Opinion

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To the six 2018 inductees into the Trumbull County African American Achievers Association Hall of Fame. They are: Paulette Edington, Myles Johnson, Leslie Parkey, Denise Matlock, Gary Price and Roland Battle. Two student scholarship recipients are Michael Jordan and Autumn Duncan. ...

It’s now time to reopen Dana Street

Editorials

It’s about time that someone is calling for Warren’s Dana Street — blocked by concrete barriers to vehicle traffic for more than a year now — to be reopened. Residents are complaining that there has been no activity for several months outside the former Packard Electric site that had ...

Tragedy is not time for political jabs

Editorials

Seventeen people, most of them children, died in a school massacre last week — and U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., apparently thinks that is a good opportunity to take a political jab. During a radio interview Wednesday, Tenney said this: “... it’s interesting that so many of these ...

Keep bar high for new county administrator

Editorials

As predicted, Trumbull County commissioners voted 2-1 this week to hire Mike Matas to fill the new combined position of Trumbull County administrator and purchasing director. Commissioners Dan Polivka and Mauro Cantalamessa approved the hiring, with Frank Fuda voting no. Matas was the ...

Facebook’s new effort not good enough

Editorials

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

No sweeping answers to mass killings

Editorials

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

FBI culture must change to protect our children

Editorials

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

The cover-up is worse than the offense

Editorials

Politics, especially the vicious, power-driven variety practiced in Washington, sometimes tends to blur ethical lines. There is nothing like feeling political foes are out to get you to put you on the defensive. That may have occurred at the White House. Rather than stay on the defensive ...

Sadly, schools must become mini-fortresses

Editorials

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvement campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think about ...

How could Nassar abuse go on so long?

Editorials

They just keep coming. Some stand bravely alone, their voices rising in anger. Others sob quietly as they are supported by loved ones. They all have the same story: Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused me. About 160 of them have testified in court to what Nassar did. The total number of his ...

What should be next for Ohio’s opioid crisis?

Editorials

The Appalachian Ohio region spans from the periphery of Cincinnati to the edge of Cleveland, following the Ohio River. Ohio’s 88 counties, 32 including Trumbull and Mahoning counties, are considered Appalachian. The Appalachian Regional Commission monitors, compares, sums and averages the ...

Where would we be without newspapers and journalists?

Editorials

When I traveled with my family as a child, I would drag my parents to gift shops in every new city, looking for postcards and tchotchkes to commemorate our travels, but my father only ever wanted one particular souvenir for himself: a local newspaper. Wherever we went, my father would buy every ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

• ORCHID: To Sue Davis of Vienna and Flash, her 4-year-old, black, curly coated retriever, honored as “Best in Breed” this week at the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show in New York City, where dogs and handlers compete from all over the world. Winning best in breed is an incredible ...

Allow voters, not political parties, to pick nominees

Editorials

We may have spoken too soon. It was just about a month ago when we commented in this space that it appeared Ohio Democrats may have finally gotten the message about the importance of choice in America’s elections — including primary races when voters get to choose their party’s ...

Leftover funds should not be used as rewards

Editorials

It has become common practice in Trumbull County’s Job and Family Services Department that after the bills are paid each year, leftover public funds — much of it provided through the state’s Job and Family Services annual funding — had been handed out in the form of employee bonuses, ...

Political points should not come at security cost

Editorials

Democrats leaped quickly at President Donald Trump’s decision not to permit release of their document regarding use by the FBI and Department of Justice of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The president “doesn’t want the public to see the underlying facts,” ...

Community Stars represent the area’s finest

Editorials

The very best examples of community service and the people who do those good deeds will soon be honored again as part of the 17th annual Community Stars awards. It’s amazing how many people do good in our community. More than 40 nominations this year were narrowed down to 12 people ...

Communicate despite differences

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Tribune Chronicle articles written by Andy Gray and published Jan. 21 titled “When to take a stand” and “Nonprofits should use caution on social media” touch upon perhaps the most essential factor in a successful democracy — informed citizen participation in government. ...

Local workers, buyers all part of GM success

Editorials

General Motors experienced yet another successful year, due in large part to the contributions of the hardworking labor force, including those at the Lordstown plants here. As a result, all members of the United Auto Workers nationwide will enjoy profit-sharing that could reach as high as ...

Ohio leaders must fight for ECOT funds

Editorials

Ohio education officials say they have “other options” for recovering the $80 million owed to the state by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, now that the online charter school has shut down. For months, the state Department of Education had been deducting money from state funding for ...