Editorials

Damages from Canadian suit should go to soldier’s family

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops who were battling Islamic terrorists in ...

Environmental rules must be realistic and balanced

Under former President Barack Obama’s Waters of the United States rules, even fields dry most of the time and ditches rarely filled with water fell under the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority. That expansive power clearly was unneeded to safeguard the environment. As so often ...

Taxpayers should feel cheated by online school

Online schools can be wonderful things. Among other things, they can provide more individualized attention to students and appeal to those who may not function well in the set hours and environments of traditional classrooms. But one thing they do not do as well is ensure students are showing ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To “Academy” founder, the Rev. Alton Merrell and other volunteers working with the new Warren program aimed at helping troubled youth make smarter decisions. As he puts it, kids shouldn’t be held accountable for what they haven’t been taught. ORCHID: To local Rotary clubs ...

Operational funding big issue with Falls center

Struggling with a tight budget, triggered largely by constituents’ votes to reinstate the village’s income tax forgiveness, several members of council believe repair, upkeep and routine operating costs at the aging Village Community Center are out of their reach. The Newton Falls ...

Council right to stand strong on pay freeze promises

Warren city council was right to vote no on a factfinder’s report that would have given about 48 city firefighters who are members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 204 $500 stipends this month and another next July. At first glance, such a bonus might sound minimal, but ...

Skyrocketing national debt threatens our independence

On Tuesday, thoughtful Americans paused to reflect on and be grateful for our many liberties. To an enormous extent, we owe them to the nation’s founders, who followed up their courageous Declaration of Independence with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been reliable insurance for ...

Some sage advice from those in U.S. history

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” Benjamin Franklin commented after the nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. As so often seems to be the case, the advice is as good now as it was more than two centuries ago. For all the ...

Double standard exists in idea for changes to constitution

Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder what on earth the politicians were thinking — or whether they were using their brains at all. Among matters being considered by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is whether changes need to be made in the process of how ...

Blight cleanup means more than just demolition

Committees exploring the possibility of creating a Council of Governments collaborative in Trumbull County, so far, have focused heavily on the topic of blight removal. Undisputedly, the problem is a serious one. Still, we caution that blight removal presents significant challenges that ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To 1995 Lakeview High School graduate Trevor Graff, part of a NASA research team that spent 10 days in the world’s only underwater research lab designed to learn about future space exploration. What an amazing contribution to educating the world on future possibilities! ONION: To ...

Keep private legal fees separate from those of city

Wastewater disposal from a private local company whose previous legal fight was funded in part by Warren taxpayers is coming into question again after a new federal lawsuit was filed this week. The Freshwater Accountability Project filed suit this week against both Patriot Water and the city ...

Holiday travelers, pack your patience

Going on a road trip? Pack your patience! An estimated 44.2 million Americans will be traveling this Independence Day weekend, including 37.5 million by car, according to AAA motorist club. The roadways will be crowded and patience will be in high demand to avoid potentially dangerous ...

It’s time to return civility to U.S. politics

If you saw any video from the June 15 Congressional Baseball Game, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize congeniality and ...

Those serving our country rarely make headlines

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, ...

It’s time for changes in plan for health insurance

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

It’s time for changes in city parking operations

In its most recent three-year parking services management contract, the city of Warren paid a company operated by the head of the city’s redevelopment and planning corporation $225,000 to generate revenue of $124,407, records show. According to the contract, the company — Warren Parking ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County MetroParks for ensuring the safety of an aged Western Reserve Greenway bicycle trail bridge that has been closed for several months in Bristol. The agency also obtained an insurance policy to protect taxpayers against liability, in the event of an accident. The ...

Heighten standards for township fiscal officers

Incomplete records have rendered Mecca Township’s books “unauditable,” Ohio Auditor David Yost said last week. Mecca was placed on the unauditable list after a special audit covering Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016, was conducted for the township. Auditors said they found incomplete ...

Integrity in Ohio schools is of utmost importance

It has been five years since it was revealed dozens of teachers and administrators in the Columbus school system were falsifying student data. It was a massive conspiracy to make the district and some schools in it appear to be doing better jobs than actually was the case. Now, Ohioans are ...