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Our Opinion

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 ...

A blessing to be an American

There has been so much debate over recenty proposed limits regarding gatherings for today’s holiday that we may have forgotten the true spirit of Thanksgiving. And this year, if any, we really do need to be thankful for all that we have. In a year that no one would ever want to relive, ...

Opportunities abound for Council

It is encouraging to see the Warren Council Council of Governments taking a hard look at how the group can help solve some of the county’s most pressing issues. Of course, fire and EMS services are the impetus for these talks, and we hope that the Council of Governments’ strategic ...

Our opinion: ‘Serious discussion,’ open mind

John Wortman makes some sense when he talks about Warren’s pending 2022 budget. Warren can’t simply tax its way out of a looming $1.6 million structural deficit in 2022. A big tax increase to balance that big a deficit will simply send on-the-fence homeowners and businesses running for the ...

Editor’s corner: Winning formulas lead to full fall seasons in sports

What would have been considered a minor feat in years past is definitely quite an accomplishment. Fall sports, which brought plenty of successes and memories, scored big with team members, fans and the community. Never mind the all the wins — in which there were plenty for our football and ...

Our opinion: Trump’s actions may hurt U.S.

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

A native’s significant speech

Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Jackson, a native of Warren County, Pa., and Chautauqua County who by 1945 had already made his mark on the national stage as U.S. Attorney General and a ...

Our opinion: Survey is path for park’s future

There is nothing wrong with having a conceptual plan for Washington Park if and when funding is available. Kicking the tires on a Washington Park project is fine. There should be no worries about time on such a project. COVID-19 is drying up the tax dollars that would pay for a project, after ...

Focus on job, not the tabulating

Over three days last week, no fewer than 14 Republican legislators called for an election audit before results are certified. Of course, that led Democrats to respond with counter-charges that Republicans are engaging in voter supression and shaking the electorate’s faith in the election. ...

Our opinion: Another casualty of COVID-19

About 300 Warren County residents find found themselves on the receiving end of news we all thought may be coming but kept hoping would never arrive. Last week, employees of the BLST Operating Co. notified employees at the Irvine Distribution Center that the local center is closing and ...

Editor’s corner: Spikes here still small compared to neighbor

Warren County residents have every right to question some of the edicts put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf during the COVID-19 pandemic that has reached its eighth month. For all intents and purposes — especially in our region — the lockdowns in the beginning during the great uncertainty regarding ...

Our opinion: Did Census ‘cut many corners?’

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

Favoring change for the economy

Change can be hard, even when it’s increasingly hard to justify why things are done a certain way to begin with. Give credit, then, to Pine Grove voters who overwhelmingly approved a change to change the township’s legal beverage status from “dry” to “wet” during last week’s ...

Our opinion: Celebrating the brave among us

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Sweet music from area band

Not even a pandemic can stop the beautiful music emanating from Youngsville. The band’s trophy case is full of awards from the last nine years — Youngsville has won western Pennsylvania region championships in eight of those years and had two seconds and a third at the Atlantic Coast ...