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Our Opinion

Our opinion: First responders are lifesavers

Thank goodness for the well-trained and quick-thinking of Warren County Sheriff’s deputies who, three times in the past few weeks, have saved the lives of Warren County residents. Deputy Randy Ickert responded with the City of Warren Fire Department for a report of a 25-year-old female who ...

All is calm, bright at Christmas

Two hundred and fourteen years ago, a young Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr wrote the words to “Silent Night.” Mohr was inspired by a peaceful, quiet in the hills overlooking Mariapfarr, not long after the Napoleonic wars. The town was at peace after more than 20 years of war. The ...

Big question on residency issue

The discussion had last week by the Warren City Council regarding residency requirement changes for city employees is a discussion had on a regular basis around City Council tables around the region. Discussions typically have two sides — get the best candidates and let them live wherever ...

Unfinished business on EMS calls

It’s hard to believe the lives of roughly 320 people who live in Deerfield is not worth $2,400. That is the amount Tidioute officials are asking Deerfield’s supervisors to pay in order to provide fire services to Deerfield residents. The lack of agreement between Tidioute and Deerfield ...

Editor’s corner: Recent spike comes at cruelest of times

Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart took charge immediately earlier this month when COVID-19 numbers began rising at an alarming rate. During the school board meeting on Dec. 7, Stewart had a plan in motion that was approved by the school board. Starting Dec. 9, the ...

An idea for ‘immediate relief’

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Saluting sheriff’s excellent tenure

In about two weeks, Warren County will have a new sheriff. Sheriff Ken Klakamp’s Dec. 31 retirement brings to an end a 43-year service career with Warren County as a jail officer, a sheriff’s deputy, including 19.5 years as chief deputy, and eight years as sheriff. He served as jail ...

Cruel timing for meter-rate hike

This is the wrong time for the City Council to do so, in our view. No one should be surprised to see a proposal come before the council to double parking meter rates. Parking meter rates have been an ongoing discussion for the past six years, and with good reason. Parking meter fees are ...

Federal inaction hurts at home

This latest wave of COVID-19 infections is placing an even bigger spotlight on the cringeworthy theater playing out in Washington, D.C. Warren County, which had been relatively untouched by COVID-19 for the first several months of the pandemic, finds itself with new cases — and new ...

Editor’s corner: Lake ‘threats’ may rise above waters

Keeping one of northwest Pennsylvania’s greatest natural assets as pristine as can be relies on cooperation and goodwill from neighboring states and cities as well as Canada. Last week, during a press conference in Erie, Pa., 13 organizations released a blueprint designed to protect the Lake ...

Our opinion: Biden must start healing process

Perhaps the most important task facing President-elect Joe Biden is ending the fierce, sometimes vicious, partisanship that seems to rule Washington. He has an excellent opportunity to send a message in that regard while at the same time gaining a top-notch member of his Cabinet. It has been ...

Our opinion: Helping to make our roads safer

A recent case involving a Warren man makes one think additional remedies are needed in the fight against alcohol addiction. The man has eight lifetime DUI convictions with a ninth case still pending. Assistant Public Defender Mike Kitay said the man struggles with the challenges of living ...

Our opinion: School’s correct shift to remote

Warren County School District officials have good reasons for moving to remote instruction. With Warren County seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, teachers aren’t immune from quarantine requirements if they come into contact with someone who tests positive. Teachers being placed into ...

Our opinion: Taking a look at the ballots

Statehouse Republicans would be wise to read an op-ed written by Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin for Lancaster Online last week. Aument and Martin were writing, at the time, regarding a bill that would give legislators the power to choose Electoral College voters in defiance of the ...

Our opinion: An attack that shocked U.S.

Seventy-nine years ago today, the United States was under attack. Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor in the morning hours to the nation’s shock and dismay. It brought our country into World War II. At that time, we knew the enemy and where they were located. Radio reports like this one ...

Editor’s corner: As nearby hospitals suffer, Warren General succeeds

More than one year ago, the wheels were set in motion. Board members and the administration of the Brooks-TLC Hospital System Inc. announced the Lakeshore Hospital campus near Silver Creek, N.Y., would be closing within the coming months. Unexpectedly, the quick, closed-door decision was met ...

Our opinion: Taking the lead on new relief

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among many ...

Marching on during pandemic

In this year of COVID-19 shutdowns and limitations, Friday’s Downtown Warren Christmas Walk and Parade is just the latest example of finding new ways to preserve our longest-held and dearest community traditions. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The parade won’t be our ...

Court can improve lives of youth

There is talk of creating a Juvenile Drug Court program in Warren County if grant funding can be approved. The county’s Adult Treatment Court started 10 years ago. As Matt Gernold, Treatment Court supervisor, recently told The Times Observer, court officials see people at their low points ...

Our opinion: Another call for local authority

Warren County’s first surge in COVID-19 cases is good cause for our local state representatives to revisit authority for local health departments. It’s difficult to advocate using a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic to justify the creation of a new arm of local governments, but rural counties ...