Editorials

Local police continue charitable traditions

Christmas is less than a week away. Except for a few odds and ends, most people have their holiday preparations in place. It is vastly different, however, for many local parents that struggle daily to provide life’s necessities for their families, let alone gifts to put under the Christmas ...

Hold parents responsible

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

Lawmakers should send bill to Trump

It appears a very large flaw in plans to grant Americans relief from taxes that have dragged our economy down for years has been corrected. As we reported, approval of a tax package by the U.S. Senate came as a shock to some business people, including Murray Energy Corp. head Bob Murray. His ...

Official must be fired and prosecuted if he took speech fee

What should happen to Stuart Davis, the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services? Simple: If he did what the state inspector general alleges, he should be fired, then prosecuted. In his position, Davis makes many decisions on what technologies state ...

Malware crisis should serve as cyber warning

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Administrator job flawed from the start

It’s way too convenient that the man who played a significant role in recommending Trumbull County commissioners create two new management positions is now one of the 13 applicants seeking to be hired for the combined job. It’s equally concerning that another man who had been given the ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Niles police Lt. Dan Adkins, who was able to use his crisis response training this week to convince a suicidal man to come down from a 50-foot radio tower. Adkins, an 18-year police veteran, credited training, patience and empathy. • ONION: To Howland Township trustees for ...

Tax reform bill should be amended

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...

Is this the best the U.S. has to offer?

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Other steps needed for county plan

It is unfathomable to us that in the year of 2017 residents of Trumbull County still cannot use a credit or debit card to pay fees or invoices in most county offices. For instance, those attempting to pay Trumbull County recorder’s office fees can use only cash, a money order or a bank ...

Ohio Justice O’Neill wore out his welcome

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill wore out his welcome on the high court weeks ago. His seeming inability to understand why anyone might be upset with him makes it clear he is unfit for the office he is seeking now — governor. O’Neill announced Friday he is a candidate for the ...

Find means to deter lone wolf attacks

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people ...

The freedom of speech applies to all

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present on an evening last week at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of ...

Bureaucrats must speed up tax changes

“Wait till next year” is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their ...

Think twice about ways to cut costs

It was six months ago when the citizens group selected by Trumbull commissioners to analyze county spending put forth 19 recommendations that they believed could save the county money. That list of money-saving measures included five involving personnel costs. Some of the other ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Maplewood Elementary School students and teachers for being named a 2017 High Performing School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education. The honor is based on the building’s 2016-17 Ohio School Report Card scores on reading and mathematics performance. • ONION: To the ...

Honor brave; work to halt repeat attacks

Seventy-six years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. Since then, we Americans have observed Dec. 7 of each year as Pearl Harbor Day for several reasons. We ...

Due diligence needed in luring flights

Once again officials at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport are in the midst of what seems to be never-ending attempts to lure airlines to the struggling local airport. It wasn’t that long ago and after years with no regularly scheduled commercial service, that members of Western ...

Boards must think first of public role

It was Nov. 20 when all three Trumbull County commissioners came together to meet with Trumbull County Central Court Judge Tom Campbell and some state legislators without bothering to announce the meeting or invite the public. Being discussed was the possible merger of Central District Court ...

Limited free speech is contradiction

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of time. Students ...