Opinion

Letters to the editor – April 22, 2018

Letters to the Editor

TJX pullout costs area millions DEAR EDITOR: As a lifelong resident and business owner in Trumbull County, I am deeply saddened and embarrassed by the lack of leadership and fortitude exhibited by Lordstown elected officials and community leaders. In the face of decades of population ...

Area leaders must drive vision, growth

Editorials

HomeGoods’ decision to withdraw plans that would have brought 1,000 jobs and a new 1.2 million-square-foot construction investment to Trumbull County leaves writing on the wall for all the world to see. The signal we’ve been sending in recent weeks culminated Friday when HomeGoods, a ...

Intentions alone don’t bring jobs to the area

Brenda J. Linert

Does the name Element Electronics mean anything to you? It may not since the company doesn’t manufacture anything here. But the name sure means something to the many workers inside the Element Electronics TV manufacturing facility in Winnsboro, S.C. The company is owned and operated by ...

Trusting Kim, North Korea not an option

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Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? We hope not, but we also must not assume a sincere, humane bone exists in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met secretly with Kim a few days ago, the ...

Barbara Bush spoke mind, had no false pretense

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Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady. She felt like the first grandmother to many. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, made it clear she would ...

Let’s hope attack brings desired result

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Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Drop lawsuits against MVSD and township

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We are dismayed at lawsuits filed by former public officials that must be defended at a cost to the public, even after evidence shows that the officials lost their jobs — jobs paid by public funds — because of their own actions. Anthony Vigorito, formerly chief engineer and plant ...

Road repair season brings peril for many

Editorials

It is ironic that the men and women holding flags and stop signs to keep us safe while we drive through highway work zones are in more peril than we are. Sadly, we were especially reminded of this recently when Ohio Department of Transportation worker John Pasko, 54, of Salem, was struck by a ...

Tax prep time is stark reminder of national debt

Editorials

If you are like many Americans, you spent part of Monday evening finishing your income tax returns for 2017. The deadline to file them is today, unless you request and get an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid, you might think. Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service ...

Why Taiwan must participate in WHA

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The 71st World Health Assembly, or WHA, will meet May 21-26, and Taiwan, an important partner in the global health network, seeks participation. For many years, Taiwan has participated in WHA and World Health Organization, or WHO, technical meetings, mechanisms and activities. ...

AFSCME sets record straight

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Speaking for the collective body of Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services, AFSCME Local 458, we have sat by quietly as dozens of articles have been written about us. It’s time we set the record straight. Recently, two articles appeared about us not ...

Cooperation in opioid fight noteworthy

Editorials

How often do we hear accusations and evidence that when it comes to government, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing? But last week we saw an example of a cooperative effort in a matter of life or death — tracking overdose records in an effort to research and combat the ...

Effect of GM cuts is harsh no matter the cause

Brenda J. Linert

Falling crude prices and gasoline costs at the pump that consumers so often hope for might be at least partially the reason for Americans’ shift towards larger, gas-guzzling vehicles and away from smaller, gas-sipping cars like the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze sedan. Friday, we saw the ...

EPA’s Scott Pruitt must go

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Scott Pruitt runs the president's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And yet, Pruitt is so cozy with industry, he thinks he's running the U.S Polluter Protection Agency. Since he was confirmed, Pruitt has slashed environmental safeguards at every turn. He's demonstrated he's ...

Speed cameras can help school finances

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I believe I have a good idea for the speed cameras. Since our mayor insists it’s not about the money but the safety of our citizens, why not give the money collected to our schools? We certainly don’t need to give the money to the state since they’re one of the reasons our ...

Celebrate new tax law

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DEAR EDITOR: Tax Day is this week. While millions of Americans scramble to fill out their tax returns, we should also find time to celebrate the new tax law. Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, more than 500 U.S. employers have publicly announced wage increases, bonuses and other employee ...

Trump is deepening, not draining swamp

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DEAR EDITOR: Just where on God’s green earth did Donald Trump go to find these low-life, self serving, belly-crawling people? I believe you could stand outside the gates of Leavenworth Penitentiary and find a better class of people. Never in my life have I seen such a changeover of people ...

The 50th anniversary of the MLK’s murder

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DEAR EDITOR: As the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King came and passed, the grave social problems of racism, poverty and war tragically remain. But there is renewed hope these vicious social sins also will pass. In late March, thousands of America’s youth ...

Tax cut experiment has failed before

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DEAR EDITOR: It is time we realize that giving as much money and power to those who already have the most of both is not the answer to our problems. We have slashed regulations and taxes to the wealthiest corporations and individuals repeatedly, including this past January, on the ...

Republicans must go

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DEAR EDITOR: Donald Trump is losing the support of women. The latest poll shows 70 percent of women disapprove of the job he is doing. Gee, I wonder why. Red district voters support Trump, they feel he is doing a good job. They ignore his lies and ignorance and close relationship with a porn ...