Grand jury had best information on the case

A perusal of social media sites revealed no shortage of newly minted legal, civil rights and law enforcement “experts” Monday night after a Missouri grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Seeing Bill Cosby in a new, unflattering light

It surely can do nothing to lift the darkly cynical national mood as we move into the holiday season to discover that cuddly Dr. Cliff Huxtable, he of the colorful sweaters and stern ways, has allegedly been a serial rapist.

Greene overflowing with holiday spirit

This can be a confusing and hectic time for many. No sooner were Halloween decorations taken down that there was talk about stores being open on Thanksgiving so shoppers could get great pre-holiday deals.

Supporting a move toward more dignity

The issue of assisted suicide was back at the forefront of the news recently with the story of Brittany Maynard, an Oregon woman who ended her life at the age of 29 rather than continue to suffer the ravages of terminal brain cancer.

Help PennDOT plan to spend our money

Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has completed a draft of its long-range plan. It includes goals, objectives and recommendations based on department research and public input from more than 2,500 citizens. That sounds like a lot of public participation, but our state...

Give thanks, and more

If you haven’t already donated to the 2000 Turkeys campaign, you have eight more days to do so.

Steelers did what they had to do with Blount

The underpinnings of the concepts of team, teammate and teamwork have become a bit rickety in this day when even a second-stringer on a professional sports team is a millionaire.

Editorial voices from around Pennsylvania

General Motors may be breathing a sigh of relief. It’s no longer the only car company embroiled in a recall controversy.


Who pulls the strings behind ISIS?

“Logistics is half the battle,” said Napoleon. And so, who is providing the food, transportation, weapons, etc. for ISIS? Who is selling and buying the oil from wells that ISIS conquers? What bankers and financial organizations are transferring, laundering or sheltering the funds?...

What about Consol’s retirees?

The Washington County Community Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy. Consol Energy was the recipient in the large category. In 2014, they contributed more than $5 million to their charitable giving program.

Don’t punish musicians, cheerleaders

As a recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, I must say I am extremely disappointed to see all of these terrible things happening surrounding my university. However, the Nov. 7 editorial, “Cal U. should drop football program,” is completely outlandish and...

We are indebted to vets

Almost every day, I pass the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil Township. Looking back, I remember reading the big announcement in the Observer-Reporter that the cemetery would be placed there, and I remember thinking what a great honor it was for Washington County.

Make California go dry

What in the world is going on in California? This little borough on the Monongahela River has had so much bad press recently due to arrests for property destruction, public intoxication, fights and disorderly conduct, which have occurred on and off the campus of California University of...

Say no to nondiscrimination bills

In response to the Nov. 2 letter by Kathy Cameron in support of bills before the Pennsylvania House and Senate that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, I would like to point out that before anyone supports these bills, they need to do their research.

Who is overseeing jury selection?

“This is a court matter,” Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi told the Observer-Reporter last week, adding, “The only responsibility we have is funding the courts. It’s a strange relationship.”

Promote Emery to president judge

What’s going on at the Washington County Courthouse? Why was an administrative judge brought in from another county to oversee Washington County’s judges?

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