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Help our schools open Dear Editor, To reopen our schools safely, Pennsylvania needs Congress’ help Pennsylvania educators and administrators are putting plans in place to reopen our schools to students in the new school year. We still have a lot of work to do, but one thing is clear: ...

Our opinion: Wolf’s differing messages

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Gov. Tom Wolf has done a nice job speaking out of both sides of his mouth over the last week. From one side of his mouth, the governor is arguing in court that he should have veto power over legislative attempts to end his broad emergency power granted earlier this year. A gubernatorial veto ...

Our opinion: Independence and equality

Opinion

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

The daylily principle

Local Commentaries

Those pretty orange lilies that grow along the side of the road are my favorite wild flowers. I told my husband the other day that is what I want to find growing on my grave someday. I do not remember seeing daylilies alongside the road when I grew up. That was something new that I found ...

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Letters To Editor

Kneeling implications Dear Editor, I read something incredulous. It stated that President Donald Trump would win the upcoming election just on sports figures kneeling. I can’t recall any extreme reaction to this until Trump told people what they were supposed to think. Now, he again, ...

Our opinion: Appreciation for sculptor’s legacy

Our Opinion

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Dave Poulin’s story in the Jamestown and Warren areas is what happened in the aftermath of the “Scary Lucy” fiasco. Some took joy in berating and making fun of the sculptor, and lost amidst the hubbub of a private commission gone wrong was the ...

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Letters To Editor

Masks a new arsenal Dear Editor, Some folks may think of Patriots with muskets near July Fourth. Defiant words penned to delicate paper were backed up by iron, gunpowder, lead and the blood of Patriots. Cloth masks and sanitizer seem wimpy weaponry compared to iron and gunpowder. But those ...

Our opinion: Welcome relief for taxpayers

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Any relief taxpayers can receive following the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome. In that regard, we are pleased to see state Sens. Michele Brooks and Scott Hutchinson favor legislation that would allow individual school districts the option to extend their property tax discount periods and their ...

Our opinion: Good call on site of fireworks

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A couple from Warren last week sent a letter to our Readers’ Speak column. Simply put, they opposed the idea of having fireworks on the Fourth of July in Oakland Cemetery. “We feel this is in very poor taste to be having this display in a place where people are in their final, peaceful ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

No secrecy in loans Dear Editor, I take exception to the Times Observer editorial and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s assertion that getting a COVID loan is proprietary information. When a business applies for a public loan that is funded by taxpayer money there should not be an expectation ...

Our opinion: The show must go on

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Once again Warren is blazing a path for Chautauqua County to follow. This time, the path is public entertainment assemblies as Warren’s Struthers Library Theater reopens for movies and shows starting with showings of The Sandlot last week. Additional July events include the Warren Players ...

Following your heart for ultimate freedom

Local Commentaries

Someone asked me not too long ago how I came to do what I do ... meaning specifically, I assumed, serve as a pastor in ministry. It’s a good question. And I have a pretty boring answer: it just felt right. At the age of 6, I served as an acolyte (the kid who lights the candles) and at 16 I ...

Peonies have a long lifespan

Local Commentaries

Early June in Northwestern Pennsylvania is peony time. This beautiful and elegant flower is the backbone of many perennial borders. The flowers come in colors of white and yellow and many shades red from the darkest hue to a pale pink. They have become a popular wedding flower as well as a ...

Editor’s corner: Signature moment for grads

Local Commentaries

It was a shining example of making a memory. Three weeks ago, members of the Warren High School Class of 2020 traveled by car across the Kinzua Dam. At the mid-point, each graduate dressed in gown and cap was able to get out of their vehicle to receive their diploma from Principal Jeff ...

Our opinion: Having U.S. lead on vaccine

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Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Enjoying the dash

Local Commentaries

It is said that what happens between the date of your birth and the date of your death is LIFE. Although my tombstone has no dash, I like to think about the time that has been my life. It has truly been a journey and I am not finished yet. First of all, everyone has a life story. No not all ...

Our opinion: No easy school solutions

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Warren County parents, students and other community stakeholders all agree that they want to see schools open in the fall. How, exactly, that will happen is anybody’s guess. Reading the comments made by Amy Stewart, Warren County school superintendent, however, it’s apparent that no one ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Flying off the handle Dear Editor, It’s interesting that with the racial, biological, and political turmoil that all of us are recently exposed to on a daily basis that an elected official in the Oval Office has yet to come forward to allay our concerns. Rather, supercilious tweets ...

Our opinion: Embracing transparency

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should accept the defeat it was handed in Commonwealth Court last week, discard any thoughts of filing a costly appeal with the state Supreme Court and avoid any delay regarding full compliance with what the judges decided. Any Pennsylvania resident who ...

Our opinion: Serving up participation

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City of Warren officials are definitely taking note of an activity that continues to show signs of growth. Last week, council approved the addition of two pickleball courts to Beaty Park. Pickleball, especially with the middle-age and older generation, is a big deal. Not only does it help ...