Editorials

Take time to visit wall, pay homage

Hundreds of motorcyclists, many flying large American flags from their bikes, escorted the semi-truck Tuesday that hauled the “The Wall That Heals” into Warren. Hundreds of residents lined the route along East Market Street, also waving American flags and cheering for the arrival of this ...

Need for more air security proven again

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

Be aware the return of yellow school buses

Falls classes at area schools are scheduled to begin in coming weeks. That means hundreds of school buses will be carrying our children and grandchildren to and from their school buildings. It also means motorists will have to adjust driving habits. The summer months of not exercising an ...

Growing debt proves federal overspending

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

State funding needed to fight drug crisis

It is unlikely county officials will get from Columbus what they asked for in recent weeks. The general increase in funding to local governments being sought, more than $350 million per year, would dent the state budget to an extent legislators probably would not allow. But one specific plea ...

‘Space Force’ needs no new bureaucracy

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

States, not fed should decide pot question

U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan’s proposal to decriminalize marijuana and make it legal in all 50 states is ill-conceived, as is his reasoning behind it. Ryan in recent weeks described the federal ban on pot as “morally wrong and economically nonsensical.” Rather, those words better ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the Trumbull County Combined Health District for its aggressive action in notifying local officials, area schools and the media when two mosquito pools — in Champion and Newton Falls — tested positive for the dangerous West Nile virus. Elected leaders and school ...

All Korean War remains must come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

After 15 years, it’s time for 9/11 case trial

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he is accused of masterminding nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Mohammed, 53, has been in ...

Warren paints unfair picture of judicial system

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Don’t delay in exploring city parking options

It was a year ago that Warren government leaders decided to enter into an abbreviated parking contract with existing parking manager Warren Parking Systems. The decision to ink a limited 16-month deal — less than half the length of previous three-year pacts — followed months of debate ...

School board earns trust with pay move

The Howland Board of Education made a good decision last month when it voted to eliminate routine pay increases known as “step increases” for 10 of its schools administrators. School officials said the decision to eliminate the step increases will save the district and taxpayers some ...

US must add new pressure on N. Korea

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful co-existence, it was reported last week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Outgoing Liberty chief’s openness deserves praise

Longtime Liberty police Chief Richard Tisone is about to retire after serving well the residents of his township for 32 years, including 10 years as police chief. Tisone has worked hard to manage his department and has operated with transparency and quick response when called upon by the ...

Maintain ODOT order to remove camera signs

We are glad to see the Ohio Department of Transportation is taking an interest in how local communities are using state highways to police for profit. Even though ODOT’s directive ordering local communities like Girard, Howland and Youngstown to remove their traffic camera warning signs ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Warren Police Department for coordinating “Street Watch,” a new voluntary program creating a database of where private surveillance cameras are located on homes and businesses in the city that police may use in crime solving. The collaborative effort sounds promising, and if ...

Confirm Kim is backing away from nukes

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Compromise may help to end Afghan bloodshed

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from ...

Aid may help curb illegal immigration

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...