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Opinion

Partners with vaccine

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, As people try to find COVID vaccines, a huge thank you should be extended to Gaughn’s Drug Store and Experience Inc. Agency on Aging. They are working together to schedule vaccine clinics and their efforts are to be commended. They have stepped up to provide a vital service ...

Editor’s corner: There’s a way to stop runaway tax train

Our Opinion

City Manager Nancy Freenock was the bearer of bad news earlier this month. In an article by Josh Cotton, the Warren administrator talked about the need to raise taxes. Most of what she was saying is truly out of her control. Warren is no different than many localities in the northeast. This ...

A realistic climate agenda for our environment

Local Commentaries

There are many things Pennsylvania state government should do this year to address climate change — but won’t — given the political composition of the state legislature. But a few significant things are possible. Pennsylvania emitted about two hundred and fifteen million metric tons of ...

Over-enforcement in Rochester

Our Opinion

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Love is in the air

Local Commentaries

During your lifetime you meet many people who profoundly affect your life. Some are casual relationships while others are lasting ones. Years ago, I read a book about the people you will meet in heaven. Some of them you have met before while others are new relationships. I read with ...

Apparent quick trigger on hotel plan

Our Opinion

It comes as little surprise that the Warren City Council is poised to stop development of a downtown hotel next week. Staff have been working with a developer out of St. Marys for three years on a proposal that would have brought a Cobblestone Inn & Suites to the riverfront at the ...

A need for speed no matter the age

Local Commentaries

There’s a quirkiness about being older that reaches out and grabs me occasionally. It’s the disconnect between being old and feeling old. Many of my friends agree. “I was 39 the other day, I blinked, and I got THIS?!” No fair. Advanced years take your speed. I want my body to do what ...

Our opinion: Offering assistance for addictions

Our Opinion

Two Warren parents have been charged with administering suboxone to a 2-year-old girl who was suffering from withdrawal from suboxone caused by use during the mother’s pregnancy as well as breast feeding. Warren County ranks roughly in the middle of the commonwealth for rate of neonatal ...

How do you wear that?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The Feb. 4 Times Obsever has a nice photo of U.S. Rep. Kathy Rapp speaking at a House Health Committee, which she chairs, meeting and hearing. The little bit of the video that downloaded shows Ms. Rapp with her mask as in the photo. You’d think a person who chairs a health ...

Lack of guidance slowing process

Our Opinion

State House of Representatives members have taken the first step toward using the Pennsylvania National Guard to help distribute COVID-19 vaccinations across the commonwealth. While the action still needs approval by the state Senate and Gov. Tom Wolf, it’s apparent listening to Rick ...

Preserve city park

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Below please find a link to a draft parks plan that the city is preparing to publish. On page 18 — 10th page of the PDF document, the plan falsely asserts that Washington Park is “suitable for intense development.” Washington Park is completely natural, and a formally ...

Not my America

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Has America bankrupted its moral and legal values? More than one month ago the United States and the world witnessed the unthinkable on Jan. 6, when the National Capitol was invaded by a violent mob of insurrectionists intent on overthrowing our government; even to arrest or do ...

New urgency needed for vaccines

Our Opinion

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We believe the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th -- depending on which report you read -- among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...

Familiar name keeps link to NFL

Local Commentaries

I’d like to introduce former NFL offensive lineman Lilja and former NFL offensive lineman Lilja -- no relation. While watching a recent football game, a reporter saw a name that caught his eye. It must have been an ad for ESPN’s Peyton’s Places. Peyton Manning was talking about why ...

February is a time for reflection

Our Opinion

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

Cooking up new ideas

Local Commentaries

​During this pandemic I have done a lot of cooking and baking. Friday night date night has ended up to be Friday night date night at home. That is really all right with me since I like to cook. Coming up with the menus is the issue. I try to have different things for us to eat. ​I have ...

Keeping schools safe in pandemic

Our Opinion

Teachers in Warren County are similar to their peers nationwide in that they want to be in the classroom with their students but worry about getting COVID-19. Some teachers are in age groups or have pre-existing conditions that make them particularly susceptible to COVID-19, but it’s worth ...

High costs of COVID, but some savings

Local Commentaries

Almost every calamity that happens in our lives cost money, sometimes big bucks. But when it’s a fire, a flood, a hurricane or a mudslide, the human cost is exponentially more expensive than the act of nature. I don’t think anyone ever gets over the anguish of losing loved ones, their home, ...

Praise for a president

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Impeach former President Donald Trump? Here we go again. What a waste and loss of our tax money. But when the money is not your own but comes from someone else, no problem. There seems to be no limit to what hatred will cause some people to do. May I express my gratitude to ...

Giving back in the community

Our Opinion

The Warren County Commissioners’ decision to use endowment money to continue a CARES Act rental assistance program is a good one. In 2020, the county was awarded federal CARES Act money to pay for rental assistance that was open to all county residents, not just Human Services’s clients. ...