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Our Opinion

Editor’s corner: Rural votes have clout in November

Pennsylvania is one of the key battle-ground states when voters across the nation take to the polls in 38 days. According to a new Franklin and Marshall College poll released on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by nine points. Around here, you ...

Show urgency with stimulus

Despite an effort by a bipartsan coalition of dozens of members of Congress in the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, N.Y., is co-chair, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is ...

Our opinion: Ruling halts Wolf’s big grab

While many people — perhaps Gov. Tom Wolf most of all — may have been surprised by last week’s ruling from U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV, we were not among them. Stickman struck down most of the COVID-19 restrictions Wolf has left in place for several months as ...

Impressive work in drug bust

Applause to all of the police officers involved in the investigation into a Mexican-based meth cartel operating from a Grand Valley farm. Local police and prosecutors teamed with federal and state law enforcement on an investigation that resulted in indictments charging 16 people with ...

Our opinion: Great justice ‘inspired’ many

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

Our opinion: Pursue ‘mountain of opportunity’

It’s been years since the Grunderville landfill and the Girl Scouts’ Camp Birdsall Eady have had much use to the public. Recent discussions between Warren County and the Allegheny National Forest to redevelop both sites may change that unfortunate fact. County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston ...

Visiting the home where Pennsylvania’s elk roam

BENEZETTE — We were not disappointed. Right at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 12 as sub 60-degree temperatures surrounded the open area, they slowly moved out of the wooded areas. Herds of the elk began grazing near one of the eastern trails. Taking their time, one by one, they made their way closer. Then ...

Plan ahead to vote by mail

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about voter fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — ...

Our opinion: Take high road with signs

Call it a sign of the times. Political placards in the city of Warren — as well as other portions of Pennsylvania — have begun to use some words that do not sit well with some. Many of these signs have something to do with the upcoming presidential election. As far as city Manager Nancy ...

Area restaurants need your support

In what we would call welcome news, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that beginning Sept. 21, restaurants will be permitted to increase how many indoor dine-in customers may permissibly be served at one time — moving back to 50% of “normal” capacity or exactly what it was when the ...

Participation a problem for council

It’s disappointing to see such lackluster participation in Council of Governments meetings. Roughly 20 municipalities weren’t represented at all at the most recent meeting while seven municipalities were recently represented by staff instead of council members. If the council is to ...

‘Tenuous time’ for all campuses

Centre County has become an unfortunate example of how higher education has recently been contributing to spikes in COVID-19. According to the Centre Daily Times in State College, the number of infections from March until the middle of August was 392 cases. Then came Penn State University. ...

Virus relief can do without politics

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Our opinion: Attending as good sports

There is normally one thing that takes away from the disappointment of summer’s end: that is the fall athletic season. While some programs are already underway, others begin this week. One of the biggest questions these events have brought, comes from some of the biggest fans — the ...

Our opinion: A testament to workers

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...

Case rise demands attention

This upcoming holiday weekend could be the most pivotal three days in Warren County’s battle with COVID-19 since the middle of March and the month of April when the pandemic began. Already, as this newspaper has reported, there has been one positive case in our schools. That did not take ...

Our opinion: A case for COVID-19 disclosures

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Our opinion: Getting in gear on parking garage

City of Warren officials will have to make a decision on the Clark Street Parking Garage. The 15-year-old structure, which was rehabilitated in 2011, is showing signs of wear and tear. It is now up to officials to figure out how long the term for repairs should be. Members were presented ...

Our opinion: Praise for effort by YMCA

Many residents, especially our youth, have not had the opportunities to keep a regular schedule over the last six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In early March, Gov. Tom Wolf decided to move learning to a remote platform and shutdown the schools. This not only impacted a way of ...

Our opinion: Extra caution on roads

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...