Editorials

O’Briens both deserve new terms

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses incumbents Sean O'Brien and Michael O'Brien in Trumbull County's two state House of Representatives races.64th DISTRICTDemocrat Michael O'Brien is running against Republican Randy Law to replace term-limited Tom Letson in the 64th District. The ...

Small-market baseball proves to be contender

Despite a loss to the San Franciso Giants on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates - a team that seemed left for the cellar just a couple of years ago - proves that it has built a contender in a small market.Teams like the Pirates are supposed to pale in comparison with the New Yorks and the Los ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To Brookfield Local Schools for using technology to create a new crisis management plan to keep the schools safe. The updated security system provides a color-coded school complex, digital navigation system and places the building's blueprints in a digital format.ORCHID: To Covelli ...

The war on women that never was

It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."Let's be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing - abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in several states owing to Republican efforts, it ...

Another war: Goals need to be examined

When our armed forces go to war - and make no mistake about it, they have - Americans rally in support. To ensure their sacrifices are not in vain, we as a people also owe it to them to examine the goals and strategy of the conflict.Air attacks have been launched against Islamic State terrorist ...

New AG needs to continue drug fight

Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down, will not be missed by Americans worried about the drug abuse epidemic. With support from his boss, President Barack Obama, Holder in effect declared a truce in the war on drugs.The result? Drug abuse has increased substantially during Obama's ...

Fund cuts to schools exaggerated

When local governments ask for tax increases citing cuts in the state's Local Government Fund, voters should be cautious. Many times, the numbers just don't add up that way.Eighty-five percent of the state's revenue makes its way to local governments. The Local Government Fund is just one ...

Security lapses are unacceptable

Americans should have a reasonable expectation that it is not possible to shoot at, let alone sneak into, the White House. Coming through the front door and heading into various rooms, while possessing a knife, should be unthinkable.So it is that the Secret Service finds itself on the hot seat. ...

Funds can help rehab districts

The effort to repopulate the Garden District in Warren could receive another significant boost if Bank of America follows the Ohio Plan. Local leaders should team up with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to learn how they can help sway Bank of America ...

Community colleges offer affordability

A milestone reached by Eastern Gateway College in Steubenville - along with similar announcements that come on a regular basis from other local two-year institutions - ought to serve as a wake-up call for four-year colleges and universities.For the first time in its history, Eastern Gateway has ...

Perception helps fight violence

The federal Violence Against Women Act, which was enacted in September 1994, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.But how much of a celebration can there be after seeing the video of Ray Rice purportedly knocking out his then-fiancee with a punch and dragging her out of an elevator, and looking ...

Opportunities lost on pipeline

This month marked the sixth anniversary of TransCanada's first application to build the Keystone XL pipeline which would bring jobs, opportunities and revenue to the communities along the route, and potential economic development right here in the Mahoning Valley.''For six long years, the Obama ...

Black lung regulations need to work

No doubt a new report on coal miners' pneumoconiosis - black lung disease - will result in a flurry of recriminations as those on all sides of the issue attempt to place blame for a resurgence in the number of workers affected by it.But beyond any doubt, something has changed for the worse ...

Ohio does well in teaching reading

Many Ohioans interested in public education quality will make judgments about their own school districts on the basis of letter grades released by the state Department of Education. That is a shame for several reasons, including the fact not a single school system in the state received an F on ...

Two good choices in county race

Trumbull County voters have two good choices in one of the races for county commissioner.J.D. Williams is the strongest candidate Republicans in Trumbull County have offered for any office quite possibly since Lyle Williams (no relation) served in Congress.Here are a few ways Williams would ...

Fuda earns nod over challenger

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses incumbent Democrat Frank Fuda over Republican challenger Patricia Hale Paridon for Trumbull County commissioner.During his 16 years on Niles City Council, Fuda led the effort to make much-needed storm sewer improvements. During his nearly eight ...

ONION:

ONION: To Niles city officials responsible for hiring and promoting tax employee Heidi Powell and putting her in a position of handling money. A day before she was hired, she was arrested for stealing $1,300 from an AT&T store in Bazetta, where she had worked as a manager. Several ...

Higher rate isn’t Niles’ best option

As the city of Niles decides what to do about the findings in a state performance audit, leaders should not jump the gun on raising utility rates any more.One of the most glaring problems for Niles is in its utility departments. The numbers are downright frightening: Over a 10-year period since ...

Coordinated service better than tax hike

Fire departments in rural communities are struggling as state training requirements make it nearly impossible to maintain an adequate number of volunteers. All departments, rural or otherwise, struggle to get adequate emergency medical service from private companies, so they must also maintain ...

In times of change, remember bedrock

It was 227 years ago this month that a group of men gathered in Philadelphia and created our Constitution.There to reform the Articles of Confederation, this intelligent faction for the United States of America came up with what should be a familiar grouping of words: "We the People of the ...