Editorials

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Lordstown Councilmen Lamar Liming, Howard Sheely III and Don Reider who Thursday voted in favor of the zone change on properties being sought for purchase by TJX for industrial development. Orchid also to Mayor Arno Hill for his work on the project. These local officials understand ...

Let state law establish tobacco age

We understand the premise of wanting to deter young people from becoming hooked on addictive nicotine products. In fact, we always would discourage smoking or tobacco use at any age. Still, we disagree with proposals being considered by Warren City Council’s Health and Welfare Committee ...

Kids of illegals not a simple puzzle to solve

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Residents in Niles face more changes

It’s unfortunate that the duly elected mayor in Trumbull County’s second largest city felt it necessary to step down this week. Thomas Scarnecchia took over as mayor in 2016, but on Monday made a sudden announcement only halfway through his four-year term that he was stepping down, ...

Look closely for abuse at all colleges

University officials everywhere ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Dr. Larry Nasser, who for years worked with both Olympic and MSU athletes, has begun serving ...

FBI actions more than just ethics problem

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Drinking water report must be made public

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...

High court ruling ensures accuracy of Ohio voter rolls

Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Our state has relatively new mechanisms, handled by a secretary of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One technique used in both Ohio ...

Re-appropriate unspent U.S. allocations

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Shameful rants at Tony Awards embarrassing

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Warren must pick up pace to keep promise

In 2016 when Warren leaders asked voters to support a 0.5 percent income tax increase, voters responded with a resounding “yes” on the first attempt. Among other things, the city promised to add new police officers, bringing the department from 57 officers to 70. Yet, nearly two years ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Township trustees for being proactive in planning by ordering a comprehensive plan. Trustees hope the plan will prepare them for future growth, help secure grant funding and address township needs like a community center and community bus service. Good planning is the key ...

Bristol project shows value of preservation

Preservation of local history is a vitally important part of remembering for years to come. That’s why we applaud the decision and effort by those in Bristol to preserve two historical buildings in this small community as a way to celebrate our past. An early 1900s barber shop and a ...

Today, Flag Day, salute Old Glory and our nation

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Crackdown is right approach on immigration

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid last week. They were ...

Recall of Californian judge sends right message

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

Bill’s passage should send TJX a message

Last week’s move by state legislators to pass a bill by near unanimous vote to guarantee swift action on plans for a retail distribution center in Lordstown should help send yet another message of support to the retail giant contemplating the move here. The legislation gives Lordstown ...

Competition important in party politics

Frustrations are mounting in the local Trumbull County Democratic Party, we have been hearing from various members of the local party who say they are growing increasingly disenchanted with local party leadership. This dissatisfaction inside the party is becoming apparent by several recent ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the Champion Flashes girls softball team, back-to-back Division III state champions. This is the team’s eighth overall state championship and third in the last four years. Talk about a dynasty! • ORCHID: To all the state champions at the OHSAA state track and field ...

Ryan should accept call for debates

U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, D-Howland, has been slow to accept the challenge from his Republican opponent Chris DePizzo to schedule a number of political debates this election season. DePizzo of Cuyahoga Falls says Ryan has not debated since 2002, and he wants to debate the eight-term ...