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Our Opinion

Our opinion: An unnecessary proclamation

Warren Mayor Maurice Cashman has issued a proclamation asking Warren residents to comply with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including wearing a mask and social distancing. The proclamation came after a City Council meeting in July during which Jane Dunshie, a Warren resident, asked for a ...

Our opinion: Taking it slow for a new hotel

One of the common complaints regarding a new waterfront hotel in Warren is community members’ perceived lack of need for this type of development. Building hotels is great for a city’s tax base. Increasing the tax base should mean homeowners pay less of a share of city taxes. From that ...

Our opinion: Playing for a good cause

With so many traditional events being called off this year, we would be remiss not to call attention to the efforts of Paws Along The River and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry for their work to keep two more events from falling by the wayside. On Saturday, Paws Along The ...

Area attractions have global appeal

Warren County can often seem as though it is on the outside while looking in when it comes to leadership in Pennsylvania. As the coronavirus grips the southern part of the nation, this region remains hardly touched as, according to the state Health Department, there are only 15 known cases ...

Our opinion: Keeping close watch of campuses

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

Our opinion: Special sight of police support

It was a heart-warming sight last week at the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Hickory Street in the city. Hundreds of residents showed up for support and with signs to say “thank you” to all those who serve as law enforcement in our county. Though this area has a great respect for those in ...

Our opinion: Going too fast on minimum wage

Pennsylvania legislators should tread lightly with Rep. Roni Green’s proposal to increase the state minimum wage by $4.75 an hour on Jan. 1 and another $1.50 an hour raise on July 1. The minimum wage debate isn’t anything new, of course, given that Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hasn’t ...

Our opinion: Coronavirus hits close to home

There has been plenty of frustration in regard to the coronavirus counts in Warren County. Though there has been a minimal number of cases, there always is plenty of uncertainty that surrounds the number. On one occasion, one positive case was listed here when in reality it was in a county by ...

Our opinion: Fact don’t back Wolf on bars

Bars and restaurants were one of three factors Gov. Tom Wolf singled out two weeks ago when he announced additional restrictions statewide. Pennsylvania residents weren’t wearing masks and social distancing while at bars and restaurants, too many people were traveling into and out of the ...

Community voices vital to this page

A reader sent a polite note last week regarding a letter to the editor that will soon be published in Times Observer. In it, he said he “respectfully” requests to be consulted on any edits. Fair enough. However, the last letter this reader sent was 43 inches in length. For perspective, ...

Our opinion: Church guidelines are a start

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people—including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Our opinion: Governors keep hold on power

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York state want to give up their emergency powers. Similar executive actions last week provide proof why they should do just that. Both governors took steps to limit bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed in some parts of ...

Our opinion: Community effort for the park

There is a lot of stress and division in our collective ranks these days. It’s nice, then, to be reminded of what can happen when we come together to the betterment of our local communities. We refer, of course, to the pending culmination of work at the Lacy Playground in Warren. Work on ...

Our opinion: Going overboard on Wolf’s powers

Persistence can often pay off and we’re hoping that’s the case for the General Assembly’s latest effort — in a long line of thus far fruitless endeavors — to wrest from the governor the ability to exercise dictatorial powers for however long he or she desires once he or she declares ...

Our opinion: No fast fix with casinos

While there is no such thing as a sure bet, it’s a fairly safe wager that the upcoming mini-casino auction will be a bust. State lawmakers in June, wishing for a tax boost, ordered the state Gaming Control Board to try to auction off a mini-casino license. But unlike in Disney’s ...

Small shops tread water in virus era

JAMESTOWN — Scott Axelson, like other area small business owners, is battling a wave of obstacles when it comes to overseeing his retail shop in this age of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. It began with a sudden economic shutdown in the middle of March and lasted to the end of ...

Our opinion: Misguided on reopenings

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

Our opinion: We can wait on riverfront

Warren has some interesting plans to redevelop its waterfront. City officials are trying to increase the development potential for the area and is trying to parlay $1 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding into a $12 million federal BUILD grant. Part of the ...

Our opinion: Let public decide on alcohol

Add Pine Grove to the list of townships in Pennsylvania that could reverse prohibition-era bans on the sale of alcohol. John Bortz, whose family owns the Cable Hollow Golf Course, is working to get a liquor license in Pine Grove for his golf course’s restaurant. Because privately owned ...

Our opinion: Sounding an alarm for 2021

Municipal officials across the country are pleading with federal lawmakers to pass a stimulus package that includes direct funding for local governments. Warren is no different. Last week, City Manager Nancy Freenock wrote that plummeting tax revenues and unemployment have created a ...