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Local Commentaries

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...