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Local Commentaries

When it is a clear night the sky at this time of the year is positively beautiful. I remember when my daughter and her children were staying with me. Their home was being renovated. One night when we came home from shopping I took the time to locate the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and the Little ...

Close connections to playoffs

Our Opinion

Has there ever been a time so many area pro football fans have been ready for the playoffs? Three teams closely connected to our region — Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland — have qualified for the postseason. It all kicks off with the Bills on Saturday at 1 p.m. hosting the Indianapolis ...

Our opinion: Do the next smart thing – get a vaccine

Our Opinion

For a region that went months with only a handful of cases, last week’s news that Warren County had averaged nearly two COVID-19-related deaths a day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day was shocking. The number — 14 in a week — should be enough to make people sit up and take ...

Sore losing

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, My friends and I played enough sports in our life to fully understand and accept winning and losing. When we were very young a loss brought tears to our eyes. A few years later a loss resulted in a sulk, and some years later it was pure anger when we lost a game. In our late ...

Avoiding disaster

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Can you imagine what would’ve happened if President Donald Trump had prevailed and gotten governors, electoral representatives or the Supreme Court to nullify 20,000,000 voters and declare himself Dictator or Supreme Leader of the United States? We would no longer be a ...

Finding details in father’s footsteps

Local Commentaries

Material recently forwarded on to me from a distant relative in southern Sweden who is very good with tracing genealogical records on his computer, coupled with data previously sent by the same party, indicate that although my father may have left the Old World at a young age, there were some ...

Navigating the new

Local Commentaries

A couple weeks ago I made the mistake of asking my husband if there was something that he was hungry for that I could make for Christmas. He told me he was hungry for Koldormer. Now, I knew what koldormer was, but I had never made it. He told me his first wife had a Swedish cookbook that she ...

Our opinion: State must focus on drug battle

Our Opinion

With such a steady flow of breaking news relating to the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election for months, many Pennsylvania residents, including some people here, have not focused attention on some other noteworthy stories that at other times would have grasped their ...

Our opinion: Maintaining transparency in pandemic

Coronavirus

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, which are required under the Sunshine Act to meet publicly at times and places advertised to the public in advance, have had to be creative to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of everyone — including the members of ...

Anyone mend any more?

Local Commentaries

On my Facebook feed a picture of some mended pants and socks appeared this past week. It asked who had worn clothes that were mended. I quickly pressed like to indicate that I had worn clothes that were mended. That got me to thinking. I do not think people mend clothes any more. If ...

Our opinion: First responders are lifesavers

Our Opinion

Thank goodness for the well-trained and quick-thinking of Warren County Sheriff’s deputies who, three times in the past few weeks, have saved the lives of Warren County residents. Deputy Randy Ickert responded with the City of Warren Fire Department for a report of a 25-year-old female who ...

A distorted country

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Sociopaths do not make good presidents. The sociopath’s world centers around his skewed perception of reality. The sociopath creates alternative facts to support his alternative reality. How so, let me list a few examples. 1) exaggerated inauguration crowd size 2) the ...

U.S. has lots to ‘lose’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I’m sure glad we have a local celebrity in Readers Speak (Dec. 21) explain the Republicans’ error of their ways, especially after the Democrats have done nothing but attack Republicans for four straight years without a single break. Now our celebrity wants us to “come ...

Trail system ‘great choice’ for park

Local Commentaries

I am responding to the commentary “Preserving Washington Park must be a priority moving forward” (Dec. 5). As a lifelong resident of the Warren area and a person who enjoys the outdoors, I agree that Washington Park is a cherished resource. The view from the park is a grand reminder of the ...

State House needs reform

Local Commentaries

Who decides what bills become laws in Pennsylvania? Is the voice of the people heard? Does every Representative have a fair say? On the first day of every Legislative Session, legislators vote to set the rules that answer these and other key questions. Those who write the rules might consider ...

Be ‘grateful’ for our caregivers

Local Commentaries

Too many friends have lost their lives, too many friends have lost their businesses, and too many children have lost the innocence of their youth during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a year we would all like to shed from our memories. A once in a generation global pandemic coupled ...

Inside the numbers

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Are you around 32 people in Warren County in a day? Do you shop for groceries, hardware, or other things and see 32 people in the store or 32 cars in the parking lot? Do you go in to the following areas such as pharmacies, post office, work, or other establishments or ...

All is calm, bright at Christmas

Our Opinion

Two hundred and fourteen years ago, a young Austrian priest named Joseph Mohr wrote the words to “Silent Night.” Mohr was inspired by a peaceful, quiet in the hills overlooking Mariapfarr, not long after the Napoleonic wars. The town was at peace after more than 20 years of war. The ...

A lost vote

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, This letter is to express our deep concern in regard to the recent election and how it was conducted with such fraud and disregard for the Constitutional right of the American people to choose their candidate without interference or fear of repercussion. This is the first ...

‘Perilous times’ ahead

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I always thought that 20/20 vision was a term of perfection. The term is used to express normal visual acuity, which is the clarity or how sharp your vision is, measured at a distance of 20 feet. As we near the end of the year 2020, it will be remembered as far from normal as ...