Opinion

Fear, threats must never place limits on free speech

Editorials

Ohio State University officials are in a tough position. They have been asked to allow “white nationalist” Richard Spencer to speak on campus, but have said no due to safety concerns. “White nationalist” is the currently accepted term for someone we used to call a racist. No doubt ...

Opioid emergency action plan needed

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: According to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, fentanyl from China is being brought into our country. The current situation appears comparable to the early stages of the drug epidemic forced on the Chinese during the Opium Wars of the 1840s. Some claim that over a quarter of the Chinese ...

Collaborative push for Amazon deserves praise

Editorials

The collaborative efforts of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, Trumbull County commissioners, Mahoning County commissioners, mayors in both Warren and Youngstown and Niles-based Cafaro Co. for a longshot attempt to entice Amazon’s “HQ2” second headquarters to an enterprise park in ...

Judicial branch least understood branch of U.S. government

Community Columnists

Q: What is the “least understood branch of government?” A: Most people are aware that our government has three separate and co-equal branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch. However, the judicial branch is often the least understood, perhaps in part ...

Opioid community conversations begin tonight

Brenda J. Linert

Today a group of local media that includes the Tribune Chronicle continues our effort to find solutions to help combat — or at least slow — the heroin and opioid crisis sweeping through our area, our state and our nation. Our journey of solutions-oriented journalism has included coverage ...

Take bullying seriously

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Recently my son got punched in the face at school. He is 7 years old and attends Austintown Elementary School. I was shocked when the nurse called me. She informed me, “The principal is involved and taking care of the situation.” That eased my mind until my child came home ...

Combat bullying with family time

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Suicide rates involving American children ages 10-14 year have doubled since 2007, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Much research has been done to uncover the reason a child might want to take his or her ...

Politicians should walk in our shoes

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Why is it that all our state and federal representatives, as well as other officials who we do elect or are appointed to positions, don’t have to worry about health care? Let’s get together and put our focus on them. Put them in our shoes and see how they vote. We are all ...

CPR should be police requirement

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: In today’s society, time could mean life or death, especially pertaining to cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The most important part of CPR is compressions. The faster they are started, the chance of survival increases. A CPR certification lasts up to two years before ...

Strong schools are community foundation

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: On Nov. 7 residents of the Niles City School District will decide an important issue that will greatly enhance student achievement and support the daily needs of the district. The 10-year, 9.25-mill emergency operating levy on the ballot would raise $2 million annually and help ...

People may protest no matter your opinion

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: The ignorance of people on the NFL players kneeling is astounding. We are not Nazi Germany with forced allegiance. We are, I believe, the first country in history where you can either stand or protest when the national anthem and flag are used. It is not disrespectful to the ...

Orchids and onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice for standing up for victims’ rights and refusing to reduce the monthly restitution payments of former Niles funeral director Robert P. McDermott Sr., who owes $172,000 to victims. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges stemming ...

Make better food choices and move more, study says

Editorials

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Back Pittsburgh for Amazon bid

Community Columnists

A phrase I use a bit too often, but I love nonetheless, is “punching above your weight.” Maybe it’s too many fond memories of Boom-Boom Mancini and Kelly Pavlik, but it’s a source of pride when I get to use that phrase. That’s why I was so happy to see collective agencies in the ...

Keep Vansuch, LaPolla trustees in Howland

Editorials

We are bothered that incumbent trustees seeking re-election in Howland Township will wait until after the Nov. 7 election to announce a decision about allowing use of speed cameras in the township. Incumbents Matthew Vansuch and James LaPolla say they need more time to review proposals, get ...

Two at-Large incumbents earn Niles re-election

Editorials

Niles Council At-large incumbents Ryan McNaughton and Mike Lastic have served their community well as informed and reasonable councilman. Both understand the fiscal crisis facing the city and remain hopeful that the plans they and the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission made are ...

Redistricting plans must be done openly

Editorials

The first thought that crosses the mind of a politician who has just won an election is how to win the next one. The temptation to use one’s power to retain and expand it seems irresistible to human beings. One result of that is gerrymandering, the practice of setting legislative district ...

Ups and downs of life in 1946

Community Columnists

It was 1946 in Warren, Ohio. I was 10 going on 11, and the post World War II era had just begun. The future seemed so very promising. All of the rationing, shortages, fears of air raids and blackouts, and concerns about friends and relatives serving in the military were over. I could buy ...

Change needed in collecting child support

Editorials

Deadbeat parents, almost all men, have racked up $4.5 billion in unpaid child support payments in Ohio, it was learned last week. That is unacceptable. Child support debts on the books go back to 1976, reported state Department of Job and Family Services official David Fleischman. In other ...

Harding pantry wonderful way to help needy kids

Editorials

Kids who struggle with hunger or who lack other basic necessities start their school days behind the eight ball before they ever head to class. How can they be expected to be successful in their education or in life? Statistics show 17 percent of the students at Warren G. Harding High School ...