Editorials

Manufacturing violations must be found, stopped

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Pick coroner on qualifications, not party support

In Ohio, one of the top law enforcement officials of each county is the coroner — a position that demands knowledge, professionalism and integrity. Given that awesome responsibility, it behooves members of the Trumbull County Democratic Party’s Central Committee to do their homework and ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Bazetta Township park board for promising to find ways to raise funds after a 0.25-mill park levy was defeated by voters May 8. Members of the park board say they will work to find other donor funds to help keep the parks open, at least until fall. • ORCHID: To students at ...

Vets deserve more health care options

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health-care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Keep TJX plan on track and moving swiftly

We are thrilled to see renewed plans by TJX to bring its new 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center to Lordstown. Discussions and actions show that in addition to providing the much-needed 1,000-plus jobs for Trumbull County, this company wants nothing more than to be a high-quality, ...

Trump, US must avoid N. Korea’s attempts to bully

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

We must keep online schools well regulated

After many years in which Ohio’s charter school regulations were a mess, one might suppose state officials would have gotten things straightened out. Alas, no. With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state officials need to be ...

Keep ‘gruesome’ statue, reminder of past atrocities

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza facing the New York City skyline wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs to remain ...

Transparency always can be improved

It is good news indeed that Ohio and West Virginia ranked highest in the nation for government transparency, in an examination by a public interest group. But as educators so often remind us, it is unrealistic to gauge any sort of success by just one test. In this case, residents of both the ...

Infante’s crimes were no secret to those in Niles

Many of the allegations against former Niles Mayor Ralph Infante have now been proven. Infante regularly engaged in patterns of corrupt activity while he served as that city’s top elected administrator for more than 20 years. Also during that time, Infante routinely operated illegal gambling ...

Local Dem Party chair loser in primary election

Elections are designed to determine winners and losers. But the politician who likely is the biggest loser in Tuesday’s primary election in Trumbull County wasn’t even on the ballot. Dan Polivka, who holds two powerful political positions in the county — chairman of the Trumbull ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Champion School Superintendent Pamela Hood and Trumbull Career and Technical Center Superintendent Jason Gray, along with several other local leaders and community members instrumental in creating Champion Community Network Council to provide forums on important topics like safety ...

Providing kids with alcohol can be deadly

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Why ignore ideas to make planes safer?

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. Not ...

It’s Election Day; do your civic duty at the polls

It’s an off-year, primary Election Day today and as such, election officials don’t have high hopes of a big turnout. But there are so many issues local voters shouldn’t want to ignore that we can’t imagine why they aren’t already in line to vote. All across the state, Democratic ...

Local Dems out of line to share inaccurate info

Democratic voters in Trumbull County once again must be scratching their heads at the mixed messages they are receiving from their party as they travel out to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election. Postcards mailed to Democratic voters in advance of the election, coupled by a paid ...

Hall contract must not require a blank check

It appears JAC Management Group will continue to operate Packard Music Hall for the foreseeable future, as it was the only company to submit a proposal to the city. In fact, only one other company — VenuWorks, based in Iowa — requested the bid specifications for the operation, but then ...

Orchids and onions

• ORCHID: To Braceville trustees and fire officials who, faced with challenges filling fire department positions and shifts, are proactively seeking ways to share services with neighboring communities, perhaps through mutual aid or creation of joint fire districts. We have long maintained ...

TJX still shows it would be a good neighbor

Neighbors who opposed the development of a HomeGoods distribution center on 290 acres of unused Lordstown farmland should be careful for what they wish. Facing the very real possibility that his valuable land may never be rezoned to allow construction of the warehouse, one of the landowners ...

Judge O’Toole deserves GOP nomination

GOP candidates seeking the Republican party’s nomination for judge of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals had distinct opinions on the role of a jurist, but it was incumbent Judge Colleen Mary O’Toole whose approach to her role that impressed us more. O’Toole of Concord is facing ...