Editorials

Workers must adapt to needs that employers have nowadays

Adults in the local labor market can find it challenging to find the right employment fit today. Most of us have grown up with a backdrop of rusted steel mills from an industry that long was considered to be the economic backbone of the Youngstown-Warren area. But even after the demise of ...

Celebrate, defend the Constitution as it was intended

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what ...

Be cautious of discouraging use of village park for all

We understand McDonald officials are working hard to keep the public safe and put a stop to bad behavior occurring in its village park, but we worry that punishing everyone for the crimes of few may not be the best solution. Council members have determined that basketball courts at Woodland ...

Don’t pass blame on campaign statements

Her infamous “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” moment is the comment she regrets most from her failed campaign for president, Hillary Clinton writes in her new book, “What Happened.” But as usual with Clinton, she refuses to admit it was ...

Public debate is crucial to democratic process

After tensions rose among Trumbull County commissioners and other members of the Trumbull County planning commission during a public meeting last week, the group ended their open meeting and headed into a closed-door executive session. Why they believed it would be appropriate or legal to ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To local donors and volunteers who continue to give time, supplies and funds to aid the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The ongoing response from the Mahoning Valley is testament that in times of need, we don’t hesitate to work together as Americans. • ORCHID: To Liberty ...

Jail scanners well worth the high price

There is a huge drug problem in the Mahoning Valley and Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe wants to make sure it stays outside the walls of the Trumbull County Jail. A $118,000 body scanner is en route to the county jail on High Street in downtown Warren to help guard against inmates ...

Remember all Americans hurt by storms

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Better vetting system needed for gov’t hires

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Don’t pay for motor vehicle freedom with life

Most people understand the risk impaired drivers — those intoxicated from drinking alcohol or using other drugs or distracted by utilizing smartphones improperly — pose to the traveling public. It turns out we can blame an even greater threat on ... ourselves. Safety-related statistics ...

Lawmakers must examine actions involving Equifax breach

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Neighboring court offers some lessons in justice

One reason why so many people are frustrated with government officials these days is that they do not understand the complexity of the executive, legislative and judicial branches, we suspect. Recently, though, the Supreme Court justices of our neighbor, West Virginia, took up the idea of ...

Texas mission shows value of air station

The latest deployment of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing crews and aircraft from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to assist in flood relief efforts in Houston demonstrates two things. First, it showcases the value of humanitarian efforts we, as a nation, take on for those ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Falls police for winning a $50,000 Ohio Attorney General grant to help fight opioid abuse. Newton Falls was the only Trumbull County community to receive a portion of $3 million in grants. • ORCHID: To volunteers, including Adam Jenyk, Chaelsie “Jette Jenyk” Adkins ...

Limited choices detrimental to democracy

Choice is what makes America great. That’s why we continually stress the importance of choice in local elections, despite the ongoing strength of a one-party political system in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. We believe the one-party political system that has existed here for decades ...

Local judges must use caution in MVSD issue

Ohio Auditor David Yost has raised questions about the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District’s plan to refund some $5 million to the cities of Niles, Youngstown and McDonald, in part because of what the water district’s Secretary / Treasurer Alan Tatalovich pointed out in a December ...

UN ambassador correct in her criticisms of Kim Yong Un

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Partisanship must not affect US response to horrific floods

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disasters in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has been ...

Ohio officials must keep bar high for electronic schools

There is a certain amount of irony in Democrat Zack Space’s choice of an issue to promote his candidacy for Ohio state auditor. It is that in accusing some state officials of not doing their jobs regarding the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Space indirectly gives the Republican incumbent, ...

America’s speech freedoms do not allow for violence meant to silence

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting recently that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually claims ...