Editorials

Health care issue will taint other work to be done in Washington

“Obamacare,” formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal ...

Time to reassess US strategies in dealing with Iran, N. Korea

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

Immigrants who commit crimes should face their punishment here

MS-13 is one of the most vicious criminal organizations in history. All one needs to know about MS-13 is that its preferred method of killing is to use machetes, axes and knives to hack victims apart slowly. Not infrequently, the group’s targets are children. President Donald Trump recently ...

Condemning differing views creates barrier to good government

Ohioans ought to feel honored in a way — but challenged in another — that two national organizations have made the state a key to campaigns for civility in politics. Both the Better Angels and National Institute for Civil Discourse groups are launching initiatives in the Buckeye State. ...

Address head-on North Korean leader’s latest confrontation

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Scoutmaster left his camp better than he found it

Phone calls, letters and social media posts of condolence and reminiscence began coming from across the country within a day after the tragic death of Warren-area Scoutmaster Jim Potjunas. Jim helped start Boy Scout Troop 101 42 years ago when he was a teenager, and he has served as its ...

Collaboration better way to grow economic development

Both Braceville and Newton townships made official last week their opposition to plans by Newton Falls to annex township land into the village. Newton Falls wants to take about 445 acres from the two neighboring townships, all around the state Route 5 and Interstate 80 interchange. The ...

Withholding funds not the way to solve problem

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

‘Swamp’ cleanup must include Department of Veterans Affairs

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate in recent weeks. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in ...

Poor vetting of staffers brings concerns

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s office should have more properly vetted its shared information technology, or IT, staffers before welcoming the workers already being used by other Democratic members of Congress. Former Ryan staffer Hina Alvi is named in a criminal complaint against her husband, Imran ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To communities like Vienna, Austintown and Youngstown that took part in National Night Out this week, helping kids feel comfortable with local police officers and firefighters. l ORCHID: To Warren 2nd Ward Councilman Al Novak for challenging the liquor license renewal of the ...

Behind-scenes efforts could end health care reform debacle

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Develop plan of action to help Venezuelans

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no ...

Niles police set good example of aggressive opioid fight

Niles police this week made two arrests within as many days, charging two men with trafficking heroin. Police on Tuesday charged Jarelle F. Johnson, 20, of Warren, with four counts of drug trafficking after Niles Police and Trumbull Ashtabula Group Task Force said their undercover ...

There is room to cut from $9B in annual Ohio tax incentives

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

Trumbull County should have been bigger part of Trump’s visit

We are disappointed that leaders in the Trumbull County GOP didn't make better use of their opportunity when President Donald Trump was in town this week, and we are equally disappointed that Trump chose to spend his time in Mahoning County rather than Trumbull. Trumbull County supported ...

Ride malfunction answers needed sooner, not later

Thrill rides reopened at the Ohio State Fair on Sunday, to the delight of some attendees who did not seem worried about the accident that killed one man and injured seven others last week. Given the fact both amusement company workers and state inspectors spent several days giving the rides ...

Kasich, Ohioans must demand answers about state fair tragedy

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Kasich, Ohioans must demand answers about state fair tragedy

Screams coming from amusement park rides as riders are slung back and forth, up and down, are a common sound at fairs and festivals during the summer months. But on Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, the screams were a reaction to real terror. One man died and seven others were injured when a ...

Due process loses a step with traffic camera ruling

We are disappointed by Wednesday’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that effectively lifts important restrictions on local police departments’ use of traffic speed cameras. The ruling, which came in a 5-2 vote following a constitutional challenge by the city of Dayton, determined the three ...