Editorials

Stall in officer probe costing taxpayers

Shame on the Ohio Attorney General's Office for taking so long investigating a troubled Warren police officer, and shame on city officials for not pushing for a more expedited investigation.Justice delayed is justice denied. In this case, the greatest injustice may be against Warren taxpayers, ...

State should aid adoptive parents

Ohio legislators are on a path to improve the lives of many of the state's most helpless residents - children who need adoptive parents. In doing so, lawmakers should ensure safeguards are in place to ensure the youngsters go to loving homes.A bill approved by the state House of Representatives ...

To market Warren, get house in order

Two cynical possibilities have been mentioned for Warren City Council unanimously supporting a proposed ordinance that expands the availability of a tax rebate for businesses that bring new employees into the city.One is that members are making a lame attempt at appearing as though they are ...

Ohioans must rely on honesty for report cards

Some Ohio legislators have entirely the wrong attitude about a massive scandal involving public schools in Columbus. They should not be worrying as much about that city as other school districts.It appears both Democrat and Republican leaders in the General Assembly view the Columbus situation ...

Ohio keeps watch on painkillers

Misuse of prescription medicines such as those used to dull the pain of injuries and some illnesses accounts for a substantial number of people with serious drug addictions.And as one leader of an anti-drug abuse organization said, opiate painkillers often are a stepping stone to more serious ...

Ravenna push is good, but can’t forget Vienna

The effort made to bring a ballistic missile defense site to the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center is impressive. Hopefully those making such a strong push for Camp Ravenna don't lose sight of what's happening at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.Camp Ravenna straddles the ...

Insurance issue tests gridlock

An important test of whether Congress really can get important things done - or, alternatively, is mired in the gridlock critics claim - affects thousands of area homeowners and business people.A law enacted in 2012, involving the federal flood insurance program, has had consequences not ...

Timing of move to TCTC looks suspicious

The Howland Board of Education's recent decision to separate from Ashtabula Tech and join the Trumbull Career and Technical Center is the right educational move for the district's students.But taxpayers are justifiably enraged by how the move was handled, especially the timing.In fact, ...

Orchids & onions

ORCHID: To Vallourec Star workers who overwhelmingly rejected an offer to join the United Electrical Workers Union, and especially those whose public leadership helped educate the employees who voted.ONION: To Girard Law Director Brian Kren for refusing to provide the community with a reason ...

Report card scandal requires audit of system

What is most disturbing about an investigation of the Columbus school district is the possibility - nay, the probability - that similar crimes are being committed in Ohio's 610 other public education systems. Is rampant lying about student achievement going on elsewhere?A ''culture . . . in ...

Ball dropped in replacing lamp plant

One year ago, General Electric announced that in January 2014, it would close its Ohio Lamp plant on Dana Street in Warren. Nearly 200 jobs would leave the city.Mayor Doug Franklin put a positive spin on the news. While expressing regret at the job loss, he suggested that the nearly one-year ...

Saving historic warship worth the cost to feds

After nearly a century and a half at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a treasure of American history was raised in 2002. Without a re-examination of federal government priorities, however, it may not be preserved for posterity.It is the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship built by the U.S. ...

The wrong message on marijuana

Americans have gone from a White House with a "just say no" attitude toward illegal drugs to one recommending, in effect, ''just say maybe.''"Just say no," the slogan coined by former first lady Nancy Reagan during the 1980s, was a firm reaction to the dangers of illegal drugs, including ...

Democrats’ ‘extreme’ take on abortion

Democratic Party leaders in Ohio said Wednesday they will make ''women's health issues'' one of their top priorities in election campaigns this year. Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, accused Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislators of undertaking ''extreme proposals'' to ...

Consumer protection is priority

The number of people facing potential problems because of security breaches with personal information seems to grow every day.Target reported 40 million credit card numbers and 70 million other records containing customer data were stolen during the holiday shopping season as part of a cyber ...

End the subsidies for racing

As revenue continues to drop at Ohio casinos and horse race tracks, beware of how the state legislature responds. And look no further than West Virginia for a preview.Gambling proprietors in West Virginia are beneficiaries of enormous gifts bestowed upon them by politicians. Voters never had a ...

Voters can’t be removed from primary

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune told the Cincinnati Enquirer that top Democratic party leaders asked him not to challenge their endorsed candidate, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald, in the primary for governor.Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern immediately denied the ...

Transportation is inefficient

It was a Friday morning. The McDonald school bus stopped on North Park Avenue in front of the YWCA. Students from around Trumbull County were arriving to take part in the weekly Arts/Excel program sponsored by the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.One child stepped out of the ...

Orchids & onions

ORCHID: To Newton Falls basketball coaching legend Gene Zorn for receiving the honor of having the school's home court renamed Gene Zorn Gymnasium. Zorn was the head coach for 26 seasons, compiling 321 wins, six league championships and, most importantly, shaping the lives of hundreds of ...

Ohio’s drilling counties must reap benefits

Simple fairness dictates that if Ohio legislators enact a new tax on gas and oil drilling, counties providing the bounty should benefit more than other Buckeye State residents.Lawmakers are considering increases in the state severance tax, of up to 2 percent on gas and oil produced from certain ...