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Opinion

Traffic circles growing trend

Our Opinion

Motorists across the region are likely to get a sense of anxiety when this word appears: roundabout. No matter where you live, unless maybe in England, traffic circles that replace signals on major roads and streets are sure to bring opposition. In Warren, construction on a traffic circle at ...

Keep politics out of the courts

Local Commentaries

Judicial philosophy should not be partisan, and it certainly should not be geographical. But a bill circulating through our state legislature right now threatens to make it both. House Bill 38 would abolish the statewide elections by which Pennsylvanians choose appellate court judges and ...

Editor’s corner: Traffic circles a growing trend

Local Commentaries

Motorists across the region are likely to get a sense of anxiety when this word appears: roundabout. No matter where you live, unless maybe in England, traffic circles that replace signals on major roads and streets are sure to bring opposition. In Warren, construction on a traffic circle at ...

Front-line workers have become everyday heroes

Local Commentaries

If I could speak with the version of myself who existed exactly one year ago today, I’d tell her a few things. First, buy extra rolls of toilet paper before March. While you’re at it, suggest to your mom she look up “face masks” online and start sewing them for the entire ...

Coming to rescue for seniors

Our Opinion

This, Warren County residents, is why it’s important to have organizations like Experience Inc. For more than a month, Experience Inc., the Warren-Forest Agency on Aging, has been offering to help seniors get signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations. The agency has been receiving about 50 calls ...

Waging a war in the garage

Local Commentaries

We have been waiting for a break in the temperatures so we can work in the unheated garage. This is not exactly a joyful undertaking, but we promised ourselves. I don’t mind wearing layers of grubby work clothes, but I can’t sort old letters, sheet music or silk flowers with gloves on. ...

Making sacrifices at schools

Our Opinion

It is time for the Warren County School District and the community to take a hard look at closing one of its school buildings. The $40 million price tag for building renovations over the next five years is enough to warrant looking at a possible building closure, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s clear ...

Taking it slow with senior centers

Our Opinion

Experience Inc. did the right thing in closing its senior centers during the recent COVID-19 spike in Warren and Forest counties. But it’s good to see a soft reopening of senior centers in the area starting next week. The Allegheny Community Center will only be open on Monday, March 8, ...

Editor’s corner: Winds of change coming for grid

Our Opinion

Renewable energy is not a comfortable topic in Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Commonwealth is “endowed with extensive fossil energy resources, is a leading East Coast supplier of coal, natural gas, electricity, and refined petroleum products to the ...

‘Glimmer of good’ is never far away

Local Commentaries

We know it’s coming. The birds sing their signals. The sun makes a reappearance. The temperatures climb a notch above bitterly frigid. The seasons will change. We have come to trust the turning of this earthly orb. Winter will yield. Spring will come. New life will stir. And we will sigh with ...

Relative differences couldn’t break family ties

Local Commentaries

Lakeside Cemetery in Erie, which is located on the city’s East Side next to the site of the former Hammermill Paper Co., is justly renowned for its Gridley Circle, where Navy Capt. Charles V. Gridley is buried. It was Gridley, when captain of the USS Olympia, who received the famous command ...

Too many left in dark in Texas

Our Opinion

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas this month. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

Harassment on the phone

Local Commentaries

Every time my phone rings I feel violated. Why do I feel violated you ask? I feel violated because I do not know the person who is calling me. This week I have had phone calls from all over Pennsylvania, California, Georgia, South Dakota, Florida, and Illinois to name just a few of them. I ...

‘Overwhelming’ support for Rouse

Our Opinion

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, there have been plenty of signs and applause for front-line workers. Right here at home, however, those caregivers received thanks in the form of care packages donated by a community. Earlier this month, a quiet effort raised $1,700 for care packages in ...

Taking on blight in community

Our Opinion

Resuming meetings of the city’s Blighted Property Review Committee won’t solve all of Warren’s blight issues. Jessica Bee, city code official, said she has a list of properties that will eventually be so far gone they can’t be salvaged if action isn’t taken soon. Bringing property ...

No small issue

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, After returning from overseas in 1969, l purchased a brand new 396 Chevelle SS off the showroom floor of Jones Chevrolet here in Warren for $3,175! Today, more than 50 years later, that similar car would cost in excess of $31,750, or a factor of about 10 times! In 1969 the ...

Raising a flag

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, On Saturday Feb. 6 while on my way to a sports store, I observed something out of the ordinary. The American flag flying upside down on a large flag pole on the property next to a church. Being a veteran I knew this wasn’t right so I looked up the meaning to refresh my memory. ...

Editor’s corner: An empire that’s on thin ice

Our Opinion

Politically speaking, Warren and Chautauqua counties are not all that different. Separated by a state line, both face many of the same frustrations. A majority of the residents who lean right politically are being overseen by a state Democratic governor. Going one step further, both counties ...

Wolf must be accountable in failed pandemic policies

Local Commentaries

The truth will set you free. A bombshell recently revealed that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo misled the public about nursing home deaths, triggered by his failed COVID mitigation policies. The fudgy figures resulted in the Cuomo administration under-reporting the number of COVID-19 related ...

Going in circles over traffic issues

Local Commentaries

According to the City Council, within the city we have issues with traffic flow and are attempting to help address them with a roundabout at Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street. Most citizens and many business owners never felt the need or desire to have one. OK, sure, put it in and ...