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Opinion

Starbrick traffic light

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, My letter to the editor is not one of complaint, but one of gratitude. Last month, I was training with my O&M instructor through Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services on trailing safely so that I may go fishing at the boat launch in Starbrick. As we approached the ...

Our Opinion: Political theater

Our Opinion

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaged in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Our Opinion: Victory in transparency

Our Opinion

An important matter of public interest has been settled, and that has to do with whether the names of candidates for appointment to unexpired terms of public office should be made public. When the issue surfaced about five years ago, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette believed that it was common ...

Our Opinion: Poking tigers with sticks

Our Opinion

George Orwell called it “Newspeak.” We often laugh at the way government redefines the meaning of words, and “Fair Pay to Play,” the recently passed California law that is now being discussed in our state legislature, certainly turns the dictionary on its ear. Athletes choose ...

Promoting Warren

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry recently released a great video of “Welcome to Warren.” We are fortunate to have some strong events that we rally around and celebrate with the broader region. Often, family and graduation reunions are in full swing when ...

What’s in a name?

Local Commentaries

"Curiosity killed the cat," the old saying goes. I guess it's a good thing I'm not of the feline persuasion. I'll just admit it - I'm nosy. I like meeting new people and I have a bad habit that has served me well. I talk to people. I chat with cabbies and clerks and waiters and people ...

A visit up north (part 1)

Local Commentaries

A delayed honeymoon trip to Alaska was a treat. Both of us had been to Alaska before, but this time we visited Don's daughter, Melanie and her family. When he talked to her shortly before we left, she told us the weather up there was similar to what we were having so we took what we thought ...

‘Mean girls’

Local Commentaries

The teen years are filled with all types of mean girls; frenemies, fake friends, toxic friends and controlling girls. These mean girl behaviors often leave others feeling hurt, puzzled and distraught. Mean behavior is not “normal” girl behavior but is often excused as “that’s what ...

Don’t you love it?

Local Commentaries

What do you love? Food-wise, I mean. I’m not talking about what you would eat three meals a day forever. That’s too tough a question. It’s more like what your very favorite is. I guess I’d have to say a deep red, mid-Italy-type spaghetti sauce. You know, just like Nonna used to make. ...

Climate change

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Although I’m no climate change expert, actually far from it, I did some research and found some interesting things. One needs to go online and look up a map of the amount of aircraft, and ships, on the globe at “any instantaneous moment”. The quantities of each, on these ...

Our Opinion: Distractions, distractions

Our Opinion

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

Power of the people

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, As of 10/19, our rights as citizens have been violated on a consistent basis. Our government for we the people is and has been influenced by money that creates power. Therefore, our elected officials that govern our once great country is not and has not been us people since ...

The turning point?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Although in January of 2017 Mr. Trump swore and oath to selflessly put his own interests aside in order to serve a greater cause — “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and to serve our great nation and all of its citizens — it has ...

A time for choosing

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, After reading an op-ed by David Bossie of Citizens United, I agree with what he said: A Reagan speech 55 years ago titled “A Time for Choosing” compared big government v. individual liberty and capitalism v. socialism. He chided Democrats for claiming “they’re going ...

Impeachment

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I thoroughly disagree with the suggestions of the Opinion writer in the Friday, September 27th Times Observer! We live in a democracy where clandestine, backroom meetings and secret machinations are not allowed by law. I absolutely protest the turning upside down of the ...

The best thing about fall

Local Commentaries

In my mind, the best thing about fall is harvest time. Although the garden is past its prime, it has enough good things in it to keep me happy. Tomatoes happen to be my favorite thing to eat when they are ripened on the vine. Oh, you can purchase tomatoes on the vine at other times of ...

A far-too-exciting event along the Allegheny

Local Commentaries

We’ve witnessed some exciting events while camping along the Allegheny River, such as the time a very large bear raided our garbage can late one night at Cloverleaf Campground while we observed its antics from just a few away out of our camper trailer window. But by far the most exciting ...

The invisible

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, What do these numbers mean to you 6-8, 10-12, 14-16, and 5, 6X, 7-8, 10-12? Go shopping at the local grocery store. Order a meal. Purchase the latest fashions at a nice store. Go about your normal life. There are no people living in poverty. Drive by a food pantry or a ...

Climate

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I do tend to write a letter now and then not flattering to the idiot in chief. Responses to those letters are usually ridiculed at local establishments from Trump fans, but I am a big boy and at least I do it publicly for all to see. Now I have a challenge to all Trump fans ...

Vote for someone else then

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I’m wondering why the letters to the editor in this newspaper seem to be so overwhelmingly anti-Trump. I believe President Trump won the 2016 election in Warren County by a substantial margin and yet the vast majority of the letters appear to be penned by very intelligent, ...