Editorials

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Family Fitness for its continued transformation. The latest phase includes plans for a $7 million to $9 million investment in the building to renovate the wellness center and develop apartments on the top two floors. What a great addition to downtown Warren! • ONION: ...

Hold charter schools, ECOT to standards of public schools

With all the issues over which Democrats and Republicans should be doing battle in Ohio, it is a puzzle why some have chosen to focus on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. There is no good reason for any disagreement about ECOT. ECOT is an entirely online institution which is among charter ...

Don’t block release of public records with scare tactics

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in both West Virginia and Ohio, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances such as ongoing criminal ...

Abused children must count on schools for help

Sometimes, the only rescuers abused children can rely on are teachers, principals and other school personnel. Many cases of child abuse and/or neglect come to light only because educators go to the police. In Ohio, they are required by law to report suspected abuse. They do so almost every ...

Seek answers in massacre before jumping to conclusions

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At least ...

Don’t allow evil to discourage or intimidate

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the French ...

Make piecemeal changes, fixes to Obamacare

The most recent attempt by members of Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare failed dismally last week, when a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health insurance overhaul bill was delayed indefinitely. That happened when it became clear the measure had no chance of being approved in the U.S. ...

Heroin kills

Heroin kills. This simple statement is irrefutable, but given the shocking number of accidental overdoses and deaths from heroin and other opioid-based drugs, it’s clear the message isn’t getting through. At least five Trumbull County residents died in 49 accidental overdoses in a ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Bazetta Township Fire Department for obtaining, with the help of donations and grants, 250 smoke detectors for area residents. Firefighters will go door to door distributing the units, focused largely on the elderly. • ORCHID: To Mounument of Faith Church of God in Christ of ...

Protesters must not infringe on others’ rights

Freedom of speech, guaranteed to Americans, is one thing. Using it as an excuse to trample other rights — or even, as is seen with upsetting frequency, to strangle the free speech rights of those with whom one disagrees — is quite another. Ohio University officials deserve praise for ...

No valid reason exists to keep JFK files closed

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Treat distracted driving more seriously

Ohio House of Representatives members had the right idea in approving a bill that targets distracted driving. They did not go far enough, however. A measure approved by the House in a 71-10 vote would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who use electronic devices such as cellphones ...

Tax reform will help America by growing economy

A major tax reform proposal unveiled Wednesday by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class Americans a break and ...

Issue 2 could drive up price of Ohio drugs

Issue 2 on the November election ballot in Ohio sounds good. But that is the problem with the so-called “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.” It only sounds good. The proposal’s premise is that it would save taxpayers tons of money by req­uiring that state agencies and those receiving funds ...

Keep pushing China to react to North Korea

China’s announcement Saturday that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

America must come first when facing N. Korea

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Celebrate our city’s offerings every day of year

The second annual Warren Homecoming going on this weekend is bigger and better than last year’s event and brings higher expectations for wonderful weather, a bigger turnout and a better opportunity to reunite with old friends. Thousands were expected to celebrate their enduring connection ...

Venezuela’s dilemma needs worldwide help

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay for his proactive approach to the ongoing opioid epidemic. After a state alert of numerous drug overdoses in Trumbull County this week, McKay ordered drug tests on five defendants before their scheduled hearings on drug-related charges. ...

Enforce laws and generate public’s trust

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...