Editorials

We owe our law enforcement the best equipment

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an email that, “I will not allow my folks to go through a ...

Negotiate trade pacts good for US

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said last week Mexican officials ...

Hard-working Americans grow economy

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Light sentence in daycare crime is just appalling

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

Ohio voters should say no on Issue 1

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Trump must use ‘trust-but-verify’ strategy with Kim

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Outcome proves we must rethink administrator job

It was less than five months ago that Trumbull County Commissioners Dan Polivka and Mauro Cantalamessa voted to create a three-faceted county administrative management position to fill management roles that we have argued should be done by the commissioners themselves. Their fellow ...

Orchids and Onions – Sept. 1, 2018

• ORCHID: To Second Harvest Food Bank, Girard / Liberty Rotary Club and W.S. Guy Middle School in Liberty for setting up a food pantry inside the school building for needy students, along with a weekend food backpack program. This is a wonderful program. How can children be expected to ...

Appreciate investment in mill site

It’s unfortunate that BDM Warren Steel Holdings, owners of the former RG Steel mill site in Warren, likely will be remembered largely as the people who razed the last fully integrated steel mill in Warren and the Mahoning Valley. What often is forgotten by residents and former steelworkers ...

Patriot, hero John McCain’s words remain

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Consider results before closing polling places

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

OSU officials should do some soul searching

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspension he is serving. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, more precisely, ...

Hacking could have come from many countries

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Liberty trustee meeting times must change

Elected government bodies with members who pontificate, disagree and sometimes split votes never should be viewed as necessarily a bad thing. Debate and discourse are part of a healthy democracy, after all. But in order to have good debate, all elected members of a board should be present ...

Arrest shows we must not drop guard

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups and ...

Arts, culture play big role in economy

Arts opportunities abound in Warren and Trumbull County, but there is still always room to grow. That’s why we were so thrilled to see world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma turn a much deserved spotlight on Warren recently. During his visit, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma spoke about the ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown School District for using the summer months to upgrade security at district buildings. Safety vestibules — rooms that connect entry doors with the office — were installed in school buildings to prevent visitors from going anywhere else inside without permission. ...

First enforce existing laws on immigration

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near ...

Immunizations can save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease; 37 victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of measles here. ...

TJX opponents do not speak for majority

More than half the registered voters in the village of Lordstown turned out on Tuesday to cast ballots on the referendum issues that will allow zoning on seven parcels of land to change and to welcome construction of TJX’s distribution center. Of those who voted, more than 70 percent shouted ...