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Our Opinion

Editor’s corner: Taking pride in those who represent

Excellent local governmental representation that you can trust matters. On today’s opinion page is a piece by William Clinger, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented Warren County. How lucky we were to have him. We also can take pride in U.S. Rep. Glenn ...

Biden’s stretch on infrastructure

Most of us think of infrastructure as something physical: bridges, roads, pipelines, power lines and the like. President Joe Biden says he wants to expand that dictionary definition to include workers, families and people — and therefore to include schools and housing, for example. That ...

Proposal could grow hunting season

Traditions are traditions for a reason, so we understand why some — perhaps many — hunters may be opposed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission choosing to combine the firearms buck and doe seasons (the PGC calls them “antlered” and “antlerless” deer seasons) into a single two-week ...

Reason for worries over wildfires

Wildfires that broke out Thursday illustrate just how dangerous it can be to start fires during a hot, dry spring. Set aside the fact that wildfire could end up being positive for the 100 acres of land that burned last week and consider the fact that the unexpected 100-acre fire was one of ...

Who’s calling the shots in Warren?

Councilman Christian Zavinski said during last week’s special City Council meeting that he found out the city’s playground program was canceled through a Times Observer breaking news alert. We’re glad to have been of service, but one would think council members would have been notified ...

Immigration plan a starting point

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has suggested a 90-day moratorium on immigration to give Congress time to make the issue a priority. He is right to try to inject a sense of urgency in tackling the issue. Most Americans cannot fathom living in a place where it seems preferable to live in ...

Right call on playground program

Offering Summer Playground Program Is Right Call The Warren City Council has done the right thing in deciding to hold a Summer Playground Program as well as open the city’s municipal pool this summer. Council members were divided in their vote, but in two separate 4-3 decisions decided ...

Task Force needs to keep its focus

John Hanna, a member of the Trestle-To-Trestle Task Force, and Bob Dilks raised an interesting concern last week that we hope group members and the Warren City Council keep in mind. During a meeting that touched on a wide range of issues from downtown hotels to a new downtown website to new ...

‘Vaccine Passports’ huge intrusion

For our society to fully return to normal, it’s going to take wide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But a condition of returning to normal cannot be forcing people to have so-called “vaccine passports” to attend gatherings, fly on airplanes or do many other things. Thankfully ...

Cyber schools drain resources

Amy Stewart, Warren County School District superintendent, is right when she says online learning has a place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While online offerings are needed right now, state officials should take a hard look at cyber charter schools that are not only a drain on local school ...

Familiar themes in an unfamiliar time

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you ...

Delaying mail not acceptable

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

Rapp plan should become law

Legislation proposed by Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, to allow families to designate essential caregivers who can visit loved ones in congregate care facilities should become law. There was sentiment by some Democrats in the state Capitol who felt the issue had been resolved simply by the ...

Getting used to 10-digit dialing

We’re sure there will be complaints next week when 10-digit dialing takes effect. Starting April 3, local calls will require the 814 area code to be connected. The state Public Utilities Commission is asking people and businesses to ensure that devices such as medical alert systems, alarms ...

Implement a realistic county plan

Dan Glotz, Warren county planner, is on the right track when he says the next county comprehensive plan should identify recommendations from past plans that haven’t been carried out yet. But we hope Mackin Engineeering doesn’t just stop at including those uncompleted steps in its new ...

Better way to reach rural areas

After what can only be classified as a disastrous start to Pennsylvania’s effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the public, the state is finally getting its act together and climbing up the national rankings regarding the number of people vaccinated, shots administered per day and ...

State is taking a shine to solar

Renewable energy in the form of solar farms appears destined for Warren County. Earlier this month during a Planning Commission meeting, Zoning Officer Michael Lyon says he has been approached about commercial-type farms that could be anywhere from 50 to 150 acres. Just how local officials ...

Dealing with a D.C. dilemma

Among the growing movements since President Joe Biden took office is the effort by some to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. The argument has some merits, most notably that the roughly 700,000 people who live in our nation’s capital are subject to paying federal taxes without ...

Not out of COVID woods yet

It may be the calm before another storm or it could be the beginning of a return to normalcy across Warren County. On both Monday and Tuesday, there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported. While that is reassuring, this is not the time to get careless. We all witnessed some of the worst from ...

Healthy backing for state initiative

Warren General Hospital officials support Gov. Tom Wolf’s Regional Accountable Health Councils. That’s good, because the councils have the ability to do a lot of good in areas that don’t have health departments. According to Teresa Miller, state human services secretary, the ...