Editorials

Consistency needed in Ohio testing

Entrenching third graders in a labyrinth of standarized state tests may not be the best use of their time, but until someone comes up with a better way to measure reading ability, it will remain a necessary evil.A bigger problem, as we see it, is not necessarily the tests themselves, but ...

Twenty youth deserve recognition

Honors bestowed Tuesday evening on 20 service-minded local young people were enough to give onlookers new hope in our future.The 20, selected for their extensive list of volunteer activities, exemplary leadership and excellence in academics, were recognized at the annual "Twenty Under 20" ...

Immigration plan must be stopped

President Barack Obama has an interesting way of dealing with about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States: Simply declare about half of them are not illegal.In the process, Obama has issued an open invitation to millions more people to come here illegally. He will do little or ...

Long war on terrorism must be won

Kenyans on the bus stopped by armed men at dawn on last week knew they were in trouble when their assailants demanded each recite the Shahada, part of Islamic scripture. Those who could not were taken off the bus and told to lie down in a line.Then two men went down the line, shooting men and ...

Transparency must be maintained in executions

If there is nothing else in America that should be totally transparent, it is when government executes someone.But not according to some Ohio legislators and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. These elected officials have argued that more secrecy is needed in order for Ohio to overcome ...

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To all the local volunteers who made time this week to help prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate. Many volunteers turned out at the Warren Family Mission, Salvation Army, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley and many other local food banks and pantries to help ...

Redistricting plan worth consideration

Accusations of gerrymandering will never be eliminated from the process of setting districts from which state and federal legislators are elected. It is in the nature of politicians to claim members of the party in power arrange districts for the benefit of their candidates.Some states have ...

Give thanks today for freedoms

Joining with family and friends today likely will bring opportunity to give thanks for the present union or reunion. There will be time to prayerfully recall those who are no longer with us, and to look forward to the hope of the future.Possibly we even will take the time to recall how this ...

Make drug treatment a priority in Columbus

Hardcore drug pushers ought to be put behind bars - the longer, the better. Their victims, often those caught and charged with drug offenses, may be a different story.As drug abuse expands in Ohio, more and more people are becoming addicts to heroin, prescription pills or other controlled ...

Obama trying to be one-man government

Beating the will of the people to the punch is not part of the job description for presidents of the United States. Neither is altering or hamstringing laws with which a chief executive disagrees.Yet that has been the story of President Barack Obama's nearly six years in office. Because no one ...

Macali’s service will be missed

For numerous decades, customers at area Macali grocery stores have been greeted by the smiling face of Barney Macali.Even well into his 90s, the man who, with other members of his family, owned and operated local Macali Giant Eagle grocery stores, still could be found chatting and visiting with ...

Votes against Keystone pipeline hurt Ohio, America

Washington lawmakers U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, D-Howland, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sided with fellow liberals in their votes this month against allowing construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.Although the measure sailed through the House 252-161 in favor of the bill, it failed 59-41 ...

Orchids and Onions

ORCHID: To Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 2, who this week gave away boxes of food to veterans and their families at the Austintown Senior Center Building. Also, an ORCHID goes to Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, or YARBCC, which is presenting a $10,000 check to the DAV ...

Ordinance would penalize property owners

It is no secret that graffiti is an ongoing problem in many municipalities, and Warren is no exception.It was earlier this year that the downtown alley designed to pay tribute to Dave Grohl, Warren native and front man in the rock band Foo Fighters, was heavily damaged by spray paint-wielding ...

Health agency deserves more funding

Perhaps in part because of her excellent handling of the Ebola scare in Ohio, former state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio has been promoted. Gov. John Kasich has named her new medical director for the state Department of Health.DiOrio and others did excellent work in ensuring Ohioans faced ...

New plan needed in dealing with IS terror

Islamic State terrorists - still, for some reason, referred to by many in the media as "militants" or "extremists" - say they have beheaded another American. Given the butchers' track record, there is no reason to doubt their claim.Peter Kassig, an American who was attempting to help refugees ...

School rule change means local control

Taxpayers sometimes join public school officials in complaining that state and federal mandates give local educators little or no flexibility. Yet suggest one of those requirements be eliminated and it will be only a matter of time before a great hue and cry against such change is heard.Ohio ...

State should OK salary reform bill

Public schools in Ohio are required to pay teachers more for their years in the profession and for advanced college degrees. That takes payroll money many education administrators would love to use to reward - and retain - the truly excellent teachers on their staffs.Like many states, Ohio has ...

VA Secretary must make good on plans

Earlier this year, a major, disgraceful scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs made headlines. At VA hospitals throughout the country, veterans were being placed on waiting lists for intolerable periods of time. Other examples of shoddy care were reported.This week, new Veterans Affairs ...

Police shooting details must be released now

It was Sept. 26 when 25-year-old Cody Dempsey of Vernon was gunned down by police on the side of a Trumbull County highway.Since then, we have been told the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Mahoning County Coroner's Office and possibly a Trumbull County ...