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Local Commentaries

It’s easy to go green on St. Patrick’s Day

I know I’ve missed it by a day, but if there is any holiday worthy of a one day hangover, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. With a bit of the luck of the Irish, you may have some leftover corned beef as we do, or maybe a few scraps of Irish soda bread. I’ve never managed to enjoy Guinness, but ...

There’s a catch to finding the right glove

I am not an expert in clothing, but how hard is it to wear a glove properly? I was a baseball player in my younger days. And, I’ve been a baseball player again for the past two years. Apparently, I’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. Since I joined the Jamestown and Area Old ...

Having a global grid solves energy dilemmas

Rick Perry, formerly Texas governor and head of the federal Energy Department, blames recent Texas power outages on increased use of wind and solar power there: “If wind and solar is where we’re headed, the last 48 hours ought to give everybody a real pause. ... We need to have a baseload. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...