Editorials

Ensure teens have safe prom night

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...

Law must step down

Ongoing division among factions of the Trumbull County Republican Party continues and now is having some adverse effect on fundraising efforts to finance campaigns for party candidates. That’s because some members of the faction opposing Randy Law’s leadership were refusing to attend ...

Transparency is key to the presidency

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. Now, however, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter ...

Ohio nuclear bailout bill comes with heavy price

Ohio lawmakers should say no to legislation that will give huge tax credits to FirstEnergy so the company can profitably operate its two nuclear power plants, but would interfere with electricity markets. Subsidies to FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants allowed by the bill ...

Business as usual must stop at VA

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Swauger gets nod in crowded judge race

Each of the four Democrats seeking the nomination for the Niles Municipal Court Judge race offer strong qualifications. The crowded field stems from the fact that longtime Municipal Court Judge Thomas Townley is not seeking re-election. All four attorneys possess the necessary legal ...

Orchids and Onions

l ORCHID: To Liberty trustees for having the courage to say yes to a cost analysis on a potential fire department merger with neighboring Girard. Exploration of potential ways to save taxpayer funds should never be ignored. • ONION: To vandals who damaged the Austintown 9/11 Memorial ...

Open avenues to affordable medicines

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Traffic-camera cities should change course

Motorists buzzing through the city of Girard coughed up $400,000 to the city for speeding violations last year, even though none ever was pulled over by city police. This form of policing for a profit generated so much money in just five months of 2016 (collections began in August) that city ...

Interpret Constitution as written

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

Superpower hotline key to keeping peace

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were severing ...

Life a challenge for babies born with addiction

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month and there is a disturbing trend developing that involves children with drug-addicted parents. These kids frequently suffer from neglect. Between 2014 and 2016, Trumbull County Children Services has seen a 55 percent increase in children in ...

Entitlements are already too expensive

Certain expensive government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, often are referred to as “entitlements.” That is because many Americans view them as virtual rights. Unfortunately, the list of entitlements has grown beyond what taxpayers can sustain. Recently, we learned there ...

New county jail inmate fees logical

Most Americans pay at least some out-of-pocket expense for health care services like emergency room visits, dental appointments and doctor calls. Even those with private health insurance usually face a co-pay amount that can sometimes reach $50 or $100 for an ER visit. Those who are uninsured ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Niles legislators who voted this week to remove the name of former Mayor Ralph Infante from the city’s wellness center in an attempt to find a business partner to purchase naming rights for the center as a potential revenue producer. • ORCHID: To Girard High School’s Team ...

Sadly, history just keeps repeating

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago this week. It was on April 6, 1917, that the United States declared war on Germany. Our ...

Focus cameras on the areas of high crime

A $200,000 state grant will enable Warren and Trumbull County officials to make the downtown Warren area safer by paying for installation of 39 new cameras and call boxes in the 24-block area. But while Warren council members and downtown business owners already seem to know the majority of ...

National parks are America’s crown jewels

Americans do not have crown jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Stop filibuster attempt with ‘nuclear option’

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested ...

Piecemeal replacement more palatable

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...