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Opinion

Editor’s corner: Taking pride in those who represent

Our Opinion

Excellent local governmental representation that you can trust matters. On today’s opinion page is a piece by William Clinger, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented Warren County. How lucky we were to have him. We also can take pride in U.S. Rep. Glenn ...

Promote fair redistricting

Local Commentaries

Since 2019, I’ve been working with more than 200 other former members of Congress, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, in something called the “Reformers Caucus.” All of us are committed to promoting reforms that could restore Congress as an effective legislative body ...

There are good ideas at home

Local Commentaries

Why is it that our town cannot plan anything without some out-of-town developer, planner, designer, etc.? I guess maybe our leaders don’t feel that there is anyone in the area with any intelligence. Years ago it was the Main Street development. And that planner got it wrong and now there ...

Let all voices be heard with park

Local Commentaries

During the Tuesday, April 6, Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, a comment we received was read to the group in which it was asserted that Washington Park is “underutilized,” and so therefore we urgently need to build a bunch of mountain biking trails there all of a sudden. The ...

Time is right to tend to lawn, garden

Local Commentaries

The weather forecast looks like above average temperatures for April. While we all want to get outside and into our gardens we need to proceed with caution. The lawns this time of year are very fragile. In many places the water cannot wick away because the ground is still frozen. Our flower ...

Biden’s stretch on infrastructure

Our Opinion

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

A favorite pastime

Local Commentaries

When I was growing up roller skating was a favorite pastime. I am talking about the type you did outdoors on sidewalks. I am talking about the type of roller skates that fastened over your shoes. You could not wear sneakers because they did not have a sole that extended for the skates to latch ...

Proposal could grow hunting season

Our Opinion

Traditions are traditions for a reason, so we understand why some — perhaps many — hunters may be opposed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission choosing to combine the firearms buck and doe seasons (the PGC calls them “antlered” and “antlerless” deer seasons) into a single two-week ...

Reason for worries over wildfires

Our Opinion

Wildfires that broke out Thursday illustrate just how dangerous it can be to start fires during a hot, dry spring. Set aside the fact that wildfire could end up being positive for the 100 acres of land that burned last week and consider the fact that the unexpected 100-acre fire was one of ...

Who’s calling the shots in Warren?

Our Opinion

Councilman Christian Zavinski said during last week’s special City Council meeting that he found out the city’s playground program was canceled through a Times Observer breaking news alert. We’re glad to have been of service, but one would think council members would have been notified ...

School of thought

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, A San Francisco news item of March 19 states that “as America reels from its latest spate of deadly hate crimes and racism, educators and civil rights leaders in California called on the state Board of Education to approve the nation’s first state-wide model ethnic studies ...

Bird brains help in solving pecking problem

Local Commentaries

Jealousy makes us do some terrible things. Like ram our heads into windows over and over and over. I was sitting at my dining-room office on Tuesday when I heard tapping at a window behind me. That was odd. I figure my neighbors (and most people) would just walk up to the front door. I went ...

In recovery, we can’t lose sight of small businesses

Local Commentaries

As restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment venues and other small employers look forward to higher capacity limits and fewer restrictions starting April 4, there is a sense of optimism that the worst of this year-long COVID-19 nightmare may finally be behind us. However, reality tells us ...

There are big steps between fact, fiction

Local Commentaries

Famed primatologist Jane Goodall, who spoke before a very large and seemingly rapt audience at Youngstown’s Stambaugh Auditorium a few years ago, had this to say regarding the existence of “Bigfoot.” “I’m fascinated and would actually love for them to exist,” she said in a ...

Immigration plan a starting point

Our Opinion

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to try to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom living in a place where it seems preferable to live in ...

Right call on playground program

Our Opinion

Offering Summer Playground Program Is Right Call The Warren City Council has done the right thing in deciding to hold a Summer Playground Program as well as open the city’s municipal pool this summer. Council members were divided in their vote, but in two separate 4-3 decisions decided ...

Having a nose for finding humiliation

Local Commentaries

Somebody recently asked me, “What was your most embarrassing moment?” Hmm, why would she even assume I’d ever had an embarrassing moment? Then I realized why – she knows me. It’s only a hop, skip and a pratfall from my everyday life to embarrassment. And yes, I certainly have had ...

Task Force needs to keep its focus

Our Opinion

John Hanna, a member of the Trestle-To-Trestle Task Force, and Bob Dilks raised an interesting concern last week that we hope group members and the Warren City Council keep in mind. During a meeting that touched on a wide range of issues from downtown hotels to a new downtown website to new ...

‘Vaccine Passports’ huge intrusion

Our Opinion

For our society to fully return to normal, it’s going to take wide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But a condition of returning to normal cannot be forcing people to have so-called “vaccine passports” to attend gatherings, fly on airplanes or do many other things. Thankfully ...

Cyber schools drain resources

Our Opinion

Amy Stewart, Warren County School District superintendent, is right when she says online learning has a place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While online offerings are needed right now, state officials should take a hard look at cyber charter schools that are not only a drain on local school ...