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Opinion

A brush with poverty

Local Commentaries

Those of you who have followed this column for years know that there were numerous periods in my life when there were hard times. I grew up in a single parent home when that was anything but the norm.The presence of my grandparents in the home made it multigenerational. That was a blessing ...

Meaningful words

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Many of the old-time church hymns create their own drama, stir the emotions, and sometimes take me back to another place in my life . . . early childhood.We kids who were raised in church learn many hymns early. I often had a hymn, or sometimes more than one, playing in my head on Sunday ...

Parenting — the ultimate balancing act

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I don't like this column. I don't like that I feel compelled to write it. I don't like that there's really no way to be humorous about it, and I especially don't like that being humorous about anything to do with the content of this column would border on inappropriate at best.I have failed my ...

Don’t get to say that

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Donald Trump's latest tapes are sickening. He is exulting that he is powerful enough to do whatever he wants to a woman. I'll spare you the exact wording. It is crude. You've probably heard it anyway. I remember thinking, "Well, this is it. There's no coming back from this one.Except there was. ...

Afterthought

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Jack be...We've heard a lot of things said about our school board. A recent reference to "fiscal nimbleness" was a first.Good workWhen the school board got together to do a self-evaluation, the members generally gave themselves good marks. We're glad. While self-awareness is to be admired, no ...

Invest wisely

Letters To Editor

Dear editor,Ive had several requests from the community to share my statement to the school board on Monday night. Here is my statement I read to the board:"My grandfather is a former employee of Wheeling/Pitt Steel. Back in his prime he was ranked high up in the corporation. He spent many of ...

Bad faith

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I am an alumna of the Warren County School District and attended Home Street School, Beaty Junior High School, and graduated from Warren Area High School (1976). I have been following the news of the Teachers' Strike and have just learned that the teachers' health insurance has been ...

‘Our Opinion’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I would like to commend you on your recent Our Opinion article regarding the teachers' behavior during Monday's board meeting. I too attended that meeting and witnessed the emotional comments by the teachers and their unprofessional behavior. I had signed up to speak but left before ...

Sad year in politics

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,This is a sad year for American politics! American standards have hit a low point when two dishonest candidates are our only choice for president. I had though this only happens in third world nations, full of corruption.When I was a young elementary student, we learned two phrases ...

Praying for our teachers

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I am concerned for teachers striking for a new contract and better wages. Wake up to the age we are in now. Cost of living is high, groceries, health care and trying to raise a family today, very difficult.We raised four children during the late 70s until the early 90s. No problem, ...

Look or leap

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:Never predict because if you are right they will never remember, if wrong, never forget. Donald Trump will win this election.Impetus is the outrage in the dumbing down of America via public education and its liberal, Hillary-supporting unionized school teachers. Evidenced in what ...

School strike

Letters To Editor

If a school strike is good for anything, it does create interest. But for at least two years an existing teachers contract has been languishing in the shadows with no action and little public interest.My daughter recently completed a four-year stint on the darkest of the districts mapped in ...

Time for a change

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,As a parent and tax payer in the school district, I am very disappointed with the school board's actions. They have been in negotiations with the teachers for over two years now and nothing has resulted from it, but a teachers' strike. This clearly suggests that the current make-up ...

Solemn oath

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William started kindergarten and he likes school a lot. He likes riding the bus. He likes his teacher. He likes his new friends. He likes the playground. Everyday he comes homes filled to bursting with details of his day that he cannot wait to share.Last week he sat at the dinner table with his ...

Looking seriously bad here

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,World War I happened because you had two sides so geared up for war that war was inevitable. It just so happens a spark in Balkans cost millions of lives. What came out of it? Nothing but a lot of family members missing their children and parents. No land was really gained. No ...

Be the community we need

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,With all the chaos and confusion surrounding the teachers' strike, last night I made the decision to attend the board meeting that was to be held at Eisenhower. I am glad, I must say, that I made the decision to go because last night opened my eyes to the many positives and ...

The students

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,As a senior of Warren Area High School, the past few days have been interesting while the teachers have been on strike. We are a county divided. Education is at a stand still. And who is the winner, no one. Teachers have been pushed around long enough, and simply cannot work another ...

Facts over anger

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Mr. Fanelli is indeed correct on his school tax "mils" values from year 2009 to 2016 (47 mils in 2009 and up to 53.5 mils in 2016). He further states that the school board is limited on how much of a percentage increase they may apply without a tax payer referendum vote. That's ...

Dog park

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I am writing in response to the dog park that is slated for Mulberry Park. My husband and I have enjoyed living on this quiet, tranquil street for the last four years. We chose to purchase our home in this location specifically because of this park and the space that it provides ...

The Americas before Columbus

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The Western European-centric education we received in school, and what we may have read, seen on television and at the movies portrays the inhabitants of the Americas before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 as inferior people. They were viewed as living in harmony with nature, and ...