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Our opinion: Wheeling, dealing

November 18, 2014 The new Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives appears ready to make a trade: Sell the state liquor system to big box retailers in exchange for a severance tax on Marcellus and other... more »»

Our opinion: Filibusters

November 7, 2014 For generations, the U.S. Senate safeguarded substantial minorities through its rules on filibusters. more »»

Our opinion: Time to clean up

November 5, 2014 Both winners and losers in the election yesterday should waste no time in pulling up stakes. No, not moving — though some losers may be tempted to do tha. more »»

Our opinion: Be enfranchised

November 4, 2014 This is the day when complaints turn to action, when strong beliefs about how you are governed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania turn pragmatic. Or, at least it should be. more »»

Our opinion: Sloppy Secret Service

October 30, 2014 A newly reported Secret Service fiasco should result in President Barack Obama losing his patience with the agency — for his good, that of his family and the safety of future presidents. more »»

Our opinion: Candidates forum

October 29, 2014 What do you really know about the people running for office? For the great majority of voters, what they know comes from political advertising (an obviously filtered and polished source),... more »»

Our opinion: Supreme?

October 23, 2014 There’s just something about the robes, the thoughtful expressions in portraits, and their role as final arbiters of the law — all the laws — that cause one to suppose that Supreme Court justices ar... more »»

Our opinion: Sign of the times

October 22, 2014 It has been more than a year since the Crary Art Gallery’s new sign ran afoul of the city’s sign ordinance, spawning months of teeth gnashing, legal dickering, even an extraordinary debate over... more »»

Our opinion: Join the team

October 21, 2014 “That is a political report,” said Intermediate Unit 5 Executive Director Dr. Frederick Johnson. more »»

Our opinion: They served us

October 13, 2014 Brian Keaton made history Saturday in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. more »»

Our opinion: It all started here

October 10, 2014 The apple, in all of its myriad varieties, may be the most popular fruit among American. more »»

Our opinion: Legislative knee-jerk

October 9, 2014 Goddard College is a tiny post-secondary institution in Plainfield, Vt., which recently raised a stink when it treated its 20 graduates to a pre-recorded commencement speech by a convicted cop-killer. more »»

Our opinion: National Newspaper Week

October 8, 2014 Virtually every profession, industry and special interest has its own annual celebration. Did you know October is National Popcorn Popping Month? Many observances are purely for fun. more »»

Our opinion: A small, good thing

October 7, 2014 There is no equal substitute for face-to-face communication, and in this world of tweeting, texting and emailing, talking and pressing palms has retreated from the most common method of interpersona... more »»

Our opinion: Give WCOs body cameras

October 6, 2014 There are more than 4,000 Pennsylvania state troopers patrolling highways and investigating crimes against society. more »»

Our opinion: What comes next?

October 1, 2014 When our armed forces go to war — and make no mistake about it, they have — Americans rally in support. more »»

Our opinion: Intelligence failings

October 1, 2014 President Obama admitted Sunday what most observant Americans already knew: Once again, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” on a terrorist group. And once again, U.S. more »»

Our opinion: Who’s keeping the checkbook?

September 30, 2014 The news items were fairly small, and to some, simply items of financial and economic esoterica that really didn’t affect them. more »»

Our opinion: Warren Mall deja vu

September 26, 2014 “Warren Mall owner Mike Kohan said Tuesday that he is working on bringing in a national clothing store to replace Big Lots within five to six months.” Times Observer, Dec. 10, 2013. more »»

Our opinion: Library needs attention

September 25, 2014 By rule and by nature, libraries are quiet places, repositories of not only literature and knowledge, but significant collections of local history. more »»



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