Editorials

422 plan has good start

As the Route 422 corridor redevelopment plan gets fine-tuned, those leading the charge should consider sustainability and include Vibrant Northeast Ohio in the process.Philadelphia-based Interface Studio recently held the public meeting after spending the past seven months identifying the best ...

Bill would help protect mentally ill

In the wake of tragic mass murders such as those of children in Newtown, Conn., questions about personal liberties have been discussed. Although Second Amendment freedom usually gets the spotlight, a more important issue is involved.It is mental health - and how far society should go in ...

Some see through ACA’s smoke, mirrors

No wonder many insurance company executives supported the federal government's virtual takeover of the U.S. health insurance system. And no wonder that, despite ample evidence the Affordable Care Act is a crashing failure, so few are talking about refusing to participate.The Act's rotten ...

Commander in chief must act on assaults

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it?An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

Take action against the Asian carp

They come from Asia, reproduce at lightning speed and affix to any hard surface they can find.About as big as a thumbnail, they can clear entire bodies of water, clog boat motors and affect the aquatic food chain.They also require a good bit of elbow grease to pry free and cut boaters' ...

Orchids & onions

ORCHID: To the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Trumbull 100, the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and the Warren Library Association for working with the Tribune Chronicle in securing a return of the Ohio Humanties Council's Ohio Chautauqua. Ohio Chautauqua will make its fifth downtown ...

Olympics about athletes, not nations

The 2014 Winter Olympics are well under way and are establishing their character, as all games do, based in part on the host nation and the atmosphere surrounding the games, the athletes and the performances.The games are not about President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin of Russia. ...

Local agency lauded for making splash

For many years the United Way of Trumbull County had been a quiet part of the community. Too quiet.But in the eight months since Ginny Pasha took over as director and some fresh leaders stepped up on the board of directors, the local agency has made a splash several times. The latest splash - ...

War on drugs not only fought with bullets

The war on drugs is not always fought with bullets and arrests and warrants and raids.Sometimes, it's a battle best fought in a laboratory, where pharmaceutical company scientists seek to limit the capabilities of the illegal pharmaceutical manufacturers.Such is the case with the sinus drug ...

Funding is roadblock to police merger

Leaders from Brookfield and Hubbard townships seem pretty far apart on merely interpreting a Youngstown State University study into whether those communities and Hubbard city should merge their police departments.Brookfield Trustee Gary Lees said the three departments are operating on skeleton ...

Remember our Black History

It's Black History Month - a time for recognition of achievements and struggles and a time for hope that our country will no longer be split by racial lines.There are roots that go back to the 1920s, when Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, earned his doctorate from Harvard. He knew ...

Prevent other recruiting scams

Members of Congress are beginning to hear about an outrageous scheme that may have cost taxpayers as much as $100 million. Prison terms, perhaps hundreds of them, would be a good way to deter similar scandals in the future.Investigators say the scheme involved people signed up as ''recruiting ...

Stop holding up Keystone XL

Throughout his term as president, Barack Obama has insisted his administration could not allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the U.S. unless the State Department signed off on it.Last month, the State Department revealed - at last - that it can find no reason ...

Tallmadge sets example for entities

For a lesson in government efficiency and collaboration, every communityin the Mahoning Valley should look at Tallmadge.While local communities, kicking and screaming, have accepted some government consolidation because dire finances created an absolute need, Tallmadge willingly participated ...

Orchids & Onions

ONION: To U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, for going out of his way to endorse President Obama's proposed minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour. The increase would severely damage at least dozens, probably hundreds of businesses in Ryan's congressional district.ORCHID: To Brookfield trustees ...

Stall in officer probe costing taxpayers

Shame on the Ohio Attorney General's Office for taking so long investigating a troubled Warren police officer, and shame on city officials for not pushing for a more expedited investigation.Justice delayed is justice denied. In this case, the greatest injustice may be against Warren taxpayers, ...

State should aid adoptive parents

Ohio legislators are on a path to improve the lives of many of the state's most helpless residents - children who need adoptive parents. In doing so, lawmakers should ensure safeguards are in place to ensure the youngsters go to loving homes.A bill approved by the state House of Representatives ...

To market Warren, get house in order

Two cynical possibilities have been mentioned for Warren City Council unanimously supporting a proposed ordinance that expands the availability of a tax rebate for businesses that bring new employees into the city.One is that members are making a lame attempt at appearing as though they are ...

Ohioans must rely on honesty for report cards

Some Ohio legislators have entirely the wrong attitude about a massive scandal involving public schools in Columbus. They should not be worrying as much about that city as other school districts.It appears both Democrat and Republican leaders in the General Assembly view the Columbus situation ...

Ohio keeps watch on painkillers

Misuse of prescription medicines such as those used to dull the pain of injuries and some illnesses accounts for a substantial number of people with serious drug addictions.And as one leader of an anti-drug abuse organization said, opiate painkillers often are a stepping stone to more serious ...