Editorials

Punishment for sex crimes must be swift, harsh

Larry Nassar deserves all the punishment the courts can pile on him. The former sports doctor is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Equally as despicable are those who knew something was amiss but failed to stop Nassar from sexually assaulting hundreds of college and Olympic ...

Take control of Ohio medical marijuana plan

State officials put a substantial amount of time and energy into laying the groundwork for sale of medicinal marijuana in Ohio. It appears they did not weed out all the potential problems. Sales of marijuana to those eligible to buy it for medicinal use are to begin Sept. 8. But as matters ...

Administrator’s numerous hats bring problems

After their previous hire for the newly created position of Trumbull County administrator / purchasing director backed out last month, two Trumbull County commissioners now have made good on their plans by hiring a new candidate, and this time adding even more responsibilities to the job ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the members of team “Just Weight” who won this year’s Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge by losing 16.93 percent of their starting weight in the competition that benefits area charities. In fact, orchid to all the participants on this year’s teams for ...

Sometimes an outsider is needed

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Trump must not be naive about Kim’s intentions

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator ...

Use part-time workers most effectively

In recent weeks, elected leaders in two Trumbull County communities voted to add several new part-time positions to complement their full-time staffing levels. Girard council voted to hire seven part-time first responders — five for police and two for fire and ambulance. Liberty Township ...

Conservation plan vital for African animals’ survival

President Donald Trump is under fire over a board created to advise him on how to protect certain African animals that are in decline, in part because of hunting. Critics say too many of the panel’s members are trophy hunters. At issue are rules for importing the heads and hides of African ...

Keep faith in developing technologies

One of those “self-driving” cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., last week. She was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling at about 40 mph. Police said the vehicle, with a human in the driver’s seat but not operating the controls, did not ...

Use existing laws before creating new legislation

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Ohio’s Internet law contradicts US Constitution

It is easy to understand why Ohio’s Internet harassment law was challenged by a liberal group, a conservative organization and a freelance political reporter. Huh? What on earth would bring such a diverse coalition together? Concern about freedom of speech. It is not at all difficult to ...

Ohio’s Internet law contradicts US Constitution

It is easy to understand why Ohio’s Internet harassment law was challenged by a liberal group, a conservative organization and a freelance political reporter. Huh? What on earth would bring such a diverse coalition together? Concern about freedom of speech. It is not at all difficult to ...

Pass bill that would offset camera profits

If passed, Ohio House Bill 410 will put a serious crimp in the revenue being enjoyed by Ohio communities using handheld traffic cameras to generate millions of dollars from speeders who often don’t even know they were caught on camera until the ticket shows up in their mail weeks later. ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To all the ladies who have worked so hard for decades to consistently host top-level speakers as part of the Trumbull Town Hall lecture series, amazingly in its 40th year. Planners just announced next season’s plans, which again include interesting and thought-provoking speakers. ...

US must lead in keeping all species safe

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

Evil people will find varying ways to do harm

Events in Texas during the past three weeks are — or ought to be — a reminder of what we Americans need to do to prevent mass killings. Identifying and apprehending the human beings plotting mayhem is the challenge. A reign of terror in and around Austin, Texas, came to an apparent end ...

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 ...