West Virginia governor has a busy veto pen

West Virginia’s legislature just wrapped up its work for the year – the Mountain State’s legislature is part-time, unlike Pennsylvania’s – and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had to use his veto pen on some bills that should make West Virginians glad lawmakers don’t...

Compassion? No, that would violate the rules

Labor unions have suffered plenty of wounds over the last 40 years or so, some of them self-inflicted.

Out with the trash

Letters to the editor are among the most highly read items in this newspaper. In fact, readership surveys have shown they are second only to obituaries in readership. We wish more readers would take advantage of this opportunity to express their opinions because their ideas often inspire debate in...

Politics at play in PSU speaker dispute?

The president of Penn State University got an earful the other day from some Republican state lawmakers who are in a snit because two groups of PSU students heard remarks from a onetime violent anti-war activist.

Mt. Lebanon must still deal with deer

Mt. Lebanon’s controversial deer cull came to an abrupt end last week, and if you tally up the amount of rancor it generated to the number of deer actually killed, the ratio would be at least 1,000-to-1.

Pozonsky should lose his pension

The admission by former Washington County judge Paul Pozonsky last week that he had, in fact, been “sampling” the evidence in some of the drug cases that came before him brought the 1950s prisoner-of-war drama “Stalag 17” to mind.

The U.S. needs to lower maternal mortality numbers

In the 21st century, we think of women dying in childbirth or the immediate aftermath as something that happens in far-off, developing countries, or as something that happened in a past far removed from our own time, where the safety and comfort provided through modern medicine is something we take...

The trucks are here to stay

A damage settlement approved last week by the Greene County Commissioners with a trucking company whose truck caused a section of an historic Greene County bridge to collapse should ensure the restoration of the bridge. But it will probably do little to repair the reputation the...


Kudos to Sarris Candies

Kudos to Sarris Candies for deciding to use food trucks.

Health can be improved with determination

I would like to thank the Observer-Reporter, the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, trainer Kendra Boni and my teammates on the Observer-Reporter team for making the “Biggest Winner” contest at the Wellness Center such an enjoyable experience.

Socialist “threat” is used to frighten

I recently read Jim Greenwood’s Feb. 1 letter, “The public interest is under assault.” I was impressed enough to clip it so I could occasionally re-read it. Few letters hit the nail as squarely on the head.

Two standards of justice

I wish the state attorney general’s office and Visiting Judge Daniel Howsare would take the time to view the Facebook page of former Judge Paul Pozonsky before he is sentenced in July. He and his wife posted numerous photos of the wonderful time they were having in Alaska, toasting with...

No reason to divide Israel

I am writing in response to your editorial in Sunday’s paper, “Netanyahu’s victory bad news for two-state solution”.

Union rights are civil rights

I am unable to control the outrage I feel after reading the March 17 letter by John Manning about labor unions.

Township doesn’t need another park

The Independence Township Supervisors are planning to build a park in Avella at a cost of more than $3 million.

Help animal shelters

We need to come together as a community to support animal shelters and volunteers who work long hours caring for an overwhelming number of homeless animals. Otherwise, those animals would be running in the streets, starving or getting hit by vehicles.

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