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Local Commentaries

Don’t let ‘our guard down’ with COVID-19

Dear Editor, The recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the United States is a serious reminder of the strength and longevity of this pandemic. Western Pennsylvania is not immune to the increased number of cases. There have been more than 1,000 deaths and over 45,000 in our 14-county region ...

River memories frozen in time

I have spent a rather long life mostly in the communities of Erie, Youngstown and Warren which if joined by straight lines would create a rough triangle. I have traveled between the points of this triangle countless times. And I have witnessed marked environmental changes at all three of ...

Thanksgiving is family

I found a poem written by Edgar A. Guest at the beginning of the twentieth century. He began his career at the age of 14 in 1895. His column was syndicated in over three hundred newspapers. He became known as “The Poet of the People.” Thanksgiving ‘Twas this the mother always ...

Election of Biden is a step in wrong direction for U.S.

To all my liberal leftist friends and to all those others on the left that feel I am a deplorable, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, bigot and a sub-species of humanity that is irredeemable, be prepared for that is exactly what you get with China Joe Hiddin Sleepy Biden! ...

Unprecedented vote complicated, but not full of flaws

By DR. KAREN BLACK This seems to be a good time to address the many questions that have arisen from this month’s unprecedented election. It was unique in American history for many reasons, but let’s try to clear up a few things. First, the tension started building early in the season ...

It’s an ‘impossibility’ to eliminate oil, gas

Most likely this will not make it to print before the election so this is just to inform some people as to what may or may not be. One party has their platform of doing away with the oil and gas industry. Only a fool would know that this is an impossibility. Throughout this letter any word ...

Developing a trail system is best for Washington Park

In regard to the Nov. 12 article on Washington Park master planning, I would strongly encourage the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider the development of a modest trail system within the park. This system would not need to be a “destination-style” system ...

U.S. in electoral mess

It is now five days after the election and we have no definitive answer as to who won. I know there were other times when the results were not known, but that was back in the horse and buggy days. With today’s technology things ought to be better and not worse. It would appear that most ...

As Americans, it is our duty to offer thanks to veterans

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily demands of life — errands, appointments, meetings, shopping — each day throughout each week lasting each month all the year through. But there are two times each year, we, as Americans, should hit the brakes, turn off the cell phones, shut down ...

Legalizing drugs ‘a mockery’ to our society

The flood gates to legalize and decriminalize all drugs is finally here. I said this movement would happen from day one. Who comes up with these detrimental ideas to society? It’s actually an easy question to answer. Individuals that don’t really care about others well-being and are more ...

River’s future is anything but clear sailing

Conditions were fine for canoeing on the Allegheny River during much of the early fall. The weather was fairly warm, and thanks to the abnormally dry weather, the river was low. The daily discharge rate from the Kinzua Dam seemed to be below 2,000 cfs (cubic feet per second). I could travel ...

View from Hickory Heights: Celebrating with those who served

Years ago, I listened to a speaker share the words of a song. I was impressed by what he said so I asked him to give me the title of the song. He complied. When I looked it up, I had a better understanding of why we celebrate our veterans. I want to share this with you today as we prepare ...

Masks are not just for Halloween in this era

Masks are now everywhere. And not just covering faces. Masks advertised in catalogues. Masks in internet ads. Masks littering the ground presumably accidently dropped. Masks hanging from rear view mirrors. Masks making statements. Homemade masks. Makeshift masks. How much more will we make of ...

A mountain of garbage

There have been some good things happen because of the pandemic. Families, those who live together, have spent more time together. Parents have been held accountable for their children’s education. That was sure an eyeopener for some of them. I am sure that parents were not prepared for ...

Not all messages heard in communication explosion

Mankind is a categorizing, cautious, and discriminating species. We have real categories such as by culture, ethnicity, nationality, and religion. But there is only one race—that being the human race. The aforementioned categories may form sub-groups of the human race, but they are not ...

Clean Slate initiative offers second chance

Earlier this year, House Bill 2050 was introduced — a measure to allow for the legal sale of adult-use cannabis through a permitting structure for growers, processors, and dispensaries. There are several great components contained in this bill, including provisions to help our youth, support ...

U.S., voters have choice of two paths

So America has finally reached this historically critical crossroads, where two very different paths beckon. On one path is the man who currently occupies the White House, insisting that he deserves a second (and even third) term based on what he has done thus far. Indeed, he has done many ...

Thinking outside the box

All of the organizations that need funding have had to become inventive since there are no events being held in person these days. I just heard that a football coach tested positive for COVID on Wednesday, and has since had three negative tests so he will be on the sideline for his team. What ...

There’s no watering down major forest fires

Paul Wetzl, the chief meteorologist for TV station WKBN in Youngstown, said recently that in his long career with the station he had never given a forecast that called for overcast skies filled with smoke the following day as he was about to give that early evening. The smoke, which did make ...

Why COVID lockdown is worrisome

The United States has suffered worse epidemics (for example, smallpox and the Spanish Flu) and emergencies (for example, the Civil War and World War II) than COVID. Yet the government never before locked down the people similar to what just happened. The American people will regret allowing ...