Editorials

Fast track moves vet building along

The Trumbull County Commissioners are making good on their word to ''fast track'' the construction of a new Veterans Resource Center.The commissioners made that promise March 12 when meeting with the Veterans Services Commission board members. Wednesday, less than 90 days after that meeting, ...

More action needed on VA

Many veterans of military service and the tens of millions of Americans who are grateful to them are outraged about allegations involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. But this is not a new anger.It dates back decades.Displeasure over the VA goes in cycles. Reports of mismanagement by ...

More needs done to prepare future U.S. tech workers

Every year, U.S. businesses with job openings for technology specialists resort to hiring thousands of bright young foreigners to fill them.Those career opportunities could be going to young Americans, if they had the education qualifications for them.But students in U.S. schools lag far behind ...

JAC best chance for money, glory at Packard

Turning the Packard Music Hall over to the JAC Management Group LLC provides the city of Warren with many exciting opportunities.JAC operates the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. JAC has attracted premier entertainment events, such as an Elton John concert and Cirque du Soleil appearance, ...

More money needed for VA

As more and more reports pour in of neglect endangering veterans - and sometimes costing them their lives - at Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities, the agency finally is looking less at damage control for itself and more at helping veterans.VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who ...

Sad goodbye, helpful hello

While we're sad to see one of the few remaining staples in downtown Warren - Mickey's Army-Navy Store - close, the opportunities created by the new occupant of the Main Avenue building is pretty exciting.Eastern Gateway Community College's partner, Higher Education Partners-EGCC Ohio LLC, ...

Oil price surge to be felt at pumps

Oil prices are back above $100 a barrel, and that will hit U.S. motorists at the gasoline pumps.One of the most recent price increases, to $103.04 a barrel for benchmark U.S. crude oil, came after energy analysts released a report showing American oil stockpiles have dropped by a whopping 10.3 ...

Airport faces daily challenges

The next step for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in attempting to attract daily commercial flights will probably be without local funding help. An MIT study shows airlines aren't worth it, and a state Supreme Court ruling involving the City of Warren may make the effort illegal.Let's ...

Dems lob but GOP can’t hit

Three women who ran as write-in candidates for Republican Party central committee seats in Trumbull County did not win those races, even though they did not have competition.Susanne Kacsandi in Warren's precinct 2G, Amy Senne in Bristol precinct B and Diana Hetson in Hubbard's 2B didn't even ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To the W.D. Packard Band for its Memorial Day Remembrance program that honored the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The band's performance featured primarily traditional patriotic music, as well as music composed to honor Sept. 11 and the memory of ...

VA scandal shows mistakes tolerated

Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one's duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. Others are maimed in body and mind, coming home in desperate need of help.It is different in government. Mistakes, including very serious ones, often ...

Cooperative extension is 100 years old

It would be difficult to place a number on the lives touched through the Cooperative Extension program since it began 100 years ago.The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established Cooperative Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in ...

Feds practice environmental hypocrisy

Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. Doing that is not a priority in Washington, however.Any energy company caught not performing environmental inspections on 2,000 oil and gas wells ...

Congress drags feet on funding highway work

No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund.But unless something is done to provide an infusion of money for the fund, it will dry up within ...

Patience is a virtue when educating kids

Author / researcher David Elkind, in his revised book ''The Hurried Child,'' author / psychologist John Rosemond, in many of his books and syndicated columns, and other experts in their fields offer evidence that preschool hurts rather than helps most children.Their data show that using a ...

64th House race will be competitive

The changed face of the state's 64th House District with its lines drawn further north gives Republican Randy Law a better chance against Democrat Michael O'Brien and should generate interest from both parties at the state level.O'Brien, former county commissioner and Warren mayor, handily ...

Politicians should not cover up mess in VA

No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. Decades of broken pledges and now, a deluge of reports of immoral, perhaps criminal behavior in the Veterans Administration are to blame.A few weeks ago, a whistleblower accused ...

Holiday’s roots from Civil War

Memorial Day, first called Decoration Day, began after the Civil War. Several towns, such as Boalsburg, Pa., held their own celebrations as early as 1864 to honor the soldiers who died preserving the union, although many credit Henry C. Welles, a druggist in Waterloo, N.Y., with coming up with ...

More to do at Trumbull United Way

Monday's announcement by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley shows just how far the United Way of Trumbull County has to go.The Youngstown United Way announced Monday it will allocate more than $1.9 million for 2014-15 programs.This comes on the heels of announcing in February ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To the Niles Intermediate School third-grade class for winning the Studentreasures National Book Challenge. The book, ''Christmas Around the World'' will be published, and the class will receive a grant.ONION: To Western Reserve Port Authority Chairman James Floyd for, again, committing ...