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Ripley hearing shines light on solar questions

Can the township of North East, Pa., stop the town of Ripley from polluting its water? Could the state of Pennsylvania file an injunction to stop the state of New York from allowing a 490,000 panel solar project and two giant energy storage units on its border? These questions were asked at ...

Emancipation makes U.S. unique

CHAUTAUQUA – Wall Street Journal opinion columnist Jason Riley is a fan of economist Thomas Sowell. Both are articulate. Neither pulls punches. Focusing his Aug. 8 Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua, or ABC, presentation on Sowell, Riley touched on public-charter schools in big cities, ...

Lots of government, little progress

A recent article in the OBSERVER got me thinking about how government at the state and federal levels has become so intrusive in our lives. The article told how it had taken the town of Pomfret four months to get the necessary permits to cut the mass of weeds filling the center of the ...

Even stalwart Americans admired the queen

She is gone. It is as though the last thread holding the world together, dating back to my childhood, has disappeared. Queen Elizabeth was mourned, celebrated, and lovingly buried as I wrote this – glued all morning to PBS’ full coverage. I stumbled into the den at 5:20 a.m. and turned ...

Comments needs to also include fact

In a commentary headlined “Biden deserves credit for errors” (Sept. 12), the writer mocks our democracy by spreading lies — and once again, as usual, with no proof. Those of us who understand President Donald Trump and his allies were staging a coup on Jan. 6 have all heard Trump’s ...

I will miss the queen

I remember clearly the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. It was 1953, in the early days of television. We had a small 13-inch TV, I believe made by Emerson and, of course, it was black and white. There was no color TV then. There also was no cable television, and you received the signal from ...