First, just a reaction. Recently, a reader expressed discontent that letter writers should be limited to once a month.
I disagree. It is a modest restriction and without it, those like myself who delight in pounding opinions into the keyboard would bore the public even more ...
Voting is not as important as it used to be. Years ago it was effective, but not anymore.
I listened to a DVD featuring the late George Carlin explaining why he does not vote. I think he has good reasoning. He states that most politicians do things wrong and screw things up. ...
President Donald Trump does not want us to be able to vote safely in the national election on Nov. 3 because he thinks mail-in voting will result in his defeat. To this end, he is interfering with the delivery of the mail by the U.S. Postal Service.
He wants ...
What’s in a promise?
Sometimes while traveling thought town, I see signs saying, “Promises Made, Promises Kept” and I wonder just what promises were made and kept.
So I researched it and found there were more than 100 promises made but few kept. A sampling:
¯ Better ...
Encouragement for our local hospital
Your recent “op ed” referring to the WGH fiscal turnaround and the information regarding other regional rural hospitals hopefully will encourage ongoing support for our local Warren General Hospital. That support for our local ...
Policy limits views
With all due respect, it is my opinion that you are purposefully or accidentally denying both conservatives and liberals their rights to freedom of speech by limiting them to one letter to the editor per month in which to state their opinions and/or facts ...
Outlaws and disorder
Our world is certainly in chaos with the riots and outright murders of several people, regardless of race or religion.
I am all for peaceful protests, but the mayors of some of the biggest riots are all Democrats: Ted Wheeler, Portland Ore., Lori ...
Signs of divided times
My husband and I are Democrats. On our road, as the election draws nearer, more and more Trump 2020 signs pop up on neighbors lawns each day. To be honest, when I pass one of those signs I often shake my head in disbelief wondering, what is it about the ...
Is it time for change?
I have been so impressed lately with liberal Democratic views on so many issues that I’m considering changing my party affiliation from Constitution to Democrat.
I was exuberant when they cited the Constitution when it came to the impeachment trial ...
Taking a stand
Last Saturday my interview with the Times Observer made the front page about my experience at the 60th day of protests in Portland, Ore. I received both positive and negative comments from readers.
I was nervous doing an interview and I felt as though I could ...
Bumpy ride begins
This coronavirus pandemic continues to rage unchecked through our nation, with almost 5 million known infections and over 160,000 deaths — the highest such rates in the world. And these numbers are rising. The impact of this on our economy and the lives ...
Cleaning the court
The excellent job on the bocce court was done by the Boy Scouts, so I was told. That’s the best the court has looked in a long time!
I would also tell people who let their children disrupt the court by playing and digging on it are not paying attention to ...
Out front on Porch Day
Warren Front Porch Day will begin on Saturday. The concept began as a conversation with several men from Warren over 20 years ago at a retreat.
When I retired this April, Gary Lester said to me maybe it is time to bring the vision and the concept to ...
Proud to believe
I am a Democrat and combat vet. I believe in one country for all races and all religions.
I believe in one flag for this country, as me and my brothers fought for the “Starts and Stripes” not the “Stars and Bars,” which to me is a traitor’s flag. ...
We need some heroes
Here is your chance to be a hero. Who doesn’t want to be a hero?
A hero is someone who takes action to reduce the risk of someone becoming very sick or dying. By following a few simple steps you can be a hero, today!
Step 1: Wear a mask or face ...
Mayhem from the left
Defunding and dismantling the police that protect us cannot be allowed to continue; there are citizens who are caught in the middle of areas of unrest struggling to survive. They have no recourse except to stay where they are and hope that they can stay ...
Are we ‘doomed?’
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people laying their masks on the table in restaurants. Think about it. If you have or are carrying the virus and do not know it, you have a good chance of infecting someone else. I know that they are supposed to ...
Allowing trees to live
I read a recent letter “Seeing forest from trees” (July 8) with interest. The writer was correct. There are very few 400-year-old trees in the Allegheny National Forest. It is because these magnificent giants were all cut down!
Only 2% of the entire ...
The long and short of it
Regional editor John D’Agostino told readers on July 25 that letters to the Times Observer are important. Here’s how to get people to read them.
Short is smart. A half a column, better yet a third of a column, almost guarantees people will read ...
Pride in Warren
When I read the article “First-ever Pride Day held in Warren” it was clear to me that there are so many caring people in Warren.
We should always treat one another with kindness and understanding. It is true we must not be judgmental, which is ...