Editorials

Reform can start with VA cleanup

In the private sector, the penalty for not performing sometimes is losing one's job. Lying about it is an almost certain route to a pink slip.But in government management circles, failure to accomplish objectives too often results in pay bonuses and promotions. That is what happened at the ...

Ride malfunction shows need for change in law

A major malfunction on a ride at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky will not be investigated by state inspectors.That should prompt state legislators to amend the law on inspections of rides such as those at carnivals and amusement parks.Two people were hurt when a cable on a Cedar ...

Voters deserve to choose

As Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's campaign implodes, the major political parties should learn a valuable lesson about removing voters from the primaries. It's a bad idea.Uncontested in the primary, there was no way to know whether FitzGerald, or others who considered ...

Orchids & onions

ORCHID: To Bill Griffin and everyone else who had a hand in opening the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and organizing the second annual Wings-n-Wheels vehicle show and fly-in this weekend at SLOAS Airfield in Howland.ONION: To Bazetta trustees for seeking a $1.5 million loan to construct a new fire ...

Schools in Liberty change sans new tax

Liberty school officials deserve congratulations for working the district out of a large fiscal emergency without asking taxpayers for more money. That's assuming the state approves the release from fiscal oversight.The district went into fiscal emergency three years ago. In July of 2011 a ...

Endangered not protected by this firm

It is illegal to kill certain endangered animals, including golden eagles. If you get caught doing so, even accidentally, the federal government will punish you with stiff fines.That is, unless you are the Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC in California. If you are that firm, no problem.It was ...

Hall builds impressive schedule

Packard Music Hall continues its transformation with a prolific schedule announced by Sunrise Entertainment and another season of talent from the Warren Civic Music Association, all while Covelli Centre Manager Eric Ryan hasn't even warmed up yet.Sunrise Entertainment's Back at the Pack series ...

Congress must demand aid for black lung victims

Veterans of coal mining and their families understand all too well that what makes headlines - accidents such as explosions - constitutes a lesser peril than black lung disease. Yet outside coal country, the killer illness receives little attention.It certainly does not seem to be a priority ...

Sexualized culture is reinforced

Nudge-nudge, wink-wink, eh?It's a politically incorrect sexual-innuendo-filled Monty Python sketch that is funny on stage but completely unacceptable when it's not comedy but part of the daily conduct of the members of the Ohio State University Marching Band.It's far worse when the band's ...

Treat city workers same as the public

A Warren police officer was called to Quinby Park July 18 and found a man and a woman standing near a building ''trying to talk things out'' in their divorce. Police found a crack pipe in the pocket of the man's pants. The woman gave police a ''small rock'' of what appeared to be drugs that ...

VA needs to show progress before getting funding

Six months. That is how long Congress should give Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson to make progress in providing better health care service for veterans. In the meantime, his request for an additional $17.6 billion should have been tabled - mostly.With other headlines claiming ...

Niles city officials should cooperate with state audit

When state audits slam the City of Niles, its residents should remember whose voices were the loudest and earliest in trying to prevent the financial crisis President of Council Robert Marino and Councilman at-large Stephen Papalas.State financial and performance audits have found that the ...

Ohio continues to grow under Kasich leadership

Politicians do not really create jobs, regardless of what they would have you think. The most they can do is establish a tax, regulatory and incentive environment that encourages job creation.Clearly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has done just that during his three and one-half years in office.When ...

School chief makes good impression

Warren City School Superintendent Steve Chiaro's blunt assessment of the district's educational distress is refreshing. So is his longevity.''It's a cry for help time, and we can't mask it,'' Chiaro said shortly after taking over for former Superintendent Michael Notar, who accepted the head ...

Kudos to Ohio for prosecuting

Ohio officials have done something unusual - perhaps even precedent-setting - about wrongdoing by public officials. They are holding a man accountable for criminal misdeeds.Former state Deputy Tax Commissioner Rick Anthony pleaded guilty in Franklin County Municipal Court to dereliction of ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To 10-year-old cancer survivor Mariah Leskovac of McDonald who collected blankets, toys, games stuff animals and DVDs for children suffering illnesses at Akron Children's Hospital and gasoline cards for the parents who have to drive to and from the hospital.ONION: To The Ohio State ...

Local man’s vision could be catalyst to future business

A Youngstown-area business park that will be occupied by about 15 Fortune 500 companies and about 1,500 workers means the Mahoning Valley would have indeed capitalized on the high-tech research and development of additive manufacturing.It's just a vision now. But so was M-7 Technologies when ...

Education reform must consider financial literacy

Public school teachers and administrators sometimes grow frustrated at demands politicians put on them. No wonder. Curriculum demands vary regularly, depending on what seems to concern the public most at a given time.But some failings in the priorities we set for schools seem obvious. One is ...

Some entities still lagging in record requests

An open records "audit" of local governments in Ohio earlier this year showed improvements in officials providing access to documents. But when it comes to people who request records electronically, a distinctly mixed bag was uncovered.Not so long ago, Ohioans could have reasonable confidence ...

Steel pipe tariffs give Valley boost in market

Manufacturing in the Mahoning Valley received another boost recently when the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled that tariffs will be levied against nine countries, including South Korea, that unfairly dump steel pipes used in the natural gas and oil drilling industry.Ohio's congressional ...