Editorials

The cover-up is worse than the offense

Politics, especially the vicious, power-driven variety practiced in Washington, sometimes tends to blur ethical lines. There is nothing like feeling political foes are out to get you to put you on the defensive. That may have occurred at the White House. Rather than stay on the defensive ...

Sadly, schools must become mini-fortresses

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvement campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think about ...

How could Nassar abuse go on so long?

They just keep coming. Some stand bravely alone, their voices rising in anger. Others sob quietly as they are supported by loved ones. They all have the same story: Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abused me. About 160 of them have testified in court to what Nassar did. The total number of his ...

What should be next for Ohio’s opioid crisis?

The Appalachian Ohio region spans from the periphery of Cincinnati to the edge of Cleveland, following the Ohio River. Ohio’s 88 counties, 32 including Trumbull and Mahoning counties, are considered Appalachian. The Appalachian Regional Commission monitors, compares, sums and averages the ...

Where would we be without newspapers and journalists?

When I traveled with my family as a child, I would drag my parents to gift shops in every new city, looking for postcards and tchotchkes to commemorate our travels, but my father only ever wanted one particular souvenir for himself: a local newspaper. Wherever we went, my father would buy every ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Sue Davis of Vienna and Flash, her 4-year-old, black, curly coated retriever, honored as “Best in Breed” this week at the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show in New York City, where dogs and handlers compete from all over the world. Winning best in breed is an incredible ...

Allow voters, not political parties, to pick nominees

We may have spoken too soon. It was just about a month ago when we commented in this space that it appeared Ohio Democrats may have finally gotten the message about the importance of choice in America’s elections — including primary races when voters get to choose their party’s ...

Leftover funds should not be used as rewards

It has become common practice in Trumbull County’s Job and Family Services Department that after the bills are paid each year, leftover public funds — much of it provided through the state’s Job and Family Services annual funding — had been handed out in the form of employee bonuses, ...

Political points should not come at security cost

Democrats leaped quickly at President Donald Trump’s decision not to permit release of their document regarding use by the FBI and Department of Justice of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The president “doesn’t want the public to see the underlying facts,” ...

Community Stars represent the area’s finest

The very best examples of community service and the people who do those good deeds will soon be honored again as part of the 17th annual Community Stars awards. It’s amazing how many people do good in our community. More than 40 nominations this year were narrowed down to 12 people ...

Local workers, buyers all part of GM success

General Motors experienced yet another successful year, due in large part to the contributions of the hardworking labor force, including those at the Lordstown plants here. As a result, all members of the United Auto Workers nationwide will enjoy profit-sharing that could reach as high as ...

Ohio leaders must fight for ECOT funds

Ohio education officials say they have “other options” for recovering the $80 million owed to the state by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, now that the online charter school has shut down. For months, the state Department of Education had been deducting money from state funding for ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Lakeview senior Elisa Gomez and others who helped create a purple bracelet sale with the slogan “Alexis Strong — No one fights alone” and a GoFundMe account to help defray costs for senior Alexis Rygalski, who recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. So far more than ...

Voters should pick reps who live in district

It’s true federal law permits congressional candidates to serve in districts where they do not reside, but we hope voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District will be smarter than allowing that to happen. We are speaking, of course, of Newton Falls resident Werner Lange, who is planning a ...

Liberals running out of negative Trump portrayals

Liberals have wasted no opportunity to accuse President Donald Trump of wanting to deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in the “dreamer” category. They are people who came here as children; many know no other life than that in America. One wonders what the president has to ...

Lawmakers must fix fund shortfalls

It is fortunate the unemployment rate in Ohio is relatively low. Otherwise, the day when it is expected the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund could go belly-up would be nearer than it is. Ohio’s economy in general is doing relatively well these days, with unemployment at 4.7 ...

Release memo for sake of transparency

A few days ago, a memorandum written by Republicans on the House of Representatives intelligence committee created waves in Washington. President Donald Trump insists it exonerates him and his campaign staff of claims they cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 ...

We should review criteria used for federal warrants

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. The House vote was 256-164. In the Senate, the tally was 65-34. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A short ...

Rail industry should welcome in-depth review

Two crew members were killed early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train on the wrong track crashed into a line of freight cars. More than 100 people were injured in the accident, which occurred in South Carolina. Rail accidents seem to have become a regular occurrence. Sunday’s was the ...

Political antics needlessly hold back nation

It is unusual to see the extended hand of friendship slapped away before it is even offered — except in Washington. There, Democrat leaders rejected President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech attempt at conciliation before Trump began speaking. Hours before last week’s ...