Editorials

Bureaucracy contributes to absurdities

How nice it would be to believe President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

Universities wrong to stay silent on probe

Give The Ohio State University officials credit for handling a sex abuse scandal the way it ought to be done — openly, with apparent concern for victims, and an intensive effort to get the whole truth. One wonders why that approach does not seem to appeal to everyone. A few months ago, it ...

Immigration issue affects all Americans

Last week’s workplace raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, that netted dozens of arrests in Salem in Columbiana County should serve as a strong reminder that this hotly debated topic is not just an issue facing states like Florida and Texas. As was proven last week, ...

The effects of bias in FBI must be probed

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the U.S. Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report ...

Recycling may be about to get more costly

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

The workplace is no place for improper jokes

If claims made by former Trumbull County Engineer’s Office employee Ken Kubala in a sexual harassment lawsuit against his former employer are true, county Engineer Randy Smith has some serious answers to provide. While we suspect there may be political motivation behind the suit filed by ...

All nations must improve goals for environment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. On Tuesday, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regettable.” Just days ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Lordstown Councilmen Lamar Liming, Howard Sheely III and Don Reider who Thursday voted in favor of the zone change on properties being sought for purchase by TJX for industrial development. Orchid also to Mayor Arno Hill for his work on the project. These local officials understand ...

Let state law establish tobacco age

We understand the premise of wanting to deter young people from becoming hooked on addictive nicotine products. In fact, we always would discourage smoking or tobacco use at any age. Still, we disagree with proposals being considered by Warren City Council’s Health and Welfare Committee ...

Kids of illegals not a simple puzzle to solve

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Residents in Niles face more changes

It’s unfortunate that the duly elected mayor in Trumbull County’s second largest city felt it necessary to step down this week. Thomas Scarnecchia took over as mayor in 2016, but on Monday made a sudden announcement only halfway through his four-year term that he was stepping down, ...

Look closely for abuse at all colleges

University officials everywhere ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Dr. Larry Nasser, who for years worked with both Olympic and MSU athletes, has begun serving ...

FBI actions more than just ethics problem

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Drinking water report must be made public

The truth never hurt anyone, even if it was the cause of much distress. Knowing about threats to our safety and health is crucial to doing something about them, after all. Why, then, is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sitting on a report regarding what levels of certain ...

High court ruling ensures accuracy of Ohio voter rolls

Ohioans concerned about honest elections can celebrate this week, courtesy of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Our state has relatively new mechanisms, handled by a secretary of state and local election officials, for keeping voter registration rolls up to date. One technique used in both Ohio ...

Re-appropriate unspent U.S. allocations

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Shameful rants at Tony Awards embarrassing

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Warren must pick up pace to keep promise

In 2016 when Warren leaders asked voters to support a 0.5 percent income tax increase, voters responded with a resounding “yes” on the first attempt. Among other things, the city promised to add new police officers, bringing the department from 57 officers to 70. Yet, nearly two years ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Newton Township trustees for being proactive in planning by ordering a comprehensive plan. Trustees hope the plan will prepare them for future growth, help secure grant funding and address township needs like a community center and community bus service. Good planning is the key ...

Bristol project shows value of preservation

Preservation of local history is a vitally important part of remembering for years to come. That’s why we applaud the decision and effort by those in Bristol to preserve two historical buildings in this small community as a way to celebrate our past. An early 1900s barber shop and a ...