Looking the other way when talent’s involved

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Give nurse practitioners greater autonomy

If you’ve had a minor complaint or suffered a slight malady recently, there’s every likelihood you’ve been seen not by a doctor but by a nurse practitioner, who has the ability to make diagnoses and prescribe medication.

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Flawed election system creates voter apathy

For a democracy to function, citizens must be active participants.

Motorcycle helmets make sense, save lives

With the informal arrival of summer this weekend, you’re bound to see more and more people out on our streets and highways on motorcycles, revving up their engines and blasting off with the strains of the Steppenwolf oldie “Born to be Wild” ricocheting through their heads.

Editorial voices from elsewhere

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

The banality of evil, the bureaucracy of terrorism

Visitors to the memorials established at the sites of concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald almost always come away astonished at the meticulous care the Nazis took in cataloging all the items their victims brought with them before they were consigned to forced labor or ushered to the...

A lack of money

Ireland – conservative, Catholic Ireland – tomorrow may well become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a vote of its people.


Canonsburg is a special place

After another long work week, then spending a couple of days in Green Tree, it was time to return home on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning. I am always happy to come home, but this morning felt a little extra special for some reason.

Misconceptions about 21-gun salute

On Saturday, the Observer-Reporter’s moving front-page article about the Memorial Day observance at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies mentioned “the ear-shattering blasts of a 21-gun salute – seven weapons simultaneously fired three times …”

Let the voters decide

In your May 14 editorial on state Sen. Pat Browne, who has been arrested for a third time for operating a vehicle under the influence, I believe you missed a very important point.

Heroic effort defeated

The May 4 editorial stated, “Greene County residents should have access to better roads.” I pretty much agree with that statement. I have always been an advocate for better, expanded roads.

Violations on political signs

I saw many political signs in my travels through Washington and Greene counties in the lead-up to the primary election Tuesday. This was nothing new. What was new, however, were the blatant election-law violations I saw on those signs from both incumbents and newcomers.

Moral high ground lowers our defenses

So, James Comey, the director of the FBI, has declared that the United States has a potential huge homeland security problem, and, at least in public, he is suggesting that we have no solution on the table. He said, “There may be as many as thousands of people inside the United States ready...

Actions on judicial nomination misrepresented

As a senator, I have become accustomed to being criticized for things I have done. But, it is a little harder to hear criticism for things that I have not done – specifically, your newspaper’s false assertion that I was somehow delaying the nomination of Judge L. Felipe Restrepo to...

Staying true to myself

For the first time in 41 years, I will not be voting in a primary election. It is not because I am disinterested, apathetic, or ill, rather it is due to both major political parties decreeing that I shall have no voice.

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