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Local Commentaries

Keep politics out of the courts

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

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

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 ...

Waging a war in the garage

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. ...

‘Glimmer of good’ is never far away

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

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 ...

Harassment on the phone

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 ...

Wolf must be accountable in failed pandemic policies

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

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 ...

Thinking about the future

A church in this area posted a sign that said, “We know who holds the future.” That immediately made me think of a song that Dick and I sang together in church. I think we sang it for Easter Sunday. Since my daughter has the piano at this point, she also has all of the books of music. ...

The driver’s license is a rite of passage

Do you remember the excitement of getting your driver’s license? Oh, the freedom. The big deal of it all! And the games that had to be played with the keeper of the keys: “I’ll drop off the dry cleaning and pick up milk if I can go to Julie’s house for just a little while. Please?” ...

City park offers the ‘potential’ for tourism

As a founding member of the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association, I can’t help but notice that the conversation surrounding Washington Park is once again placing the mountain bike sport in an undeserving negative spotlight. I find this ironic, since a good share of our planned ...

A realistic climate agenda for our environment

There are many things Pennsylvania state government should do this year to address climate change — but won’t — given the political composition of the state legislature. But a few significant things are possible. Pennsylvania emitted about two hundred and fifteen million metric tons of ...

Love is in the air

During your lifetime you meet many people who profoundly affect your life. Some are casual relationships while others are lasting ones. Years ago, I read a book about the people you will meet in heaven. Some of them you have met before while others are new relationships. I read with ...

A need for speed no matter the age

There’s a quirkiness about being older that reaches out and grabs me occasionally. It’s the disconnect between being old and feeling old. Many of my friends agree. “I was 39 the other day, I blinked, and I got THIS?!” No fair. Advanced years take your speed. I want my body to do what ...

Familiar name keeps link to NFL

I’d like to introduce former NFL offensive lineman Lilja and former NFL offensive lineman Lilja -- no relation. While watching a recent football game, a reporter saw a name that caught his eye. It must have been an ad for ESPN’s Peyton’s Places. Peyton Manning was talking about why ...

Cooking up new ideas

​During this pandemic I have done a lot of cooking and baking. Friday night date night has ended up to be Friday night date night at home. That is really all right with me since I like to cook. Coming up with the menus is the issue. I try to have different things for us to eat. ​I have ...

High costs of COVID, but some savings

Almost every calamity that happens in our lives cost money, sometimes big bucks. But when it’s a fire, a flood, a hurricane or a mudslide, the human cost is exponentially more expensive than the act of nature. I don’t think anyone ever gets over the anguish of losing loved ones, their home, ...

Dark day in January has put party, country in disarray

By JAMES E. SCHRADER Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, is a date that will be seared in our minds for the rest of our lives. It is the day that violent, armed insurgents tried to overthrow our government and subvert their will on our duly elected government officials and overturn a valid and legal ...

Rural areas still miss link to Internet

Late last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed two pieces of legislation that will help deploy broadband to our state’s rural areas. Act 98 of 2020 relaxed restrictions on the ability of Pennsylvania electric cooperatives, cable companies and other entities to attach broadband units ...