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Our Opinion

Our opinion: Getting proactive on Fifth Ave.

East Fifth Avenue has been a headache for motorists for most of the summer. Thankfully, earlier this month, there were some temporary repairs made. Credit goes to the city, the Department of Public Works and Huber Blacktop for their work on the stretch of road that desperately needed ...

We must consider a Health Department

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Warren County has been under the radar. It speaks to our rural community and good neighbors. When it comes to the number of cases, while low, there have been plenty of inconsistencies. As staff reporter Brian Ferry has documented throughout the health-care ...

Our opinion: Make possible criminals pay price

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Our opinion: Farm Show cancellation ominous sign

Thousands of Keystone State farmers are no doubt dismayed over Wednesday’s cancellation of January’s Pennsylvania Farm Show as an in-person event. The unwanted news also triggered disappointment for the hundreds of thousands of people who look forward to converging on central Pennsylvania ...

Our opinion: Gathering for the bands

Kudos to a group of musicians who organized a free concert in Warren over the weekend. Band Aid Warren 2020 was born out of local band Tune In Tokyo’s cancellation of most 2020 shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With few indoor venues allowed to host live music, the musicians created a ...

Our opinion: Benefits to EMT deal

There has been a lot of talk over the past decade about the decreasing number of volunteer fire departments. According to Mayor Maurice Cashman, the number of EMTs has dropped from 34,000 to 29,000 in Pennsylvania in the last 10 years while the number of paramedics has decreased from 12,000 ...

Our opinion: Being tuned into music classes

The fight to start fall sports has made headlines across the commonwealth — but we shouldn’t lose track of the disappointing news recently that the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association will not hold in-person events this year. Suspending in-person student events means there will be ...

Our opinion: Postal Service crisis long in making

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Our opinion: Economy relies on mask effort

It was great to see the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry take a leadership role on what sometimes is considered a controversial issue. Last week, the agency began the #WhyIWearIt campaign that has a simple goal: ensuring businesses stay open. “We support the wearing of masks ...

Our opinion: Lessons for Refrigerator Rock

Two people suffering broken legs recently jumping off of Refrigerator Rock in the Allegheny Reservoir make this a good time to remind everyone swimming at the reservoir to practice some measure of safety while doing so. Allegheny National Forest regulations prohibit jumping off of bridges ...

Our opinion: Dog fee hike a small inconvenience

It doesn’t appear the state has much choice but to increase dog license fees. Going another year without a hike means the state’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement would be broke by September, according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. In addition to managing stray dogs, the bureau ...

Our opinion: Being able to ‘stick to a plan’

Gov. Tom Wolf needs to make a decision, right or wrong, and stick with it. High school sports seasons are threatened because Wolf can’t make up his mind. The PIAA seemed to be sticking to its guns, but flinched — and now we’ll learn in a week or so what the outcome is. Wolf, of ...

Our opinion: No need to rush the Census count

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

Our opinion: No gamble with legislation

We’re glad to see bipartisan support in the state General Assembly for legislation that would allow Small Games of Chance license holders to hold their games over the Internet. Republican Reps. Mike Reese and Ryan Warner introduced House Bill 2764 to allow Small Games of Chance license ...

Our opinion: New city chief is a good fit

Joe Sproveri, at left, has excelled in almost every position the Warren Police Department has to offer. The new chief has worked as a patrol officer, patrol supervisor, as a patrol sergeant and captain over the last 14 years. We are confident he will excel as Warren’s police chief as well. ...

Our opinion: County needs health department

It must be obvious to anyone in our county after six months of dealing with the novel coronavirus, that Warren County needs a local health department. We commend Commissioner Ben Kafferlin for introducing the idea and commissioners Tricia Durbin and Jeff Eggleston for not immediately ...

Our opinion: New way to take on eyesores

Now that her legislation has been signed into law, state Sen. Judy Ward, her legislative colleagues and other state officials need to ensure that communities across the commonwealth understand it and the window of opportunities that it provides. Actually, that might be a more laborious task ...

Rural life is chance to grow our region

Warren County’s population has been in decline for nearly 40 years. According to the most recent U.S. Census projections, our current population is around 39,190 — about 8,259 less than in 1980. An article last week by reporter Jay Young in The Post-Journal on the Chautauqua County ...

Our opinion: Prepare now for vaccine

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Our opinion: Waste business fills a void

It may seem like just a new business opening, but a new enterprise in Clarendon is actually also a big help to Warren County taxpayers. Fast Disposal at Fox and Sons in Clarendon is addressing a number of community problems. The new company created four jobs in the community, is providing a ...