Editorials

Homecoming needs to be safe event

For most, the first big social event for area high schoolers begin this weekend.Homecoming celebrations give students the opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves during this time of year, joining friends, family and alumni as they cheer on their team hopefully to victory, getting dressed up ...

U.S. officials box selves in corner over ISIS crisis

Most of President Barack Obama's proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have boxed themselves into a corner to the point there are not many options.But part of the president's plan is an invitation to disaster, as Sen. Joe Manchin, ...

The truth about ‘fracking’

Many people seem to view "fracking" as synonymous with drilling for natural gas and oil. But there is a difference - and it may involve a wild goose chase, so to speak, over contamination of water wells and other sources of ground water.For generations, energy companies simply drilled holes ...

Good sign: Americans help others in outbreak

It's pleasing, as Americans, to see the nation step into the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa with both feet.It's pleasing because the nation has capabilities that still are the envy of the world. It's pleasing because it's a sign that those capabilities haven't ...

Fed policies put Valley in good stead

As the federal government continues to wage its war on coal and the Department of Energy continues to increase natural gas exportation, the Mahoning Valley, Lordstown in particular, is in a good position to capitalize.The Energy Department recently approved the Cameron LNG and Carib Energy ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To the Youngstown Business Incubator on being ranked No. 1 in the world among more than 300 university-affiliated incubators, according to an international research company.ONION: To Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald on running such a pitiful campaign that Gov. John Kasich could ...

Ohio should simplify tax collection

We encourage the Ohio Senate, especially State Sen. Capri Cafaro, to support legislation that would unify the state municipal income tax collections.House Bill 5 passed the Ohio House last year and is now in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would:l Extend the occasional entry rule from 12 ...

Johnson chooses House duties over local debate

A Sept. 30 debate among candidates for the House of Representatives from Ohio's 6th District will be of little value to voters because the incumbent, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will not be present.Johnson has received some criticism for not planning to attend the event in Marietta. But he has ...

Report card process needs reevaluated

Pick a medium-sized to large school in Ohio and give 610 of its students a test. A few will do well and earn A grades. Most will get Bs, Cs and Ds. Some will do so badly they will be given Fs.But when it comes to the state evaluating school districts, no one gets an F.State Department of ...

Prisons should not take chances

Investigators looking into an Ohio prison escape last week should be demanding corrections officials provide a list of extremely dangerous inmates, along with where and under what conditions they are being held.Three convicts were free for several hours last week after escaping from a state ...

Look out for the ‘lone wolf’

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat.Speaking to the American Bar Association, Johnson, who is secretary of the agency, reviewed various types of terrorism challenges. Indeed, the department has ...

Terrorism doesn’t end with ISIS

If President Barack Obama manages to destroy the Islamic State terrorist organization through an international coalition, the odds are he will make the same mistake committed by his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.Declaring "mission accomplished" after a few battlefield victories ...

Economic gamble isn’t paying off

When Ohio voters finally agreed a few years ago to allow casino gambling in the state, many did so with reservations. The referendum's numbers - 53 percent voting in favor of casinos and 47 percent against - were not exactly a landslide.But talk of major shots in the arm to casino communities' ...

Control your own conduct

There has been much written during the past decade about stress levels and anger in America.Everything from bad politics to bad economic times gets the blame for a nation with a hair trigger for revenge, retaliation and feeling slighted.Frustration and the reasons for it are everywhere from ...

Only defense is annihilation

Islamic State terrorists and other bloodthirsty organizations of their ilk will be eliminated as threats to peace only if the United States and other countries go on the offensive against them. Merely reacting to their barbarities leaves most of them alive to murder another day.President Barack ...

Garden District blooming

The repopulation of the Garden District is turning into one of the most exciting and successful developments the City of Warren has experienced in a long, long time.The effort began a few years ago when Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, gregg's gardens and Trumbull County Treasurer Sam ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHIDS: To the 10 fire departments in Trumbull County that received a $181,413 regional grant for mobile data terminals to be placed in their vehicles.ORCHID also to Bazetta fire Chief Dennis Lewis, who took the lead in organizing the departments to receive the Federal Emergency Management ...

Parties shouldn’t endorse

The Trumbull County and Ohio Democratic parties should not endorse candidates in primaries.Party endorsements give the chosen candidates a significant edge over their opponents. In addition to the endorsement itself, the candidates receive publicity on campaign literature.But the process takes ...

Addiction help would cut crime

If you think the war on drugs has been going well in this part of the country, you have not been reading the newspaper. Drug-related arrests are in the news virtually every day. Overdose deaths have increased.Just last week, Belmont County authorities arrested two people after a drug raid in ...

Take time to hear 9/11 history

It is a rare occasion when we have the opportunity to learn about moments of historical significance from a person who actually participated in the event.That's what makes tonight's presentation, about 90 minutes from Warren, by Mark Tillman exciting.A retired Air Force colonel, Tillman, who ...