Editorials

Area leaders must drive vision, growth

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 ...

Trusting Kim, North Korea not an option

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Cooperation in opioid fight noteworthy

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 ...

Orchids & onions

• ORCHID: To Covelli Enterprises for partnering with the Rich Center for Autism and Potential Development Program in Youngstown this month to raise money to help local families. Proceeds from Pieces of Hope cookie sales at Panera Bread cafes this week, including today, will be given to the ...

Warning from US surgeon is long overdue

Last week the U.S. surgeon general did something that has not been done in 13 years. Dr. Jerome Adams issued an advisory. The last one was about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Adams’ new advisory concerns the opioid abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. Too many ...

Abuse coverups only worsen victims’ injuries

Attempts to sweep under the rug a sexual abuse scandal involving some U.S. Olympic athletes and others at Michigan State University backfired badly, as they should have. Some officials in both programs have lost their jobs. Some are being investigated for crimes. The predator, Dr. Larry ...

Adopt audit’s suggestions now in Niles

The Ohio auditor says there are ways to balance Niles School District’s budget that do not involve raising taxes. In fact, Ohio Auditor David Yost’s performance audit of the struggling school district that was released last week indicates that Niles City Schools could save nearly $3.4 ...

‘Future leaders’ from Girard team make future bright

“Girard Robotics qualifies for worlds.” The Tribune Chronicle headline sounded surreal. But indeed it is not. In fact, it is so real that it has happened an amazing 11 times in the last 19 years for Girard’s Robotics team. This year, the RoboCats qualified to perform April 25-28 at ...

Use caution in response to Syrian attack

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad are hard to take. No one likes to see innocent little children suffering. Some U.S. response to the atrocity, in which about 40 people died, is necessary. Most nations have ...

Sufficient funds needed to battle opioid crisis

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

So far, Niles treasurer is on right path

Once again, Niles has a permanent treasurer following the recent approval by members of the local Democratic Party of Stephen Telego, the mayor’s interim appointment. Already we are optimistic that this retired banker’s appointment is starting off on the right foot. That’s because ...

Remembering tragedies key part of history

Officials in Los Alamos, N.M., have turned down an offer to host a traveling exhibit on a subject both disturbing and important. It was near Los Alamos that in 1945, a nuclear bomb was tested. That led to the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, that ended World War II. Use of ...

New jobs will slow decline in population

Trumbull and Mahoning counties have experienced a combined population decline amounting to just shy of 19,000 residents during the last eight years. That includes a loss of almost 10,000 people from Trumbull County alone — nearly 5 percent of the population of 210,312 in 2010 to 200,380 in ...

Time is now to withdraw from Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad is secure in his position with the support of Russian military might. The Islamic State organization in Syria has been nearly wiped out. It is time to pull U.S. troops out of the country. There is no good reason for the 2,000 or so of them in Syria to remain ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the McDonald Board of Education for passing motions last week that will improve safety and better fortify their schools. Included are plans to update security cameras and purchase Bolo sticks that block shut classroom doors during lockdown situations. The efforts will help keep ...