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Our Opinion

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 ...

Making waves on pool closure

Warren officials should reconsider the decision not to open the city’s public pool — or at least give the public a better reason than amorphous “outlying concerns” over COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control guidance on pools updated on Feb. 1, the CDC is not aware of ...

Fix state jobless benefits system

Of all the systemic weaknesses that the pandemic has revealed — in the economy, education, and housing and health — the failure of government is a tragedy unto itself. For the past year, the focus has centered on the failures at the federal level to respond effectively to the pandemic — ...

Editor’s corner: Numbers offer an objective view

Within the next month, U.S. Census officials are expected to release the data collected from 2020. Recent numbers, however, do not offer a positive indication for what is to come for northwestern Pennsylvania. Those statistics find this region is lagging behind state averages when it comes to ...

Relief deal has long-term effects

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Sticky situation on registration

State legislators don’t have enough information yet to repeal Act 89, which ended the requirement for registration expiration stickers to be placed on a vehicle’s license plates. Rep. Barry Jowziak, R-Berks, has been trying for the past two legislative sessions to get legislation ...

Our opinion: What to consider with minimum wage

At least one Republican in the state House of Representatives is signaling a willingness to debate on a minimum wage increase. State Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, is preparing to introduce legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 per hour. Laughlin’s ...

Giving spirit in uncertain times

COVID-19 tested our community’s philanthropic spirit — and our residents and businesses passed the test with flying colors. Lacey Hanson, United Fund of Warren executive director, wasn’t always sure the Torchlight Campaign’s $680,000 goal would be met. “Then, I was getting ...

Some area bright spots in last year

COVID-19 has made life difficult on many economically — but local governments have gotten some good news. Construction of single family homes within the scope of Warren County’s zoning ordinance was up 29%, commercial construction was up 38% and recreational camps saw a “dramatic ...

Now What Will Area Municipalities Do With Stimulus Funds?

After a year of lobbying, the federal government has approved a stimulus bill that includes money for local governments. Chautauqua County stands to get $25 million from the stimulus bill. Among municipalities, Jamestown is to get around $28 million and Dunkirk $11 million. Chautauqua County ...

An urgency for government council

The Warren County Council of Governments’ period of soul-searching is a good exercise for any organization to go through. Some good ideas have bubbled to the surface during the group’s recent discussions. Lobbying state government on the county’s behalf, taking on a role in a ...

A target on rural state schools

Gov. Tom Wolf has delivered a loud and clear message to rural school districts like Warren County — open your checkbook. And that’s what the Warren County School District will have to do unless state legislators approve higher taxes for the state’s high wage earners. Of course, ...

Traffic circles growing trend

Motorists across the region are likely to get a sense of anxiety when this word appears: roundabout. No matter where you live, unless maybe in England, traffic circles that replace signals on major roads and streets are sure to bring opposition. In Warren, construction on a traffic circle at ...

Coming to rescue for seniors

This, Warren County residents, is why it’s important to have organizations like Experience Inc. For more than a month, Experience Inc., the Warren-Forest Agency on Aging, has been offering to help seniors get signed up for COVID-19 vaccinations. The agency has been receiving about 50 calls ...

Making sacrifices at schools

It is time for the Warren County School District and the community to take a hard look at closing one of its school buildings. The $40 million price tag for building renovations over the next five years is enough to warrant looking at a possible building closure, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s clear ...

Taking it slow with senior centers

Experience Inc. did the right thing in closing its senior centers during the recent COVID-19 spike in Warren and Forest counties. But it’s good to see a soft reopening of senior centers in the area starting next week. The Allegheny Community Center will only be open on Monday, March 8, ...

Editor’s corner: Winds of change coming for grid

Renewable energy is not a comfortable topic in Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Commonwealth is “endowed with extensive fossil energy resources, is a leading East Coast supplier of coal, natural gas, electricity, and refined petroleum products to the ...

Too many left in dark in Texas

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas this month. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

‘Overwhelming’ support for Rouse

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, there have been plenty of signs and applause for front-line workers. Right here at home, however, those caregivers received thanks in the form of care packages donated by a community. Earlier this month, a quiet effort raised $1,700 for care packages in ...

Taking on blight in community

Resuming meetings of the city’s Blighted Property Review Committee won’t solve all of Warren’s blight issues. Jessica Bee, city code official, said she has a list of properties that will eventually be so far gone they can’t be salvaged if action isn’t taken soon. Bringing property ...