange juice (in my second cookbook). It was as delicious as I remembered. My grandson came to visit so I shared some with him. I plan to finish it up today with my lunch.Rhubarb is ...

My personal day

Local Commentaries

If you had asked me in December if I'd want to cash in my personal day in June to go to the Penguins Stanley Cup parade, I'd have probably just made sounds like a wounded animal and ask what I'd done to deserve such taunting.It's not that I don't believe in my team, but at Christmas-while ...

Feelin’ the bliss

Local Commentaries

Ignorance is bliss. Great saying. That phrase goes all the way back to a poem written by Thomas Gray in the mid-1700's. It gets even better when you learn the rest of the line. The whole thing is: "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." This isn't a column about politics, but it sure ...

The stories of old men

Local Commentaries

When you buy a house, well, sometimes you find treasure. That's always awesome when that happens but the Hammond street house contained no treasure, just dope paraphernalia, syringes, a pipe and a basement wall full of little pieces of tin foil. All was not lost, however. We discovered treasure ...

Living in the Lego minefield

Local Commentaries

Kids are smart.One of my kids? Scary smart at the moment.But I'm not going to tell her that.People used to tell me I was smart. And I was smart, I guess. Not Sheldon Cooper smart or anything. But smart. Smart-ish. I was smart enough, how's that? I was the kid that got by in school without doing ...

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Local Commentaries

Following protocolSometimes, the rules just don't apply. At the end of an ad hoc committee, the newly appointed chairperson was ready to adjourn. "Since we can't make motions or decisions, how will I end the meeting?" She figured out a suitable solution. "With Kumbaya?"Absolute powerWhen ...

Burning ordinance

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:The purpose of this letter is to clear up the misconceptions of my petition submitted to City Council, regarding outdoor burning in the city of Warren.The objective of my petition is to ask for changes in the current rules and regulations relative to burning in the city of Warren to ...

Our Opinion: Family

Our Opinion

We have a professional ballplayer in the house.It was surreal.10-year-old boys mashing the baseball around Betts-Jackson Field, and just yesterday - it seems like - Hank Morrison was doing the same thing.Now he is a Minnesota Twin.A MINNESTOA TWIN!Well, technically, he's in the Minnesota Twins ...

Our Opinion: Demand an explanation

Our Opinion

We have been accustomed to hearing about recalls of food products because of concerns they may make us sick. But according to a federal watchdog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sometimes drags its feet on recalls. An extremely unusual "early alert" report on the problem was issued this ...