Editorials

Alter behavior to preserve all species on earth

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Ban payouts from camera companies

Tennessee-based Blue Line solutions collected $786,740 as its percentage of the 15,097 handheld camera speeding tickets issued to people driving too fast through the city of Girard last year. The city collected $1.18 million of the total $1.9 million that motorists coughed up last year. ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls village council for entering into a contract with the YSU Office of External Affairs, Government Affairs and Economic development to receive assistance for economic and community development projects. The $30,000 cost includes services like grant writing that could ...

Opioid study must examine evolution

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.2 of every 100,000 deaths in Ohio in 2017 were opioid-related overdoses. That rate is second only to West Virginia’s. To combat the problem, Ohio State University will lead a group of experts and six universities in spending a ...

Sound off!

• Just a little more than 3,000 Warren voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election out of 40,000 residents. What a sad statement about their citizenship. No interest and obviously no interest in the city. — Warren • Grace Fellowship Church bought McMenamy’s but is going to LaBrae ...

Keep cautious optimism on plant’s future

Without a doubt, we all would have rather heard news this week that General Motors is reallocating a vehicle to the Lordstown plant and that it would be operating again soon. That, of course, was not the case, and instead it became abundantly clear that GM is not contemplating reopening the ...

Give no one a free pass on terrorism

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported recently. That has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts to handle ...

New district maps must be nonpartisan

Preparing by June 14 a plan to redraw Ohio congressional district boundary lines would invite all sorts of mistakes, not to mention mischief by politicians seeking advantages. Yet a three-judge federal court opinion mandates state officials do just that. Issued last week in Cincinnati, the ...

Get out and vote; today is Election Day

It’s always important to get out and vote on Election Day, but today’s election may be especially important in some local municipalities. That’s because for some races, the outcome of today’s primary election will determine who will take over the elected office. That’s because some ...

Delaying teen driving could save lives

It has been said that really good moms and dads work hard to be excellent parents — not their children’s best friends. In other words, they do what is best for the youngsters, even if that does not please them. Those who make our laws should adopt the same approach. A bill pending in ...

Be vigilant to protect all our neighbors

Anti-Semitism is not welcome in our community. As a people, we in the this area value our Jewish neighbors and have for generations. Anti-Semitism, or any other form of bigotry, is just wrong. You will have noticed that we italicized the words “community” and “people” above. That is ...

Celebrate the life of hero Riley Howell

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied. Riley Howell, however, should be remembered. When ...

Move all but secures former rep’s future

Glenn Holmes’ attempt at secrecy in his move to better himself while refusing to be open and honest with the constituents who voted him into office is a clear example of why voters so often are soured with government. It’s clear the Democrat elected to serve Ohio’s 63rd House district ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Howland Board of Education for implementing staff cuts needed to save taxpayer funds. The board cut nine non-teaching positions and will leave open positions of three retiring teachers in order to save some $500,000, in conjunction with the planned closing of North Road ...

Legal opinion raises speed camera issue

Funds collected by ticketing motorists via mail after their speed was caught by hidden police officers using hand-held cameras now will be used to help give elected officials in Girard handsome pay raises. Girard city council this week approved raises for officeholders ranging between 6.5 ...

It’s time for release of OSU’s report

It is easy to understand why Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of OSU’s athletic teams, ...

Tim O’Hara better choice for Hubbard

Residents of Hubbard should be proud to have two solidly entrenched candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor. Both Hubbard Councilman-at Large Benjamin Kyle and Hubbard 2nd Ward Councilman Tim O’Hara for years have served their city in their official elected capacity, in ...

Make Valley, state appealing to big business

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, is excited about the record number of new businesses being established in the Buckeye State — more than 13,700 new filings in March alone. That is part of a long trend of increases in new business filings, for which Obhof hopes to give credit to ...

Mount war on terrorism in earnest

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Police reacted correctly when threat surfaced

A friend of Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Floridian who set off a hunt for her because of concern she might intend to do harm to others, says law enforcement authorities overreacted. “She never threatened anyone. There are no credible threats and only assumptions that she was (a threat) just ...