Editorials

Need should decide substance abuse funding

As incredible as it may seem, federal funds from one program meant to combat substance abuse are doled out based on states’ populations, not the severity of their drug epidemics. That is simply insane. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Maggie Hassan and ...

Opioid lawsuit may help find answers, fault

American taxpayers have been footing the bill for millions — perhaps billions — of dollars in social services that have become necessary due to the nation’s growing opioid crisis. In Trumbull County, costs to taxpayers continue to grow for services like addiction treatment and recovery; ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To Trumbull County Central and Eastern District Court Judges Tom Campbell and Robert Platt for allocating $150,000 from the courts’ Indigent Driver Alcohol Treatment funds to local drug treatment programs. The move exhibits a true commitment to recovery and fighting addiction. ...

Face-to-face communication may help turmoil

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Marijuana topic warrants open debate

The controversial topic involving the possible creation of a marijuana dispensary in Warren should have been given multiple readings by Warren City Council, the issue should have started in committee and council should have been more transparent in urging public discussion and possible ...

Delinquent taxes should appear in newspapers

Today, for the second time in two weeks, the Tribune Chronicle is publishing a list of unpaid property taxes in Trumbull County. Law-abiding residents who pay their taxes to support local government operations have every right to know who, in their community, is falling short of their tax ...

With tax reform, some is better than none at all

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Dems should let voters make the decisions

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, formerly chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Do you think country needs a tax cut?

As conservatives in Congress and President Donald Trump move closer to enacting a major tax relief bill, liberal opponents are scrambling to find arguments against it. Their quest has taken them even to the point of disavowing — for now — one of the key tenets of liberal philosophy. Now, ...

Iranian words bring us no reassurance

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced recently that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Candidate O’Neill must leave court

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who last month announced his intention to run for Ohio Governor, should resign his post. O’Neill, who served as an Appeals Court Judge for 10 years on the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, says for now he’ll recuse himself from all ...

Orchids and Onions

• ORCHID: To all our U.S. veterans who have served our nation honorably, and who are being recognized for that service on Veterans Day today. • ORCHID: Also to all the groups, organizations and individuals that will honor our veterans by participating in the Trumbull County Veterans Day ...

Natural gas lines important, but so is environment

Many Ohioans oppose construction of the long-distance pipelines needed to carry natural gas from our region to markets elsewhere. Without that infrastructure, our gas has limited value and the rest of the nation would be deprived of its benefits. Profits from selling the gas are not worth the ...

Columbus makes poor use of taxpayer funds

Taxpayers’ money is not always spent wisely, but transparent foolishness simply should not be tolerated. Take what happened last week during a Columbus City Council meeting. There, council members agreed to provide $185,000 to help immigrants facing deportation with their lawyer ...

Existing gun laws must be enforced

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Fines for lack of health coverage are unacceptable

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

No discrimination exists in aid being sent to Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Lots of local races on today’s ballot; get out and vote

Voters today will weigh in on more than 100 political candidates and nearly 20 tax levies. They will elect the officials who will help shape the future of local townships, municipalities and boards of education for the next several years. In Niles, a new municipal court judge will be ...

Brainwashers must be stopped to end attacks

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Candidates must commit before filing

We had high hopes early in this election season triggered by the number of contested races, particularly in Warren. Continually plagued by a seemingly one-party system, election results in this county often are decided in the spring primary, with no opposition come November. We know, however, ...