Opinion

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 ...

Our Opinion: A worrisome qualification

Our Opinion

In their three major theaters of war, Islamic State terrorists appear to have been knocked back on their heels. That undoubtedly is good news, but it comes with a worrisome qualification.Iraqi government forces are making slow but steady progress in ousting IS troops from the important city of ...

Our Opinion: Blink of an eye

Our Opinion

This is a special time of year.We have kids too, growing up before our eyes. So the sight of caps and gowns makes us cringe a little, but not anywhere near the emotional volcano of moms and dads of graduating high school seniors.We've watched your children grow up here in the Times Observer. ...

Our Opinion: Character is critical

Our Opinion

Hillary Clinton has become the Democrat Party's presumptive nominee for president. Primary elections Tuesday reinforced that she is over the top. Challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders has been relegated to has-been status.All the more important, then, for the troubling questions about Clinton to be ...

Our Opinion: Life is precious

Our Opinion

"Life is not just about the good things or not just about the bad things. It is both. It all depends where you focus your attention."- Ann Marie AguilarLife is so precious.We take it for granted every single day. It's human nature to do so.Who wants to think about the opposite? Which is ...

Our Opinion: Don’t hesitate

Our Opinion

Most parents come to realize quickly that taking their eyes off little children for even a few seconds can result in big trouble. Some do not. It is up to the rest of us to keep their children safe, apparently.A news story that had many people talking during the past few days had nothing to do ...