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Our Opinion

Our opinion: Involve public in manager search

City Council members spoke passionately in June about the importance of finding the best person to be Warren’s next city manager. Nancy Freenock, who has been the city manager since 2012, is retiring in August. City officials held a special meeting in June to discuss how to move forward, ...

Our opinion: State must be tougher with DUIs

This fall, during the legislative campaign season, many Pennsylvania state lawmakers will jump aboard the opportunity to boast about having voted to toughen penalties for repeat drunken drivers. To a small degree, they are justified in seizing upon that opportunity. The action was an overdue ...

Our opinion: Charter school laws need reform

It’s highly unlikely that anyone turns cartwheels when they pay their property taxes, but the idea that the money is going to the school up the street to educate neighborhood children can provide some solace. The reality, however, is that a chunk of those resources are being diverted from ...

Our opinion: Defense system needs upgrade

For most people, the knowledge of NORAD is limited to checking in on Santa’s progress each Christmas Eve. But the North American Aerospace Defense Command is an important part of the defense system for our corner of the globe. It is showing its age, and the joint U.S.-Canadian early warning ...

Our opinion: Right way to tackle blight in city

A recent proposal from City Manager Nancy Freenock could have substantial benefit long after her pending retirement. Freenock is asking the City Council to apply for a few grant opportunities through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities Program. ...

Our opinion: Tough choice on arming educators

It is likely the only way Sen. Doug Mastriano’s legislation to allow school teachers and employees to carry a gun in school is if he wins election as governor in November. There is little chance Gov. Tom Wolf would sign such legislation before the end of the year, and it’s doubtful Josh ...