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Opinion

State is taking a shine to solar

Our Opinion

Renewable energy in the form of solar farms appears destined for Warren County. Earlier this month during a Planning Commission meeting, Zoning Officer Michael Lyon says he has been approached about commercial-type farms that could be anywhere from 50 to 150 acres. Just how local officials ...

Marijuana push by Wolf is just a smokescreen

Local Commentaries

In recent months, Gov. Tom Wolf has become more vociferous in his push to legalize recreational marijuana. In reality, Wolf’s focus on pushing pot shows his political savvy, despite his “I’m new at politics,” protests. After all, what could be a better distraction from his abysmal ...

Dealing with a D.C. dilemma

Our Opinion

Among the growing movements since President Joe Biden took office is the effort by some to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. The argument has some merits, most notably that the roughly 700,000 people who live in our nation’s capital are subject to paying federal taxes without ...

Seeing signs of spring

Local Commentaries

With the clocks already set ahead an hour, spring cannot be far behind. I know Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but ... On March 14 we celebrated the Spring Equinox – the time when the daylight hours and nighttime hours are supposed to be equal. The first thing we noticed was there ...

Not out of COVID woods yet

Our Opinion

It may be the calm before another storm or it could be the beginning of a return to normalcy across Warren County. On both Monday and Tuesday, there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported. While that is reassuring, this is not the time to get careless. We all witnessed some of the worst from ...

Digging into spring

Local Commentaries

Wrapped in morning sunshine, I am sitting at the computer, and just noticed my dirty fingernails. Eww. I guess I didn’t do a thorough job of nail clean-up along with kitchen clean-up last night. That routine scrub usually takes care of grubby garden hands, but yesterday I was so excited to ...

Healthy backing for state initiative

Our Opinion

Warren General Hospital officials support Gov. Tom Wolf’s Regional Accountable Health Councils. That’s good, because the councils have the ability to do a lot of good in areas that don’t have health departments. According to Teresa Miller, state human services secretary, the ...

Making waves on pool closure

Our Opinion

Warren officials should reconsider the decision not to open the city’s public pool — or at least give the public a better reason than amorphous “outlying concerns” over COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control guidance on pools updated on Feb. 1, the CDC is not aware of ...

Fix state jobless benefits system

Our Opinion

Of all the systemic weaknesses that the pandemic has revealed — in the economy, education, and housing and health — the failure of government is a tragedy unto itself. For the past year, the focus has centered on the failures at the federal level to respond effectively to the pandemic — ...

Unsurprising start

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Hmmm? Definitely not surprising at all! Not to the unclouded mind any how. More than one month in office and the president has already managed to eliminate 15,000-plus jobs, proposed taking $2.5 trillion from the US military and investing it into Syria, China, lran, Pakistan ...

Wrong slant on Seuss

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I woke up to read the paper and saw the View from Hickory Heights (March 12). There was no government involvement in the decision made to stop publishing six Dr. Seuss books that are offensive to various races. You can read the article in the link: ...

Nurses for patients

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I am an RN with 25 years experience. Health-care workers and their patients have had an extremely trying year. Burnout was a problem before COVID-19 hit with 63% of nurses reporting inadequate staffing. This is the highest factor of job dissatisfaction in our profession. Yet, ...

Special birthday

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, We want to thank Brian Ferry for the wonderful article her wrote about my mother, Mary Laurich. My brothers and sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the front page celebrity status you gave her. She is nearing the end of a life well lived. As her children, we appreciated the ...

Editor’s corner: Numbers offer an objective view

Our Opinion

Within the next month, U.S. Census officials are expected to release the data collected from 2020. Recent numbers, however, do not offer a positive indication for what is to come for northwestern Pennsylvania. Those statistics find this region is lagging behind state averages when it comes to ...

Making choices, taking orders while in Japan

Local Commentaries

A fairly well-known aphorism is “Speak now or forever hold your peace,” the origins of which are unknown to me. In a rather long life, there have been a good many times when I have spoken up — sometimes to my own detriment. However, there does remain an event a good many years ago ...

Relief deal has long-term effects

Our Opinion

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Sticky situation on registration

Our Opinion

State legislators don’t have enough information yet to repeal Act 89, which ended the requirement for registration expiration stickers to be placed on a vehicle’s license plates. Rep. Barry Jowziak, R-Berks, has been trying for the past two legislative sessions to get legislation ...

It’s easy to go green on St. Patrick’s Day

Local Commentaries

I know I’ve missed it by a day, but if there is any holiday worthy of a one day hangover, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. With a bit of the luck of the Irish, you may have some leftover corned beef as we do, or maybe a few scraps of Irish soda bread. I’ve never managed to enjoy Guinness, but ...

Our opinion: What to consider with minimum wage

Our Opinion

At least one Republican in the state House of Representatives is signaling a willingness to debate on a minimum wage increase. State Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, is preparing to introduce legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 per hour. Laughlin’s ...

Giving spirit in uncertain times

Our Opinion

COVID-19 tested our community’s philanthropic spirit — and our residents and businesses passed the test with flying colors. Lacey Hanson, United Fund of Warren executive director, wasn’t always sure the Torchlight Campaign’s $680,000 goal would be met. “Then, I was getting ...