Editorials

Show pride and patriotism today, July 4

If you are looking for a nice display of American flags for the Fourth of July, you may want to visit Chelmsford, Mass. LAER Realty Partners in that community has the banners, along with a good dose of good old-fashioned independence. A few weeks ago, LAER ran afoul of local government for ...

Hard work has paid off for 7.4M new Americans

Merely coming to America is not enough for some people born in foreign lands. Our nation is such a beacon of liberty and prosperity that some choose to go through the rigorous process of becoming citizens. How many do that says much about us — not just about our government, but about us as ...

Why are two rifle ranges necessary?

It was announced recently that $7.4 million has been included in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019 that will be used to expand training capabilities at the Ohio National Guard’s Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center with a new ...

Hard work shouldn’t cause discrimination

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, some Americans will reflect not just on the political significance, but also on our ideals as a people. One of them is that individual initiative is rewarded. Not really, as Asian Americans in some places have learned. Hard work and dedication by ...

Drug crisis data should be accessible

West Virginia is ground zero for the drug abuse epidemic, with an overdose death rate far beyond any other state. No. 3 in the nation is Ohio, however (New Hampshire is second), and Buckeye State residents deserve to know how the situation got so dire. A recent study restricted to deaths from ...

GM should rethink plans for Mexico

General Motors’ decision to build the new Chevy Blazer SUV in Mexico, announced the same time that hundreds of permanently laid-off workers were walking out of the Lordstown plant for the last time, is no less than appalling. GM last week announced its plans to bring back the Chevrolet ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Hubbard area Girl Scouts from Service Unit 811, who created a memorial garden at Harding Park. Scouts from Hubbard, Liberty and Brookfield will use the garden to grow vegetables and herbs for the St. Patrick Church food pantry. What a wonderful project! • ONION: To Anthony P. ...

Disagreement is OK, if done with civility

Florists and bakers who decide their religious beliefs are not compatible with selling their wares to gay couples planning weddings are derided roundly by liberals. That, the liberals insist, is intolerable discrimination. Refusing to serve a restaurant customer because she happens to work ...

Exploring sharing is sensible

Sometimes we hear of instances where one governmental entity is eager to find ways to save money by merging or sharing resources with neighboring communities or school districts only to find out the neighbors or workers and unions strongly oppose the idea. Such was the case when Liberty ...

Bureaucracy contributes to absurdities

How nice it would be to believe President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

Universities wrong to stay silent on probe

Give The Ohio State University officials credit for handling a sex abuse scandal the way it ought to be done — openly, with apparent concern for victims, and an intensive effort to get the whole truth. One wonders why that approach does not seem to appeal to everyone. A few months ago, it ...

Immigration issue affects all Americans

Last week’s workplace raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, that netted dozens of arrests in Salem in Columbiana County should serve as a strong reminder that this hotly debated topic is not just an issue facing states like Florida and Texas. As was proven last week, ...

The effects of bias in FBI must be probed

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the U.S. Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report ...

Recycling may be about to get more costly

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

The workplace is no place for improper jokes

If claims made by former Trumbull County Engineer’s Office employee Ken Kubala in a sexual harassment lawsuit against his former employer are true, county Engineer Randy Smith has some serious answers to provide. While we suspect there may be political motivation behind the suit filed by ...

All nations must improve goals for environment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. On Tuesday, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regettable.” Just days ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Lordstown Councilmen Lamar Liming, Howard Sheely III and Don Reider who Thursday voted in favor of the zone change on properties being sought for purchase by TJX for industrial development. Orchid also to Mayor Arno Hill for his work on the project. These local officials understand ...

Let state law establish tobacco age

We understand the premise of wanting to deter young people from becoming hooked on addictive nicotine products. In fact, we always would discourage smoking or tobacco use at any age. Still, we disagree with proposals being considered by Warren City Council’s Health and Welfare Committee ...

Kids of illegals not a simple puzzle to solve

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Residents in Niles face more changes

It’s unfortunate that the duly elected mayor in Trumbull County’s second largest city felt it necessary to step down this week. Thomas Scarnecchia took over as mayor in 2016, but on Monday made a sudden announcement only halfway through his four-year term that he was stepping down, ...