Opinion

On the art of bonsai

Community

It's been a long time coming, but my inevitable journey to the art of bonsai has been, to me, well worth the wait. As a young boy I remember spending time in my father's "plant room." The large, enclosed front porch on our two story home in Westfield, New York was filled with handmade shelves ...

Our Opinion: Strangled by government

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Coal miners understand taking responsibility for one's actions. They also share a concern in watching out for one's co-workers.Some of those retired from the mines must be bewildered that so many in federal government do not have those values.For decades, mining coal was among the most ...

Missing the best part of dove season

Local Commentaries

On, or about, the first of September local hunters head to Erie County, Clarion County of Crawford County to hunt doves. When the crowds hit the fields depends on the day closest to September 1 when most dove hunters do not have to work. This year, since September 1 fell on a Thursday, the ...

The thunder

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,A way overpaid washed up athlete reuses to show respect to the national anthem because he doesn't like something going on in the country.A school forbids the showing of the flag because someone may be offended.What? WHAT!That thunder is the dead to whom we owe our spoiled ...

Concept of freedom

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,"Diversity is our greatest strength." At one time, this was true as American escaped the European bondage of entitlement due to a persons lineage. Pedigree, rather than prowess, was a person's passport to prosperity. Our fledgling democracy flourished faster than any other nation in ...

Without a contract

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,It's a beautiful, sunny summer morning in August.I watched my wife leave for school... again.Although she's been working more than 784 days without a contract, she and several other teachers were meeting at the Eisenhower Elementary Center to pull weeds and plant flowers in the ...

Pencil pushers

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,The pencil pushes in the wrong direction. Educators: without accountability - competition. Scores are down, tenure in, choice out: Charter/cyber, costs up - way up; like, 10-20K dollars/student/year, WCSD.Worse, true cost in long-term contamination of youth going in the toilet - how ...

Healthcare for all

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,At the time the "Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare) was being discussed and formulated in Washington, the insurance companies would not agree to anything that was not in their best interests.This was discussed repeatedly on PBS by healthcare experts, as one person put it at the time, ...

Our Opinion: Oh, really?

Our Opinion

First Huntington, W.Va. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Ky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the country.It is heroin with an additive that makes it even more dangerous than the primary product, which is what many buyers think they are getting. ...

Our Opinion: The best

Our Opinion

Moms are the greatest.They truly are.Sure, it goes without saying, but why not say it once in a while...More than one caring mother was stressed out on Labor Day - a day they aren't supposed to be stressed out, for sure.Try convincing them of that.Her babies are heading back to school ...

How much wood could…

Local Commentaries

"I made my kids stack wood last weekend.Everybody just chill out.Yes, they're only four.That's why I only made them stack twenty-some-odd pieces each.They wanted to camp in the yard. They love to sleep in the tent and lay on the grass beside a fire and tell the "Where Is My Hairy Toe" story ...

Inspiration

Local Commentaries

Everyone needs inspiration. People often ask how I decide what to write about. Often it is by inspiration. I read. I observe. I listen. All of these things lead to what I write about.This time I want to focus on an experience that was an inspiration for me. Picture a ninety year old ...

Brainstorming

Local Commentaries

Ever have a brainstorm? Seems like an odd term. Storms are generally bad things but "brainstorm" suggests a good thing. Seems a migraine could accurately be called a brainstorm. Yet "brainstorming" is an exercise used to generate new ideas or to try to solve a problem.In the classic version of ...

I am not a farmer

Local Commentaries

I am not a farmer.I don't feel guilty about it.But, I like to eat, so I'm glad there are farmers. I certainly don't want to be a full-time hunter/gatherer.Farmer or not, I am a curious sort, so when I heard there were robots milking cows in Warren County, I had to see it for myself.On Friday, I ...

Lit up at midnight

Local Commentaries

After a recent doctor's visit it was determined that I was to have a stress test. I suppose such exploration is a reasonable indicator of a certain age and shouldn't have been a complete surprise. But I was less than thrilled.Doc Stanton's smiling nurse asked me if the following Thursday ...

‘Not throwing away my shot’

Local Commentaries

I've been thinking about how to write this for a while - "Hamilton" lyrics? "Harry Potter" quotes? Something from "The Lord of the Rings?"None of them really fit, though. The only thing I can't get out of my head is the song "One Last Time" from "Hamilton" and, let's be honest here, I'm not a ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Semi-ambulatorySome idioms don't fit in certain places. And, most don't seem quite right if you change the words. When talking about a vehicle that was not going to pass inspection, a Warren County commissioner said, "It's on its last legs... wheels."Catastrophic eventsGovernment leaders rely ...

Our Opinion: Still questions

Our Opinion

In the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas: "So you're telling me there's a chance."Now, Lloyd was referring to the chances of "a guy like you and a girl like me ending up together.""Not good," responded Mary Swanson."You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?" Lloyd asks."I'd say more like ...

Our Opinion: What power

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Some defense analysts have warned the U.S. Navy is not capable of dealing with all the ocean-borne threats in our modern world. This week, North Korea provided a reminder of how the naval power situation is changing.A North Korean submarine fired a ballistic missile that flew about 310 miles, ...

An outside opinion

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I no longer live in Warren, but I grew up there and visit twice a year. I follow the news and happenings around town because it is still home and always will be. With this said, my not residing there, makes me an outsider. I have no skin in the game. My son attends school out here ...