The stories that count the most

The horrific actions of a few disturbed young people, such as the recent stabbing episode at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, overshadow the accomplishments and goodness of so many others whose focus and goals are on achievement and helping others.

A valuable voice for Greene County

We can think of no one more qualified to ascend up the leadership ladder of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors than Shirl Barnhart, chairman of the Morgan Township supervisors in Greene County.

Editorial voices from elsewhere

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

Speed limit ignored

The speed limit on Interstates 70 and 79 near Washington is 55 mph, and for good reason. Particularly at the junctions, where entrance and exit ramps were constructed with the low traffic volume of 50 years ago in mind, excessive speed has caused many to lose their lives. Yet, no one observes the...

Our culture’s futureimpossible to predict

A little more than 100 high school students from all over the county assembled a few weeks ago at Washington & Jefferson College for an unusual brain exercise. The youth conference, sponsored by Washington Hospital Teen Outreach, was called, “Exploring Culture: Past (1964), Present and...

Social conservatism and electoral success

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the (Republican) party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are...

Take advantage of the reform mood, eliminate per diems

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising in a state that still assiduously maintains a Prohibition-era stranglehold on wine and liquor sales, but it’s only been in the last few weeks that Pennsylvania lawmakers have realized that, heavens to Betsy, they shouldn’t be accepting cash...

Stabilizing neighborhoods, strengthening communities

When orange, yellow or red papers are affixed to front windows and weeds are creeping up to knee level in the yard, that’s usually a telltale sign a home was foreclosed.


Tough love needed for the poor

I recently wrote a letter to the editor about my support for raising the minimum wage. I do believe it will make some people feel better. I do not believe that it will really help the poor.

Two W&J profs will be missed

If you have ever had a class in Old Main at Washington & Jefferson College, chances are you have probably encountered Robert Dodge or Robert Vande Kappelle. However, students like me will not have the chance to learn from these great professors after this spring, for they both are retiring.

Give children a chance

Washington was a nice community to live in very long ago. It was a place where our children could feel safe.

The suburbs not the answer?

While it might not be politically correct to ask the following question during this time of healing, but I think it is necessary to avoid further murders and harm to the innocent: How many young people like Alex Hribal, the stabbing suspect in last week’s incident at Franklin Regional High...

No winners or losers among Monongahela Catholics

On March 22, Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass at Saint Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. At the end of Mass, he informed parishioners of his decision concerning the future of the parish and the reasons for it.

Letter about coal-fired power plants misleading

An April 6 letter to the editor regarding coal-fired power plants contains several assertions and conclusions that are either misleading or inaccurate.

Wolf for governor? Really?

I had a few questions after reading the story, “Bank loan helped $10M Wolf contribution,” in the April 5 edition of the Observer-Reporter.

Eliminate smoking in casinos

I was delighted to learn that Republican state senators Stewart Greenleaf and Mario Scavello have proposed eliminating the ludicrous exemption in the Clean Indoor Act which enables casinos to allow smoking throughout as much as 50 percent of their gambling floors, though the reasonable person knows...

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