Editorials

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To members of the Indiana / Kentucky / Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Local 171 who donated 40 hours to the design and construction of a 30-foot wheelchair ramp for a Champion resident.ONION: To the Warren Board of Education for not casting a wide net in its search to replace ...

ACA: Old bait and switch trick

Like millions of other Americans, some Ohioans decided health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act sounded good. So they signed up for it.But it may be that they fell for one of the oldest cons in the world - bait and switch. It amounts to luring people in with an offer that ...

Shared services should not hinge on grant money

The Southington Board of Education should not have needed a state grant to share a superintendent with nearby disctricts.The plan was to split a superintendent among Southington, Lordstown and Windham. The three school districts applied for a $550,000 grant for shared resources to make this ...

Open meeting laws show need for voice vote

Trumbull County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Polivka makes a good point on the debate over whether precinct committee members should conduct a voice vote or secret ballot when selecting a replacement for deceased county commissioner Paul Heltzel.Eleven Democrats applied to fill the seat. ...

Earned income credit experiment continues

Something of an experiment in conservative economics is under way in Ohio. Both Gov. John Kasich and state legislators deserve enormous credit for engaging in it.At its core, however, the initiative is intended to help Ohioans struggling to make ends meet. That is anything but an ...

REINS Act needs passed

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, is painfully aware of the damage done by runaway government. In May, six of the 10 counties with the worst unemployment rates in Ohio were in Johnson's 6th Congressional District.The very worst unemployment rate in the state, at 10.8 percent, was in Monroe ...

Leave unions out of college sports

National Labor Relations Board members have an opportunity to avoid making their agency look ridiculous, simple-minded and biased. They should take it.A regional arm of the NLRB, based in Chicago, has issued a ruling that would allow many college football players to form unions. That would ...

Gibson’s legacy is all around city

Trumbull County may have lost John C. "Jack" Gibson Sr., last week, but thousands of people will continue to see his legacy every day.Originally with the WB Gibson Co., the co-founder of the Jack Gibson Construction Co. in 1982 left his mark on many prominent local buildings. They include the ...

Terrorists are getting bolder

Fifty-six people, most of them old women selling food to make money so they could eat, died when Boko Haram terrorists set off a bomb in a Nigerian marketplace.Boko Haram still holds at least 219 school girls the Islamic terrorists kidnapped in April. The group has slaughtered scores of ...

Taxpayers may be on hook for food maggots

Feeding the thousands of inmates at Ohio prisons is a big, demanding job. Getting it right all the time may be impossible.But state taxpayers are entitled to expect a minimum level of service from the company they pay $110 million a year for the service. Maggots in prisoners' food and on ...

Ohio drug war more than stats

It would be nice to believe statistics about illegal drug trafficking in Ohio are evidence of success in fighting it. Nice, but not realistic.During a conference on drug abuse held this week in Columbus, state Public Safety Director John Born said law enforcement agencies have taken a big bite ...

Senate’s two jobs in VA confirmation

U.S. senators considering whether to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs have two important tasks to accomplish during the next couple of weeks.First, as they question McDonald during hearings, they should determine ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To organizers and participants of the Steven Wolfe softball game, held every year in Newton Falls on the Fourth of July, through its 25-year run. The game was played to pay tribute to Wolfe, who died in 1990 at a village railroad crossing, and raise money for a scholarship. This year's ...

‘Data scrub’ makes Ohioans lose their faith

How on earth can Ohioans have any faith in public education when they know administrators in four of the state's largest school districts lied about students' performance?One way to begin restoring trust would be to ensure those who in effect defrauded the public are punished severely. But it ...

Iraqi leaders take U.S. for granted

An example of what can happen when other countries become too reliant on the United States to defend them can be seen in Iraq. There, clearly, President Nouri al-Maliki and other leaders thought Americans would bail them out of their current dilemma.In January, a Sunni Muslim army from Syria ...

Break out the band for Clean Energy

Lordstown and McDonald schools should be rolling out the red carpet for Clean Energy Future of Manchester, Mass. There should be celebrations, keys to the districts, high school band performances and the works for Clean Energy and its president, William Siderewicz.What Siderewicz and his ...

A real remedy is needed for chronic VA woes

"Significant and chronic system failures" have occurred at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a just-concluded White House investigation.It is the word "chronic" that should worry - and anger - Americans.Outrageous treatment of many veterans in need of medical care is nothing new. ...

States help in coal fight against EPA

The late President Ronald Reagan once said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'"Sometimes that is all too true.But governments in some states, including ours, are helping in a very useful way.The Environmental Protection ...

Transparency a must in new Trumbull choice

The Trumbull County Democratic Party should use a thorough, transparent vetting process in selecting a replacement for the late Paul Heltzel, since whomever they choose will have a distinct possibility of holding the seat for a long time.The vacancy was created when the 69-year-old Heltzel died ...

Taxpayers must not pay for incompetence

It's time for heads to roll in Niles. Meanwhile, City Council and Mayor Ralph Infante's administration should cease any further discussion about raising utility rates and the income tax forgiveness should be restored retroactively.What's happening in this city is derelict and in some cases, ...