Editorials

Infrastructure projects must be shovel ready

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

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 ...

Orchids and Onions

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Kidman does not deserve to be targeted

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

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

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 ...

Ensure fairness in 4th Ward seat selection

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. ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the YSU Penguin football team for its excellent season. Despite the final loss, the players and coaches have much to be proud of. Orchid also to fans who traveled to Frisco, Texas, to support the championship drive. ORCHID: To Warren Junior Women’s League volunteers, who ...

Twin power plants are ‘game changers’

Significant plans announced this week for not one but two gas-fired power plants should be welcomed by all those who live in the Lordstown Local School District, who live and work in Trumbull County, for those who work in Ohio’s oil and gas drilling industry and by basically anyone anywhere ...

Health care changes will have challenges

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Why not make hatchback Cruze here?

Tweets last week by President-elect Donald Trump drew attention to General Motors’ manufacture of the 2017 Cruze hatchback in Mexico. General Motors’ quick and terse reply may have been a sign of the company’s frustration with the president-elect. “All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in ...

MVSD should learn from license issue

For more than a year, the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has known it needed to find a permanent chief engineer possessing the state-required qualifications to operate the district. For all of 2016, members of the board that operates the Meander Water district kept the chief engineer’s ...

U.S. is in need of a neutral hacking probe

President-elect Donald Trump was to be briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

Confirmation roadblocks do a disservice

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Close loophole for officials’ double-dipping

No elected official should be able to take advantage of taxpayers who pay his or her salary by retiring, collecting a publicly paid pension and then receiving compensation for continuing to serve as an elected official. The Tribune Chronicle has often argued against the practice commonly ...