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Opinion

Plenty of buzz over big hornet

Opinion

Like many people, I’m not terribly fond of wasps and stinging critters in general. Bigger certainly does not make them better. The other day, while visiting in Russell, we were sitting in an enclosed back porch at night. I saw something large flying around near the light and pointed it ...

Slow, ‘steady’ tone during primary

Coronavirus

There was no stampede or long wait in lines this time around. As a spattering of voters waited to cast their ballot on Tuesday morning even before the primary began at 7 at the Russell Volunteer Fire Department polling site at 66 Perrigo Lane, this event was far from overwhelming. Last ...

Our opinion: Going too far due to virus

Opinion

Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. In a way, it did. But look more closely at the ruling: It came in an emergency appeal ...

Our opinion: Complex budget awaits

Our Opinion

Each year in Pennsylvania, as May gives way to June, news reports are abundant about how Keystone State lawmakers are dealing with the challenge of assembling a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. As the past has demonstrated, that process sometimes also includes ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Is our country promoting division? Dear Editor, Yes, black lives do matter. History is eloquent with slavery and lynching. The precious lives of innocent school children matter. The lives of Hispanics who are detained and murdered matter. The lives of white people who are killed matter. ...

Our opinion: Showing respect at protests

Opinion

The Rev. Chloe Smith performed an invaluable public service this weekend organizing a peaceful, thoughtful protest rally at Dow Park in Jamestown. Sparked by the thoughtless killing of George Floyd, a helpless black man being arrested for a non-violent offense, by a white police officer in ...

Staying connected from a distance

Local Commentaries

Death does not observe social distancing. In this time of pandemic, how do we offer comfort to friends and family who are grieving the loss of someone they love? How do we, who have lost a loved one, honor and remember the deceased without a traditional funeral, visitation or burial? We need to ...

Our opinion: Checking Wolf’s power

Coronavirus

Our opinion: Checking Wolf’s power We hope the U.S. Supreme Court chooses to hear oral arguments in a case involving two Warren County businesses’ fight against Gov. Tom Wolf’s business closure order. The businesses ask a question regarding gubernatorial power that deserves a ...

Feisty mom couldn’t beat COVID-19

Our Opinion

JAMESTOWN— It was an October 2007 evening that Mary Richir would never forget. After years of volunteering her time and talents for the Festival of Grapes in her hometown of Silver Creek, N.Y., Richir was honored with the community service award by the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of ...

Naming or blaming?

Local Commentaries

It’s a name that always gets my attention. I’ve known it all my life even though it’s not my own name. And when it appears in print — especially in a public publication like a newspaper — I take notice. So there it was in a headline a couple of weeks ago. The name of God. We ...

‘Truth shall make you free’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The inscription on the Liberty Bell says “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” This is a direct quotation from the book of Leviticus in the Bible. Another place in the Bible that shows the virtues of liberty is 2 Corinthians 3:17 ...

Our opinion: Quality care begins with testing

Our Opinion

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Truth does not always come from government Dear Editor: We have heard it before, during the Vietnam War, the distortions, the outright lies, and misinformation from our politicians and generals about winning the war, number counts and inundating the American people with skewed statistics: ...

America could use a lot more religion right now

Local Commentaries

President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship “essential places that provide essential services” to the American people. “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend,” he said. ...

Our opinion: Proceed with caution

Our Opinion

On Friday, Warren will be the first area in the region to begin reopening its long-shuttered businesses to patrons. Let’s do it right. Restaurants and bars, entertainment venues including theaters, and personal care services like hair salons and spas, will open at 50% capacity. ...

Ease lockdown, count on common sense

Local Commentaries

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 lockdown has served its purpose. The time has come to end it. The objective of the lockdown was never to stop every American from getting COVID-19, which is impossible; it was to buy time to learn about the virus and prevent our health care system from being ...

Biden needs ‘nice’ and a woman for the job

Local Commentaries

WASHINGTON — It is rarely a good idea to make campaign promises that put you in a box or could go very wrong, as nearly every president can attest. Joe Biden must have skipped that chapter in the campaign how-to handbook. He’s now stuck with vows to appoint women and minorities to key ...

Our opinion: Schools need focus now

Our Opinion

How the 2020-21 school year will greet Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts is destined to remain a matter of deep concern in the weeks ahead, considering the many uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as new evidence suggesting that children aren't immune to ...

Children must use caution in park

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, It was good to see the kids enjoying the Beaty playground, which opened up last week. I pray they will be safe as they have fun this summer. However, I did see something that disturbed me. A girl about 9 or 10 was walking inside the overflow fence of the Conewango Creek on the ...

We can open up quicker

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In regards to "Going green" (May 23), I think it is terrible that all of these businesses were closed in the first place. They would know how to control distancing so they should have been able to stay open. I think it is time that all of the businesses in our town open ...