Editorials

Lack of open discussion only raises suspicions

Warren City Council’s skirting of Ohio sunshine laws by hosting individual secret meetings to discuss bringing a medical marijuana operation into the city and then passing legislation unanimously in one reading was part of a clear plan to shut out taxpayers on this controversial ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Champion High School for its wise use of student resources. The high school communications class project was to develop a public relations video for the school. That creates both a great learning experience and a product that can be used to the school’s benefit. • ORCHID: To ...

Loss of focus is driving away college-with-no-walls idea

When Eastern Gateway Community College launched in 2009 as the area’s first community college, it was billed as “a critical component” of Northeast Ohio’s economic revitalization. “A college without walls,” it was called by the chairman of the task force that pulled EGCC’s ...

Plea deal gives girl new chance at her future

A defense attorney for 15-year-old Bresha Meadows admits we may never know the entire story of what happened behind closed doors in the Meadows home, especially considering that the stories have changed over the course of the murder investigation. Bresha pleaded “true” this week to ...

Seek answers in beatings at embassy

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One ...

Message to Saudis received clearly

There can be no doubt Saudia Arabia leaders got the message President Donald Trump was sending Saturday. Ironically, it was one former President Barack Obama failed in his attempts to convey. Trump has been accused of, in effect, being unnecessarily blunt and forceful when tact would ...

8-year-old’s suicide demands answers

The thought of an 8-year-old child committing suicide is so awful most people probably do not want to even think about it. But it happened earlier this year in Cincinnati, and the circumstances dictate that we do think about it. On Jan. 26, little Gabriel Taye went to the bathroom in his home ...

Challenges aplenty for new GOP chairman

New Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Wyndham has his work cut out for him in uniting this divided party. During the past year, the party has seen significant divide under the leadership of former Chairman Randy Law who was removed April 8 by vote of the party’s executive ...

Challenges aplenty for new GOP chairman

New Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Wyndham has his work cut out for him in uniting this divided party. During the past year, the party has seen significant divide under the leadership of former Chairman Randy Law who was removed April 8 by vote of the party’s executive ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the quick thinkers at Liberty High School who put the school into immediate lockdown and called police after a man in camouflage parked his car in the school lot Tuesday morning and entered adjacent woods carrying backpacks. The scenario turned out to be a false alarm, but it’s ...

Bill demands excellence in educators

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

U.S. must look at other sources to stop N. Korea

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

Put issue to rest and learn from failed plan

The move Wednesday by the Western Reserve Port Authority to authorize filing a lawsuit against Aerodynamics Inc., the company that operated daily flights last summer from Vienna to Chicago, is long overdue. Still, it’s unfortunate that litigation became necessary in resolving the abrupt end ...

Foster families deserve praise for service

Trumbull County Children Services Board this evening will host its annual Foster Caregiver Recognition Dinner in Niles. As it is so aptly named, the event recognizes foster families who open their hearts and homes to children who are overcoming obstacles many of us never will face. Among ...

Extending olive branch to N. Korea not solution

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and ...

Bring on tampering probes

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Motivation questioned for COG proposal

The formation of a new Council of Governments would be a collaborative effort among Trumbull County and cities and townships that could make it easier to remove blight, apply for grants and share equipment, officials pushing for the move have said. But questions posed by Trumbull County ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, which obtained two Ohio Historical Society markers telling the history of Salt Springs and the Western Reserve. They will be installed this summer. Knowledge of local history is a crucial part of our community’s future. • ORCHID: To the ...

Port, TBEIC partnership raises new questions

Struggling to find clients for its downtown Warren office space, the incubator known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC, is now planning to fill some of its office space with the Western Reserve Port Authority’s economic development wing. The director of the port ...

Time was right for Comey to go

Many Democrats have been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...