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Opinion

Scalise family

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, After reading the recent (11-26-16) obit and news story of Richard (Dick Scalise), a couple old memories of my own were rekindled regarding Dick and his younger brother James. It should be noted that I am 30 years or so younger than both. I am a “baby boomer” and these two ...

Post-Election

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Why is it the whiners and criers who voted for Hillary Clinton want everyone to come down to their level? Why don’t they rise to a higher level? So, to rise or not to rise? Always a choice, John L. Erickson, Warren

Our Opinion: We might be unhappy, but we’re blessed

Opinion

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be ...

10 Commandments

Letters To Editor

Judge Roy Moore was the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2001.  He is known for posting the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building.  He successfully fought off challenges to his position for a couple years but finally was removed from the court.  Along with the ...

A land rich in history and culture

Local Commentaries

The next leg of the trip took us into Austria.  An introduction to Vienna by night was a visit to a pub.  I cannot say much about the spreads that were offered to us since I tasted only one of them and ate the rest of the cracker plain.  The wine we tasted was lovely, a product of the ...

Sight-in days on your own or with help

Local Commentaries

Sighting-in your deer hunting rifle, or bear hunting rifle if they are different rifles, is a mandatory part of the hunt. No, it is not a regulation, but it is mandatory from a sporting viewpoint. You need to know where your bullets hit when you fire the rifle. Not close, it has to be ...

Sacred duty

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, So, let’s see if I have this right (please, correct me if I’m wrong): only three days after this election the Republicans are already talking about 1) slashing funding for Medicaid; 2) privatizing Medicare; and 3) dismantling Social Security. This is paired up, of course, ...

4-year-oldness

Local Commentaries

A child arrived on my friend’s doorstep on Halloween night, later, close to the end of the evening. What she was dressed as, I don’t know, and her age I couldn’t tell you. But my friend said that all night long she and her husband had noticed that there wasn’t so much trick-or-treating ...

Remotely interesting

Local Commentaries

Who remembers the time before TV remote controls? I sure do. I can remember sitting two feet away from a small black and white set, turning the knob through 12 channels. I actually wore out one of the tuners. It didn’t help that I worked second shift and watched late at night. Many of the ...

Prayers of the people

Local Commentaries

It’s been a challenging time to be a mom lately. Cara’s situation frightens me. August was a bad month for the university. They were attacked and over-run by insurgents. Students and staff were badly injured. Some were killed in the attack. As her mom, one of my first questions was “Are ...

Offended

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I am offended by the political cartoon in this morning’s paper (Monday, 10/14/16). I have been offended by much of what has appeared in this paper, and by many of the opinions expressed by this paper, over the course of the presidential election. It is not unusual for ...

Our Opinion: In reverse

Our Opinion

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review for ...

New low

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Congratulations to the Warren Times Observer for hitting a new low in a campaign of nothing but lows. Your editorial “cartoon” on Monday, Nov. 14 awards you the prize. “Ding, dong, the witch is dead!” Change witch into a convenient rhyming word... Oh how very clever. A ...

‘You’ll be happier’

Local Commentaries

I have to wonder — and I’m just throwing this out there, does anyone really believe that your long, drawn-out diatribes were actually convincing someone to vote for ... someone else? Because I, on the other, believe all of your long, drawn-out diatribes were actually cementing their ...

The most fun column to write

Local Commentaries

One of the best advantages to writing a newspaper column is the opportunity to write a ‘best deer rifle’ column. Just about every deer hunter has an opinion on the best deer rifle. If the subject comes up in a group conversation, most hunters will put in their two bits. And just about every ...

The gift

Local Commentaries

“Come here,” I’ll tell June. Or I’ll ask Harper, “Say that again?” I see them do something new, maybe something impressive — maybe not — but something that stops me in the moment and makes me go ‘this is so cool,’ and then I’ll either make them repeat it for my camera ...

Honoring the past – Looking to the future

Local Commentaries

A pot of mystery soup bubbles in a pot hung over an open fire in the backyard. As guests arrive, they add their contribution into the mix. A quick stir after each addition creates a new brew. This appetizer never fails to generate conversation. Sometimes the resulting mixture is delicious; ...

Big shoes to fill

Local Commentaries

After my mother’s passing this fall I had to begin disposing of her personal belongings.   The job has tripped up my heart a bit, packing up or tossing out the items she handled everyday - her toiletries, her clothes, her shoes.  But it’s Mom’s footwear that actually elicits the fondest ...

Big-time

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Quoting the Wall Street Journal, two months ago, “No matter who wins the U.S. Presidential Election, they will not be there for a second term, if they do not get the economy turned around.” Well, it is easy to see why the Democratic Party blew it, losing the election ...

Our Opinion: The Sunshine Act

Our Opinion

We’ve come to a stark realization. We either have two commissioners, Jeff Eggleston and Ben Kafferlin, who simply don’t care about the Sunshine Law, or they simply do not understand it. And we know they understand it because we explained it to them in a lengthy email when they took ...