“Bah! Humbug!” to Pittsburgh bike lanes

The leftover turkey is cooling in the fridge, seasonal music from the likes of Bing and Burl has overtaken the airwaves and the hunt is officially on for the prime bargains. The holiday season is here.

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.

Benghazi is the “scandal” that yielded nothing

Anyone who is around age 40 or older will undoubtedly recall the lavishly hyped opening on live television of a Chicago vault alleged to have been used by gangster Al Capone.

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.


Saddened by Ferguson rioting

I rarely watch the news and one of the reasons is the type of behavior that was displayed in Ferguson, Mo. Monday night – complete disrespect for others, innocent or not, black or white.

Solutions went unmentioned

No matter what Officer Darren Wilson said, the opinion of family of slain Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown would remain the same – Wilson murdered their son.

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.

Time to consider a consumption tax

Most Americans would certainly agree with U. S. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader-Elect Mitch McConnell that our nation has “an insanely complex Tax Code.” Additionally, we penalize earning, saving, and investing, while rewarding consumption.

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.

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