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Our Opinion

Our view: Fire concerns from the Forest

Our view from afar of the Colorado wildfires is frightening enough that our ears pricked up last week when the U.S. Forest Service issued a reminder about wildfires in the Allegheny National Forest. One of those abandoned campfires started a wildfire on Oct. 15 that continues to burn along a ...

Our opinion: Lessons in non-transparency

City Manager Nancy Freenock is right that a public session on a proposed Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Warren would be “futile at this point” until more information is received. But city officials need to be paying attention to sentiments raised during a recent protest and at ...

Editor’s corner: A nearby COVID battle ramps up

It just does not add up. Within the last week, next-door Gov. Andrew Cuomo was considering putting Pennsylvania on its evolving list of states that are part of a travel advisory. Those locations that are being tied by Cuomo to high coronavirus numbers. New Yorkers who visit those on the list ...

Area dilemma is true emergency

Warren City Council members made the right decision in expanding a pilot agreement to staff the Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department with two Warren firefighters from three days a week to five. No one should think for one second that our city or county is done discussing emergency response. ...

Slippery slope with ‘science’

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Assisting those who help us

Every little bit counts in terms of funding during this seven-month COVID-19 pandemic. For some area businesses and agencies, that small number is a huge life preserver. Last week, the Warren County Commissioners approved more than $500,000 in funding from the CARES Act. “(We) wanted to make ...

Our opinion: An unfortunate loss of agency

During a time of great need, Warren County has lost a major partner. Habitat for Humanity dissolved its operations early this summer. “We’re pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish in the meantime,” Rocco DelPrince, an agency spokesman, said. “Our affiliate was chartered in ...

Our opinion: More mixed Wolf messages

It’s a bit difficult to attack Gov. Tom Wolf when he manages to do the right thing. But his expansion of crowd limits announced recently is, as usual, a mix of good and the typical heavy handed way that Wolf has done business since the pandemic began in the spring. Here’s the example of ...

Editor’s corner: Warren County has huge role in presidency

Warren County matters big time when it comes to this presidential election. All one has to do is look to the regional visit last weekend by Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Erie. As noted here one month ago, Pennsylvania is in play — and it could very well be the swing state that pushes ...

Our opinion: Vaccine can’t come with delays

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Our opinion: EMS is an emotional issue

County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin struck a blow for common sense on an important issue earlier this week. With barbs concerning an EMS deal between the city of Warren and Pleasant Township flying around like tennis balls at Wimbledon, Kafferlin decided to take the county’s looming EMS ...

Right choice on Halloween

Kudos to Warren and surrounding townships that are allowing trick-or-treating to move forward on Halloween this year. It’s been a rough year for a lot of children. Activities they enjoy participating in were abruptly canceled, school time with friends was taken away suddenly and, for some, ...

Workers Deserve A Break

Legislation proposed by Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, giving workers a 30-minute break after five hours of work makes too much sense not to pass the General Assembly. We’re a little disappointed to see so little Republican support for the bill, which thus far has garnered co-sponsorship ...

Our opinion: Court ignores loss of rights

It’s disappointing that the U.S. Supreme Court has denied to hear a case challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 business closure orders that included two Warren County businesses as plaintiffs. State governments are given broad power to issue public health orders, and that power has been ...

Small cheers for some fans in the stands

We have been trained in the last seven months to expect the unexpected when it comes to Gov. Tom Wolf. Earlier this week, Wolf announced new policies regarding attendance that impacts our sports world — from high school athletics to the pros. “Regardless of the size of an event or ...

Our opinion: Celebrating a new Lacy Park

The ribbon was cut Saturday for the new multi-sensory playground at Lacy Park — and the infrastructure upgrades completed alongside that initiative. Plain and simple, this is a good thing for the community. First, we would like to thank Adam Meneo and Dr. William Clark and the rest of the ...

Dog park a positive for area

Man’s best friend deserves a place to venture outdoors with family. That’s why it is great to see the activity taking place at Woofington Dog Park in Starbrick. According to organizers, a next step is taking place very soon is the addition of a 5-foot fence. “For those that are not ...

Scarnati’s uncalculated risk

The lawsuit filed by the campaign committee of Pennsylvania’s top state senator against two journalists who wrote articles questioning some of his campaign spending is the basis for more speculation and suspicion than the articles themselves. The lawmaker in question, President Pro Tempore ...

Our opinion: No transparency in closed doors

It’s no secret that the idea of a new hotel in downtown Warren hasn’t been met with unanimous consent. City of Warren staff, Warren City Council and the city’s Redevelopment Authority and Planning Commission had an opportunity to be fully open and transparent with the community about ...

Editor’s corner: Costs go beyond the paycheck

It’s always an eye-opener when it comes to salaries and benefits in the public sector. Earlier this week, an article in the Times Observer by Todd DeFeo of The Center Square did an excellent job of explaining that bottom line. What many are state employees are paid is much more than just the ...