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Our Opinion

State budget filled with anxiety

The fiscal time bomb challenging the best budget instincts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly keeps getting closer to exploding. The important question that should be in the minds of state taxpayers is whether lawmakers really have enough time between now and Nov. 30 to fashion a realistic ...

Our opinion: A healthy hospital in Warren

The news delivered by Rick Allen, Warren General Hospital CEO, on Thursday is a far cry from the hospital’s annual meetings from 2015 through 2018. For three consecutive years, the hospital ran deficits between $3 and $7 million a year. The 2020 financial year, which ended on June 30, ...

Making important vote easier

How about a nice salute to some unsung heroes who made Tuesday just a bit easier for everyone else: the poll workers. Across America, there were some real concerns due to the coronavirus that there would be a shortage of these people we rely on each Election Day. That was not a serious issue ...

Our opinion: Keeping consistency for vote

The Warren County Board of Elections has done the right thing in replacing a slate of poll workers last week for the Warren South precinct. Those voters cast ballots in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Last week, elections officials were faced with the choice of either moving the polling place ...

Editor’s corner: Voting here is a bit behind times

Priscilla Powley and Jan Moore have been overwhelmed by letters in recent weeks. Mail-in and absentee ballots continue to pour in to those election assistants at the Warren County Elections Office. But those legal documents are not yet being opened in anticipation of Election Day. They are, ...

Our view: Another online election scare

If last week’s announcement that Russian and Iranian operatives are using technology once again to influence U.S. politics came as a surprise, you clearly have not been paying attention. That makes you preferred prey, by the way. We were warned in advance of the 2016 election of how the ...

Our opinion: Making a difference voting

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

An advisory from New York?

We’re glad to see a modicum of common sense break out over COVID-19 travel advisories. Early last week, Pennsylvania’s increase in cases reached the criteria for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to impose a 14-day quarantine on any New York resident traveling to Pennsyvania upon their return ...

Our view: Fire concerns from the Forest

Our view from afar of the Colorado wildfires is frightening enough that our ears pricked up last week when the U.S. Forest Service issued a reminder about wildfires in the Allegheny National Forest. One of those abandoned campfires started a wildfire on Oct. 15 that continues to burn along a ...

Our opinion: Lessons in non-transparency

City Manager Nancy Freenock is right that a public session on a proposed Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Warren would be “futile at this point” until more information is received. But city officials need to be paying attention to sentiments raised during a recent protest and at ...

Editor’s corner: A nearby COVID battle ramps up

It just does not add up. Within the last week, next-door Gov. Andrew Cuomo was considering putting Pennsylvania on its evolving list of states that are part of a travel advisory. Those locations that are being tied by Cuomo to high coronavirus numbers. New Yorkers who visit those on the list ...

Area dilemma is true emergency

Warren City Council members made the right decision in expanding a pilot agreement to staff the Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department with two Warren firefighters from three days a week to five. No one should think for one second that our city or county is done discussing emergency response. ...

Slippery slope with ‘science’

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Assisting those who help us

Every little bit counts in terms of funding during this seven-month COVID-19 pandemic. For some area businesses and agencies, that small number is a huge life preserver. Last week, the Warren County Commissioners approved more than $500,000 in funding from the CARES Act. “(We) wanted to make ...

Our opinion: An unfortunate loss of agency

During a time of great need, Warren County has lost a major partner. Habitat for Humanity dissolved its operations early this summer. “We’re pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish in the meantime,” Rocco DelPrince, an agency spokesman, said. “Our affiliate was chartered in ...

Our opinion: More mixed Wolf messages

It’s a bit difficult to attack Gov. Tom Wolf when he manages to do the right thing. But his expansion of crowd limits announced recently is, as usual, a mix of good and the typical heavy handed way that Wolf has done business since the pandemic began in the spring. Here’s the example of ...

Editor’s corner: Warren County has huge role in presidency

Warren County matters big time when it comes to this presidential election. All one has to do is look to the regional visit last weekend by Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Erie. As noted here one month ago, Pennsylvania is in play — and it could very well be the swing state that pushes ...

Our opinion: Vaccine can’t come with delays

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Our opinion: EMS is an emotional issue

County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin struck a blow for common sense on an important issue earlier this week. With barbs concerning an EMS deal between the city of Warren and Pleasant Township flying around like tennis balls at Wimbledon, Kafferlin decided to take the county’s looming EMS ...

Right choice on Halloween

Kudos to Warren and surrounding townships that are allowing trick-or-treating to move forward on Halloween this year. It’s been a rough year for a lot of children. Activities they enjoy participating in were abruptly canceled, school time with friends was taken away suddenly and, for some, ...