Really, we could use the day off

Labor Day came into being near the end of the 19th century – Pennsylvania was one of the first states to put it on its calendar – as a way to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. In the words of Peter J. McGuire, a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor,...

Alzheimer’s exacts a toll in Pennsylvania

Alzheimer’s disease is going to be an increasingly acute problem both around the world and in this country as life spans stretch even further and the large cohort of baby boomers march into senescence.

Another reason to be wary of charter schools

Despite the optimistic prognostications by some supporters that shiny, new charter schools would serve as nimble, bottom-line-minded alternatives to sclerotic old public schools, charters turned out to be something less than the salvation of American education. They’ve been plagued by high...

Pennsylvania Lottery thriving on its own

When the political obituaries are written about Gov. Tom Corbett’s tenure – and, barring a Trumanesque turnaround, the state’s political scribes are refilling their inkwells for that task – at least a couple of paragraphs will be devoted to his bungled efforts to...

If nothing else, Steelers players guilty of stupidity

During the past offseason, NFL defensive back Ryan Clark, who had just completed his last year as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, talked about how some NFL players, including certain of his Steelers teammates, smoked marijuana to deal with stress and manage pain from their football injuries.

A community torn not soon repaired

Young men and women are returning to Washington & Jefferson College this week, beginning another chapter in their lives just as the tragic tale of a fellow student reached its conclusion.

Drivers, be careful, schools in session

A spate of fiery car crashes this week reminds us that although vehicles are equipped with more safety devices than ever, driving too fast, driving under the influence of alcohol or simply driving safely, but in the wrong place at the wrong time, can be not just dangerous, but fatal.

Libraries are still valuable in our communities

Columnist Tim Worstall, a British contributor to the Forbes website, made a controversial suggestion last month that provoked a good bit of tongue-wagging and online chatter in response.


Labor Day, past and present

Once again, it’s Labor Day. It seems the time between each September shortens as we age.

Kudos to Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton has come a long way since the dark era in which he pursued the Tawana Brawley rape accusation hoax.

Not in our backyard

Once again, the Observer-Reporter has missed the mark.

Time for Iraqi intervention

I agree with columnist Ross Douthat, “This time, it’s the right call to intervene in Iraq situation,” which appeared in the Observer-Reporter Aug. 12.

Vactor was a star off the field

I want to compliment Bill DiFabio on the excellent article he wrote for the Aug. 17 edition of the newspaper about former Washington High School football star Norris Vactor.

Pennsylvania needs to legalize pot

When I read the the Associated Press article, “More schools mixing beer, football” in the Saturday newspaper, I thought of the Prohibition era. Happily, Americans realized the government cannot legislate the drinking habits of its citizens. Prohibition lasted only 13 years. I wonder...

Respect the concerns of voters

Anyone can go to an estate auction and purchase automatic or semi-automatic rifles and shotguns without a background check being done.

Respect your Washington neighbors

In the letter about speeding by K. Burdell Brock that appeared in the Sunday newspaper, I completely understand where he is coming from. I was raised in Spraggs, so I know how those roads are – they are narrow, and two cars cannot fit on those roads.

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