Editorials

Despite light ballot, decisions to be made

Today's primary has a light slate of contested races and issues, but important decisions will be made nonetheless. Therefore, it's important for everybody eligible to cast a vote.With polls in Trumbull County open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., there are very few excuses to justify sitting out ...

County should consider suit over water

While the city of Girard tries again to resolve the problem with low water pressure to customers in Liberty, township trustees and Trumbull County commissioners should delve into the possibility of suing for breach of contract.It might be time for Liberty to purchase water from somebody other ...

U.S. manufacturers grow more competititve

Perhaps the most important report on the U.S. economy in years was released last month by a private consulting company. It indicates American manufacturers are growing more competitive in comparison to overseas industries.Manufacturing in China cost 14 percent less than in the U.S. in 2004, ...

Wanted: Voters on Tuesday

Please go vote Tuesday. Turnout that is being predicted by officials at the boards of elections in Trumbull and Mahoning counties is dismal: 25 percent, at the most, in Trumbull County, and in Mahoning County, 28 percent, but it's on par with previous even-year primary elections.There is plenty ...

Plant would add allure for drilling

The $800 million power plant proposed for Lordstown creates an enormous opportunity for the village and the school district, but everyone should also keep in mind the tremendous impact this could have on the entire Mahoning Valley.The 57-acre plot at 1107 Salt Springs Road, close to existing ...

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To workers and management at the General Motors Lordstown Complex whose work was rewarded with another $50 million corporate investment in the plant.ONION: To the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees, whose chairman expressed surprise at learning that Southern Oregon University ...

Laird a good start; new jobs needed

The news that Warren is becoming the new home of a division of Laird Wireless Automation, which is bringing more than 200 jobs and $12.5 million worth of payroll into the city, is certainly good. But let's keep it in perspective. There may not be a single opportunity for any unemployed or ...

Government must stay out of CNG deal

As private enterprise continues to increase the number of compressed natural gas vehicles and expand the availability of CNG fueling stations, the public-private partnership proposed by Trumbull County Highway Engineer Randy Smith becomes less attractive.Earlier this month, Time Transport Inc., ...

Parents, teens must talk to make proms safer

Many area high-schoolers are full of excitement this time of the year.They are busy preparing and primping for their prom celebrations with the hopes of a night of friends and fun to long remember.They'll don formal attire and head off to area auditoriums and gymnasiums, hotel ballrooms and ...

Realtor should be removed from Port Authority

In light of an Ohio Ethics Commission reprimand and Ohio Revised Code violation, Scott Lewis should resign from the Western Reserve Port Authority. If he does not, Trumbull County commissioners, who appointed Lewis, should find a way to remove him.The Ethics Commission reprimanded Lewis for ...

Keep bikers safe during spring rides

Bikers are dusting off and tuning up their motorcycles as warmer weather finally has arrived.Motorcycle Awareness Month is coming up in May but now is a good time for bikers and all drivers to remember some important safe driving measures.The number of motorcycle accidents in Ohio has been up ...

Bureaucrats can show heavy hand of Uncle Sam

At times it seems few in the federal government worry much about enforcing the law. Millions of illegal immigrants are evidence of that.Then, out of the blue, a few bureaucrats decide to show just how heavy Uncle Sam's hand can be.It happened at the Social Security Administration, which used ...

State must fight drug war on all fronts

Drug abuse has become a wildfire in Ohio, spreading rapidly and consuming lives in the process. Local law enforcement agencies cannot battle it on their own. State officials need to do more.A package of bills intended to do more against heroin and other opiates, including pain pills, has been ...

Congress needs to limit EPA’s power

Few federal officials have the kind of virtually unbridled power enjoyed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Merely by decreeing that in its officials' opinion, an action is merited, the EPA can increase the cost of living dramatically for most Americans.EPA abuse of that authority has ...

Tressel a perfect fit for YSU

Youngstown State faces a crisis - it has the building and staffing infrastructure for 15,000 to 16,000 students, but income from only about 13,000 students and falling.When former university president Randy Dunn took the helm, he embarked on an aggressive recruiting campaign, all the while ...

Orchids & Onions

ORCHID: To the Lordstown Board of Education for downsizing to one principal, one guidance counselor and one nurse districtwide. Lordstown joins the ranks of many other similar-sized districts that have already done the same consolidations.ONION: To Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Ed ...

Some violent teens don’t fit the mold

Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know.For example, we suspect many people understand that quite a few violent rampages by teenagers and pre-teens involve ''loners'' - youngsters with few or no friends who just ...

Harsher laws needed for irresponsible pet owners

Between the end of 2011 and this February, government agencies in the Dayton area received about 60 complaints about a home in that city, according to a published report. Many involved dogs kept at the home.On Feb. 7, two dogs owned by the man and woman who reside there attacked and killed ...

Local columnists needed to express opinions

The Tribune Chronicle is seeking four Trumbull County residents to serve as community columnists on the Opinion page.Everyone - young and old, men and women, white collar and blue collar, newcomers and old timers, all ethnic groups, all races, everyone - is encouraged to submit material for ...

Education reform not succeeding

Ohioans worried about their children's and grandchildren's futures, both figuratively and literally, may be scratching their heads over a proposed change to the state Constitution.A state Constitutional Modernization Commission is pondering recommendations to update Ohio's foundational document ...