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Watching from home

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Many of the television shows are being done as “at home editions.” We are seeing the interior of the stars’ homes as they are interviewing and interacting with others. What we are seeing is the part of their home that they want us to see. Television newscasters are also doing their ...

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Respect heroes with mask Dear Editor, Sept. 11, 2001. Two hijacked planes crash into the World Trade Center. Firemen rush in, not out, to help rescue survivors. Which put them right at risk. Many died. Heroes. How could we help? What can we do? FDNY hats were worn everywhere. We now ...

Our opinion: Governors keep hold on power

Our Opinion

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York state want to give up their emergency powers. Similar executive actions last week provide proof why they should do just that. Both governors took steps to limit bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed in some parts of ...

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Letters To Editor

Silver lining in support Dear Editor, On behalf of the coaching staff and the Little Eagles Wrestling Booster, I would like to thank those who stopped by our booth this past weekend during YABA days in Youngsville. Thank you so much to: the Brokenstraw Valley Winery who allowed us to ...

Our opinion: Community effort for the park

Our Opinion

There is a lot of stress and division in our collective ranks these days. It’s nice, then, to be reminded of what can happen when we come together to the betterment of our local communities. We refer, of course, to the pending culmination of work at the Lacy Playground in Warren. Work on ...

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Letters To Editor

Freedoms at stake Dear Editor, For nearly four years the federal government has been in turmoil because the Democrats lost the 2016 election. Donald Trump ran on the “Drain the Swamp” agenda with many promises to “Make America Great Again.” He has accomplished some of those ...

Our opinion: Going overboard on Wolf’s powers

Our Opinion

Persistence can often pay off and we’re hoping that’s the case for the General Assembly’s latest effort — in a long line of thus far fruitless endeavors — to wrest from the governor the ability to exercise dictatorial powers for however long he or she desires once he or she declares ...

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Cause and effect Dear Editor, Former officer Derek Chauvin brutally killed George Floyd. He’s in jail and charged with murder. His action was despicable. Going beyond peaceful protests, rioters committed arson, looting and assaults in numerous cities. Those actions are despicable. The ...

Our opinion: No fast fix with casinos

Our Opinion

While there is no such thing as a sure bet, it’s a fairly safe wager that the upcoming mini-casino auction will be a bust. State lawmakers in June, wishing for a tax boost, ordered the state Gaming Control Board to try to auction off a mini-casino license. But unlike in Disney’s ...

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Letters To Editor

No masking leadership Dear Editor, I hate wearing a mask. Hate it. But I rather like having a governor who does not want to see me bury friends and relatives. Rather than blaming the governor who is trying to keep us safe. How about putting the blame where it belongs? If Donald Trump ...

Neighboring tree is a friend and foe

Local Commentaries

We are both blessed and cursed that the most significant tree to grow along our area of the Allegheny River south of Warren is rooted between the riverside porch of our cabin and the 10-foot slope leading down to the river. As I have noted before, this linden, or basswood, apparently ...

Small shops tread water in virus era

Our Opinion

JAMESTOWN — Scott Axelson, like other area small business owners, is battling a wave of obstacles when it comes to overseeing his retail shop in this age of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. It began with a sudden economic shutdown in the middle of March and lasted to the end of ...

Our opinion: Misguided on reopenings

Our Opinion

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

Cherries far from the pits

Local Commentaries

My niece posted pictures she took while she was picking cherries with her dad. That evoked strong memories for me. We often went near Forestville to pick cherries. When we moved to Hickory Heights there were a lot of cherry trees growing here. They did not produce much, but I usually got ...

Our opinion: We can wait on riverfront

Our Opinion

Warren has some interesting plans to redevelop its waterfront. City officials are trying to increase the development potential for the area and is trying to parlay $1 million in state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding into a $12 million federal BUILD grant. Part of the ...

Readers Speak

Letters To Editor

‘Spectacular failure’ in U.S. Dear Editor, The way to effectively deal with a pandemic is actually quite well known: a coordinated nationwide effort including comprehensive testing, tracing, and isolation when needed to nip outbreaks in the bud; consistent physical distancing and ...

Our opinion: Let public decide on alcohol

Our Opinion

Add Pine Grove to the list of townships in Pennsylvania that could reverse prohibition-era bans on the sale of alcohol. John Bortz, whose family owns the Cable Hollow Golf Course, is working to get a liquor license in Pine Grove for his golf course’s restaurant. Because privately owned ...

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No tributes to treason Dear Editor, Confederate monuments that include Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, John Bell Hood, James Longstreet, George Pickett and many more who fought against the United States are tributes to treasonous despots who exacted dominion over African Americans. Their ...

Our opinion: Sounding an alarm for 2021

Coronavirus

Municipal officials across the country are pleading with federal lawmakers to pass a stimulus package that includes direct funding for local governments. Warren is no different. Last week, City Manager Nancy Freenock wrote that plummeting tax revenues and unemployment have created a ...

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Letters To Editor

Details are missing Dear Editor, Readers are not getting enough information about COVID-19 cases in Warren. We have a right to know the details. At the beginning, health officials said they wanted information. But once they get it, that information is not getting released to the ...