Opinion

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Accountant wantedOne political party recently sat down to talk to some new county politicians to get to know them. Apparently there was some "getting to know you" on both sides-one member of the party was discussing the party's funds when he admitted that "there's a dollar missing and I can't ...

My priorities are as follows

Local Commentaries

In this weight loss journey that I've been on, I've done a lot of online reading about nutrition and diets.I'm looking for recipes, ideas, and I even look at food that's not very health for me.Does that make it food pornography? Thinking about it, I do close it quickly if my wife sneaks up on ...

Gift of Love

Local Commentaries

In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin wrote that in a letter back in 1789. Not much has changed. We are smackdab in the middle of tax season, and we are all in various stages of living. Each will end at some point. How much satisfaction we ...

The Super Pigeon

Local Commentaries

It's pretty seldom that I come up with ways for the Times Observer to save money.That's not in my job description.But this time, I think I have the one.Genetically-engineered super pigeons.I discussed the pigeon idea with one of my superiors the other day. Probably at too much length.It goes ...

Glade Bridge Sidewalk

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:For as long as I can remember there has been a sidewalk on the Glade Bridge. In the winter sometimes it was shoveled or plowed and sometimes it wasn't. It didn't matter. If it was plowed the snow went into the river. If if wasn't the snow melted into the river. And people who live ...

Our Opinion: Congress, say no

Our Opinion

How worried are you about the Ebola virus? You remember, Ebola - the disease that was in the headlines in 2014.How about the Zika virus? Yes, the one making news now.Chances are you would like your government to do more to protect you from Zika than from Ebola - but, perhaps needless to say, ...

Our Opinion: Stay calm

Our Opinion

This serves as a friendly reminder.You will be pulled over by a police officer in your lifetime.It happened to someone here yesterday (the author of this editorial).It was on Rt. 62 between Big Joe's and the City of Warren.Whether you think it's the most minor infraction you are being pulled ...

The bird is not the word

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Like most offices, the Times Observer receives many visitors.On Monday, one of those visitors was, to be frank, pretty flighty.I think it was a sparrow. Bob insists it was a chickadee. For convenience, we'll say I'm right.The first I knew of it was someone walking into the hall between the ...

‘The hardest part is over’

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"The hardest part is over," I told my daughter, who lay stiff as a board, left arm at a right angle to her body and a horrified grimace tugging the corners of her mouth toward the center of the earth as she gazed at the fresh IV appending her vein. The nurse stood up and withdrew a slice of ...

Athletic trainers

Letters To Editor

To the editor:I am writing in regard to the absolute need for immediate implementation of athletic trainers at high school sporting events.Recently, my daughter was injured during a basketball game with Eisenhower at Youngsville High School. Although, it turned out not to be very serious, [a ...

Caring for the Hospice caregiver

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:I am always pleased and interested to read about the Warren County Hospice programs in The WTO, not only because my wife is employed with Hospice but also because it is important that everyone understands the value of Hospice to the community. It seems we spend all of our time ...

(Parking) spot on

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:Mr. Nyberg is spot on!If all NWSB Warren area customers had a choice of keeping just one NWSB banking facility open, my bet is the Ludlow street location would be the overwhelming first choice, primarily because of parking.I'm wondering how many handicapped parking places there are, ...

Our Opinion: Talking about a hate crime

Our Opinion

Offenses against Muslims in the United States seem to be automatically labeled as "hate crimes" by federal officials. But when the targets are Christians, perhaps because of their beliefs, it is different. Motives tend to remain "unknown."Four people were injured... when a man walked into a ...

Save Our Bank

Letters To Editor

The closing of the Ludlow NWSB branch to walk-ins, in my opinion, is the epitome of corporate greed and ignorance. NWSB will have the same property taxes, the same electric and gas expenses and the same building and property maintenance as before. The only cost savings will be eliminating the ...

Our Opinion: Little changed

Our Opinion

President Barack Obama has said that when he visits Cuba in March, he will discuss human rights abuses by that brutal regime. He should not be surprised when Cuban President Raul Castro promises to look into it - but does not.Castro is familiar, after all, with the Obama strategy on dealing ...

Something sour from something sweet

Local Commentaries

Years ago when my son and his family lived in a trailer down the road he had a beautiful garden. He tended it faithfully, and his produce flourished. That year he had a bumper crop of cabbage. Now, we all like different types of cabbage salad, but we could not eat enough to make a dent in ...

Sky Time

Local Commentaries

Old habits die hard. I'm pretty sure I don't even think much about some of my day-to-day habits.Just recently, I realized that my old days as a stewardess with American Airlines left a few ingrained habits. Although these small rituals are not part of my every day habits, when I flew to ...

Like a brick house

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My maternal grandfather, "Nonnu" to me, and my cousins, and all the kids in Kushequa, came here from Italy about 100 years ago. He was barely out of his teens.He worked making bricks and tile. If you look closely enough, you can find trademarks like "Kq," "Pearl," and "Kushequa" on the bricks ...

Ockham’s Razor = me!

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"Ahhh, don't overthink things," a coworker wrote to me one evening earlier this week.To overthink is, apparently, my verb. It's what I do.Overthink: verb. See? According to dictionary.com, the word means "to spend more time thinking about something than is necessary or productive." Sounds about ...

Problem.

Local Commentaries

I have a coffee problem. I'm not too big to admit it. I love the stuff. One of our sports reporters one evening questioned, "Why does decaf exist? Does anyone actually drink coffee for the taste?":Why yes. The person sitting at a desk near you does.A lot.I like flavored coffee. I like ...