Editorials

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ONION: To Niles city officials responsible for hiring and promoting tax employee Heidi Powell and putting her in a position of handling money. A day before she was hired, she was arrested for stealing $1,300 from an AT&T store in Bazetta, where she had worked as a manager. Several ...

Higher rate isn’t Niles’ best option

As the city of Niles decides what to do about the findings in a state performance audit, leaders should not jump the gun on raising utility rates any more.One of the most glaring problems for Niles is in its utility departments. The numbers are downright frightening: Over a 10-year period since ...

Coordinated service better than tax hike

Fire departments in rural communities are struggling as state training requirements make it nearly impossible to maintain an adequate number of volunteers. All departments, rural or otherwise, struggle to get adequate emergency medical service from private companies, so they must also maintain ...

In times of change, remember bedrock

It was 227 years ago this month that a group of men gathered in Philadelphia and created our Constitution.There to reform the Articles of Confederation, this intelligent faction for the United States of America came up with what should be a familiar grouping of words: "We the People of the ...

Improve screening in schools

A Senate bill intended to prevent public school systems from hiring pedophiles or drug abusers may be necessary, but it misses an important point: What if school administrators don't know they are dealing with a predator?Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., are co-sponsoring ...

Give passing grade to Lordstown levy

The Lordstown Local School District needs more revenue.Because it is considered a high-wealth district - by virtue of its large industrial base - it receives only $800 per year per child in state funding. But when a student opts for open enrollment elsewhere - a neighboring district, a charter ...

Homecoming needs to be safe event

For most, the first big social event for area high schoolers begin this weekend.Homecoming celebrations give students the opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves during this time of year, joining friends, family and alumni as they cheer on their team hopefully to victory, getting dressed up ...

U.S. officials box selves in corner over ISIS crisis

Most of President Barack Obama's proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have boxed themselves into a corner to the point there are not many options.But part of the president's plan is an invitation to disaster, as Sen. Joe Manchin, ...

The truth about ‘fracking’

Many people seem to view "fracking" as synonymous with drilling for natural gas and oil. But there is a difference - and it may involve a wild goose chase, so to speak, over contamination of water wells and other sources of ground water.For generations, energy companies simply drilled holes ...

Good sign: Americans help others in outbreak

It's pleasing, as Americans, to see the nation step into the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa with both feet.It's pleasing because the nation has capabilities that still are the envy of the world. It's pleasing because it's a sign that those capabilities haven't ...

Fed policies put Valley in good stead

As the federal government continues to wage its war on coal and the Department of Energy continues to increase natural gas exportation, the Mahoning Valley, Lordstown in particular, is in a good position to capitalize.The Energy Department recently approved the Cameron LNG and Carib Energy ...

ORCHIDS & ONIONS

ORCHID: To the Youngstown Business Incubator on being ranked No. 1 in the world among more than 300 university-affiliated incubators, according to an international research company.ONION: To Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald on running such a pitiful campaign that Gov. John Kasich could ...

Ohio should simplify tax collection

We encourage the Ohio Senate, especially State Sen. Capri Cafaro, to support legislation that would unify the state municipal income tax collections.House Bill 5 passed the Ohio House last year and is now in the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would:l Extend the occasional entry rule from 12 ...

Johnson chooses House duties over local debate

A Sept. 30 debate among candidates for the House of Representatives from Ohio's 6th District will be of little value to voters because the incumbent, Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will not be present.Johnson has received some criticism for not planning to attend the event in Marietta. But he has ...

Report card process needs reevaluated

Pick a medium-sized to large school in Ohio and give 610 of its students a test. A few will do well and earn A grades. Most will get Bs, Cs and Ds. Some will do so badly they will be given Fs.But when it comes to the state evaluating school districts, no one gets an F.State Department of ...

Prisons should not take chances

Investigators looking into an Ohio prison escape last week should be demanding corrections officials provide a list of extremely dangerous inmates, along with where and under what conditions they are being held.Three convicts were free for several hours last week after escaping from a state ...

Look out for the ‘lone wolf’

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat.Speaking to the American Bar Association, Johnson, who is secretary of the agency, reviewed various types of terrorism challenges. Indeed, the department has ...

Terrorism doesn’t end with ISIS

If President Barack Obama manages to destroy the Islamic State terrorist organization through an international coalition, the odds are he will make the same mistake committed by his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.Declaring "mission accomplished" after a few battlefield victories ...

Economic gamble isn’t paying off

When Ohio voters finally agreed a few years ago to allow casino gambling in the state, many did so with reservations. The referendum's numbers - 53 percent voting in favor of casinos and 47 percent against - were not exactly a landslide.But talk of major shots in the arm to casino communities' ...

Control your own conduct

There has been much written during the past decade about stress levels and anger in America.Everything from bad politics to bad economic times gets the blame for a nation with a hair trigger for revenge, retaliation and feeling slighted.Frustration and the reasons for it are everywhere from ...