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Opinion

Unexpected blessings

Local Commentaries

"Life is what happens when you are making other plans," said John Lennon. I really believe that. Those who are stuck in a rigid schedule frustrate when things go awry. Many times, if we are open to change, we may find that it is not so bad. It may not have been part of our plans, but it ...

Fourteen years

Local Commentaries

Monday was a heavy gray day. A woman walking toward me in the Walmart parking lot smiled. He swept her arm over her head and asked, “Marcy, are you going to write about this?” Not quite sure what she meant, but tickled that this stranger knew me, I replied, “What, the Walmart ...

Accident season: ‘Look out for the crazies’

Local Commentaries

Our polite neighbor on the river, Arlene, advised my wife and me one day last summer to “look out for the ‘crazies,’ there’s a lot of them” as we were about to drive back to our home in Boardman. Although Arlene and her husband, Ron, now live in California, they are from the ...

The Christmas cactus takes center stage

Local Commentaries

With my summer flowers composted and my perennial garden enjoying its winter’s rest, my attention turns to my house plants. Taking center stage right now is my Christmas cactus. Schlumbergera bridgessii is a winter flowering house plant that makes a wonderful addition to anyone’s plant ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

I do not recall Dear Editor, Donald J. Trump, when asked pertinent questions regarding the Ukraine episode following the first day of the impeachment hearings, stated emphatically that he did not recall certain discussions vis-a-vis those particular conversations. A man who flouts his ...

Idolatry

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” This admonition from the Apostle John is as relevant today as it was when it was written almost 2000 years ago. Although we don’t see people literally bowing down and worshipping inanimate objects today, we do see many ...

Our Opinion: Clearly, still a problem

Our Opinion

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn't a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. A recent Associated Press story covered two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. The black boy had been ...

Our Opinion: Reprisal must be swift

Our Opinion

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week - nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists - cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

‘The Veteran’

Local Commentaries

“When I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for me?” And I said, “Here I am, Send me!” — Isaiah 6:8. “The United States of America, as a nation, sleeps peaceably at night because we as a military stand ready to do violence on their ...

Maybe it’s time for a GPS

Local Commentaries

Likely the situation with GPS is similar to that of high tech sonar when Lake Erie walleye fishing got very popular in 1980, a lot more people own them than know how to use them. Especially those among us who are not tech-heads, the hicks and the old. I am eminently qualified to write on this ...

‘Fiscally irresponsible’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The Warren County School District is being as fiscally responsible with our tax dollars as a 5-year-old at a candy counter with a $5 bill in hand. The vote at their meeting Monday evening merging Youngsville and Sheffield’s jr. high wrestling teams with Warren’s was to say ...

This is my father’s world

Local Commentaries

When I heard our church organist play “This Is My Father’s World” as part of her prelude a couple of weeks ago it brought back vivid memories. When I was young, I went to church camp. Each morning and each evening we had a prayer service - they were called matins and vespers. The matins ...

History

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, “Those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it!” Without a doubt, if Donald Trump was present in the 1930s, he would’ve been a great admirer of Adolf Hitler, just like many other prominent Americans like Charles Lindberg. He would have seen a great ...

Election Day

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, There were certainly many serious problems with the November 5 election which obviously must be fixed before the next round, but I can state that at the Warren Central voting location (Courthouse), everything went as smoothly as could be. The new machines worked perfectly; one ...

Impeachment of a country

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, President Trump is not being impeached and will not be. He will be reelected by the greatest landslide in history in both the electoral college and the popular vote in 2020. Our country is being impeached, along with the constitution, our culture, the existence of truth, equal ...

Our Opinion: Exercising our right to vote

Our Opinion

There were long lines at the polls on Tuesday. And, quite possibly, a swear word or two uttered under one’s breath. But, let’s look at the bright side; for as many lines or even rumors or Facebook posts (sometimes one and the same) as we heard on Wednesday, there were... lines. For a ...

Our Opinion: Forward thinkers

Local News

We need representatives that aren't afraid to put themselves out there. Representatives that aren't afraid to be the unpopular voice in the room. Not afraid to look past the complaining in front of their face... in order to do what's best for ... all of us. Spock said it best: "The needs of ...

A defining moment

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, With the impeachment process now formally underway and gaining momentum, it is crucial to fully grasp the central issue now facing America: is a President above the law and able to do whatever he or she wishes with no consequences or accountability? If so, then our ...

A unique experience, to say the least

Local Commentaries

One of my Erie nieces was married to an Air Force veteran who spoke of having known fellow servicemen at Thule Air Force Base in northern Greenland who had become afflicted with what they called the "Thule Big Eye" caused by the lack of sleep they suffered due to 24 hours of daylight during the ...

We’ve seen a lot of changes!

Local Commentaries

My generation has seen a myriad of changes. When I think of all the things that have changed through the years it makes me tired - no, I did not say old, but I guess that is probably true as well. Take the telephone. When I was young, we had one telephone in the house. Grandma's was in the ...