Editorials

Throwing money at scandal won’t help

Leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope to reach agreement soon on a bill addressing the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal. Among other things, it calls for veterans to get medical treatment from the private sector if they are placed on long waiting lists by the ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To the Warren Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies that collaborated on Operation Spring Thunder, which resulted in 173 arrests between March 24 and May 24.ORCHID: To organizers of the second annual Harry Stevens Hot Dog ...

We still hold these truths …

Today we celebrate Independence Day, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed by members of the Continental Congress, by printing highlights of the Declaration as written by Thomas Jefferson, with the assistance of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman. ...

Heltzel left a lasting impression

When Paul Heltzel ran for Trumbull County commissioner, he said that if he won he would hold the office for just one term. The idea was to get in, clean up an inefficient and corrupt county government, then step aside.The problems were bigger than that. So Heltzel ran for, and won, two more ...

Lawmakers should help burn victims

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, has proved that sometimes common sense can prevail in Washington. In the process he has done a service for victims of severe burns.Most people probably believe a hospital trauma center's purpose is to treat victims of any serious injuries. But for many years, the ...

Strengthen guardian regulations

Children without family members to safeguard their interests, along with some elderly and disabled people, sometimes need court-appointed guardians. Most people given such duties attempt to do them well and conscientiously.But in many areas of Ohio, protections to ensure that happens are ...

Terrorists are terrorists

Boko Haram, in Nigeria, uses tactics such as surrounding churches, then burning them down to kill all inside.Iraq is besieged by an army of Sunni Muslims who favor crucifixion and beheading of those not fanatic enough for them.Taliban forces trying to regain power in Afghanistan kill children ...

Mahoning River makes comeback

The Mahoning River license plates never flourished and neither did the proposed $100 million cleanup the plates supported. But dam removal has increased flow and self-cleaning has begun as the river makes progress toward recreational development and industrial redevelopment.Members of the ...

New columnists present opinions

The Tribune Chronicle is unveiling another year of community columnists beginning today.Every 12 months, the Tribune seeks four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page. Each one writes a column every two weeks. They appear on Tuesdays and Fridays.The goal ...

Ranking high for area solo entrepreneurs

More national recognition, of the good sort, has been bestowed on the Mahoning Valley.The Youngstown metro area, which includes Warren and Boardman, is No. 4 on SpareFoot's new list of America's Top 15 Hubs for Solo Entrepreneurs. SpareFoot describes itself as a website that allows people to ...

Feds thrive in red tape and long waits

Try getting an answer to your questions about government retirement benefits by calling your local Social Security office. Let's hope you have plenty of time to wait ... and wait ... and wait.Perhaps you will be tempted to visit the Social Security office personally. Again, be prepared for long ...

It’s time for results at TBEIC

During his re-election campaign in April of 2010, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, said that within two months, there would be furniture in the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center, a downtown Warren incubator for energy companies.Ryan said that because he was feeling some pressure that, what at the ...

Paying price for neglecting shots

At one time, many children came down with the measles and mumps - and a substantial number suffered lasting physical damage from complications. Some died.Then effective vaccines were developed and relieved parents made certain their children's "shots" were up to date.But with success against ...

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To Colin Conklin, a fourth-grade student from Baker Elementary School in Vienna, on winning the Ohio Tar Wars Poster Contest. The Ohio Tar Wars program is a part of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Foundation programs.ORCHID: To Bristol Elementary School and its PTO for earning a ...

Teach kids peace so adults may learn

''If you could speak to your elected officials face-to-face what would you ask them to do to bring Peace to our Valley?''That was the question that Trumbull County English teachers posed to students who entered an essay contest this spring. Kent State University Trumbull English faculty will ...

Ohio fights against human trafficking

Half a battle in the war against human trafficking - which too often involves children forced into prostitution - was won recently when Gov. John Kasich signed into law a bill approved overwhelmingly by the Ohio General Assembly.The new statute increases penalties for many offenses involving ...

Law unfairly prevents right to criticize

Throughout the world, politics in America has the reputation of being something of a free-for-all in which candidates and their supporters trade charges and counter-charges with virtually no restraint.Not in Ohio. Buckeye State residents must be very careful what they say about candidates. ...

Dangerous opportunity for Iran in Iraqi dispute

History is of full of episodes in which governments unable to cope with violent uprisings asked for military help from their neighbors. Often, such invitations were rued by those who issued them, then found their rescuers were worse than the original problem.Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

Repopulation of downtown taking hold

The Garden District and Historic Perkins Neighborhood have received more injections of repopulation, revitalization and private investment.The work being done here deserves ongoing city and community support.Bill and Jan Casey provided the latest infusion of life.The Caseys agreed to sponsor ...

Our borders are not secure

So easy a child could do it.The phrase is used to describe everything from assembling toys to programming remote controls.And now, for sneaking across the border from Mexico into the United States.Border Patrol agents in Arizona and Texas have been overwhelmed by thousands of "UAC" illegal ...