Scholarship will help keep memories of student alive

How hard it must be for parents grieving the loss of a child to put that grief aside temporarily and go forward to create a lasting memory for the young person whose life ended prematurely.

Exploring Alzheimer’s, hoping for progress

For much of 2014, the Observer-Reporter has been exploring Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, looking at people who live in Washington and Greene counties who are struggling with these conditions, caregivers who tend to their needs and the wider impact Alzheimer’s and dementia have on...

Editorial voices from around Pennsylvania

Editorial voices from around Pennsylvania as compiled by the Associated Press:

The time is right for a severance tax

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced no hydraulic fracturing would be happening in his state, following the recommendation of his acting health commissioner that there are too many unknowns associated with the process.

“The Interview” should be seen

President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney didn’t agree on a whole lot during the 2012 presidential campaign, but two years later, after the dust of that fight has settled, they find themselves in accord on at least one point.

Overcoming the past, realizing a dream

We were treated to a remarkable life lesson a week ago.

New approach to Cuba is welcome

It may not have been as momentous as the throngs pulverizing the Berlin Wall with sledgehammers 25 years ago, but Wednesday’s left-field announcement the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was welcome and long, long overdue.

Editorial voices from elsewhere

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad as compiled by the Associated Press:


A gift from long ago

Every Christmas season, we look back and reflect on Christmas memories, back to a time when our lives didn’t seem to be so hectic.

Murthy not “eminently qualified”

I write to offer a counterpoint to your Wednesday editorial supporting the confirmation of Vivek Murthy as surgeon general of the United States.

North Franklin benefiting from past decisions

I’m glad that North Franklin Township has a budget surplus. However, the current board of supervisors should take little or no credit for it.

No need for auto accident photo

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe that there is credence to that expression. But I must take exception to the photograph displayed on the front of the Tuesday edition of the Observer-Reporter.

Stop the whining

I have never heard so much whining since the day I announced I was filing for a divorce.

Money for the powerful in spending bill

Well, Congress has approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill. There is money for everybody ... I mean the powerful ... in it.

A pox on both their houses

“Dereliction of duty” and “a pox on both their houses” are the phrases that come to mind in reviewing the most recent actions of Congress.

Protect animals, don’t kill them

I am writing in response to the Dec. 7 letter from Rich Walker who suggested reducing the number of deer in Washington Cemetery through live trapping or hunting.

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