Editorials

Trump’s plan: Help addicts; stop dealers

Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty received some negative feedback this week, including by U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Howland. Ryan, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, ...

12 amazing stars make our area a better place

Twelve amazing members of our community are Trumbull County’s newest Community Stars. Details of their stories and the amazing things they selflessly do for their communities can be found in a special magazine inside today’s Tribune Chronicle. Each was honored during the 17th annual ...

Move on Niles repairs then prevention

Why must the wheels of government grind so slowly, even when a situation exists that clearly is an emergency? Taxpayers in Niles should be no less than livid that the people hired to protect them and their property — the people who are willing drop everything on a second’s notice and rush ...

Trump’s drive for DC reform must keep going

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Dems, GOP must support new VA probe

We Americans disagree on many things. Not on our military veterans, however. There is virtual unanimity in the feeling that while we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we ought to do our best in the attempt. That has not happened for some time. Scandals involving the quality of ...

Ambulance plan should be spelled out

It took a near medical disaster in the presence of a Warren city councilman to bring attention to the problems stemming from a conscious decision by Warren city leaders to allow city contracts with private ambulance companies to lapse nearly five months ago. When the city contracted its ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Maplewood Board of Education for donating items of historical, but no monetary value, from the former Greene Elementary School building to a local historical group for display in the township to preserve memories of the school building that is no longer in use. • ONION: To ...

Longtime pastor served well his flock in Warren

The Rev. Bernard Schmalzried was looked upon by both his congregation and by his peers as an example of how a priest should live — in his service and in his life. The much loved and respected longtime pastor at St. Mary parish in downtown Warren passed away Sunday at the age of 75. ...

Able Ohioans should help themselves

Any suggestion that recipients of public assistance bear some responsibility for their own well being is resisted fiercely by many liberals. It is more important than ever, however, as the big-government crowd seeks to expand the number of people who rely on taxpayers. Now Ohio officials are ...

We must keep national parks affordable

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing: Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Trump must be blunt in N. Korea talks

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...

KSU’s $1B plan will be new source of pride

Kent State University trustees have approved a plan to spend more than $1 billion over the next 10 years on a makeover at the main campus just about 30 miles to the west. Last week’s vote is set to bring new construction, building renovations, a campus gateway and the creation of bike and ...

Big successes claimed by our local athletes

Tribune Chronicle coverage of this weekend’s major sporting events made one thing very evident: Success in sports and ties to Trumbull County must go hand-in-hand. PGA golfer Jason Kokrak of Howland shot 3 under par Sunday in the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., this weekend, the ...

Legislation could help slow addiction

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...

Take action in continued VA failures

Veterans of military service ought to be asking the old cliche questions about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA ...

Flawed process should end now without hiring

Now that the man who for months we have suspected would be offered the job of Trumbull County Administrator / Purchasing Director has, indeed, been offered and then declined the position, we wonder how the creation of this new position can get any more messed up. Let’s review. Mike ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Warren City Schools, United Way of Trumbull County and Second Harvest Food Bank, which opened Raider Pantries at Jefferson PK-8 and Willard PK-8 schools, to provide students and families with food and personal items. Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital also promised to help ...

Bee winner shows hard work pays off

It could be argued that this year’s Tribune Chronicle Spelling Bee champion Isabella Pinto is wise beyond her years. That’s not just because this eighth-grader from Bristol High School lasted 23 rounds involving nearly 200 words to win Monday’s 27th Annual Tribune Chronicle Spelling ...

COG must find efficiencies, not new taxes

Is anyone surprised that the minute the new Trumbull County Council of Governments officially was formed last week, some members immediately started thinking of ways to increase taxes on residents? First up, they are predictably discussing asking commissioners to increase the countywide ...

Users beware of opioid addition to crack cocaine

As if the opioid crisis isn’t already serious enough, now drug dealers are enterprising to draw even more users to these highly addictive drugs. They are doing this by adding opioid-based fentanyl to cocaine. Families, first responders and, yes, even users, need to be aware of this deadly ...