Flawed election system creates voter apathy

For a democracy to function, citizens must be active participants.

Motorcycle helmets make sense, save lives

With the informal arrival of summer this weekend, you’re bound to see more and more people out on our streets and highways on motorcycles, revving up their engines and blasting off with the strains of the Steppenwolf oldie “Born to be Wild” ricocheting through their heads.

The banality of evil, the bureaucracy of terrorism

Visitors to the memorials established at the sites of concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald almost always come away astonished at the meticulous care the Nazis took in cataloging all the items their victims brought with them before they were consigned to forced labor or ushered to the...

A lack of money

Ireland – conservative, Catholic Ireland – tomorrow may well become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a vote of its people.

They’re second to none in preaching paranoia

Outside of a full-scale National Rifle Association gathering, rarely has so much paranoid delusion been stuffed into one space as when gun-rights advocates filed into the state Capitol for a rally last week to preach their special brand of unsubstantiated fear.

For Greene judge, Dayich is the best choice

Until the recent appointment of Senior Judge Hiram Carpenter to handle some of the caseload, Greene County has had only one judge on its Court of Common Pleas bench following the retirement last year of William Nalitz after he reached 70, the mandatory age when judges must step down in...

Good candidates to choose from in Greene’s county commission race

In Tuesday’s primary election, Republicans in Greene County have two candidates on the ballot for the county’s Board of Commissioners, in incumbent Archie Trader and newcomer Keith McClure. Barring an unexpected write-in campaign, Trader and McClure will both advance to the fall...


154 channels and nothing on

The 54th anniversary of Newton Minnow famously calling television “a vast wasteland” was noted in your May 9 edition.

Let the voters decide

In your May 14 editorial on state Sen. Pat Browne, who has been arrested for a third time for operating a vehicle under the influence, I believe you missed a very important point.

Violations on political signs

I saw many political signs in my travels through Washington and Greene counties in the lead-up to the primary election Tuesday. This was nothing new. What was new, however, were the blatant election-law violations I saw on those signs from both incumbents and newcomers.

Moral high ground lowers our defenses

So, James Comey, the director of the FBI, has declared that the United States has a potential huge homeland security problem, and, at least in public, he is suggesting that we have no solution on the table. He said, “There may be as many as thousands of people inside the United States ready...

Actions on judicial nomination misrepresented

As a senator, I have become accustomed to being criticized for things I have done. But, it is a little harder to hear criticism for things that I have not done – specifically, your newspaper’s false assertion that I was somehow delaying the nomination of Judge L. Felipe Restrepo to...

Staying true to myself

For the first time in 41 years, I will not be voting in a primary election. It is not because I am disinterested, apathetic, or ill, rather it is due to both major political parties decreeing that I shall have no voice.

Help Medicaid patients, too

The Observer-Reporter has published several editorials supporting Obamacare as providing affordable health care to many people. The phrase “affordable health care” is truly an oxymoron. The majority of those on Obamacare are covered under Medicaid and have very low incomes,...

Pension proposal is questionable

Once again, the Republican-controlled state Senate is asking state employees and teachers to contribute more to their pension plans, even though Act 120, which became law in 2010, raised their contributions significantly.

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