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Opinion

Case rise demands attention

Our Opinion

This upcoming holiday weekend could be the most pivotal three days in Warren County’s battle with COVID-19 since the middle of March and the month of April when the pandemic began. Already, as this newspaper has reported, there has been one positive case in our schools. That did not take ...

It’s time to act if you’re eyeing a vote by mail

Local Commentaries

This fall’s presidential election is coming up quickly, and during every day leading up to Nov. 3, Pennsylvania’s county leaders and election officials are hard at work preparing to administer an impartial and accurate election. And what’s top of mind for them? Making sure that voters ...

Breaking a Commandment

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, What does the future hold for a nation when those in high office and powerful positions do not practice the Ninth Commandment? When I was a boy, I noticed that none of the Commandments demanded that I never lie—that no Commandment specifically demanded that I speak only ...

Our opinion: A case for COVID-19 disclosures

Our Opinion

With public schools in many states either reopened or ready to become so within the next few weeks, it is virtually inevitable that there will be COVID-19 outbreaks in some classrooms. That will result in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them ...

Ending American labels

Local Commentaries

What does it mean to be an American? This morning I want to present my views. First of all, I am proud to be an American. I love this country and all it stands for. The Constitution was written more than 200 years ago, but is still pertinent today. Our system of three parts of government ...

Where’s the concern?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Bruce Cockburn wrote a song, “If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?” And it’s true today. In Genesis, God created the earth and said it was good. That means cutting down most of the trees in the Allegheny National Forest is a sneaky plan by the Forest ...

Our opinion: Getting in gear on parking garage

Our Opinion

City of Warren officials will have to make a decision on the Clark Street Parking Garage. The 15-year-old structure, which was rehabilitated in 2011, is showing signs of wear and tear. It is now up to officials to figure out how long the term for repairs should be. Members were presented ...

Warren not Biden country

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Ignorance is bliss. Worse, organized ignorance, is dangerous in current times. Why? Joe Biden for president. How? A tectonic faiure of public education dumbing down America. Scandalous decades of taxpayers throwing good money after bad — with no accoutability Biden — ...

Hypocritical signs

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, First, just a reaction. Recently, a reader expressed discontent that letter writers should be limited to once a month. I disagree. It is a modest restriction and without it, those like myself who delight in pounding opinions into the keyboard would bore the public even more ...

Our opinion: Praise for effort by YMCA

Our Opinion

Many residents, especially our youth, have not had the opportunities to keep a regular schedule over the last six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In early March, Gov. Tom Wolf decided to move learning to a remote platform and shutdown the schools. This not only impacted a way of ...

No purpose to voting

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Voting is not as important as it used to be. Years ago it was effective, but not anymore. I listened to a DVD featuring the late George Carlin explaining why he does not vote. I think he has good reasoning. He states that most politicians do things wrong and screw things up. ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Meddling president Dear Editor, President Donald Trump does not want us to be able to vote safely in the national election on Nov. 3 because he thinks mail-in voting will result in his defeat. To this end, he is interfering with the delivery of the mail by the U.S. Postal Service. He wants ...

Our opinion: Extra caution on roads

Our Opinion

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

What’s in a promise? Dear Editor, Sometimes while traveling thought town, I see signs saying, “Promises Made, Promises Kept” and I wonder just what promises were made and kept. So I researched it and found there were more than 100 promises made but few kept. A sampling: ¯ Better ...

Our opinion: Getting proactive on Fifth Ave.

Our Opinion

East Fifth Avenue has been a headache for motorists for most of the summer. Thankfully, earlier this month, there were some temporary repairs made. Credit goes to the city, the Department of Public Works and Huber Blacktop for their work on the stretch of road that desperately needed ...

We must consider a Health Department

Our Opinion

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Warren County has been under the radar. It speaks to our rural community and good neighbors. When it comes to the number of cases, while low, there have been plenty of inconsistencies. As staff reporter Brian Ferry has documented throughout the health-care ...

Good-natured efforts come in threes

Local Commentaries

An observation. Gratitude. A possible metaphor. I regularly walk the uphill roads that take me to the Warren Area High School. It’s a lovely, challenging climb that I’m grateful to be able to do. I share the air and earth up there with birds, bunnies, chipmunks, a singular cat, and ...

Vehicles drive important points

Local Commentaries

It has recently irritated me to have to be careful when backing out of our driveway not to collide with the car parked in the street opposite from where our driveway ends. It’s not that the car’s owner has parked his or her car in a way that seriously impedes my exiting since there is ...

Our opinion: Make possible criminals pay price

Our Opinion

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Look how far we’ve come

Local Commentaries

Last week I talked about the Depression. I complimented the two women in my life who had lived through it and taught me a lot. Today I have other thoughts. I read a piece called “I Like the Depression.” The man had this perspective on how the Depression enhanced his life. How could ...