Opinion

Infrastructure projects must be shovel ready

Editorials

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

Eliminate Lewis from Port Authority consideration

Editorials

Trumbull commissioners are weighing the qualifications of 13 candidates who want to represent the county as a member of the Western Reserve Port Authority board. Among the 13 is Scott Lewis who, after already serving eight years on the port authority, is seeking reappointment to the board ...

Guarding against spread of fake news

Brenda J. Linert

“Fake news” has become such a buzz word lately that Americans have begun throwing around the term anytime they see a news story with which they disagree or that they don’t believe. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying “fake news” doesn’t exist. Certainly it does. I come ...

ACA extended health coverage

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: As an independent non-partisan, I must take issue with your Jan. 11 editorial entitled, “Health care changes will have challenges.” While I am not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, politically designated Obamacare by detractors of the president, I feel it was a ...

Celebrate Trump inauguration

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, was a day of celebration for many millions of Americans. After eight long years of Barrack Hussein Obama corroding our country as president, we finally have a president who believes in the greatness of the United States and the principles ...

United Nations is ineffective

Letters to the Editor

United Nations is ineffective DEAR EDITOR: The United Nations has existed for more than 70 years, and it is no more effective today than the day it was formed. Yes, it has served mankind well in addressing mundane catastrophes like earthquakes and floods, but when it comes to ...

Letter contained false statements

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: I was both shocked and disappointed that the Tribune Chronicle published the letter Jan. 15 headlined “Obama creating chaos.” You did the community a disservice by publishing a letter containing such an obvious lie, combined with unsubstantiated and extreme conspiracy ...

Flask successful as city auditor

Letters to the Editor

Flask successful as city auditor DEAR EDITOR: This past July, Councilman Vince Flask was chosen to fill the vacant seat of Warren’s Auditor. His 12 years of experience with the city’s budget, 10 years of tax knowledge and ability to manage a professional staff has proven ...

Orchids and Onions

Editorials

ORCHID: To Niles police Chief Jay Holland for cleverly convincing — via social media — a bank robbery suspect to surrender. Suspect Craig Honkonen of Niles commented on a Niles police Facebook post showing a robbery surveillance camera photo. Holland responded quickly to the post, talking ...

Public bodies’ promises of secrecy trigger suspicion

Editorials

Less than six months ago we warned, in this space, about the dangers of sealing documents when it involves questionable practices of public employees. Now the board that oversees operations at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and its economic development arm has done it again, this time ...

Know a star? nominate him or her soon

Editorials

We encourage Trumbull County residents to take advantage of the opportunity to direct recognition to those in the community who represent the brightest examples of community service. Now in its 16th year, the Community Star program celebrates volunteers who go above and beyond to make a ...

Prediction on the economy is tied to Trump

Editorials

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It ...

Use King as model for acceptance

Editorials

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Kremlin has different idea of diplomacy

Editorials

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Homesick? Or just miss Snowball?

Community Columnists

It seems that dogs and their tragic demise marked the passage of time when I was a kid. When we lived on York Avenue here in Warren, Snowball, a beautiful white Eskimo spitz, was our family dog. I spent many hours as a 3 and 4 year old crawling around on the floor and napping with him under the ...

Kidman does not deserve to be targeted

Editorials

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Identifying home-grown risk should be a priority

Editorials

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators last week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Support friends in Middle East

Editorials

President Barack Obama’s eight years in office have been a time of frustration for many of our nation’s allies. His shoddy treatment of Israel makes headlines regularly. But our second-most-reliable ally, Jordan, seldom makes the news. A terrorist attack there in mid-December, in which 10 ...

Addiction is internal disease

Letters to the Editor

DEAR EDITOR: My hope is that one person fighting the stronghold of addiction will read this and follow through. Professionals call addiction a “disease” and tell addicts to do this or that hoping to remove the addiction externally. I know from experience through receiving ...

Ensure fairness in 4th Ward seat selection

Editorials

The Trumbull County Democratic Party is accepting applications for Warren’s 4th Ward council position left vacant by the recent resignation of Councilman James Bluedorn. Bluedorn stepped down after serving just one year on council because his full-time job required relocation to Florida. ...