Editorials

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the quick thinkers at Liberty High School who put the school into immediate lockdown and called police after a man in camouflage parked his car in the school lot Tuesday morning and entered adjacent woods carrying backpacks. The scenario turned out to be a false alarm, but it’s ...

Bill demands excellence in educators

An Ohio General Assembly proposal — House Bill 66 — is being labeled “an attack on faculty” by critics such as John McNay, president of the Ohio chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a history professor at the University of Cincinnati, who hope to keep tenured ...

U.S. must look at other sources to stop N. Korea

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

Put issue to rest and learn from failed plan

The move Wednesday by the Western Reserve Port Authority to authorize filing a lawsuit against Aerodynamics Inc., the company that operated daily flights last summer from Vienna to Chicago, is long overdue. Still, it’s unfortunate that litigation became necessary in resolving the abrupt end ...

Foster families deserve praise for service

Trumbull County Children Services Board this evening will host its annual Foster Caregiver Recognition Dinner in Niles. As it is so aptly named, the event recognizes foster families who open their hearts and homes to children who are overcoming obstacles many of us never will face. Among ...

Extending olive branch to N. Korea not solution

President Donald Trump seems to be trying a carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea’s militancy. He has threatened harsh action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. But Trump has been wise enough to hold out an olive branch, too. He has broken with most of his predecessors in flattering Kim and ...

Bring on tampering probes

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Motivation questioned for COG proposal

The formation of a new Council of Governments would be a collaborative effort among Trumbull County and cities and townships that could make it easier to remove blight, apply for grants and share equipment, officials pushing for the move have said. But questions posed by Trumbull County ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, which obtained two Ohio Historical Society markers telling the history of Salt Springs and the Western Reserve. They will be installed this summer. Knowledge of local history is a crucial part of our community’s future. • ORCHID: To the ...

Port, TBEIC partnership raises new questions

Struggling to find clients for its downtown Warren office space, the incubator known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, or TBEIC, is now planning to fill some of its office space with the Western Reserve Port Authority’s economic development wing. The director of the port ...

Time was right for Comey to go

Many Democrats have been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...

It’s time to break some rules of bureaucracy

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of Congress ...

System must not be part of the problem

An investigation into Michelle Miller, warden at the Belmont Correctional Institute, needs to be concluded as quickly as possible. And if Miller committed the acts she is accused of by the state inspector general, she should be removed from her post and possibly prosecuted. Miller allegedly ...

Punishment must fit fatal drug crimes

No one beats the chemists who concoct illegal drugs in introducing “new and improved” products to the marketplace. Their greatest accomplishment during recent years appears to have been manufacturing ever-more deadly drugs. A new one, “gray death,” is being seen in our region. It ...

Efforts at improving crime rates successful

Violent crime in other areas of the United States is showing no signs of slowing down. Police officers in Chicago, for instance, are finding themselves amid an ongoing gang war that apparently has not played itself out yet. Monday, officers there were issued warnings about gangs armed with ...

Waiting for perfect bill on health care won’t work

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Ohio charter schools still need work

Ohio public education officials deserve praise for refusing, in effect, to take federal money under false pretenses. Federal officials had planned to send the state $71 million to expand Ohio’s network of private charter schools subsidized with taxpayers’ money. But state school ...

New county labor pacts must rein in spending

Recommendations being made by a group of residents and business people who, at the request of Trumbull County commissioners, are reviewing Trumbull County spending, seem to be on the right track as the group calls for trimming spending, especially in the areas of personnel. Issues raised in ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To Matthew Szorady of Braceville, Justin Jenkins of Leavittsburg and Kyle Nolan of Florida, who quickly helped a woman whose curtains had caught fire last week. The trio was playing basketball at the Braceville courts when they heard screaming at a nearby home. The men alerted ...

Cost-saving switch is right choice

A move by the Western Reserve Port Authority to replace Vienna police officers with Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies in providing security at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport might be painful for the Vienna Police Department, but it was the right thing to do for the publicly funded ...