Editorials

Kasich, Ohioans must demand answers about state fair tragedy

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Due process loses a step with traffic camera ruling

We are disappointed by Wednesday’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that effectively lifts important restrictions on local police departments’ use of traffic speed cameras. The ruling, which came in a 5-2 vote following a constitutional challenge by the city of Dayton, determined the three ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the YWCA of Warren for offering youth summer camps that will, among other things, exhibit different career opportunities. What a great way to drive high aspirations and inspire success. ONION: To Niles Service Director Edward Stredney and other city officials who failed to take ...

Americans cannot ignore suffering in Venezuela

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Openness, not secrecy, aid in public’s help solving crimes

A plan hatched about two years ago by drug investigators to keep quiet a Mexican marijuana smuggling operation involving automobiles built in that country and imported to Trumbull County was apparently supposed to give officers time to solve the crime. Now, two years later, more than $1 ...

Proceed with caution on new asset forfeiture plan

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Ryan and Dems must not forget constituents picked Trump

Today we welcome the president of these United States to our Mahoning Valley. President Donald Trump will speak this evening inside a crowded Covelli Centre, a rare event and an honor, to be sure, for our community to host any sitting president. Today’s visit offers Trumbull and Mahoning ...

Everyone must recognize Sen. McCain as a true hero

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Debate, address concerns over power plant, then move on

Concerns raised via legal motions filed by the operator of a business located a stone’s throw from the twin power plants being constructed in Lordstown could have a drastic and lasting effect on the project that is the biggest to come to Trumbull County and the Mahoning Valley in ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To the Hubbard Board of Education and Hubbard Education Association for agreeing on a new three-year contract in which employees will be paying 4 percent more for single health insurance or 9 percent more for a family plan. They also will see no base pay increase. Just months after ...

Judges correct to slow refund of MVSD funds to member cities

Two local common pleas judges who sit on the Court of Jurisdiction, a panel that governs financial matters at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District, were correct to put the brakes on the water district’s plan to return $5 million to the cities of Niles and Youngstown. Before any move is ...

Government spending still remains out of control

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Ohio’s caution warranted in submission of voter data

Controversy over a federal commission’s request for information on American voters is more than a bit overblown. Claims the panel is asking states to invade the privacy of voters are simply inaccurate, as a matter of fact. Still, Ohio secretary of state Jon Husted in Ohio, and Mac Warner, ...

Avoid repeat mortgage and lending past disasters

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

Stand strong on reduced Music Hall Subsidies

JAC Management has done an excellent job showcasing just what can be done at Warren’s Packard Music Hall, but it’s disappointing that the company is questioning whether the undertaking will be profitable enough to keep operating it when taxpayer subsidies decline. Though aging, this ...

Letters to the editor – Thief stole American flag from yard

DEAR EDITOR: Someone who stole our flag from our front yard on May 3. Our neighbor had damage also. We always decorate for the holidays. It’s pretty bad when someone steals a flag. I am a veteran and very proud of this country and flag. I hope the thief enjoys our flag as much as we ...

Orchids and Onions

n ORCHID: To the Cortland family of a deceased local man who discovered two grenades in the items he left behind. The quick-thinking family recognized the potential danger and took the appropriate fast action by calling police and, ultimately, the Youngstown Bomb Squad. All ended safely. n ...

‘Business as usual’ must stop in D.C.

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge that we must do it makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Girard sets good example of democratic government

Girard City Council President Reynold Paolone said the city is putting out the welcome mat for businesses that want to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana. Tell that to Mayor James Melfi. After council voted unanimously to support first reading of legislation that would allow these ...

Council should put focus on issues under its control

Warren City Council tonight is expected to vote on a resolution that, if adopted, would oppose repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” as it’s commonly called. This resolution, proposed by Councilwoman Helen Rucker, brings before Warren Council a federal issue that ...