Editorials

Explain VA case conclusion

It will come as no surprise to those who watch the government closely that the Department of Veterans Affairs has concluded it was not responsible for the deaths of veterans kept waiting for care at the Phoenix VA hospital. But members of Congress should ask whether that answers another ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To Marisha Agana, a new member of the Trumbull County Board of Health, for challenging what she believes are ''irregularities,'' in the Health Department. The department has been mired in controversy for years, so an outside review, which Agana requested from the Ohio Attorney General ...

Warren police understaffing tied to violence

According to the FBI, the average police department in the U.S. has 2.4 officers for every 1,000 residents and 1.7 officers for every 1,000 residents in cities with populations between 25,000 and 49,999. Warren falls in the latter category.With a population of nearly 41,000, Warren should have ...

ISIS threat is real, but Feds say no worries

Here's news for you: The FBI and Department of Homeland Security say there are no "specific or credible" threats to Americans from Islamic State terrorists. It's official; the two agencies sent an intelligence bulletin on the subject last week.What was that about failing to "connect the ...

Food stamp rejects look for feds’ aid

Ohio was in hot water with federal officials a few years ago, for failing to enforce so-called "work requirements" for people seeking food stamps. Buckeye State officials complied with the mandate from Washington, through more vigor in enforcing the rule.Now some of those rejected for food ...

Hamas gets blame for breaking cease-fire

Negotiators from Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that controls Gaza met under Egyptian sponsorship last week, in an attempt to end fighting between the two. Israel had agreed to a cease-fire to facilitate the talks.But Hamas broke the cease-fire by sending three rockets - seen by some ...

Drivers, schools are open

The sounds of school bells ringing and children yelling were heard around the area since last week. It is a good time to remind everyone to be safe as the new school year opens.School and law enforcement officials every year preach the importance of driving safely around schools, but it is even ...

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black ...

What will U.S. do if ISIS strikes again?

The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes "a top national security adviser" to the president as saying the U.S. is "'not going to be restricted by borders' to protect its interests..."What about American ...

Common Core standards should be kept

The Ohio General Assembly should not repeal the Common Core educational standards it adopted in 2010.Common Core opponents want the Ohio Legislature to drop the standards that have been accepted by 42 states. They testified last week before an Ohio House rules committee. They support House Bill ...

College students, be careful about drinks

If you are sending your son or daughter off to college this month, you may well take leave of them by urging, "Study hard - and be careful."Unfortunately, there is much about which to worry. Alcoholic beverages are high on the list, but not just for the reasons you may have considered.Ohio ...

Lawsuits don’t help taxpayers

Officials from Trumbull County, the Village of Lordstown and the City of Warren wasted more than a million dollars of taxpayer money because they needed lawsuits instead of conversations to settle a sewer dispute.Tsk, tsk.By far, the worst offender was Trumbull County, which filed the lawsuits, ...

Redfern’s attack full of hypocrisy

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern should drop his assault on Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka. In fact, Redfern might consider an apology for the damage his hand-picked gubernatorial candidate might cause local Dems.Trumbull Democratic central committee members ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To those who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. After getting doused with ice water, the person taking the challenge then issues the same challenge to other friends or ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To those who participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. After getting doused with ice water, the person taking the challenge then issues the same challenge to other friends or ...

More jobs are key to poverty fight

Improving the economy - providing more jobs - is the key to lifting individuals and families out of poverty. That has been made crystal clear during the last several years in Ohio.Ohio's poverty rate, 16.3 percent at last report, is more than three points higher than it was in 2007, before the ...

Niles must prepare to follow audit plan

Within the next 10 days, it seems, Niles taxpayers will finally learn more about what helped lead to the city's financial demise.When that happens, action should be swift and immediate.Representatives from state auditor Dave Yost's office presented City Council and Mayor Ralph Infante with what ...

Child support guidelines out of step

Ohio's child support guidelines are out of step with most of the rest of the country, with the federal government and the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Council pushing hard for increases in the amount of money collected. Children in Ohio are receiving at least 13 percent less in child ...

Someone needs to apply brakes to national debt

Another reminder of the seriousness of the national debt came earlier this summer, when foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities topped $6 trillion for the first time in history.Any debt carries with it serious challenges. But when the United States owes money to foreign governments, there ...

Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at ...