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Opinion

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, ...

Knowing the facts

Local Commentaries

Last column, I began discussing myths and facts of suicide. I want to finish this discussion because, again, if myths of suicide are believed to be facts then a person’s ability to reach out and assist someone struggling with a suicidal crisis is lowered. Some people believe that only ...

Dragonflies: They do what?!

Local Commentaries

“Does anyone want to go outside to see a Black Saddlebag?” Statements of this kind are frequently heard around the offices at Audubon. We stop work at our desks, jump up with our cameras, and head outside. Being aware of what is going on outside is a major part of our jobs, so it is ...

Ship of State

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The word “government” as we know it today is derived from the Greek word “kubern’o”; meaning to “steer” or “guide” as well as “drive” or “direct”. Regardless of specific opinions, I think it’s safe to say most people would agree that those ...

Which trip was best? Part II

Local Commentaries

The trips I took with the grandchildren were some of my favorites. I went to New York City two years in a row. First, I took the granddaughter, then I took the boys. When you see the wonder of the children experiencing something for the first time it is really an awesome experience. We got ...

The last day of summer

Local Commentaries

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm A lone tiny yellow flower pokes out of the grass among red, yellow and brown leaves on a September morn’ in Warren. Do you remember the 21st night of September? Wait, that’s tonight. In that case, do you intend to dance in the night while the stars ...