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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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

Single-use plastic bags are everywhere, in the trees, in the landfill, in our kitchens and in the guts of animals. In the mid-1960s, 15 million tons of plastic were annually produced. By 2015, the amount was nearly 30 times greater.

In July of 2016, while candidate Donald Trump was still negotiating for Trump Tower in Moscow, his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, offered private campaign polling data to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska through Ukrainian intermediaries. Manafort has subsequently been charged and convicted …

The week of Jan. 16 I had the privilege of traveling on a five-day trip with the award-winning Cochranton High School Band to Walt Disney World in Florida. The band marched in the premier afternoon parade at the Magic Kingdom with class and professionalism for which this group is noted for.

It is now common in America for citizens and political leaders, including the president and congressional party leaders, to view those in the other party as enemies. Democrats and Republicans are Americans; ostensibly, they are both playing for the same team. Unfortunately, it does not seem …

Joe Tompkins and I differ on a major premise relative to earnings and taxes. The earnings of an individual or corporation are their property. Taxes are paid to government based on an agreement between the earner and government for services that government provides, which citizens cannot prov…

I intend to re-establish that the office of president was intended to look out for the best interests of the entire American people, recover the allies offended by the current administration's petulant antics so we can all work together to explore the options we have to establish world peace.

Bullying comes in many forms. Most imagine the nerdy teenager who lacks friends and is ganged up on because they look different, have different interests or think differently. Just because someone has different ideas/interests/goals than the mainstream, they should not to be targeted or cond…

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, rggi.org) was established several years ago by Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont "to support the development and implementation of each RGGI State's CO2 Budget Trading Program…

I am writing to thank Crawford County residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this holiday season. The generous folks of northwestern Pennsylvania collected nearly 50,800 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relie…

Back in June, I sent a letter and talked by phone with six members regarding two issues facing this district — the tax increase and conduct of the business manager.

When the Crawford County commissioners recently passed the 2019 Crawford County budget, they agreed to an increase in the county library tax of one-tenth of one mill. We are deeply appreciative of the commissioners’ support and vision.

During the first half of December, representatives from almost 200 countries came together in Poland, trying to find a common way forward to keep the world from warming too much. For it to heat up much more than it already has would be catastrophic for life on the planet.

My Christmas wish is for the president, his family and those who surround him to have a wonderful time this holiday despite the anti-Trump rhetoric. He’s a man who walks the talk and follows up as much as humanly possible to keep his campaign promises.

I recently attended the Redevelopment Authority board meeting concerning the layoffs of administrative assistant Tammy White and Community Development Coordinator Autumn Vogel. According to City Manager Andy Walker, the “efficient” decision was to lay these women off, even though they were d…

Last week I went to the Redevelopment Authority meeting (RDA) to learn about the recent layoff of two full-time RDA employees — administrative assistant Tammy White and Community Development Coordinator Autumn Vogel. I heard signs of city dysfunction.

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