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Our Opinion

Traffic circles 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 ...

Coming to rescue for seniors

This, Warren County residents, is why it’s important to have organizations like Experience Inc. For more than a month, Experience Inc., the Warren-Forest Agency on Aging, has been offering to help seniors get signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations. The agency has been receiving about 50 calls ...

Making sacrifices at schools

It is time for the Warren County School District and the community to take a hard look at closing one of its school buildings. The $40 million price tag for building renovations over the next five years is enough to warrant looking at a possible building closure, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s clear ...

Taking it slow with senior centers

Experience Inc. did the right thing in closing its senior centers during the recent COVID-19 spike in Warren and Forest counties. But it’s good to see a soft reopening of senior centers in the area starting next week. The Allegheny Community Center will only be open on Monday, March 8, ...

Editor’s corner: Winds of change coming for grid

Renewable energy is not a comfortable topic in Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Commonwealth is “endowed with extensive fossil energy resources, is a leading East Coast supplier of coal, natural gas, electricity, and refined petroleum products to the ...

Too many left in dark in Texas

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas this month. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

‘Overwhelming’ support for Rouse

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, there have been plenty of signs and applause for front-line workers. Right here at home, however, those caregivers received thanks in the form of care packages donated by a community. Earlier this month, a quiet effort raised $1,700 for care packages in ...

Taking on blight in community

Resuming meetings of the city’s Blighted Property Review Committee won’t solve all of Warren’s blight issues. Jessica Bee, city code official, said she has a list of properties that will eventually be so far gone they can’t be salvaged if action isn’t taken soon. Bringing property ...

Editor’s corner: An empire that’s on thin ice

Politically speaking, Warren and Chautauqua counties are not all that different. Separated by a state line, both face many of the same frustrations. A majority of the residents who lean right politically are being overseen by a state Democratic governor. Going one step further, both counties ...

Circling back on social media sites

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Task force better late than never

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has been fraught with errors and miscalculations, not only by Washington, but in numerous state capitals as well. The approximately half-million U.S. deaths from the virus — not to mention the millions of people who recovered — deliver a ...

An eye on Northwest’s growth

Northwest Bancshares Inc. officials say the announcement of Columbus as the company headquarters of the holding company won’t affect Warren’s status as the headquarters of Northwest Bank. That’s good — because Warren didn’t need more bad financial news. It was a punch to the gut ...

Another program hurt by pandemic

What have we been missing during the pandemic this past year? Is it the children in our communities who are most at risk? A recent report shined some light on the impact of the pandemic on the availability of foster parents. The number of people willing to take in a foster child reportedly ...

Wolf’s wrongly timed wage plan

Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest push to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania shows just how out-of-touch Wolf can be sometimes. We don’t necessarily disagree with Wolf that the state’s minimum wage is a difficult one for people trying to earn enough money to live on. But who in their right ...

Editor’s corner: There’s a way to stop runaway tax train

City Manager Nancy Freenock was the bearer of bad news earlier this month. In an article by Josh Cotton, the Warren administrator talked about the need to raise taxes. Most of what she was saying is truly out of her control. Warren is no different than many localities in the northeast. This ...

Over-enforcement in Rochester

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Apparent quick trigger on hotel plan

It comes as little surprise that the Warren City Council is poised to stop development of a downtown hotel next week. Staff have been working with a developer out of St. Marys for three years on a proposal that would have brought a Cobblestone Inn & Suites to the riverfront at the ...

Our opinion: Offering assistance for addictions

Two Warren parents have been charged with administering suboxone to a 2-year-old girl who was suffering from withdrawal from suboxone caused by use during the mother’s pregnancy as well as breast feeding. Warren County ranks roughly in the middle of the commonwealth for rate of neonatal ...

Lack of guidance slowing process

State House of Representatives members have taken the first step toward using the Pennsylvania National Guard to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinations across the commonwealth. While the action still needs approval by the state Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf, it’s apparent listening to Rick ...

New urgency needed for vaccines

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We believe the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th -- depending on which report you read -- among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...