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Local Commentaries

New holiday shopping era

Boy has Christmas shopping sure changed! Now, many people are shopping online. That has created its own set of problems. Vendors are having trouble getting someone to ship their products. Last night on the news they told people not to go inside stores to shop. How are you going to shop ...

Preserving Washington Park must be priority moving forward

The conflict is more than a century old, dating back at least to California’s famous Hetch-Hetchy dam controversy, and can be generally characterized as the John Muir preservationist vs. “conservation through use” Gifford Pinchot utilitarian dynamic for our natural areas. It is everywhere ...

Giving thanks is a matter of perspective

“Said the little girl as she asked for more, but what is the turkey thankful for?’” I was 4 years old, maybe 5, when I memorized that little rhyme. It has stuck with me all these years not only because it is easy to remember, but also because of the meaning of it. Perspective. Viewing ...

What about our holidays?

Christmas 2020, what will it bring? Certainly, it will be a different kind of Christmas, but each family can make it what they choose to. Our church is once again closed — we would only be allowed to have eight members present anyway — so the ruling body chose to make it online services ...

Team effort is needed to improve elections

Even as counties are still completing critical activities related to the November election, we are already reflecting on our experiences. We applaud the county election offices and the tens of thousands of volunteers for the many challenges that were addressed in an extremely professional ...

Trump still showing lack of leadership

So as President Donald Trump sulks, tweets, fires those deemed insufficiently loyal or obedient, and rages and rants over his election loss while desperately looking for ways to change its outcome, this pandemic surges unabated across our nation, the economy teeters on the brink yet again as a ...

Don’t raise taxes when families are hurting

Pennsylvanians have made tough decisions amid the profound economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Pennsylvanians lost their jobs temporarily or permanently this year. Sadly, families continue to struggle and sacrifice to stay afloat. In the coming state budget debate, lawmakers ...

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 ...