Editorials

Someone needs to apply brakes to national debt

Another reminder of the seriousness of the national debt came earlier this summer, when foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities topped $6 trillion for the first time in history.Any debt carries with it serious challenges. But when the United States owes money to foreign governments, there ...

Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at ...

The media and the mob

Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority.We all know what has happened since then - and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters ...

Perhaps TSA needs to do more profiling

Perhaps it is time federal airport security screeners are told to do more "profiling" of a sort.A San Francisco woman managed to sneak aboard an airliner in San Jose, Calif. She succeeded only on her fourth attempt. She was discovered only after the plane landed.Marilyn Jean Hartman was ...

U.S. must prepare for Islamic State threat

Al-Qaida, behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America and scores of other massacres worldwide, is beginning to look like an unorganized gang of amateurs - in comparison to the so-called Islamic State.Formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, IS seems to have more ...

‘No’ votes may be linked to jobless rate

The Mahoning Valley's delegation to the Ohio General Assembly has an anti-business voting record, according to a report from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. This kind of explains the Mahoning Valley's ongoing struggle to rid itself of high unemployment.The state Chamber tallied the voting record ...

Israelis take bulk of criticism

Israeli leaders have been criticized roundly by officials in the U.S. and other countries and yes, by many in the media for their handling of the conflict against the Hamas terrorist organization.It is true that Israeli bombs and shells have killed many Palestinian civilians, including ...

Passing the buck, crime continues

The Ohio Attorney General's office, the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office and the City of Warren Law Department have left the citizens of Warren without an adequate explanation for failing to file a single charge against anyone involved in the apparent sex trade taking place inside massage ...

GE should take chance for PR jolt

If no improvements are made to the vacant General Electric properties on West Market Street and North Park Avenue in Warren, one very good thing would have resulted from the attempt to get the corporate giant to better clean up after itself.Community coalescing.Folks in Niles and Austintown ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To Pastor Dan Barker of Cortland Trinity Baptist Church for helping to organize a prayer gathering that gave people a chance to offer prayers for persecuted Christians and Muslims around the world.ORCHID: To Warren native Nicholas Kafantaris, who can be seen in a national television ...

Inquiry should look into Justice’s political dealings

Internal Revenue Service officials finally are being called to account in court. Sometime during the next several days, they will have to explain to a federal judge how they "lost" a massive number of email messages sought for a congressional investigation.It is about time the IRS scandal moved ...

Some TSA agents don’t know geography

As Washington, D.C., resident Justin Gray was trying to board an airliner in Orlando, Fla., earlier this summer, a Transportation Safety Administration agent asked him for some identification. Gray produced his D.C. driver's license.He began to wonder when the agent asked for his passport. ...

It’s time to get answers about band

After an internal investigation concluded Ohio State University's renowned marching band was permeated by a "highly sexualized" culture, its director, Jonathan Waters, was dismissed. He wants his job back and has said much of the report was inaccurate.OSU officials have stood fast, however, ...

Obama to decide on priority of immigration

The flood of illegal immigrants across the nation's southern border has become a crisis, President Barack Obama insists. He blames conservatives in Congress for not giving him enough money to deal with it.But ample resources are available, if the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ...

More needs done to slow the EPA

From farmers in Missouri to poor families in Colorado and Georgia, tens of millions of Americans are beginning to awaken to the fact they have something in common with coal miners in Appalachia: The war on coal is an attack on them.The new awareness was apparent in Pittsburgh, as thousands of ...

School changes aren’t helping

Going back to school in Ohio will require adjustments for students, parents and educators.Graduation examinations are out. End-of-course tests are in.There will be no more "calamity days" during inclement weather. Curriculum may change - but that is not certain.Welcome to public education ...

Partisanship stalls work on Medicare

Many members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own residences and go to nursing homes.To a reasonable mind, preventing the change seems the ...

More funding needed to guard against Ebola

Nearly 20 years ago, author Richard Preston's nonfiction book, "The Hot Zone," told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tale. It was about a disease called Ebola and a narrow escape from an outbreak of it in the United States.Since then, most people probably have not thought much ...

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 ...