Editorials

Eric Spiegel stays advocate for the Valley

All communities should be so lucky to have such a successful businessman call their area home. Despite rising to the top rung of the corporate ladder, Mahoning Valley native Eric Spiegel never forgot his local roots. Spiegel, 59, retired as president / CEO of Siemens USA at the end of 2016, ...

Cruze is big part of GM’s record year

General Motors Corp. recently announced a record year in 2016, with revenue up 9 percent to $166.4 billion from a year ago. That beat analysts’ estimates of $163.5 billion. As a result, workers will be seeing very nice profit-sharing checks upward of $12,000 each. Let’s hope those ...

Trump must inform and respect Pence

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Budget group must stay independent

We see formation of the new Trumbull County budget committee as a good basic idea, but retain reservations about the motivation for forming the group and the challenges organizing such a large group could present. The size and names of those serving on the newly created panel were announced ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Bazetta Township trustees for making the hard decision to toe the line on pay raises for a township employee. It’s difficult to say no to deserving employees, but reacting this way to tight finances is the right answer. ORCHID: To Farmington Township Fire Department for ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Bazetta Township trustees for making the hard decision to toe the line on pay raises for a township employee. It’s difficult to say no to deserving employees, but reacting this way to tight finances is the right answer. ORCHID: To Farmington Township Fire Department for cutting ...

GOP must find way to unite

If it weren’t such a serious issue, some might argue that ongoing antics involving the Trumbull County Republican Party borders on frivolity. The comedy of errors involving the divided party continued this week, this time dealing with the party’s choice for a Trumbull County Board of ...

Keep politics out of military restrictions

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Don’t diminish value of Trump’s presidential visit

President Donald Trump called off his planned trip to Trumbull County this week, where he had been expected to sign a bill advocating for the coal industry. Trump was expected to fly Thursday aboard Air Force One to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport where he was to sign a bill ...

Focus on Pakistani terrorists

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald J. Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the U.S. ...

Just another example of poor Niles management

Last week a Niles city employee was accused of allowing his brother — also a former city employee who previously was convicted of stealing nearly $100,000 from a local church — to put city gasoline in his personal vehicle. When the accusations came to light, Mayor Tom Scarnecchia called ...

Find ways to keep elections fair

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Hubbard Elementary School second-grader Emma Gough, who coordinated a weeklong collection of blankets for the Warren Family Mission. Students at the district’s three buildings assisted in “Blankets for Caring and Loving; Share the Warmth” project, collecting 435 ...

Be advocate when child is in despair

A young Trumbull County boy, not yet a teenager, took his life Jan. 6 by hanging himself inside a Weathersfield motel that served as his home, the coroner ruled last week. At just age 11, the boy had been left home alone to watch his little brother. His mother, Crystal Shuck, 33, who came ...

Police names should be made public

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the probe into Tuesday’s shooting of a local man in the Howland Giant Eagle parking lot, is refusing to release the names of the two Howland police officers who apparently fired their weapons. The Mahoning County coroner ...

Mathews board must follow voters’ wishes

Mathews Board of Education has opted to again place a bond issue on the ballot in a fifth attempt to build a new K-12 complex. This time the bond issue is calling for passage of 7.8 mills for capital improvements plus another 0.5 mill for upkeep. Amazingly, school officials decided to ...

President must believe in nation

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Divided local GOP hurts everybody

Just when you thought it was over, more battles continue to be a distraction to the Trumbull County Republican Party and the progress the party started to make in the 2016 elections. Last week, 49 members of the party’s Central Committee voted to remove Randy Law as party chairman and ...

Dems should be using loyal opposition, not obstruction

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Hiring freeze, budget panel positive steps

What part of “cut” don’t Trumbull County department heads understand? Prior to last month’s budget hearings, Trumbull County Auditor Adrian Biviano had asked all department heads to cut 5 percent from their yearly spending requests. Still, the “wish lists” came in about $10 ...