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Opinion

Our opinion: Safe planning for the Fourth

Our Opinion

It would be easy to simply throw our collective hands in the air and cancel any sort of festivities this year. Luckily, we live in a community that is getting good at taking life’s lemons and making some tasty lemonade. Kudos, then, to Alicia Gatto and her husband, Bob, for organizing a ...

Stress levels high for downtowns

Our Opinion

JAMESTOWN — There’s a definite distaste for state leadership here as well as in Warren County. Even though this Western New York city is strongly Democratic, it can be tough on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Since March, Cuomo has been in the national spotlight for how his state has dealt with the ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Get going on brakes Dear Editor, I have noticed many skid marks on only one side of a vehicle. Why? Because apparently brakes are not working or are out of adjustment. What happened to the PennDOT or federal DOT? How about the police? Someone is not doing maintenance. I maintained a ...

Veterans, officers make sacrifices daily

Local Commentaries

My husband, Boyd and I want to extend a big thank you to Josh Cotton for writing the wonderful stories about Boyd’s father and my father-in-law, Norris Freeborough. We received genuinely kind feedback from family and friends. It shows the importance of sharing the stories of those who ...

Our opinion: Following the money

Our Opinion

American taxpayers must not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Enjoying summer fun

Local Commentaries

I think playgrounds are open but I am not sure. It has been awfully slow opening everything up around here. I know there are no programs this year, but I think parents can still take their children to the playground if they choose to. When I was growing up the playground played a ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

All lives need values Dear Editor, Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter. But lives are a combination of body for action, mind for knowledge, and spirit for direction. It is becoming more evident that the spiritual dimension of our lives is much less significant than ...

Our opinion: Set spending priorities

Our Opinion

Would a $150,000 lighting project be a nice addition to trail along the Allegheny River in Crescent Park in Warren? Absolutely. Is the project worth the $75,000 required in local tax dollars without knowing the how badly state and local income tax receipts have been damaged by COVID-19? ...

Our opinion: Getting answers at home

Our Opinion

It was something Walmart shoppers would have never expected to see at the start of the year. But our new normal is all about staying healthy for our friends, family and community. Last week marked the beginning of COVID-19 testing at the store parking lot in North Warren. Seeing the set up ...

Our opinion: Don’t delay in school planning

Our Opinion

It didn’t take long for Amy Stewart, Warren County School superintendent, to make very clear the difficult situation district officials face when planning for this fall’s reopening of schools. The average district classroom can hold a little less than 10 students under social distancing ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Important point missing Dear Editor, I read a recent editorial (June 10), while scratching my head. You mentioned the primary turnout of 30% Republicans and 27% Democrats as low, and prognosticated that fall turnout will have far more persons voting. As I recall, your newspaper had many ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Important point missing Dear Editor, I read a recent editorial (June 10), while scratching my head. You mentioned the primary turnout of 30% Republicans and 27% Democrats as low, and prognosticated that fall turnout will have far more persons voting. As I recall, your newspaper had many ...

Our opinion: Weak sporting guidelines

Opinion

Guidance released last week to help Pennsylvania schools plan for the upcoming high school sports season isn’t much guidance at all. In fact, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidance barely qualifies as guidance. The very specific, very detailed list of rules and guidelines to ...

Facility may be barometer for recovery

Coronavirus

DUNKIRK, N.Y. — How our local economies bounce back in the coming months as the reopening phases continue to ramp up remains an uncertainty. Judging from the recent summerlike days, there is a strong sentiment from residents who have been stuck indoors over the last three months due to the ...

Our opinion: Lessons in excessive force

Our Opinion

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot a week ago in Buffalo makes clear. Taken by a radio news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many throughout the United ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Sociopathic behavior continues Dear Editor, Quoting again from my college Abnormal Psychology textbook — and previous letters to the editor: The most incredible trait of a sociopath is his complete lack of conscience, lack of empathy, remorse, guilt or shame, moral emotion. He can ...

Our opinion: Giving back the power

Our Opinion

Pennsylvania state legislators aren’t waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a legal challenge filed by businesses challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 business closures. Legislators have taken the matter into their own hands, voting Tuesday to approve House Resolution 836. The ...

Our opinion: Smooth day in primary

Our Opinion

Warren County seems to have fared well in its dress rehearsal for a high-turnout election in the fall. County residents who went to the polls last week largely reported positive experiences despite voting under the county’s COVID-19 precautions. Nearly all of the residents ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

Praise for Rouse Estates Dear Editor, During this time of stress and challenges in Warren County, one thing has not changed and that is the ongoing exemplary work and care that takes place every day at the Rouse Estates of Warren County. There, the children, adults and our valued senior ...

Our opinion: Vaccination battle may loom

Opinion

When a COVID-19 vaccine is ready, will you take it? A recent Associated Press poll doesn’t paint a promising picture. Roughly half of Americans polled are willing to get the vaccine. Another 31% said they aren’t sure if they will take the vaccine and another 20% said they will refuse a ...