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Local Commentaries

The world needs some good boxes

“What are you doing with those boxes in the dining room?” was Dear Richard’s question last weekend. Every Sunday night, Richard drags a big, black, trash bag through the house. When he is finished, he has emptied all the wastebaskets into the one bag for easy hauling to the end of the ...

Wolf edicts take toll on economy

In the face of an emerging crisis, swift and extraordinary action can be warranted. This was certainly true last March, when Gov. Tom Wolf-confronting a deadly, mysterious virus-issued a disaster declaration that granted him emergency powers. There was little time to debate details and build ...

Uncle’s rich history benefits region

Although both were “Erie success stories” in their own chosen lives, my father and my maternal uncle were about as different as two people could be with the same general ethnic background and who similar environments as they faced the challenges of their respective lives This seems rather ...

The power of touch

For the past 10 months the sense of touch has been severely limited. We have never seen anything like this. I was led to believe that touch was essential to our being. After all, when babies are born the first thing they remember is being held. Studies have been done with babies and touch. ...

In time of separation, reach out to others

Reach out and touch Someone COVID’s devastation has invaded all our lives. Whether you have had it or not, living with the pandemic’s rules has changed everything … for everybody. Our very survival, family economics, and future well-being are all in jeopardy. Our smiles are masked and ...

America can begin to move past ‘shameful’ day

There are no words which can adequately capture the unbelievably terrifying and shameful nature of the events of Jan. 6. Sadly, this was the predictable culmination of four years of hateful and inflammatory rhetoric, relentless and manipulative propaganda and disinformation, and the ...

They’re all different

This has not yet been a winter with a lot of snow, but I am sure more of it is coming. When the grandchildren were young, we often took out the sleds and ran down through the lawn. We made snowmen and had snowball fights. We went skiing on some rather primitive skis. If there was snow in ...

When the nose does not always know

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Juliet in Shakespeare’s play. Well, Juliet was only half right — she never had COVID-19. Last week, I wrote about my COVID lingering effects, including the loss of taste and all its frustrations. But as the symptoms hang on, I ...

No ‘justice’ in rep’s vote

When Warren County’s Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson recites the Pledge of Allegiance, does he shut his ears when he gets to “and to the Republic for which it stands”? Does he go wink-wink as he repeats the Pledge’s conviction that America is an “indivisible” nation that ...

No ‘justice’ in rep’s vote

When Warren County’s Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson recites the Pledge of Allegiance, does he shut his ears when he gets to “and to the Republic for which it stands”? Does he go wink-wink as he repeats the Pledge’s conviction that America is an “indivisible” nation that ...

Viewing the above

When it is a clear night the sky at this time of the year is positively beautiful. I remember when my daughter and her children were staying with me. Their home was being renovated. One night when we came home from shopping I took the time to locate the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and the Little ...

Finding details in father’s footsteps

Material recently forwarded on to me from a distant relative in southern Sweden who is very good with tracing genealogical records on his computer, coupled with data previously sent by the same party, indicate that although my father may have left the Old World at a young age, there were some ...

Navigating the new

A couple weeks ago I made the mistake of asking my husband if there was something that he was hungry for that I could make for Christmas. He told me he was hungry for Koldormer. Now, I knew what koldormer was, but I had never made it. He told me his first wife had a Swedish cookbook that she ...

Anyone mend any more?

On my Facebook feed a picture of some mended pants and socks appeared this past week. It asked who had worn clothes that were mended. I quickly pressed like to indicate that I had worn clothes that were mended. That got me to thinking. I do not think people mend clothes any more. If ...

Trail system ‘great choice’ for park

I am responding to the commentary “Preserving Washington Park must be a priority moving forward” (Dec. 5). As a lifelong resident of the Warren area and a person who enjoys the outdoors, I agree that Washington Park is a cherished resource. The view from the park is a grand reminder of the ...

State House needs reform

Who decides what bills become laws in Pennsylvania? Is the voice of the people heard? Does every Representative have a fair say? On the first day of every Legislative Session, legislators vote to set the rules that answer these and other key questions. Those who write the rules might consider ...

Be ‘grateful’ for our caregivers

Too many friends have lost their lives, too many friends have lost their businesses, and too many children have lost the innocence of their youth during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a year we would all like to shed from our memories. A once in a generation global pandemic coupled ...

State reps did little to ‘defend’ Constitution

I’m proud to be a U.S. citizen. I was sworn in as a naturalized U.S. citizen in front of family and friends on Feb. 28, 2003, in the federal courthouse in Erie. One of the privileges I gained that day was the right to vote. I was already paying U.S. taxes and had followed the law by signing ...

Be proud of park’s timber, oil history

Warren Boro and Warren County prospered and grew from the timber and oil businesses. And those industries still play a big part in our current economy. When you stand in Washington Park and overlook the city you can see all that timber and oil brought us. Most of the buildings in downtown ...

Holiday season has special star

When I lived at home my mother had a piece of sheet music titled “Star of the East.” I really liked the song so I learned how to play the piece. Years later, I found a book of Christmas songs that had that same piece in it. I was overjoyed because now I had my own copy of the ...