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Our Opinion

Our opinion: A picture worth a thousand words

The photo that ran with a Center Square story detailing state lawmakers’ deal on the state’s 2024-25 budget speaks more loudly than any sound bite state lawmakers could give. Democrats smiled broadly for the camera. Republicans were absent. One could argue Republicans were basically ...

Our opinion: Let us not forget we are Americans

In the moments following the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump Saturday, there was horror and confusion. Trump emerged defiant from the pile of Secret Service members who rushed to protect him, but as the nation breathed a sigh of relief we learned the attack had, indeed, ...

Our opinion: A nice addition to three downtowns

City and county officials are making a nice addition to three county downtowns that capitalizes on one of the county’s biggest tourism assets. A state Department Conservation and Natural Resources grant through the Route 6 Alliance is covering the cost for bike racks and repair stations in ...

Our opinion: Change in planting policies good news — but telling

It is good news that the state Department of Transportation will, under a new law, discontinue the planting of non-native or “invasive” species along Pennsylvania’s roadways. But it is also illustrative of certain underlying principles. The challenges of invasive species and their ...

Our opinion: Be wary of growing government

What happens with a state park near the border of Pennsylvania and Maryland created in 2022 doesn’t much concern us here in Warren County. Most of us, after all, will never set foot in the Big Elk Creek State Park. But the controversy over improvements to the park does have an impact ...

Our opinion: Special ed needs more attention

Unfunded mandates, products of the federal and state governments, do not sit well with local-level units of government. Neither do those mandates sit well with school districts and institutions of higher learning, especially as they are trying to prepare and balance new budget ...