Editorials

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, or ASAP, for hosting last week’s 6th annual Rally for Recovery in an effort to raise awareness to the ongoing opioid drug crisis and also to instill confidence that recovery is very possible. More than 500 people attended the rally ...

Hospital growth, competition adds to quality of life

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of residents in Trumbull County has increased every year since at least 2010, when the median age was 42.8. In 2017, Trumbull County’s median age increased to 44.4. Of course, aging populations bring increased need for health care ...

Move TJX court case along rapidly

The opponents of the jobs and economic growth planned for the seven parcels of land on 290 acres near the Ohio Turnpike and Ellsworth Bailey Road waited too long to question the legality of state legislation that paved the way for an accelerated referendum election on the matter. This group, ...

Caution critical in setting medical marijuana rules

Ohioans with legitimate medical need for marijuana were supposed to be able to get it by last Saturday. They are still waiting. Under legislation enacted in 2016, state officials were given two years to put a mechanism in place to sell marijuana — or, at least, the active ingredient in it ...

Commissioners right to leave position unfilled

The Trumbull County commissioners made the right decision last week when they announced they would opt against replacing Trumbull County Administrator Rebecca Gerson. Gerson fled abruptly after just five months in her three-faceted job as Trumbull County administrator / purchasing director / ...

Wind farm restrictions are reasonable

Wind farms to generate electricity are wonderful for the environment, Americans have been led to believe. The truth is more complicated. Tall towers on which enormous spinning blades are mounted can be massive killers of birds. Officials at the Ohio Power Siting Board want to minimize that ...

Government must recall who pays bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

More money does not always solve problems

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Reward for interns comes in experience

For decades and decades, congressional interns have worked primarily without pay, assisting their elected leaders and those staffers already on the burgeoning federal government payroll in Washington, D.C., offices. This week, U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Howland, who is the ranking member of the ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To members of First United Methodist Church of Niles who spent time recently collecting donations for the Wags 4 Warriors program. The money will be used to train a K-9 service dog for a local veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. • ORCHID: To local organizers ...

Conflicts of interest must be addressed

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Internet access should receive bi-partisan focus

Expanding high-speed internet access to rural areas is critical in our region. Too many Ohioans, including some in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, lack what has become a virtual necessity. One obstacle to that is knowing precisely what areas already have broadband service. The system relied ...

Good work helps to keep memory alive

Cindy Michael has never stopped fighting for the memory of her daughter, Lena Cross, and her two grandsons, Mason Cross, 5, and Christian Pizzulo, 1, who were murdered inside their Girard home nearly 13 years ago. The murders remain unsolved, and while Michael remains hopeful of resolution, ...

We owe our law enforcement the best equipment

For months before their union in May filed a formal grievance over the issue, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents had complained about body armor older than the manufacturer’s expiration date. One BCI supervisor declared in an email that, “I will not allow my folks to go through a ...

Negotiate trade pacts good for US

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said last week Mexican officials ...

Hard-working Americans grow economy

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Light sentence in daycare crime is just appalling

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

Ohio voters should say no on Issue 1

Ohioans going to the polls on Nov. 6 will have the opportunity to pass judgment on an idea suggested for many years — virtual decriminalization of most illegal drug offenses. If approved, Issue 1 would reduce sentences drastically for purchase, possession or use of illicit drugs, including ...

Trump must use ‘trust-but-verify’ strategy with Kim

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

Outcome proves we must rethink administrator job

It was less than five months ago that Trumbull County Commissioners Dan Polivka and Mauro Cantalamessa voted to create a three-faceted county administrative management position to fill management roles that we have argued should be done by the commissioners themselves. Their fellow ...