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Our Opinion

Our opinion: Ban on fracking is shortsighted

Hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania should be regulated more tightly, but the practice should not be banned. State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, recently finalized legislative language to create a constitutional amendment banning hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. ...

Our opinion: Keep mask wearing sensible

Let’s be clear — wearing masks in public areas where one can’t social distance makes sense. No matter how much we trust our neighbors, it’s not possible to know for sure if they have the novel coronavirus or not, so it’s safer to simply wear the mask when we’re out in our ...

Our opinion: Warren’s hotel dilemma

Wendy McCain is a new member of the Warren Redevelopment Authority, but she’s asking a question that’s on many minds regarding a waterfront hotel in downtown Warren. Is there really a need? Is there a better place? Similar questions popped up on our Facebook page when we posted a story ...

Our opinion: Warren’s hotel dilemma

Wendy McCain is a new member of the Warren Redevelopment Authority, but she’s asking a question that’s on many minds regarding a waterfront hotel in downtown Warren. Is there really a need? Is there a better place? Similar questions popped up on our Facebook page when we posted a story ...

Our opinion: Wolf’s differing messages

Gov. Tom Wolf has done a nice job speaking out of both sides of his mouth over the last week. From one side of his mouth, the governor is arguing in court that he should have veto power over legislative attempts to end his broad emergency power granted earlier this year. A gubernatorial veto ...

Our opinion: Independence and equality

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Our opinion: Appreciation for sculptor’s legacy

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Dave Poulin’s story in the Jamestown and Warren areas is what happened in the aftermath of the “Scary Lucy” fiasco. Some took joy in berating and making fun of the sculptor, and lost amidst the hubbub of a private commission gone wrong was the ...

Our opinion: Welcome relief for taxpayers

Any relief taxpayers can receive following the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome. In that regard, we are pleased to see state Sens. Michele Brooks and Scott Hutchinson favor legislation that would allow individual school districts the option to extend their property tax discount periods and their ...

Our opinion: Good call on site of fireworks

A couple from Warren last week sent a letter to our Readers’ Speak column. Simply put, they opposed the idea of having fireworks on the Fourth of July in Oakland Cemetery. “We feel this is in very poor taste to be having this display in a place where people are in their final, peaceful ...

Our opinion: The show must go on

Once again Warren is blazing a path for Chautauqua County to follow. This time, the path is public entertainment assemblies as Warren’s Struthers Library Theater reopens for movies and shows starting with showings of The Sandlot last week. Additional July events include the Warren Players ...

Our opinion: Having U.S. lead on vaccine

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Our opinion: No easy school solutions

Warren County parents, students and other community stakeholders all agree that they want to see schools open in the fall. How, exactly, that will happen is anybody’s guess. Reading the comments made by Amy Stewart, Warren County school superintendent, however, it’s apparent that no one ...

Our opinion: Embracing transparency

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should accept the defeat it was handed in Commonwealth Court last week, discard any thoughts of filing a costly appeal with the state Supreme Court and avoid any delay regarding full compliance with what the judges decided. Any Pennsylvania resident who ...

Our opinion: Serving up participation

City of Warren officials are definitely taking note of an activity that continues to show signs of growth. Last week, council approved the addition of two pickleball courts to Beaty Park. Pickleball, especially with the middle-age and older generation, is a big deal. Not only does it help ...

Our opinion: Safe planning for the Fourth

It would be easy to simply throw our collective hands in the air and cancel any sort of festivities this year. Luckily, we live in a community that is getting good at taking life’s lemons and making some tasty lemonade. Kudos, then, to Alicia Gatto and her husband, Bob, for organizing a ...

Stress levels high for downtowns

JAMESTOWN — There’s a definite distaste for state leadership here as well as in Warren County. Even though this Western New York city is strongly Democratic, it can be tough on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since March, Cuomo has been in the national spotlight for how his state has dealt with the ...

Our opinion: Following the money

American taxpayers must not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Our opinion: Set spending priorities

Would a $150,000 lighting project be a nice addition to trail along the Allegheny River in Crescent Park in Warren? Absolutely. Is the project worth the $75,000 required in local tax dollars without knowing the how badly state and local income tax receipts have been damaged by COVID-19? ...

Our opinion: Getting answers at home

It was something Walmart shoppers would have never expected to see at the start of the year. But our new normal is all about staying healthy for our friends, family and community. Last week marked the beginning of COVID-19 testing at the store parking lot in North Warren. Seeing the set up ...

Our opinion: Don’t delay in school planning

It didn’t take long for Amy Stewart, Warren County School superintendent, to make very clear the difficult situation district officials face when planning for this fall’s reopening of schools. The average district classroom can hold a little less than 10 students under social distancing ...