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Our Opinion

A blessing to be an American

There has been so much debate over recenty proposed limits regarding gatherings for today’s holiday that we may have forgotten the true spirit of Thanksgiving. And this year, if any, we really do need to be thankful for all that we have. In a year that no one would ever want to relive, ...

Opportunities abound for Council

It is encouraging to see the Warren Council Council of Governments taking a hard look at how the group can help solve some of the county’s most pressing issues. Of course, fire and EMS services are the impetus for these talks, and we hope that the Council of Governments’ strategic ...

Our opinion: ‘Serious discussion,’ open mind

John Wortman makes some sense when he talks about Warren’s pending 2022 budget. Warren can’t simply tax its way out of a looming $1.6 million structural deficit in 2022. A big tax increase to balance that big a deficit will simply send on-the-fence homeowners and businesses running for the ...

Editor’s corner: Winning formulas lead to full fall seasons in sports

What would have been considered a minor feat in years past is definitely quite an accomplishment. Fall sports, which brought plenty of successes and memories, scored big with team members, fans and the community. Never mind the all the wins — in which there were plenty for our football and ...

Our opinion: Trump’s actions may hurt U.S.

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

A native’s significant speech

Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Jackson, a native of Warren County, Pa., and Chautauqua County who by 1945 had already made his mark on the national stage as U.S. Attorney General and a ...

Our opinion: Survey is path for park’s future

There is nothing wrong with having a conceptual plan for Washington Park if and when funding is available. Kicking the tires on a Washington Park project is fine. There should be no worries about time on such a project. COVID-19 is drying up the tax dollars that would pay for a project, after ...

Focus on job, not the tabulating

Over three days last week, no fewer than 14 Republican legislators called for an election audit before results are certified. Of course, that led Democrats to respond with counter-charges that Republicans are engaging in voter supression and shaking the electorate’s faith in the election. ...

Our opinion: Another casualty of COVID-19

About 300 Warren County residents find found themselves on the receiving end of news we all thought may be coming but kept hoping would never arrive. Last week, employees of the BLST Operating Co. notified employees at the Irvine Distribution Center that the local center is closing and ...

Editor’s corner: Spikes here still small compared to neighbor

Warren County residents have every right to question some of the edicts put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf during the COVID-19 pandemic that has reached its eighth month. For all intents and purposes — especially in our region — the lockdowns in the beginning during the great uncertainty regarding ...

Our opinion: Did Census ‘cut many corners?’

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

Favoring change for the economy

Change can be hard, even when it’s increasingly hard to justify why things are done a certain way to begin with. Give credit, then, to Pine Grove voters who overwhelmingly approved a change to change the township’s legal beverage status from “dry” to “wet” during last week’s ...

Our opinion: Celebrating the brave among us

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Sweet music from area band

Not even a pandemic can stop the beautiful music emanating from Youngsville. The band’s trophy case is full of awards from the last nine years — Youngsville has won western Pennsylvania region championships in eight of those years and had two seconds and a third at the Atlantic Coast ...

Getting the job done right

It’s no secret that America is deeply divided right now. Partisanship, the COVID-19 pandemic, race — we are divided on many lines and tribal sentiments in this season are strong. So it didn’t take a fanciful imagination to expect problems at the polls as Americans — and Warren ...

Our opinion: Urge caution, not lockdowns

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown or shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

State budget filled with anxiety

The fiscal time bomb challenging the best budget instincts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly keeps getting closer to exploding. The important question that should be in the minds of state taxpayers is whether lawmakers really have enough time between now and Nov. 30 to fashion a realistic ...

Our opinion: A healthy hospital in Warren

The news delivered by Rick Allen, Warren General Hospital CEO, on Thursday is a far cry from the hospital’s annual meetings from 2015 through 2018. For three consecutive years, the hospital ran deficits between $3 and $7 million a year. The 2020 financial year, which ended on June 30, ...

Making important vote easier

How about a nice salute to some unsung heroes who made Tuesday just a bit easier for everyone else: the poll workers. Across America, there were some real concerns due to the coronavirus that there would be a shortage of these people we rely on each Election Day. That was not a serious issue ...

Our opinion: Keeping consistency for vote

The Warren County Board of Elections has done the right thing in replacing a slate of poll workers last week for the Warren South precinct. Those voters cast ballots in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Last week, elections officials were faced with the choice of either moving the polling place ...