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Our Opinion

Editor’s corner: An empire that’s on thin ice

Politically speaking, Warren and Chautauqua counties are not all that different. Separated by a state line, both face many of the same frustrations. A majority of the residents who lean right politically are being overseen by a state Democratic governor. Going one step further, both counties ...

Circling back on social media sites

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Task force better late than never

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has been fraught with errors and miscalculations, not only by Washington, but in numerous state capitals as well. The approximately half-million U.S. deaths from the virus — not to mention the millions of people who recovered — deliver a ...

An eye on Northwest’s growth

Northwest Bancshares Inc. officials say the announcement of Columbus as the company headquarters of the holding company won’t affect Warren’s status as the headquarters of Northwest Bank. That’s good — because Warren didn’t need more bad financial news. It was a punch to the gut ...

Another program hurt by pandemic

What have we been missing during the pandemic this past year? Is it the children in our communities who are most at risk? A recent report shined some light on the impact of the pandemic on the availability of foster parents. The number of people willing to take in a foster child reportedly ...

Wolf’s wrongly timed wage plan

Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest push to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania shows just how out-of-touch Wolf can be sometimes. We don’t necessarily disagree with Wolf that the state’s minimum wage is a difficult one for people trying to earn enough money to live on. But who in their right ...

Editor’s corner: There’s a way to stop runaway tax train

City Manager Nancy Freenock was the bearer of bad news earlier this month. In an article by Josh Cotton, the Warren administrator talked about the need to raise taxes. Most of what she was saying is truly out of her control. Warren is no different than many localities in the northeast. This ...

Over-enforcement in Rochester

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Apparent quick trigger on hotel plan

It comes as little surprise that the Warren City Council is poised to stop development of a downtown hotel next week. Staff have been working with a developer out of St. Marys for three years on a proposal that would have brought a Cobblestone Inn & Suites to the riverfront at the ...

Our opinion: Offering assistance for addictions

Two Warren parents have been charged with administering suboxone to a 2-year-old girl who was suffering from withdrawal from suboxone caused by use during the mother’s pregnancy as well as breast feeding. Warren County ranks roughly in the middle of the commonwealth for rate of neonatal ...

Lack of guidance slowing process

State House of Representatives members have taken the first step toward using the Pennsylvania National Guard to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinations across the commonwealth. While the action still needs approval by the state Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf, it’s apparent listening to Rick ...

New urgency needed for vaccines

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We believe the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th -- depending on which report you read -- among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...

February is a time for reflection

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

Keeping schools safe in pandemic

Teachers in Warren County are similar to their peers nationwide in that they want to be in the classroom with their students but worry about getting COVID-19. Some teachers are in age groups or have pre-existing conditions that make them particularly susceptible to COVID-19, but it’s worth ...

Giving back in the community

The Warren County Commissioners’ decision to use endowment money to continue a CARES Act rental assistance program is a good one. In 2020, the county was awarded federal CARES Act money to pay for rental assistance that was open to all county residents, not just Human Services’s clients. ...

Wolf’s empty wish of bipartisanship

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to make bipartisanship a priority in the state in 2021. Wolf pointed out last week that over the past five years, he and the General Assembly have come together to take on big challenges by reforming pensions, taking steps to reform the state’s criminal justice system ...

Addiction issue needs attention

Even if the unfolding vaccination effort against COVID-19 has the desired effect of suppressing the pandemic, Pennsylvania still faces another public health emergency. The scope of the COVID-19 emergency has worsened the opioid addiction crisis. Pennsylvania is one of the states most ...

Editor’s corner: There’s leadership in consistent message

One voice. When rallying support in a community that is the message that matters. Warren County definitely needs to be on the same page in a battle that has changed our lives. Within the last month, Warren General Hospital and its partners of Allegheny Health Network and LECOM Health have ...

Challenges continue for the IRS

This year’s 2020 tax filing is shaping up to be another nightmare and, all considered, perhaps a nightmare much worse than what was experienced last year. In a normal year, the IRS would begin allowing people to file returns in late January. This year, because the federal tax agency still ...

Our opinion: It’s time to tackle assessments

Property reassessments aren’t popular. They aren’t a way that anyone wants to spend money. Reassessing property values is labor intensive and the process is upsetting to between a third to a half of a county’s population. Property reassessment is also, unfortunately, a necessary evil. ...