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Opinion

I wonder where they are now

Local Commentaries

The commercial about the mother who attaches her child's dresser to the wall so that it does not fall over speaks to me. It got me to thinking about the children I used to babysit for. When I first started working for my mother's boss there was only one little girl. She and I got along very ...

Our Opinion: Which legacy?

Our Opinion

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of ...

The run is on

Local Commentaries

So it is a month late, and creek flows might be better. If you want to enjoy fall steelhead fishing, though, now is the time to get over there. The steelhead run is on. Wait no longer. Some rain over the past week and cooler temperatures have brought excellent numbers of steelhead into the ...

Chipmunks

Local Commentaries

These unusually warm fall days are wonderful for outdoor rambles. Nothing seems to be in a hurry, not even summer. It still seems to have a hold on October. These beautiful days can almost convince us that winter’s white cold is ages away and we have all the time in the world to prepare. It ...

Take your brain to the polls

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, So is your brain telling you that local elections aren’t all that important? Does your mind say it’s not a presidential year and there’s no governor to elect so why vote on Tuesday, November 7th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.? Well let’s rethink that! Selecting and ...

GOP tax reform

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, First, let’s flash back to the 2016 campaign when then candidate Donald Trump made the following statement: “I am not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid. Every other Republican is going to cut them.” Now let’s come back to today (10/26/17), with the proposed GOP tax ...

Boon or boondoggle?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The debate about an Interstate connector for Warren County goes back to the 1960s, according to a recent news story. So do I. Actually, the debate and I both go back to the 1950s, when Bob Walsh of the Warren Observer prophetically observed that if the planned “Keystone ...

Hamilton & Burr

Local Commentaries

You guys. It’s almost here. I’m like Linus in the pumpkin patch, y’all. Halloween is the only day I hold sacred. I spend all year living for the next Halloween. I love everything about it. The weirdest, scariest parts of humanity are celebrated rather than mocked or just blatanly ...

Magic of Halloween

Local Commentaries

The crisp air of the darkened mornings now whirls around a palette of orange, red, and yellow leaves that are just days away from their descent. The warmth of summer seems like a distant memory, while the anticipation of the first snowfall is building. We are immersed in the aroma of apple ...

#MeToo: Proud of speaking out

Local Commentaries

Through the years, as each prominent person has been exposed as an adulterer or a sexual provocateur, I wind up reliving many of those horrendous instances – the despicable, shameful memories of a young girl, a teenager, a young woman. And they don’t go away. Ever. Bill Clinton’s ...

Don’t make ‘em like they used to

Local Commentaries

They don’t make ’em like they used to. In many cases, that is entirely accurate and the new versions — of anything electronic in particular — are way better. So, the good old days weren’t always good. But sometimes I come across something that makes me wonder how badly we can ...

Pie in the sky

Local Commentaries

I went to an annual meeting of the Audubon Community Nature Center recently. It included a “farm-to-table” – type dinner using as many local products as possible. It was excellent. A highlight was dessert; PIE! Pie is my favorite dessert. Grandma Lester made great ones. Even as a kid, ...

A feast for the eyes

Local Commentaries

It has been a long time coming this year, but it is here now. The hillsides are filled with color. If the sun is out the colors are vibrant, but if it is cloudy they are somewhat subdued. I think the peak leave peeping season is several weeks beyond the normal. I remember going to Vermont ...

Our Opinion: Aggressive action

Our Opinion

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Boot Drive

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Please understand, I agree that the recent Boot Drive, conducted by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1835 on and off duty fire fighters, as well as staff from the Beatty Middle School, was for a very worthy cause. My comments pertain to the manner it was ...

Shale tax

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, We are still borrowing money for our budget. This has to come to an end. Mr Wolf wants an extraction tax on natural gas being we are the ONLY state that does not have one. Kathy and her cronies say the shale companies will leave, why do they remain everywhere else if that is the ...

Our Opinion: Talking and doing

Our Opinion

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...

Responders

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I was walking home from the library early this afternoon (10/12) when I heard all kinds of sirens coming toward me. I had just crossed the Fifth Ave. Bridge, and saw a fire truck, and many ambulances and police cars heading north on Conewango Ave. They were stopping in front of ...

Our Opinion: Critically important

Our Opinion

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

It’s not scary

Local Commentaries

I went to Dryden, N.Y. last weekend to see the My Little Pony movie with Shanell and her kids. And my kids. I mean, obviously. I wouldn’t go see My Little Pony without my kids. Of course. She told herself. Anyway, Dryden is this weird little town that was a perfect place to ...