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Are we ‘doomed?’ Dear Editor, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people laying their masks on the table in restaurants. Think about it. If you have or are carrying the virus and do not know it, you have a good chance of infecting someone else. I know that they are supposed to ...

Our opinion: Playing for a good cause

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With so many traditional events being called off this year, we would be remiss not to call attention to the efforts of Paws Along The River and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry for their work to keep two more events from falling by the wayside. On Saturday, Paws Along The ...

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Allowing trees to live Dear Editor, I read a recent letter “Seeing forest from trees” (July 8) with interest. The writer was correct. There are very few 400-year-old trees in the Allegheny National Forest. It is because these magnificent giants were all cut down! Only 2% of the entire ...

Area attractions have global appeal

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Warren County can often seem as though it is on the outside while looking in when it comes to leadership in Pennsylvania. As the coronavirus grips the southern part of the nation, this region remains hardly touched as, according to the state Health Department, there are only 15 known cases ...

City needs caution in dealing with developers

Local Commentaries

In July, I wrote a letter pertaining to the proposed hotel complex that some people think that tax dollars, aka grant money, aka manna from heaven, should be used to fund some “developers’” dreams. It doesn’t work. These people are just here for a handout at our expense. Here are my ...

Our opinion: Keeping close watch of campuses

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Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

View from Hickory Heights: Our lost summer

Local Commentaries

Although the coronavirus has canceled the Warren County Fair for this year, it does not stop me from thinking about it. I served on the board of directors for 19 years — all of that doing the publicity and advertising. It is very much a part of my summer. Last summer my husband and I ...

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The long and short of it Dear Editor, Regional editor John D’Agostino told readers on July 25 that letters to the Times Observer are important. Here’s how to get people to read them. Short is smart. A half a column, better yet a third of a column, almost guarantees people will read ...

Our opinion: Special sight of police support

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It was a heart-warming sight last week at the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Hickory Street in the city. Hundreds of residents showed up for support and with signs to say “thank you” to all those who serve as law enforcement in our county. Though this area has a great respect for those in ...

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Pride in Warren Dear Editor, When I read the article “First-ever Pride Day held in Warren” it was clear to me that there are so many caring people in Warren. We should always treat one another with kindness and understanding. It is true we must not be judgmental, which is ...

Our opinion: Going too fast on minimum wage

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Pennsylvania legislators should tread lightly with Rep. Roni Green’s proposal to increase the state minimum wage by $4.75 an hour on Jan. 1 and another $1.50 an hour raise on July 1. The minimum wage debate isn’t anything new, of course, given that Pennsylvania’s minimum wage hasn’t ...

Our opinion: Coronavirus hits close to home

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There has been plenty of frustration in regard to the coronavirus counts in Warren County. Though there has been a minimal number of cases, there always is plenty of uncertainty that surrounds the number. On one occasion, one positive case was listed here when in reality it was in a county by ...

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Local Commentaries

Pray for our president Dear Editor, Evangelicals who wince at some of the words our president uses need to take stock. Should the passion and energy spent on critiquing be better put into prayer for the man God has in office and studying the Bible? Consider: King David, small in stature, ...

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Trump in turmoil Dear Editor, Have you heard that Mitt Romney called out President Donald Trump’s commutation of Trump’s old time political ally, Roger Stone, as being “historic, unprecedented corruption.” Stone had been convicted of seven felony crimes relating to the Russia link ...

Our opinion: Fact don’t back Wolf on bars

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Bars and restaurants were one of three factors Gov. Tom Wolf singled out two weeks ago when he announced additional restrictions statewide. Pennsylvania residents weren’t wearing masks and social distancing while at bars and restaurants, too many people were traveling into and out of the ...

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Unhealthy advice Dear Editor, Reasonable people should be absolutely tired of Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the scientific knowledge of personnel who understand the significance and the deadly nature of COVID-19. He is a hindrance to the efforts of everyone who are trying their very ...

Community voices vital to this page

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A reader sent a polite note last week regarding a letter to the editor that will soon be published in Times Observer. In it, he said he “respectfully” requests to be consulted on any edits. Fair enough. However, the last letter this reader sent was 43 inches in length. For perspective, ...

How do your words land?

Local Commentaries

Land is one of those words that can either be a noun or a verb. It usually shows up as a noun. Like the listing of land transfers published in the newspaper. A place. Something solid. Space on which to stand. But sometimes it’s a verb. As in what a plane does when the wheels appear and ...

Daylilies are easy care, great in gardens

Local Commentaries

It certainly seems to be daylily season in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Everywhere you look day lilies are blooming profusely and the colors of choice seem to be yellow or orange. Happily, day lilies come in many colors and can bloom at different times during the summer season. It is possible to ...

Our opinion: Church guidelines are a start

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Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people—including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...