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Opinion

Strike 2

Local Commentaries

It's bowling night.I'm about to bowl seriously (that may not be the right term) for the first time.I'm about to bowl and keep score for the first time in maybe a dozen years.My expectations are low.I've been writing about, thinking about, and asking questions about strikes for days.And I'm ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Patting backsThe school board regularly thanks those around it - the superintendent, administrators, staff, students. It should recognize the efforts of those people. Less often, the board has cause to thank the leaders of other agencies. At a recent meeting, board members took time out to ...

Mostly — bowhunting season

Local Commentaries

A large maple up the street from my home is a large maple that has the most beautiful fall colors in the neighborhood. Every day the increase in red is evident. American goldfinch have lost their bright yellow. Most of the guys I know are wearing camouflage clothing. Some even stop at a store ...

Teachers’ strike

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,This letter regards the recent announcement of the WCSD teacher strike. With the front page coverage of the strike in Wednesday's newspaper, I was dismayed with the disclosure of the teachers' salaries. I also have a problem with the term "average salary", as I know numbers can be ...

What shapes results

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:With the election a few weeks away, I am sharing thoughts that may be of interest to some readers.In this election the presidential candidates seem more interested in sharing negative views of each other, rather than the issues that confront the country. Of one thing I am certain, ...

On teachers

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,I get a kick out of all of the "We Support our Teachers" signs around. They should also say "We Respect our Teachers." Of course we should support and respect them. They want raises and we cannot support or respect THAT. Now they are going to strike. We already knew that our school ...

‘Sports will not stop’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Imagine my surprise when I read the October 4 paper and discovered that WCSD school teachers were going to strike but "sports will not stop."What in the world are the teachers and administrators thinking?I would think that everyone's primary goal should be to educate our young ...

Teacher claims

Letters To Editor

There is both irony and sardonicism in a teacher union claim in a Thursday news story that the school board should be "putting students first and valuing teachers" in the contract impasse that has led to a strike.For 50 years and more, the teachers' union has been putting teachers, not ...

Our Opinion: Pence shines light on coal

Our Opinion

Both Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine performed well during their televised debate Tuesday night. But Pence performed a big public service by hammering on the war on coal being waged by President Barack Obama and which presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants to intensify.Three ...

Student perspective: Flannel as a resource

Local Commentaries

As many of you know, I am a junior at Warren Area High School.Warren Area High School has this amazing thing linked to it - the Flannel Panel, our student cheering section.The Flannel Panel can be seen at a football game, sometimes basketball games and volleyball games. Since I was a freshman ...

Our Opinion: Steep price

Our Opinion

Never let a good crisis go to waste. The big government crowd operates by that rule, using it as frequently as possible to expand their intrusiveness into our lives.Some community bankers - the people we deal with for car loans, mortgages, checking accounts and any number of other financial ...

Pray and vote

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,For many of us, the upcoming election may be the most critical one in our lifetime.I've heard several people say they don't want anything to do with "politics". Others have said, "There are no good choices so why should I vote?"As a Christian, I think I have an answer for their ...

Hand-me-downs

Local Commentaries

Most of the young people today have no concept of hand-me-downs because we live in a throwaway society. They do not think about preserving things and passing them on to someone else. Oh, they may go through their closet and decide to give something away when it is Goodwill Day at a local ...

Just call me Miss Cleo

Local Commentaries

So I'm driving down Conewango Avenue, just after St. Paul Lutheran Church headed north. It's that block just after Division Street. The leaves are changing. The smell of photosynthetic death is all around, which is a good smell for freaks like me, who love fall, and there's some dude push ...

The Ol’ Ballgame

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It's almost World Series time. I'm not a baseball fan. I doubt I could even name all the major league teams. I did attend a Pirates game one time and saw a couple home runs and a triple play. It was a high-scoring affair so it was great. I also attended a couple of "Dog Day" Jamestown Jammers ...

She is gone

Local Commentaries

She was on this earth 98 years, one month and 30 days and except for this past summer, she lived them all to the fullest. I've been lucky enough to be around for the longest part of her century-pushing span.This past weekend we held my mother's memorial service and gave her the sendoff party ...

Afterthoughts

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InstinctA reporter went to a school board meeting and a parade broke out. When a school district administrator knocked the bowl of candy in front of him over, several pieces landed on the floor. The reporter, watching from 20 feet away, had a strong urge to charge over and grab all the loot and ...

Our Opinion: Whose voice is it?

Our Opinion

Too many Americans do not seem to be making an important connection between policies enforced by President Barack Obama and espoused by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Many may understand, as Donald Trump, Clinton's opponent, put it, that Clinton is waging "war on energy."But they do not ...

Descendants of Yahoo the Red Squirrel

Local Commentaries

Fall has many defining characteristics related to the outdoors world. But something that happened a little over a week ago seems to me uncharacteristic.I was sitting on my porch, really just a front concrete stoop with a roof, reading during one of my frequent, daily work breaks outdoors when a ...

To be proud of

Letters To Editor

Editor:As a person who sees far too much bullying and cruelty in our paper, online and on TV, I witnessed a lady act as I think God Himself would be proud of.One of my jobs leads me to do much observation of people and sometimes animals. I've seen, of course, some negative behavior. I have seen ...