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Our Opinion

Editor’s corner: Thompson’s stance mirrors constituents

There appears to be no in between for U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson. In the last week, our newspaper have heard from readers who are proud he stood his ground during the certification of the November election. Other are just plain upset. While announcing his opposition, Thompson made some ...

Biden’s call for a ‘better’ U.S.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy used his inaugural address as a time to ask Americans to look to the greater good. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” Kennedy said in one of the most often quoted lines from ...

Alternate ideas on parking rules

Some Warren residents will no longer have to move their car to comply with alternate parking regulations in the city. While it would be nice if a pilot project didn’t last 15 years, it’s at least good to see city officials revisit alternate parking in some areas and realize the benefits ...

Timing has been right for district

Warren County students should be back in their classrooms on Jan. 26. That’s good news, but a look back at the situation the district was facing in late November shows board members made a good decision to move to remote learning for December and January. Between Thanksgiving and the end ...

State makes strides with vaccine

Give credit where it’s due -- Pennsylvania officials and local officials are rolling out a much smoother COVID-19 vaccination process than New York state. All states have their own vaccination phases. For Pennsylvania, Phase 1B includes everyone over 75 years of age and various professional ...

In city, it’s more than a hotel

Downtown hotel. Downtown hotel. Downtown hotel. Well, at least we’ve got your attention now. We’re not prepared to take a position in favor or in opposition to the proposed downtown hotel project yet. The reality of the situation is that there was no project to have an opinion on ...

Care facilities at center of virus crisis

What is happening at nursing homes across our region is extremely heartbreaking. Since the pandemic began, our most vulnerable for contracting COVID-19 are those whose health has been compromised or the senior population. Sadly, recent numbers are proving that once the virus enters a nursing ...

Post office leadership fails U.S.

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

No reason to rally for resignation

Calls for Sen. Doug Mastriano to resign from office for attending last week’s Washington, D.C., rally in support of President Donald Trump are, at least for now, premature. Mastriano admits attending the rally. It’s hard for him to deny it —the Friends of Doug Mastriano organized a bus ...

Some favorable local figures

There is at least one good bit of economic news for our county. Unemployment has decreased from October’s 6.5% to 5.8% in Warren County. That’s nearly a full percentage point higher than it was in November 2019, but a sign of improvement in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. More ...

Keeping business afloat at pandemic

Jim Decker, president and chief executive officer of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, is right about one thing — government alone will not help Warren County businesses climb out of the hole the COVID-19 pandemic has placed them in. Government can assist, and it will be ...

Our opinion: New eyes for city development

Something Vince DeJoy, Warren’s new planner, said last week is interesting in light of the ongoing community discussion of a new hotel in Breeze Point Landing. “I also want to get to know people that live and do business here to get their thoughts and input on future development plans ...

‘Scary’ surge is more than number

Late Tuesday evening, a registered nurse took to Facebook to share her plight regarding the rapid COVID-19 increases that are taking a toll on every portion of this region. Her plea was simple and to the point: right now, the virus is “scary.” “Listen up ... ! I praised you for keeping ...

Editor’s corner: ‘Scary’ surge is more than number

Late Tuesday evening, a registered nurse took to Facebook to share her plight regarding the rapid COVID-19 increases that are taking a toll on every portion of this region. Her plea was simple and to the point: right now, the virus is “scary.” “Listen up ... ! I praised you for keeping ...

Our opinion: We must all strive for unity

“I toast democracy not alone for what it is, but chiefly for what it may become; not merely for what it has done, but also for what it makes possible for us and our children to do. ... It leaves our destiny with no limitations except those which our own minds impose and no pitfalls except ...

Close connections to playoffs

Has there ever been a time so many area pro football fans have been ready for the playoffs? Three teams closely connected to our region — Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland — have qualified for the postseason. It all kicks off with the Bills on Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting the Indianapolis ...

Our opinion: Do the next smart thing – get a vaccine

For a region that went months with only a handful of cases, last week’s news that Warren County had averaged nearly two COVID-19-related deaths a day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day was shocking. The number — 14 in a week — should be enough to make people sit up and take ...

Our opinion: State must focus on drug battle

With such a steady flow of breaking news relating to the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election for months, many Pennsylvania residents, including some people here, have not focused attention on some other noteworthy stories that at other times would have grasped their ...

Our opinion: Maintaining transparency in pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, which are required under the Sunshine Act to meet publicly at times and places advertised to the public in advance, have had to be creative to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of everyone — including the members of ...

Our opinion: First responders are lifesavers

Thank goodness for the well-trained and quick-thinking of Warren County Sheriff’s deputies who, three times in the past few weeks, have saved the lives of Warren County residents. Deputy Randy Ickert responded with the City of Warren Fire Department for a report of a 25-year-old female who ...