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The Observer-Reporter occasionally asks Facebook friends to respond to a question about an issue in the news. This week, we asked: “What are your thoughts about the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria?” Here are some of the responses we received:Yvette Vavro: I can’t even begin to exp…

Politico Magazine (Sept. 8) recently set off a firestorm of discussion when it highlighted an academic paper presented by the renowned political scientist, Shawn Rosenberg. Rosenberg concluded that “democracy is devouring itself – and it won’t last.” His premise is that social media has dilu…

Media coverage of possible presidential impeachment dominates the news today as few issues in recent memory. Yet, the constitutional framework which controls impeachment (scattered throughout Articles I, II, and III), is little understood by even normally informed Americans.

President Trump’s Twitter feed has never been marked by subtlety or restraint, but amid the unfolding events of the impeachment inquiry this week, Trump went way over the top when he accused one of his primary investigators, Congressman Adam Schiff, of committing treason. He further suggeste…

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce was recently joined by Washington County Commissioners Larry Maggi, Diana Irey Vaughan and Harlan Shober as well as State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, state Rep. Jason Ortitay and several of Washington County’s municipal leaders at an event to highlight t…

We recently attended a wedding in Pittsburgh, organized by and populated with millennials. Nothing about the ceremony or reception was traditional. The few baby boomers in attendance could not help scratching their heads at the audacity of young people changing the rules of getting married. …

MISS: Making $18,000 per year if you’re living on your own hardly assures a life of luxury. The same goes for a family of four trying to get by on $38,000 per year. But that’s apparently too much for the Ebenezer Scrooges who are wandering around in Washington, D.C., right now. The Trump adm…

HIT: Mark Sanford, a former Republican governor and congressman from South Carolina, has almost no chance of becoming his party’s presidential nominee in 2020. Nor does William Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, or Joe Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois. But all three have tossed …

HIT: It’s an idea that’s been a long time coming, and is probably overdue. Two municipalities in our area are considering the creation of dog parks to serve what seems to be an ever-growing canine population. In South Strabane Township, dog owner Leigh Lyons asked supervisors to put a dog pa…

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