Editorials

DeWine’s right; not all wisdom is in Columbus

Give Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine credit for recognizing something that all too many officials in state capitals throughout the nation do not. In his words, spoken Tuesday in Belmont County: “All wisdom does not reside in Columbus, Ohio.” DeWine was in Belmont County to talk with local officials ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the city of Niles for following state fiscal commission recommendations, enabling the city’s release from state fiscal emergency in a “near-record turnaround from serious debt to financial stability” of less than five years. The city had deficits in seven funds, but the ...

Plan now for snow removal

In the days after January’s major winter storm dumped about 14 inches of snow on our area, Warren officials defended their city’s snow-clearing efforts. They said the city was using a 1-to-2 combination of salt to ice-control material, or ICM, which is ash-like material. At the time, ...

Dems’ monster may be too far out of control

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe —is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political ...

‘Biblegate’ latest attack on president

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it “Biblegate” — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize ...

US should take lead in fight against Ebola

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Before ...

Reasonable Dems should be upset with extreme left

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Hard work pays off for local speller

For the second time in three years, Jeremy Slywczak, a student at Badger Middle School, has earned our congratulations for taking home the trophy for the 28th annual Tribune Chronicle Scripps National Spelling Bee last week. This year, it took 14 rounds for Slywczak, 14, to win by correctly ...

Enemies never should wear same uniform

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply, as she participated in Wednesday’s ...

Use rainy day fund for roads, not gas tax hike

New Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants legislators to increase fuel taxes by 18 cents per gallon, up from the current 28 cents. He also suggests linking the tax to the consumer price index, so when the cost of living goes up, so will the gas tax — indefinitely and with no cap. Representatives in ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To the mystery person who realized the symbolic significance of the last Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze and made arrangements to keep the car here in the Mahoning Valley. The car is important, and the quick thinking will be appreciated by the membership of United Auto Workers Local ...

Talk to your children about vaping risks

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last week. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Hold ‘spoofers,’ robocallers accountable

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Keep hope, resilience after GM

General Motors Lordstown complex workers desperately want to believe the mettle of United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green in his steadfast hope for a future to our General Motors plant. “General Motors is going to put a product in that plant,” Green said this week with such ...

Voters are weary; find ways to cut

What good is a five-year fiscal plan if no one in a school district is able to use it to forecast a looming shortfall that can put a district back in fiscal emergency within three years of being declared fiscally sound? Niles voters rightfully are growing weary of bailing out its local ...

Ask questions before agreeing to Space Force

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down just a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space ...

‘Old-fashioned’ skills remain important today

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, California, Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search during the weekend. It seems that on Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, and ...

U.S. shows diplomacy, not naivete

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump — trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Find other threats to American liberty

If the Bladensburg cross has to go, what’s next? If U.S. Supreme Court justices rule a cross erected to honor a group of men who gave their lives for our country cannot be on public land, what about similar situations? What about the small crosses in national cemeteries, marking the graves of ...

Howland BOE correct to end pay-to-play

The Howland Board of Education made the right move last week when it voted to eliminate the district’s pay-to-participate policy beginning next school year, and now we hope other school districts will follow suit. The Howland pay-to-participate policy required students who participated in ...