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Let healing begin

Dear Editor,

This is a response to the editorial (Dec. 11) that President-elect Biden must start the healing process “ending the fierce, sometimes vicious, partisanship that seems to rule Washington.”

Biden, however, has started the literal healing process by stating he will make arrangements for vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of his administration. He will strengthen mask mandates and therefore make reopening schools and businesses more likely to happen in a speedier timeframe in 2021 if we all mask up.

He will reverse the downward environmental spiral by offering proposed legislation to reverse President Donald Trump’s executive orders to heal our planet, which is in jeopardy as seen by the wildfires, huge hurricane season and drought conditions across the country.

This will take into consideration all the people who demonstrated in the past four years and on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (including in Warren County) to enhance clean air, water, renewable energy and returning the USA to the Paris Accords.

Biden has nominated persons of qualified ability for cabinet posts so that their knowledgeable leadership can steer the country in a positive, effective direction. He has listened to the will of the people by dedicating himself to promote Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation and humane, legal immigration policies as thousands rallied in cities far and wide over the past four years.

Now that the Pennsylvania Electoral College and those of other states have confirmed Biden-Kamala Harris as president and vice president, what I hope to see is every American resolving to do their part in their community, family, neighborhood, state, work place to heal. I expect and hope to hear Biden’s inaugural address take on a similar theme to JFK’s 1961 inaugural speech: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”And then I hope that I can do something in some capacity in my corner of the world.

We are called to “heal” by overlooking our differences and seeing the commonalities we share. We can heal by doing our part in moving in a positive direction toward mutual respect and compassion for all.

And we can actually “heal” the gaps between us by cooperating across diversities of opinion. We can dedicate ourselves to taking precautions by masking during COVID-19, social distancing, washing hands and then be responsible citizens by getting a vaccination when available.

Karen Davis,


Investing in Tidioute

Dear Editor,

A major component of winning a JD Power Award is consumer satisfaction. Northwest has won this award numerous years and if you ask the residents of Tidioute the consensus would be never again. In December, the Tidioute branch was one of the banks to be closed by Northwest. This is a hardship for our community not to have banking closer than 15 miles.

I understand we may not have had the customer traffic that corporate would like, but most residents and business owners banked locally.

The building is being sold by Northwest but stipulating another financial institution may not start up a bank.

Northwest chose to discontinue offering banking in Tidioute so they should have no right to dictate if another financial institution wishes to come to town. This community needs a local bank for the residents who are not able to travel out of town or have the ability to perform on line banking. If corporate decided Tidioute was not big enough to offer services than they should not be concerned with competition. I truly hope Northwest sees that Tidioute is in desperate need of a financial institution and they will allow another bank to operate out of the building that has been a bank for many years prior to Northwest starting in Tidioute.

Cynthia Paulmier,



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