Editorials

Cuts likely favored by Niles voters

Voters in Niles have shown little faith in their school leaders. Not only have they defeated recent repeated attempts at large additional levies and at least one try at a new substitution levy, now voters this month defeated a sorely needed renewal levy. As we see it, voters are sending a ...

Shortcuts not the answer for immigration

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...

Use tragedy to review law’s limits

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking Ohio lawmakers to consider abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault. His inspiration is the revelation that the late Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused nearly 180 male Ohio State University students between 1979 and 1998. Though it is a moot ...

End trade war without need for surrender

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

Monitor the ‘American Taliban’

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

We may not know details, yet we honor

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

City worker case exposes bigger issues

We are appalled with the way in which Warren’s elected and appointed leaders are handling allegations that a city operations department worker misused city equipment and his time on the clock, brought to light this month by area media. City worker Celestino DiVieste is alleged in a ...

Use 737 Max as learning experience

Federal Aviation Administration acting Chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat last week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill, regional chamber CEO James Dignan and other local leaders who are remaining optimistic about the future of the idled Lordstown auto plant, while asking logical questions about the viability of a startup manufacturer considering moving into the space. ...

Plan now for declining US population

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic and political issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that the ...

How could this happen? Find out and fix it

“Dr. Jelly Paws,” some Ohio State University athletes called him. It was a reference to the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ habit of groping their genitals and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse. Dozens of OSU officials, both inside the athletic department and the university ...

After levy failure, find ways to cut

After two failed levy attempts — the latest by an even greater margin of defeat than the previous failure — it seems Brookfield Local School District leaders might be getting the message about wishes of voters. The 1.9-mill, five-year, permanent improvement levy failed for the second ...

Don’t let tensions in Persian Gulf get the best of us

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

New voting machines are a success

Voting went smoothly in Trumbull County during the May 7 primary election and in the weeks of early voting leading up to the election. The successful and speedy Election Day process was due in large part to the addition of new voting machines that should create an extra sense of confidence ...

School bill must not be passed hastily

Some school districts in Ohio, including several in larger cities, are failing students badly. It is difficult to imagine how parents would react to a local school system with a 67.7 percent four-year high school graduation rate — but that is the number state officials report for the East ...

John and Annie Glenn honored as real heroes

At a time when skepticism about those to whom we look up is high, Ohioans are fortunate to have two heroes about whom there is no question at all. They are Annie Glenn and her husband, the late John Glenn. On Sunday, the John and Annie Glenn Museum in New Concord was dedicated as a site on ...

America’s patience has its limits

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Real-life heroes still do exist

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado May 7. Life-saving courage enough was shown by a ...

Police body armor well worth expense

Body armor capable of stopping a bullet can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand. That makes it tough for small local governments to afford the equipment. Ohio officials have announced an additional $1 million in grants to help localities purchase body armor for ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To local organization “Citizens Uniting Citizens,” espousing a goal of helping recently incarcerated people become productive members of society. Last year, they spoke to 250 inmates and worked with 150. The provide outfits to ex-convicts and reach out to help them bridge the ...