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Opinion

Cyber schools drain resources

Our Opinion

Amy Stewart, Warren County School District superintendent, is right when she says online learning has a place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While online offerings are needed right now, state officials should take a hard look at cyber charter schools that are not only a drain on local school ...

How many phone numbers are there?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor: I would like to address the issue of bringing in another area code. It seems like technology is going backwards. When I was a kid, we had a short number like 859J. Then it got longer and went to RA3-4209 and then to 723-4209. Now they want to make it longer yet. Why ...

Familiar themes in an unfamiliar time

Our Opinion

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you ...

Morning in America

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor: At the instant it is mourning. If it can happen, it will happen. At the moment no one knows the point of inflection when it occurs, but it does. What will happen, by year end, 2021, Joe Biden, et al. will be removed from offices. One knows such to be true via three levels of ...

Speed is a major factor in car crashes

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Many people use statistics to prove a point favorable to their position on a topic, but some fact-checking can shed more light on those statistics. A case in point is the letter from Tom McCarey, writing as a representative of the National Motorists Association in the March ...

Vote no on bill

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor: Contact your Representative and tell them to vote no on House Bill 606, RADAR for municipal police. RADAR is only for money, not safety: this bill is a tax on every driver. What is the motivation for giving municipal police RADAR? The RADAR lobby says in order to make it ...

Delaying mail not acceptable

Our Opinion

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has an interesting plan for fixing the struggling U.S. Postal Service: lower expectations. In discussing an expected $160 billion loss for the agency over the next decade, DeJoy said he plans to slow mail delivery standards and cut hours at some post ...

The egg and I

Local Commentaries

We did not even color one egg this year. In the past my husband and I had both colored eggs for Easter. He told me Diedra always wanted a bowl of colored eggs for her Easter table. My children always wanted to make special eggs for people so we put ours into baskets. Of course, last year ...

Rapp plan should become law

Our Opinion

Legislation proposed by Rep. Kathy Rapp, R-Warren, to allow families to designate essential caregivers who can visit loved ones in congregate care facilities should become law. There was sentiment by some Democrats in the state Capitol who felt the issue had been resolved simply by the ...

Our day-to-day masquerade

Local Commentaries

During my college years, I discovered musical theater. Don’t ask me why I know the lyrics to so many songs that almost nobody else has heard of. I mean, why would anyone admit to knowing all the rapid-fire words to “Trouble” (“Ya got trouble, right here in River City”) from The Music ...

Getting used to 10-digit dialing

Our Opinion

We’re sure there will be complaints next week when 10-digit dialing takes effect. Starting April 3, local calls will require the 814 area code to be connected. The state Public Utilities Commission is asking people and businesses to ensure that devices such as medical alert systems, alarms ...

U.S. falling behind

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, America’s Constitution used to help ensure that we were the land of fair play. One team of players in the game, however, has gained the upper hand. Instead of playing fairly, they have decided to break the rules with such bills as H.R. 1 (For the People Act) and S. 51 ...

Implement a realistic county plan

Our Opinion

Dan Glotz, Warren county planner, is on the right track when he says the next county comprehensive plan should identify recommendations from past plans that haven’t been carried out yet. But we hope Mackin Engineeering doesn’t just stop at including those uncompleted steps in its new ...

Wrong direction

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Instead of working hard to free us from the ineffective, ruinous and deadly covid lock-downs, the Transportation Committee is feverishly working to tax every motorist with House Bill 606, RADAR for municipal police, while keeping Pennsylvania’s roads dangerous. RADAR will ...

A massive overflow

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I’m amazed how politicians, with the “stroke of a pen,” can open the southern border to such an influx of new immigrants. Some say there are already 12 million in the country and others say it’s underestimated and closer to 20 million. In all fairness, it’s not ...

Better way to reach rural areas

Our Opinion

After what can only be classified as a disastrous start to Pennsylvania’s effort to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the public, the state is finally getting its act together and climbing up the national rankings regarding the number of people vaccinated, shots administered per day and ...

Driving revenue

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, A recent story shows an incorrect understanding of traffic engineering. The way speed limits are supposed to be set is called the 85th percentile. Tickets are then supposed to be given only to egregious violators. In Pennsylvania, speed limits are almost always underposted and ...

Don’t delay confirmations

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In this time of threats of insurrection of our democracy, white supremacy abounding, cyber hacking, and racially motivated domestic terrorists, we need CIA director William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Deputy Secretary Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed ...

‘Smooth operation’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, My wife and I got our COVID shots Feb. 17 at Allegheny Community Center. Everyone working there did an excellent job. Very smooth operation. Thank you. Semper Fi. Carl A. Rozzelle, Russell

Unwavering rationale

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I feel it is necessary to address your opinion of why my flag flies with the union down. You stated that “moments of personal dissatisfaction or times of protest should not be a reason to have the union down.” I agree with you. However, these are not my reasons as you ...