Beware of the terrorist next door

The greatest terrorist threat facing Americans are the barbarians in ISIS, who are marauding across Syria and Iraq, spouting pre-Enlightenment doggerel about establishing a caliphate and menacing Western hostages and anyone who opposes their warped brand of religiosity.

Positive developments for Greene economy

We can’t blame Greene County officials if they are feeling a little giddy lately concerning some positive economic development news.

Time for the Legislature to stop these slaughters

We like to think of ourselves as more enlightened than our distant forefathers, but sometimes that’s not really the case.

Editorial voices from elsewhere

Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have succeeded in eliminating rinderpest, a disease...

Preserve our history, not dangerous ruins

The city of Washington’s plan to raze four buildings – two of them on Main Street – is welcome news. For too long, quite a few structures in the city’s business district were allowed to deteriorate to the point at which they pose a threat to public safety.

Can the NFL look worse? Just give it some time

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

Corbett plan a step in the right direction

After months of negotiating, the Corbett administration and the federal government have agreed on a kind of privatized Medicaid expansion for low-income Pennsylvanians. That’s good news, but it’s hard to view this as a win-win situation when so many poor, mostly working people were...

Crossing the lines of propriety in school

The best teachers are able to engage students and demonstrate concern for their academic growth and well-being while maintaining clearly delineated boundaries that keep things from getting too personal.


Pot users painted unfairly

This is a rebuttal to a letter headlined “Reefer Madness” in the Sept. 2 edition.

Things deserved more support

As season ticket holders, my husband and I are faithful followers of the Washington Wild Things. This year, they’ve had an exceptionally gifted team. For most of the year, they were in either first or second place in their division. Win or lose, they have maintained a never-give-up attitude...

Action now helps next generations

There’s an unspoken promise from one generation to the next that you will do your best to leave them a better life than the one you lived. Right now, we’re not living up to that obligation, but we can by taking action to address climate change.

Reefer madness

I can’t believe the Observer-Reporter devoted two-thirds of a page Tuesday to the story about “cooking with cannabis.” Are you serious?

Cornerstones of community enlightenment

Public libraries promote the general welfare by serving as cornerstones of community enlightenment. Regrettably, in Greene County, omnipresent philistines, smugly conventional and lacking in culture, look upon public libraries as a senseless waste of tax dollars and resources.

Say no to unnecessary power plants

In response to your Monday story, “Coal supporters see reign lasting,” it is just not true that “nobody’s going to get to vote” on Environmental Protection Agency regulations to limit carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

West Virginia no example to Pennsylvania on hunting

George Block’s column on Aug. 31 was misleading regarding Sunday hunting in West Virginia.

Gas industry supports municipalities

I wish to thank Ralph Gatten for his letter concerning the natural gas industry which appeared in last Sunday’s newspaper.

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