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Those of us living in and around Meadville are incredibly lucky to have a local daily newspaper. The Tribune’s week-long focus on “sunshine” laws and journalism’s indispensable role in making the inner workings of government visible to the public includes a chilling reminder of how fragile t…

When you choose to display the Confederate flag proudly, as some do around our community, please consider what that symbol represents. It stands for white supremacy, and it always has.

Rather than complaining about your local trash disposal company wanting to provide a place for all the trash people throw away — why doesn't everyone find ways to drastically decrease the amount of trash they throw away?

While Sheriff Nick Hoke seemed very indignant that the county commissioners would strike $250 from his budget, he showed no empathy for the taxpayers who are on the hook to fund these outrageous budgets. Mr. Hoke is not the only manager who believes his budget is reasonable and makes complet…

Do you agree with the Conneaut School Board's decision to give Business Manager Greg Mayle a five-year contract extension?

The House of Representatives is finally investigating myriad allegations of wrongdoing by our president. Trump’s claim of “draining the swamp” has been entirely bogus, with several dozen of his appointees and associates convicted of crimes or pleading guilty to crimes. Others have resigned i…

In a recent speech, Vice President Mike Pence suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders was proposing the same kind of “socialism” as in the failed state of Venezuela. That is simply not true.

Sunday marked the start of Sunshine Week 2019. This highlighting of open government was established in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors.

If you are a resident of Meadville, you may have noticed some new faces walking through your neighborhood. Equipped with nothing more than a binder and a smile, our trio has been knocking on doors since November. Maybe you have already spoken with us, maybe you haven’t. Either way, your firs…

Recently my wife and I attended the public meeting at Allegheny College concerning the possibility of Pennsylvania legalizing recreational marijuana. My wife, who is a career nurse, prepared a speech containing facts and figures about marijuana from recently published studies.

It wasn't surprising to see the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was unsuccessful. The selection of the venue alone, Vietnam, was a sure prediction of American disappointment.

Kudos to the Meadville Central Fire Department and surrounding departments who fought the fatal apartment fire last week. I would bet that the people waiting on the porch roofs were glad that staffing on the department has increased. Imagine if there had only been three firefighters that morning.

In a Feb. 9 article from The Associated Press — "Leader of new climate panel talks of need for 'bold action'" — the chair of a newly-formed special House committee on climate change called for bold action as the specifics of a "Green New Deal" are hammered out over the next many months in or…

Whenever I hear adults complain about “Millennials” or “kids these days” — and I’ve been hearing it a lot lately — I’m reminded of those Scooby-Doo episodes where the Scooby gang pulls the mask off some villain who then gloats about their evil plan, saying, "And I would have gotten away with…

March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Arc of Crawford County, located at 222 Chestnut St. in Meadville, will be having our annual Art Show for the entire month of March in recognition of IDD Awareness Month. There will be a silent auction of donated art it…

The Americans With Disabilities Act gives people with mobility impairment certain rights and benefits to try to make life more bearable. It does not, however, excuse such people from obeying the rules the rest of us are expected to follow, nor does it relieve the expectation to be considerat…

If I had my way, I would change the current question being asked in political circles, "How do we make America great again?" I’d ask instead, "How do we keep America Great?"

Editor's note: Sharon Randall is off this week. The following column was published in 1997, shortly before her first husband lost a battle with cancer. It was also reprinted in the October 2001 issue of Reader’s Digest.

I read with interest in Monday’s Meadville Tribune that for the third time a petition will be circulated by the Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee to ask the voters of Conneaut Lake borough to allow the sale of liquor.

Do you think it is within President Trump’s powers to declare a national emergency to build a border wall?

Generally, big money corporate lobbying has the greatest influence over legislators taking a stand on any important issue in today’s society. Corporations can well afford to hire public relations firms experienced in spewing whatever propaganda that enables them to sell the corporation’s mar…

A year ago, myself along with an ambassador from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association introduced local school administrators to a free, four-year STEM curriculum that lays the foundation for advanced aviation studies. These administrators were impressed and saw value in the program; ho…

Don’t be fooled by the fake news of Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro may be unpopular (like our president), but he’s still a democratically elected leader. That doesn’t stop U.S. politicians from trying to overthrow him. We have a history of doing this, especially when countries don’t play ball wit…

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