Opinion

New gatekeeper will only add a gate

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Trumbull County commissioners should seriously consider the observation of Trumbull County’s director of human resources, Richard Jackson. Near the end of the August 2017 meeting between the county commissioners and the Citizen Budget Review Committee, Mr. Jackson suggested one ...

Administrator job flawed from the start

Editorials

It’s way too convenient that the man who played a significant role in recommending Trumbull County commissioners create two new management positions is now one of the 13 applicants seeking to be hired for the combined job. It’s equally concerning that another man who had been given the ...

Local Christmas shopping critical to economy

Brenda J. Linert

T-minus eight days. Time is running out, and as Christmas Day approaches, the pressure to spend spikes. Published reports indicate that consumers are confident this year, and forecasters say that may trigger a seasonal sales increase of 4.5 percent for retailers. In fact, experts predict ...

Comment trivialized brother’s death

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On Nov. 18, you published a letter from Pastor Rod Winyard about prisoner Joe Dudley. While I found the whole letter disgusting, because I am the sister of the victim of his crime, what was extremely upsetting to me was the editor’s note. That note stated that my brother was ...

Time is short, need is great at the holidays

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As the winter season jumps into high gear, the thousands of people in our Trumbull County community are filled with holiday cheer, while thousands more are reaching out to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and other basic needs. To provide these services every year, we rely ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Niles police Lt. Dan Adkins, who was able to use his crisis response training this week to convince a suicidal man to come down from a 50-foot radio tower. Adkins, an 18-year police veteran, credited training, patience and empathy. • ONION: To Howland Township trustees for ...

Are you ready to meet Jesus?

Letters to the Editor

Letter of Faith DEAR EDITOR: I grew up during the Great Depression in Kentucky where my father read the Holy Bible every night and believed Jesus was our only hope of eternal life. The gospel was preached in church and people’s lives were changed. Today I hear people say they believe they ...

Tax reform bill should be amended

Editorials

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Is this the best the U.S. has to offer?

Editorials

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Other steps needed for county plan

Editorials

It is unfathomable to us that in the year of 2017 residents of Trumbull County still cannot use a credit or debit card to pay fees or invoices in most county offices. For instance, those attempting to pay Trumbull County recorder’s office fees can use only cash, a money order or a bank ...

Ohio Justice O’Neill wore out his welcome

Editorials

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for the ...

Find means to deter lone wolf attacks

Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

The freedom of speech applies to all

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present on an evening last week at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of ...

Bureaucrats must speed up tax changes

Editorials

“Wait till next year” is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

Sober houses violate residential areas

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Sober houses are nothing more than commercial enterprises, and owners are violating zoning regulations by putting commercial enterprises in residential areas. They all should be removed and allowed to be placed only in commercial areas. GEORGE R. HOLKO SR. Warren

Think twice about ways to cut costs

Editorials

It was six months ago when the citizens group selected by Trumbull commissioners to analyze county spending put forth 19 recommendations that they believed could save the county money. That list of money-saving measures included five involving personnel costs. Some of the other ...

Choice must include more than lesser of two evils

Brenda J. Linert

With Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election in Alabama looming closer, debate over whether Republican candidate Roy Moore assaulted a teenage waitress some 30 years ago is reaching new heights. The latest debate to bubble to the surface Friday focused even more national media attention — as if ...

President’s tax cuts won’t help America

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Whatever happened to the rantings and ravings of the Tea Party on how we can’t keep spending and we have to bring down the deficit? It seems like they don’t care if the Donald Trump administration spends and then spends some more. They made a big deal of it when Barack Obama ...

America could have made better choice

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The media recently reported that President Donald Trump told the Chinese, “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefits of its citizens?” What did he say? I asked myself. I felt that statement ...

Support, praise road repair crews

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: This summer most motorists on local roads and highways were left waiting in restricted or closed lanes due to repair, repaving etc. Yes, it seems like a big inconvenience, but let’s take opportunity to thank all those workers and everyone involved in the process it takes to ...