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Local Commentaries

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...