Editorials

Safety of children is paramount issue

Like their counterparts in most states, Ohio legislators have had to set spending priorities during the past few years. Some very worthwhile programs have had funding cut or eliminated.But when it comes to the welfare of Buckeye State children, there should be no compromises.Lawmakers are ...

Talk needs to keep going on drug problem

Sad to say, but a search of the word "heroin" on our newspaper's website will bring up pages of headlines.Most of them are police reports and court cases, but an encouraging sign lately is community meetings bringing together citizens, police, clergy, counselors, social service workers and ...

Overspending is not way to fight poverty

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, is April 21 this year. That is the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation will have earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Since President Barack Obama took office, Tax Freedom Day has grown later and ...

Ryan backed in 13th District

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses incumbent Tim Ryan over challenger John Stephen Luchansky in the Democratic Primary for Congress in the 13th District.Ryan has served the district well during his 12 years on Capitol Hill. His Tech Belt Initiative continues to pay dividends and ...

Incumbent endorsed in 14th District race

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses incumbent David Joyce over challenger Matt Lynch in the Republican Primary for U.S. Representative in the 14th District. The district includes the 10 townships in the two northernmost tiers of Trumbull County.Among his accomplishments, Joyce picked ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHIDS: To Trumbull County Children Services Rising Up and Moving On honorees Christine D'Angelo, Michelle Henderson, Shafer Davis and Ashleigh (last name withheld), and Service to Children volunteerism award winner Lauren Wimer, Howland High School.ORCHID: To Jennifer Roller, who was named ...

Being a child shouldn’t hurt

Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims.Children don't know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know.April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Trumbull County Children Services responds to thousands of child abuse reports every year.Child ...

Parents should be liable for rescue costs

Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost.But putting children in jeopardy through bad judgment is something else.In March, Californians Eric and Charlotte ...

Focus on why student turns to violence

Students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., have been buying tickets for the prom, griping about make-up days because of snow cancellations this winter, studying for tests and, in general, behaving like most teenagers.Until the morning of April 9.For a few hours then, the ...

Ft. Hood tragedy brings out stress of service

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them.After Army Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before killing ...

Energy plans sap sewer cash

Clean water and effective sewage treatment are serious, immediate environmental concerns for tens of millions of Americans in rural areas and small towns where funds for such purposes are limited. Trumbull County quite possibly is the poster child for this grave environmental concern.Yet ...

NASA at mercy of Russians

NASA officials revealed that in protest of Russian actions in Ukraine, the U.S. space agency is suspending most cooperation with its Russian counterpart.Just one joint initiative will be continued, NASA officials said. It involves the U.S. paying Russia to ferry American astronauts and ...

Less is better for feds in mortgages

A Senate committee's proposal to eliminate mortgage giants Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Mortgage Corp.), done responsibly, would be a good idea.Banking and mortgage practices are enough to make the average person's head spin. But ...

Germans can educate on climate change

It is appropriate that a major conference on climate change - and what to do about it - was held recently in Berlin. There, Germans once adamant about closing coal-fired power plants had something to say about the ill-considered rush to judgment on them.The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on ...

Incumbent endorsed in 63rd District

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses incumbent Sean O'Brien, D-Bazetta, for the Democratic nomination for state representative in the 63rd District. His primary opponent is Marianne James.O'Brien has been active during his second term in office, especially on matters of local ...

Public has right to inspect records

Public officials constantly find new ways to deny the public access to government documents. A group of Ohio legislators wants to put more teeth in the state's open records laws.Among their proposals is one to require that all local and state governments provide records within 20 days after a ...

Make wise choice on school levies

Several local communities and school districts cite state budget cuts as the reason they are asking taxpayers for tax increases in the May primary.When Ohio plugged an $8 billion budget deficit three years ago, some cuts were made to local governments and schools. Still, 85 percent of the ...

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To Warren Councilman Eddie Colbert, D-7th Ward, for drawing attention to the hundreds of discarded tires, construction materials and other debris littering Risher Road, Martin Luther King Boulevard, Peerless Street and other nearby streets.ORCHID: To former Howland resident Rokey ...

Ex-mayor’s experience gets the nod

The Tribune Chronicle Editorial Board endorses former Warren mayor and former Trumbull County commissioner Michael O'Brien for the Democratic nomination for state representative in the 64th District.O'Brien squares off against Ken MacPherson and Eugene Mach II. The winner faces Republican Randy ...

End statute of limitations on rape cases

Ohio legislators are considering a bill that would repeal the state's 20-year statute of limitations on prosecutions for rape. That is a good idea.State Sens. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, and Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse earlier this month calling for ...