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Opinion

Our opinion: Proceed with caution

Our Opinion

On Friday, Warren will be the first area in the region to begin reopening its long-shuttered businesses to patrons. Let’s do it right. Restaurants and bars, entertainment venues including theaters, and personal care services like hair salons and spas, will open at 50% capacity. ...

Ease lockdown, count on common sense

Local Commentaries

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 lockdown has served its purpose. The time has come to end it. The objective of the lockdown was never to stop every American from getting COVID-19, which is impossible; it was to buy time to learn about the virus and prevent our health care system from being ...

Biden needs ‘nice’ and a woman for the job

Local Commentaries

WASHINGTON — It is rarely a good idea to make campaign promises that put you in a box or could go very wrong, as nearly every president can attest. Joe Biden must have skipped that chapter in the campaign how-to handbook. He’s now stuck with vows to appoint women and minorities to key ...

Our opinion: Schools need focus now

Our Opinion

How the 2020-21 school year will greet Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts is destined to remain a matter of deep concern in the weeks ahead, considering the many uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as new evidence suggesting that children aren't immune to ...

Children must use caution in park

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It was good to see the kids enjoying the Beaty playground, which opened up last week. I pray they will be safe as they have fun this summer. However, I did see something that disturbed me. A girl about 9 or 10 was walking inside the overflow fence of the Conewango Creek on the ...

We can open up quicker

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In regards to "Going green" (May 23), I think it is terrible that all of these businesses were closed in the first place. They would know how to control distancing so they should have been able to stay open. I think it is time that all of the businesses in our town open ...

Our opinion: Remember on this day

Our Opinion

Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer. Residents here and around the northeast will likely venture out, take to the grills and gather with family as they always have done. Heading to services to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedoms, however, is one holiday tradition ...

He knew just where to fish

Local Commentaries

When I was growing up in Erie, my bedroom was also a family “trophy room” of sorts. Looming over the head of my bed on the wall was the large mounted head of a 12-point buck white-tailed deer which one of my older half-brothers had shot. On the wall right over my bed was the snarling ...

Try a modern victory garden

Local Commentaries

Some of my friends and I were recently sharing stories of our grandparents’ and parents’ gardening experiences. My dad’s family had a fruit and vegetable farm in what is now the suburbs of Pittsburgh. It was the main source of income as they would take the fresh produce into ...

Our Opinion: Particularly upsetting

Our Opinion

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Getting our attention?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I am not a pastor, priest, lay person, etc. I am just a person who knows we are in trouble—I’m a sinner saved by grace. I know who is in charge and has the answer. That is God Almighty; Jesus, His Son; and Holy Spirit, the Comforter. In the bible there was Pharaoh who ...

Our Opinion: Learning our lessons

Our Opinion

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

Kudos to golf courses

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Kudos and thanks to the owners and management of Blueberry and Jackson Valley golf courses for their adhering to the CDC guidance during this very troubling time. We must all be cognizant of the consequences that may occur if we don’t remain vigilant. Keeping the social ...

Our Opinion: Just find ways to get it done

Our Opinion

Thousands of older Americans may have died needlessly because we as a nation did not heed an early wakeup call regarding COVID-19. It is not too late to save thousands of others. On Feb. 26, two residents of the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, died of COVID-19. The ...

Wearing masks

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I would like to thank the people who don’t wear masks when going into stores that require them. Thank you to the stores that don’t enforce mask wearing. Thank you to the people that wear a mask to enter a store and then remove it while shopping. Thank you to the families ...

City additions

Letters To Editor

We wanted to send a big Thank You to all involved for the beautiful new playground at Beaty. Our two-year-old son woke up every morning wanting to go watch the construction and will enjoy using it for years to come. Just another great addition to a family-friendly community. And we wanted to ...

Population would benefit from opening businesses

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, When the Coronavirus problem first became apparent I was terrified. New data has come out that has changed that thinking. I am concerned that in most cases, isolation may not be necessary. It may also create a bigger problem because you can’t gain immunity isolating at ...

Our Opinion: Curbs on government

Our Opinion

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of ...

The path forward

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Certainly America walks a very fine line between effectively managing this pandemic and getting our economy up and running once again. It is crucial to realize that this is not a choice between one or the other, and that efforts to achieve both of these intertwined goals must ...

Our Opinion: On the front lines, too

Our Opinion

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 epidemic. An episode last week reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters ...